What is Stand Up Paddleboarding?
What is Stand Up Paddle Boarding?
SUP is a form of water sport almost like ‘walking on water’.
SUP is rapidly taking off on the coast of Australia and has become one of the fastest growing water sports of the world. However it has been around for decades where its roots branch from the waters of Hawaii (Waikiki) along with traditional surfing itself.
Other forms of Stand Up Paddling emerged from the sounding islands of Tahiti where local Polynesian watermen would be seen standing up in the canoes whilst paddling out to the reef through the breakers in search of fish.
These days the Paddleboards or boards are made specifically for paddling flat water rivers, oceans, waves and are used for surfing, fishing, families, all round general fitness and come in all sizes and colours.
How to Stand Up Paddle Board
You stand on a large like surfboard with your feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent using a large long paddle to pull yourself through the water. These boards are easy to turn on flat water and in the waves. There are a number of techniques in turning and riding these boards but at the same time it is a sport for anyone to take part in.
It’s a great way to view coastlines and also the underwater world while you are paddling as you can look down and clearly see what is under the water surface.
Many surfers have converted to SUP because of the versatility of the new sport. SUP offers surfers and non surfers to catch more waves in a set as well as offering a better view of the waters they are in.
Great Locations like beaches & marinas
In flat water SUP is a fast and easy way to glide around the shores with family and friends. People use it in marinas to visit residents and also as a tender to larger boats. The list can be endless of how versatile these boards can be. It’s best to use SUP’S in little to no wind.
They come in wide range of sizes, brands, and styles. Popular sizes range from 9ft 3inches, to 12ft or more in length, with features such as paddle decks and concave hulls; they generally have one or three surfboard style fins in the stern for stability.
We have many locations suitable for SUP on Eyre Peninsula which all have safe clear waters. We will only teach and conduct tours in areas where students are comfortable and experienced enough to be in. Weather and Tidal changes also play a huge part in what beaches we will use at any time.
Eyre Peninsula beaches & locations include :
Port Lincoln area
- Port Lincoln Beach , Marina
- North shields
- Louth Bay
- North Shore
- Port Lincoln
- National Park (any beaches)
- Fisheries Bay (waves)
- Sleaford Bay
West Coast and Far West area
- Coffin Bay & National Park
- Kellidie Bay
- Dutton Bay
- Farm Beach
- Coles Point / Greenly Beach
- Sheringa (waves and flat)
- Elliston Front Beach
- Walkers Rocks
- Streaky Bay
- Venus Bay
- Fowlers Bay
Other Areas on Eyre Peninsula
- Tumby Bay
- Pt Neill
- Arno Bay
- Poverty Bay
- Whyalla foreshore
- False Bay (Whyalla)
- 8 mile (Whyalla)
- Pt Augusta
FAQ’s about PaddleboardingWhat is SUP?
SUP means Stand Up Paddleboarding. You stand on a large like surfboard with your feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent using a large long paddle to pull yourself through the water. These boards are easy to turn on flat water and in the waves. There are a number of techniques in turning and riding these boards but at the same time it is a sport for anyone to take part in.
Not really… But having a tour or lesson will give you great technique & ideas of good SUP locations & sights to see.