SUP Stand Up Paddle Boarding

It’s official! Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (or SUP) is the fastest growing water sport in the world. In Australia, we’re lucky enough to enjoy perfect SUP conditions all year round in some areas. It doesn’t matter whether you’re young, or just young at heart, extremely fit, or not-so-much.  Stand-up paddle boarding can be a serene, relaxing and low impact activity on calm waters – or an adrenalin packed adventure in the waves and ocean.

Here at WindSup, in just one lesson, we can have you up and paddling in no time. It’s a great way to improve your fitness, balance and health.

But we know you have some questions about this fun, popular sport, so we’ll endeavour to answer some of the most frequently asked.

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Stand-up Paddle Board – Frequently Asked Questions

You say it’s easy, and not dangerous, so why do I need a lesson?

  • It’s important to learn a few tips to make the experience enjoyable from the outset, so that you don’t develop bad habits that can be a risk to you or your equipment. For example, learning the correct paddling technique right from the start. This will prevent injury, and give you control over the board in calm water or waves. Lessons go for 1 hour.
  • We teach best practice. Wearing a leg rope, how to self-rescue if conditions become rough or winds change direction, surf rules and best locations for beginners.

How long before I can stand on my own two feet?

  • For the first 10 minutes you may be a little wobbly, but after your first lesson, you will be able to SUP on your own in sheltered, still waters
  • We hire our equipment so that you can practice the skills you’ve learned for a few hours
  • Once you’ve mastered still water, we offer Sunday morning sessions from the beach, with a few gentle bumps
  • Once you’ve mastered the gentle bumps, and want to catch some waves, you’ll need to make an appointment to take another lesson

Okay I’m hooked. Can you hook me up with equipment?

We offer 3 types of hire:

  1. Supervised hire by the hour. Normally at west Lakes or the beach on a nice day.
  2. Day or weekly hire if you want to go to the beach unsupervised, or for a surf Port Noarlunga. Perhaps you’re going away for holidays and want to take a board for a bit of family fun. We also offer soft roof racks for transportation.
  3. Long term hire is from 1 to 6 months. If you are only in Adelaide for a short period of time or you want to try out the idea of owning a SUP. A good option if you have limited storage, or aren’t sure how often you’ll use your board. It’s an easy way to enjoy the sport without the full commitment of purchasing outright.

We also offer hire with our boot camp SUP fitness sessions. Twice a week you can use one of our boards for SUP fitness training, using interval and SUP technique drills as part of your fitness regime. You can hire casually or monthly. The equipment stays in my trailer and I get it out for you and pack it up each session. All you have to do is come along. Check out Facebook group for details www.facebook.com/groups/242023239193785/

If you’re looking into buying equipment, we can help you through the whole process and will get you onto the right gear to make your SUP adventure enjoyable. Check out www.standuppaddlesa.com.au  for info on the Starboard equipment we use in our lessons.  We offer Stand Up Paddle Board sales for all state of the art Starboard SUP Products including paddles, inflatable SUPs, racing SUPs, touring SUPs, Surfing SUPs and much more.

How do I meet up with other newbies?

  • Stand-Up Paddle Boarding is really taking off in Adelaide. WindSup has monthly social events so you can come along and meet other SUP’ers
  • Join the SA SUP Crew and get to take part in all kinds of competitive events http://supcrew.com.au and also the Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/160314413996037

Are there any no-go zones, or can I sup anywhere in SA?

  • You can SUP anywhere you like
  • Always wear a leg rope and if you are alone, make sure you tell someone where you are going, and when you intend to return.
  • If you’re in the sea, and going a long way off shore, make sure you wear a personal flotation device for safety.
  • If you’re inexperienced, make sure you give other water users their space, and don’t be a wave hog
  • Be respectful of marine life

What makes you the expert?

  • I’ve been Stand-Up Paddle Boarding since 2010
  • I’ve taught kayaking, canoeing, as well as windsurfing and other board sports as a profession for since 2004.
  • I’m the current state race champion and have made it to the State Surf semi-finals the last two years in a row
  • I’m totally stoked and into SUP and my passion will rub off on you as well. Guaranteed!
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