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Add SUP activity type

suggested this on February 29, 2012, 4:56 PM

Add a Stand Up Paddleboard activity type to Strava!


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Essay Jedii

Feel free to check my list in here

June 10, 2015, 4:31 AM
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Dani Rodríguez

Hello there!

Wonder if SUP activities (or other types of activities) will be listed soon in training log screen too.

Currently the training log screen only shows cycling / running / triathlon type of activities, which is a bit limited.

Thanks for your time and the great work with Strava.

December 27, 2014, 6:58 AM
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Nik Vale

Thanks Elle, I created a new Feature Suggestion -

October 23, 2014, 12:06 PM
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Elle Anderson
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@Nik - Would you be able to create a new Feature Suggestion post to include Splits for SUPs? That will be the best way to track the feedback. This Feature Suggestion has already been marked as done! 

Keep me posted on the issues with Segments - as Nik says, they seem to be working. However, it would be nice if the segment page designated what activity type it was for... I'll see what we can do. 

Also, we do have fairly tight requirements for a segment match, as I'm guessing we use the same thresholds as we do for cycling. 

October 23, 2014, 1:09 AM
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Nik Vale


I did notice that SEGMENTS don't appear on the top left menu (under OVERVIEW) like they do for running. For SUP they appear in the OVERVIEW, at the bottom - under the map and the incredibly useful elevation graph (sarcasm required because elevation is pretty meaningless when paddle boarding especially on the ocean or a lake).

October 22, 2014, 10:33 AM
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Nik Vale


I didn't do anything special to get segments to work, they just do, see

It seems to handle a bit of variation, although I do tend to stick to a very similar path since it is typically wind/current favored. I haven't really tested the bounds of this variation, but as you can see I have done a lot of paddles on the same course and it always seems to pick up the segments.

Sorry I can't be more helpful.

October 22, 2014, 10:29 AM
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Michael Smith

How are you getting segments to work?  I've SUP'd and defined segments on the website, but I can't seem to get them to recognize when i go over the same route on subsequent paddles. 

By way of background, I've tried to set a 1.2 mile segment on a stretch of canal/pond that is about 80 yards wide in places -- I generally try to take the direct route, but there's certainly some variation by as much as 10-20 yards in my route, which maybe is the reason the segments aren't picking up? (And the website still doesn't seem to show SUP segments unless I'm missing it)

Also, on a related note, is it possible to set a segment with a start and end "gate", so that the exact route doesn't matter?  Seems this would work well for SUP (and other water sports?) where the current / wind / tide / etc. means you're not likely to take the EXACT same route. 

October 20, 2014, 6:43 PM
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Nik Vale

I like the progress that has been made to support SUP as an activity type. I even see that I can select it on the iPhone before uploading...

However, I'd like to ask that SUP shows the PACE (i.e. minutes/mile) next to DISTANCE and MOVING TIME. It currently shows ELEVATION which makes no sense since water is generally very flat and is almost always 0.

It would also be great to see the SPLITS for each mile.

I know that all of this data is there since I can see it when the activity type is set to RUN. The problem is other people are leaving their activities set to RUN so they can see this information and this means they are not included in SEGMENTS (which do now work for SUP). 

Many thanks.

October 15, 2014, 3:55 PM
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Daniel Lans

Thanks for everything Elle



October 6, 2014, 4:46 AM
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Gerry Creighton

Thanks Elle!

August 21, 2014, 12:03 PM
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Elle Anderson
Community Support

@Nik, yes that is true that SUP activities won't show segments. So sorry! 

@Gerry - both are added, but only on the website at this time. Coming soon to the mobile app! 

(You can still record with the mobile app and change the activity types on the website)

@Tania, I guess we don't have this one yet. 

August 21, 2014, 9:54 AM
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Tania C.

When is STrava going to add paddle boarding as a sport on the choices! Come on peeps!

August 20, 2014, 6:56 PM
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Gerry Creighton
Yes! Please add SUP or kayaking
August 12, 2014, 6:25 AM
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Andy Russell

could we add tennis ? id love to track on strava how often i train at tennis and the distances over matches.

August 5, 2014, 8:52 PM
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Val TwoTi

Hi everybody,

Is it possible to add Orienterring ? It is much different than running, trailing or hiking.


Thank's a lot.

July 16, 2014, 6:46 AM
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Nik Vale

There are no longer "segments" when I change the activity type to Stand Up Paddling? Might as well go back to running on water...

June 17, 2014, 12:14 PM
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Nik Vale


What about also adding board type / length - similar to how you have running shoes? The type of board plays a big role in how fast you can go and it would certainly add more meaning the leaderboards.

Keep up the good work.

June 13, 2014, 2:53 PM
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Elle Anderson
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Hi folks -

The day has arrived. On the website (coming soon to mobile apps) you will now see the options to classify activities for:




Stand Up Paddling




June 3, 2014, 12:54 PM
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May 29, 2014, 11:40 PM
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Ron Ruhnke

Please add kayaking or paddling. thank you

May 22, 2014, 3:28 AM
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May 20, 2014, 12:45 AM
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Sam DuRegger

Agree! Went for a SUP session this morning...

Would have loved to be able to add SUP to the workout.

May 8, 2014, 6:52 AM
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Daniel Meyer

I've been using Strava for land paddling.  SUP would be close enough for my liking.

April 23, 2014, 4:24 AM
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Curtis Reese

You provide windsurfing and kitesurfing so it should be easy to add SUP since there many more paddleboarders then wind or kite surfing. 

March 26, 2014, 10:57 AM
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Tyler Laughter

SUP and kayaking would great!

March 24, 2014, 5:53 PM
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Allison Diller

SUP & Kayaking categories!

March 24, 2014, 4:01 PM
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Scott A

Please add SUP.  

February 25, 2014, 7:46 AM
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Adam Bien

Please add "surf" to the list of activities. 

February 15, 2014, 9:28 PM
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Clint S

Please add a SUP activity thanks

February 11, 2014, 10:15 PM
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Stephen M.

please add SUP

February 11, 2014, 10:07 PM
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Dan Bee

Say YES to paddle boarding being included on Strava! much appreciated. thanks

February 11, 2014, 10:05 PM
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Billy Holt

Would be much appreciated if there was a paddling activity for strava.Thanx

February 11, 2014, 9:56 PM
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Richard J.

Hi Elle,

Please make it broader than just SUP - for us that like to sit down while we workout! Thx

February 11, 2014, 9:42 PM
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Velominati #5

Hi Elle,

Thanks for your input - could you define soon - i have a lot to do with software development and soon is an interesting amount of time.:)

February 11, 2014, 9:23 PM
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Sam Thom

I absolutely love using Strava! It is amazing and you guys have done a great job with it! Please add a SUP or paddle option! I paddle twice a day and it would be great to call it SUP instead of Windsurfing which mixes in with my windsurf sessions. That would be awesome!!! 

February 3, 2014, 12:21 AM
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Elle Anderson
Community Support

We have some new activity types in the works. SUP may be coming soon! 

January 15, 2014, 5:02 PM
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Michael Kantor

Attention Strava management, this is very simple.  Add SUP, kayaking and everything people want added.  Also add a custom function so people can add their own workout.  EG. Dragging a tire in the sand.  

January 11, 2014, 3:34 PM
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Reece Hill

I am using workout for my paddling too, which isn't ideal. Adding Paddling or Paddlesport would be great. I paddle a mix of sea kayak, waka ama (OC1 and OC6) as well as SUP so either a generic paddle activity type or adding Waka ama  to the paddling list would make me happy : )

January 11, 2014, 12:19 AM
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Richard J.

Paddlesport sounds like a great idea.  I'm using 'workout' to track the ocean ski paddles - but would like a dedicated activity for paddling/kayaking/SUP.  Helps to start some more competition on the water!

January 9, 2014, 4:42 PM
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Bill Brooks

Need a paddleboard activity with all the features of run/ride.  

October 5, 2013, 10:52 PM
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Mark K.

Yes please +++++

I currently upload all my paddles with the Rides activity type. I used to upload as Workouts, but you get none of the Ride or Running features (ie heat maps, Activity summaries on profile etc),. 

It's a nasty hack/workaround and I'd love to see another Paddling main type (with different categories like bikes for Ride for SUP, Kayak, SurfSki, etc)  so these can be matched off apples vs apples against other paddlers...

October 4, 2013, 5:23 AM
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Doug K

We want SUP!

September 10, 2013, 4:53 PM
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James Jackson

And Surf Ski please

August 23, 2013, 10:47 PM
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Bianchi Sailor

I used the "swim" feature to record my SUP paddle this morning.  Looks like I am a VERY fast swimmer!  Add SUP!

August 22, 2013, 10:36 AM
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Michael Brown

I agree! Here is a SUP we did the other day  on the South Platte in Denver. 

I look forward to adding some interesting river, lake and ocean trips including the Grand Canyon. Human powered paddlesports are some of the best fitness exercises out there. Strava, please add a paddlesports!

I have been using 'windsurf' because of the board but Matt is probably more on the money with 'workout'.

Does anyone know id the bluetooth heart rate monitor would die if it was submerged?

August 12, 2013, 8:46 AM
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Matt Brewster

Agreed - currently just use the "workout" type to track this.

June 7, 2013, 2:32 PM
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Doug Haluza

Yes I would like to see a paddlesports generic activity at a minumum, or a SUP as one of many paddlesports.

March 3, 2013, 6:28 PM
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Chris Cullen
Fo sho.
February 3, 2013, 7:24 PM
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Colin Carpenter
Plus one requesting SUP, kayaking, canoeing, and surf skiing categories for activity types. I'm certain there are thousands of paddlers who would be grateful for the addition.
January 17, 2013, 8:06 PM
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David Carew

Paddle sports with a selection process akin to the bike one so you can see how each Board/Craft compares

December 26, 2012, 2:37 PM
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Teresa P.

All paddlesports should be included--at least in a paddlers version if not with separate detail.

October 24, 2012, 4:42 PM
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Jason Argent

The "Paddlesport" entry is probably the best idea.  Ideally you'd have Paddleboard and SUP separately, but i suppose you could end up breaking it down too much.

September 23, 2012, 9:47 AM
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Vincent V.

Yes please, Add a Paddlesport entry. That would add a lot of sport junkies to Strava, and that would allow my outrigging club to finally enter the friendly competition mode that i have already with my cycling friends!

August 23, 2012, 9:36 PM
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Bruce Brereton

I do a lot of kayaking ... why isn't that in the list?  Shouldn't you be able to add your items to the list? I'm sure there are lots of other things people would want to add.

June 24, 2012, 12:21 PM
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David Kopf

Yes, please add an SUP or "Paddlesports" entry. Strava would be ideal for tracking this sort of activity

May 14, 2012, 4:11 PM
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Robert Lindauer

Kayaking too.  

April 29, 2012, 6:09 PM
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Adrian Corcoran

What I think would be more useful here is that there is the ability to add custom types e.g. SUP, white water kayaking, sprint, marathon etc ...

April 13, 2012, 6:23 AM