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Designed for beginners, our Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) lessons are ideal for those looking to develop a new skill and feel more confident exploring the coast by paddle board. You'll spend 2 hours with an instructor who will start from the very beginning, covering everything from safely carrying the board, getting to your feet, paddling and manoeuvring and how to respond in an emergency. Lessons take place in the sheltered coastal waters of Porthcawl and nearby areas, in a maximum group size of four people.
Suitable for: Adults and accompanied children age 11+
What is SUP?
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is a relatively new competitor sport with deep roots in Hawaiian culture. It involves using a board, fairly similar to a surfboard, as a platform to stand on and an oar to propel yourself through the water.
The sport was made popular by Laird Hamilton in 2004 and is suitable for people who have little to no experience with water sports – however, users should be strong and confident swimmers.
Beginners should try before they buy to make sure that SUP is right for them. If you’re interested in the sport but not 100% convinced, be sure to go to your nearest surf shop to take a lesson and figure out if you enjoy it.
There are many ways to paddleboard, so deciding on the right paddleboard is crucial. Some boards are better for cruising, some are built for yoga or fishing, and some are wide enough that you can paddle with your child or dog on the board (but remember to use life jackets!). Others are smaller or sleeker in design and are meant to ensure that you can surf back in to shore with ease. Use this blog to find the best stand up paddle board for beginners.
Choosing the best inflatable SUP
Inflatable stand up paddleboards are just as strong as other paddleboards and have the convenience of being a lot easier to transport. Take them on holidays or other long journeys easily – they’ll fold up to the size of a large overnight bag. Otherwise, the shape and size of the SUP that is right for you will depend on your experience level, budget and what you’d like to use it for.
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