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Welcome to the exhilarating Paddleboarding Quiz!

Are you prepared to dive into the world of stand-up paddleboarding and demonstrate your expertise in this popular watersport?

We’ve crafted a set of exciting questions to challenge your paddleboarding know-how.

Just keep track of your correct answers and compare your score with our result table to see if you’ve aced the quiz.

So, grab your paddle, strike a balance, and let’s see if you can ride the waves with your paddleboarding knowledge!

Table of Contents

1) When did paddleboarding gain popularity as a watersport?

  • A) 1950s
  • B) 1970s
  • C) 1990s

2) What is the main focus of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP)?

  • A) Racing
  • B) Balance
  • C) Endurance

3) What is the name of the paddleboarding race that covers 32 miles from Molokai to Oahu in Hawaii?

  • A) Molokai-Oahu Crossing
  • B) Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships
  • C) Pacific Paddleboard Challenge

4) Which country is responsible for the modern-day revival of paddleboarding?

  • A) Australia
  • B) United States
  • C) Brazil

5) What key piece of equipment differentiates stand-up paddleboarding from traditional surfing?

  • A) A paddle
  • B) A leash
  • C) A larger board

6) When paddleboarding, what does the acronym PFD stand for?

  • A) Personal Flotation Device
  • B) Proper Footing Dynamics
  • C) Paddle Forward Determination

7) What is the most common material used for paddleboard construction?

  • A) Fiberglass
  • B) PVC
  • C) Wood

8) What is the traditional Hawaiian name for stand-up paddleboarding?

  • A) Hoe he’e nalu
  • B) Ku Hoe He’e Nalu
  • C) Nalu Paddle

9) Which type of paddleboard is most suitable for beginners?

  • A) Inflatable Boards
  • B) Hard Boards
  • C) Racing Boards

10) What do you call the stabilizing fins located on the bottom of a paddleboard?

  • A) Skegs
  • B) Keels
  • C) Flukes

11) Which of these is NOT a type of paddleboarding?

  • A) Yoga SUP
  • B) Racing SUP
  • C) Mountain SUP

12) What is the purpose of the paddle’s blade angle?

  • A) To increase speed
  • B) To provide better stability
  • C) To improve efficiency in forward strokes

13) Which of these companies did not play a significant role in the modern resurgence of paddleboarding?

  • A) Hobie
  • B) Starboard
  • C) Burton

14) What kind of exercise is paddleboarding considered to be?

  • A) Aerobic
  • B) Anaerobic
  • C) Dynamic

15) Which of the following is NOT a benefit of stand-up paddleboarding?

  • A) Increased cardiovascular fitness
  • B) Improved balance
  • C) Greater lung capacity

16) What should you avoid when paddleboarding in a range of water and weather conditions?

  • A) Strong currents
  • B) Offshore winds
  • C) Both A and B

17) What is the purpose of a paddleboard leash?

  • A) To keep the board from floating away
  • B) To attach your paddle to the board
  • C) To improve balance on the board

18) Which part of the paddle should your hand grip when paddleboarding?

  • A) The blade
  • B) The end of the handle
  • C) The shaft

19) In what direction should the paddleboard’s fins be facing when you are standing on the board?

  • A) Fins pointing towards the rear of the board
  • B) Fins pointing towards the front of the board
  • C) Fins pointing downward

20) What should you always wear when paddleboarding to ensure your safety?


21) Which of these is the correct stance for a beginner trying to stand on a paddleboard?

  • A) Feet parallel, about hip-width distance apart
  • B) One foot forward, one foot back
  • C) Feet together

22) What is the term for the movement of water caused by the paddle during a paddleboard stroke?

  • A) Feathering
  • B) Paddle flow
  • C) Draft

23) What technique do experienced paddleboarders use to maintain forward momentum while switching paddling sides?

  • A) J-stroke
  • B) Crossover shuffle
  • C) Pivot turn

24) How often should you switch the paddle to the other side when paddleboarding for balance and even muscle development?

  • A) Every 3-5 strokes
  • B) Every 5-7 strokes
  • C) Every 10-12 strokes

25) Which of the following should be avoided when paddleboarding?

  • A) Entering through a swim zone
  • B) Paddleboarding near wildlife habitats
  • C) Both A and B

26) What is the term used for the lengthwise curve of the paddleboard?

  • A) Rocker
  • B) Concave
  • C) Rail

27) What is the name given to the side edges of the paddleboard?

  • A) Rails
  • B) Ribs
  • C) Keels

28) What does the acronym SUP Yoga stand for?

  • A) Stand-Up Paddle Yoga
  • B) Superbly Unique Paddle Yoga
  • C) Stretching Underneath Paddle Yoga

29) Which of the following is NOT a popular paddleboarding activity or discipline?

  • A) SUP Fishing
  • B) SUP Gymnastics
  • C) SUP Racing

30) What is the purpose of the paddleboard’s volume measurement?

  • A) To calculate weight capacity
  • B) To determine stability
  • C) To optimize performance

31) How does the width of a paddleboard affect its performance?

  • A) Wider boards are more stable but slower
  • B) Wider boards are faster but less stable
  • C) Width has no effect on performance

32) What is the recommended technique for falling off a paddleboard?

  • A) Fall to the side, away from the board
  • B) Fall forward and hug the board
  • C) Fall backward, keeping your feet on the board

33) Which celebrity has been famously photographed paddleboarding while standing on a picnic table?

  • A) Chris Hemsworth
  • B) Matthew McConaughey
  • C) Jason Momoa


# of Correct Answers Percentage Range Label Description
0- 0-49% Armchair Athlete You've got some learning to do, but don't worry, there's always the next game!
- 50-64% Rookie Runner Not bad! Keep practicing, and you'll be a sports trivia champ in no time.
- 65-79% Midfield Maestro Impressive! You're getting closer to the top, keep up the good work.
- 80-94% All-Star Striker Wow, you really know your sports trivia! You're a force to be reckoned with.
-33 95-100% Legendary Champion Unbelievable! You're a true sports trivia master. Your knowledge knows no bounds!

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Max is a sports enthusiast who loves all kinds of ball and water sports. He founded & runs stand-up-paddling.org (#1 German Paddleboarding Blog), played competitive Badminton and Mini Golf (competed on national level in Germany), started learning β€˜real’ Golf and dabbled in dozens of other sports & activities.

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