What is paddleboarding?
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world. It originated from the surfers in Hawaii, the user stands on the board the entire time rather than having to lie down to paddle like you would on a surfboard.
There are two main types of boards, the rigid board, usually made from a plastic epoxy layer over a foam core and fully inflatable boards. The ridgid boards are usually best for the surf and are sometimes the best for type for racing. Inflatable boards
Variations include flat water paddling, fitness, touring or racing. They can be used on rivers, canals, lakes and the sea. Boards have been developed specifically for surfing, yoga, fishing and even white water (river rapids)
There are some great paddle boarding spots for general paddling in the UK. Most of the south coast, where surf is minimal is the best. So around, Bournemouth, Eastbourne, Brighton, Worthing, Hayling Island, Weymouth and Poole are some of the best spots.
Further towards Devon and Cornwall, Sidmouth, Exmouth, Torquay, Brixham, Salcombe and round to Plymouth have some amazing river mouths and coves to explore.
There are some great paddle board brands on the market, Fanatic, Red Paddle Co, Starboard, Naish and Hatha Paddle Boards are some of the go to companies.