Stand Up Paddle Boarding, (SUP), is the new water-sport that is exploding into popularity. Essentially it is standing on a giant surfboard and propelling yourself along with a single ended paddle.
Stars like Pierce Brosnan, Sting, Cindy Crawford, and Kate Hudson are into Stand Up Paddle boarding and now people are fast catching on to this simple, yet captivating new water-sport.
SUP (also known as Beach Boy Surfing) is a water-sport that can be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere there is water. It can be a serene and peaceful form of gentle exercise or exciting and physically demanding. However you do it, it is great for your body.
Lighter than a Kayak and easier to store, with no moving parts it is more simple than windsurfing. It is safe and does not require expensive lessons or special conditions such as kite-boarding, and is much cheaper than sailing. Whether it be surf, river or lake, it is a great way to introduce water-sports into your life and enjoy the nature around you.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding, (SUP) originated in Hawaii about 40 years ago as a way for surfing instructors to manage large groups of learner surfers. Standing on the board gives you a better view of what is going on around you such as incoming waves. When standing up you can also see much more clearly down through the surface of the water than you can in a canoe or kayak.
Training on unbalanced surfaces is very effective for building the core muscle groups, (stomach and back) and for training muscles to fire in co-coordinated ways. The benefits are immediately transferable to other dynamic sports and activities, as opposed to traditional resistance training, where muscles are trained to work in isolated groups in a stable environment. In sport we require our bodies to provide explosive strength while we are on the move, which is the sort of benefit you get from cross-training in a more fluid environment, and this where SUP excels.
Hayling is surrounded by two natural harbours: Langstone and Chichester. Both harbours are areas of outstanding natural beauty and offer perfect conditions for learning. The south of the island has perfect waves for SUP, and the sandy beaches and sandy reef breaks make learning and practicing SUP fun and safe.
This 2 hour course is a beginner's complete introduction to the sport:
All equipment is provided, just turn up with a towel.
We run our beginners courses in the shallow lagoons here at Hayling. The sea bed is sandy and the water is super flat and shallow making it an ideal, safe place to learn.
All of our instructors are fully BSUPA qualified.
Our staff are all experienced water sports instructors, and safety and fun are our primary objectives.
This 2 hour course follows on from our beginners course and introduces you to riding waves.
SUP surfing offers all the sensations of normal surfing but has the advantages of catching waves you thought were ripples!
Stand up paddle boards allow you to see and catch waves well before they actually break making surfing waves easier. You will learn to use the paddle for trimming, steering and turning the board, and soon the sport of Stand Up Paddlesurfing is well with anyone's reach.
This 1 hour kids course is fun and safe, focusing on flat water paddling and exploring the lagoons at Hayling. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. However, it is a great way for the family to get out and enjoy the sport together here at Hayling.
Once you have mastered the basics, why not come down and hire a board and enjoy the amazing conditions that Hayling has to offer, safe in the knowledge that our safety team are looking after you.