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Posted by: Sportslink on 08/10/2017

Water polo on SUPs: what next?

Water polo on SUPs: what next? Water sports enthusiasts discovered the wild side of stand-up paddling as it is transformed into a variant of water polo at the Ispo Shanghai demo day.

Stand-up paddling tends to be a leisurely affair, reports the Ispo team at organisers Messe Munich.

However, with SUP water polo, those wishing to spice things up as a team sport with a little competition won't be disappointed.

The rules are simple: Three players per team, stay on your board...and that's it really. Anything (else) goes – except using your paddle to push your opponents off their boards.

A game is split into two sessions with two teams, each 15 minutes long, and paddles have the joint function of propulsion and moving the plastic ball toward the opponents' goal – just like lacrosse.

This transforms what is normally a relaxed sport into a tough competition that requires strength and good balance.

New to China, the sport was very popular at the demo day, which has grown since last year with 26 exhibitors and around 350 participants.

The Direction Kayak Waterclub demonstration joined SUP yoga as one of the highlights of the event, Messe Munich reports.

What's the most difficult element of SUP water polo? Say experts, The turn is definitely the most advanced move. Getting yourself into a stable position through good leg- and footwork is important.

• Ispo Shanghai 2018 demo day will be held on July 5.