I just got the LiquidLogic Versa Board (which also doubles as a kayak with optional seat). Very fun!
Some phone photos...
Me (sorry pic take by son with shaky hand LOL)
I bought a SUP paddle when I bought a new kayak this summer (kayak #4 and #5) for the heck of it. I use with an old sailboard, which is a bit challenging since it is considerably less stable that a real SUP but excellent for balance. It does give you a different perspective being above the water. I am looking for a year-end clearance and selling a couple of kayaks.
Re: fishing, they're fun for fishing from too -- really cool to paddle and have the standing-up vantage point among other things, plus a little easier to get to and from the water in some cases than a fishing kayak.
Cool to see all the different designs and uses for them now -- everything from boards that are really hard to just stand up on if you're not already good at the sport, to ones for long-distance open ocean paddles, to ones for fishing and even whitewater.
Uhh, it's a displacement hull designed to be paddled while standing, therefore it is by definition a SUP. There are displacement racing SUPs, models with displacement and planing blends for things like "downwinders," recreational models, and shapes meant for surfing.
Assholes are the scourge of surfing, and both assholes and people who know the difference between http://www.paddlesurfhawaii.com/kook-and-kool.html use all sorts of different things in the surf.
Surfng to one side, who is this "scourge of surf" of whom you speak? Fluffy has had a PR campaign and is the new "in." I did get a nasty sulfur scourge upon my wetsuit once, but TMI...
SUP fishing porn. My own tally isn't so photogenic, but includes trout, smallmouth & largemouth bass, stripers, pike, & a few calico etc. Fishing-wise my bias is that for freshwater, a SUP in a windy area, where I often am these days, is limiting relative to either a floattube or kayak, but way better than a canoe if you are willing to compromise by sitting for some of your fishing and can jury-rig an anchor setup. (...and don't mind being a little cold depending on where your are.) For saltwater, they're also way limiting imo if you compare to a kayak fully rigged with fishfinder etc., but if your goal is to fish kelp or structure on days with no waves and not much wind, or to slow-troll, all of a sudden they get competitive with a kayak depending on your choice of rod and lure.
In terms of experience, something about fishing on them is super-peaceful.
In surf, funny thing is I also shortboard and, for me, a SUP is still more demanding, not less, than a shortboard unless you're on a longboard wave.
MattL's versaboard looks like it would be cool to take out for smallies in PA -- you could slow-troll a swimbait and then take some senkos along if you wanted to dropshot or cast along structure or weedlines.
Here it is in kayak fishing mode. The seat swivels 360 and also flips back for more standing room. I wanted a bit drier ride than a traditional SUP as well as the option to sit down through river rapids and for upstream attainment.