Explore the wonder of SUP

2017-12-21 06:01
Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is for everyone.        Photo:SUPPLIED

Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is for everyone. Photo:SUPPLIED

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IT does not matter if you are male or female, young or old, an experienced surfer or if you haven’t touched a board before at all.

Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is for everyone. SUP combines a full body workout in an extra- ordinary environment. Ride ocean waves, paddle over coral reefs with crystal clear water, enjoy sunrises while standing up paddling offshore, or use your paddle board to discover wild and unspoilt coastlines.

Instead of lying on your chest and jumping to your feet when you catch a wave, you stand, propelling yourself through the water with a long paddle or oar. A stand-up paddleboard is thicker, wider, and longer than a surfboard, so it’s easier to stand on and provides more stability on choppy water.

We just had to try it.

SUP has been around for millennia but has only become a more modern sport since the 1940’s. It seems that with our rushed lives, our hobbies are also becoming more extreme. Antonio from SUP Tours, which forms part of JBay Adventures, made sure our initial expectations were crushed. I could never have expected what a truly awesome experience awaited us.

We arrived at JBay Adventures early Saturday morning and quickly got distracted by the amazing views this jewel of a place has to offer. Everything just felt right and I guess that is why the word “Adventures” features in their name, a true hub for all kinds of expeditions, safaris and experiences.

We discussed the game plan before heading off to Kabeljauws River on the northern side of Jeffreys Bay. After a quick safety talk we inflated the SUP boards.

These boards weigh only 2.5kg and can fit into a bag, making it a great option for families with limited vehicle space. This is great because you can purchase or even rent a board from Antonio to go and explore the waterways.

Once we got going I found it much easier than it had looked like and I came to the conclusion that if you can stand on one leg for 5 seconds and not have dirt on your face, you will enjoy this. The SUP boards are manoeuvrable and wide and offer very good stability.

Antonio made my day and has a contagious passion for fauna and flora and also his way of showing it to everyone. I am very disappointed that I never tried this earlier and if you ever think of giving it a try make sure to book your SUP experience.


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