The exact origin and history of Stand Up Paddleboarding is hard to pinpoint. Thousands of years ago, people in areas of Africa and South America, would use floating platforms to stand on and long sticks as a paddle to help them fish and travel around on water. There is also of course strong links to the Hawaiian surf culture and it is believed that modern day SUPing as we know it was developed here. Surfers would take a paddle with them to help propel them out to sea whilst standing up to spot the best waves, and occasionally whilst riding a wave would use the paddle to help them steer.
Nowadays, SUPing has now become one of the fastest growing water sports in the world. When taught in flat water conditions, the sport is so accessible even first timers can quickly find themselves gliding through the water with ease. SUPing is not only a fantastic way to explore, but also one of the most enjoyable ways to exercise and is great for core body strength.
On our cruises we will take you to sheltered beaches with flat calm waters; perfect conditions for Stand Up Paddleboarding!
The SUPs we have on our cruises have been carefully chosen. They are inflatable, super sturdy and suitable for all weights and sizes. Because they are inflatable, they are easier on the knees for climbing on and off the board, lighter to manoeuvre in and out of the water, and can take a few knocks without being damaged.
By using SUPs you get to train your whole body without even noticing. For staying on board you are using your core body strength, and trust me...we all have some, whether we know it or not!
With an SUP you can get close to nature in a totally new way! You have the chance to paddle in the most inaccessible places which can not be reached by boat or by simply swimming.