This post is dedicated to one of my favourite things to do is stand up paddleboarding (SUP). I tried the sport in Lanzarote last year and immediately became hooked. When we landed back in London I searched for places that I could get out on the water and was so excited to see that WakeUpDocklands.com and Active360.co.uk both offer paddleboarding.
I contacted Jason at WakeUp Docklands and arranged to take their BSUPA Ready to Ride lesson. The lesson costs £50 and lasts around 1.5hours. It teaches you the basics of SUP- paddle technique, different strokes and turns and how to keep safe out on the water.
I really enjoyed the lesson and we went for a paddle up the dock to practice the skills that I’d learned.
I wanted to get out on the water more and luckily there is a paddleboarding club that meets at WakeUpDocklands.
The London Stand Up Paddlers can be found on MeetUp.com They meet on Saturday mornings when the weather is good enough and on Tuesday evenings during the Summer months.
I was lucky enough to paddle with them for a few months until the end of the season last year and this year I am helping run some of the sessions.
Paddleboarding is a really fun sport and is also a great workout. It’s also a great way to explore different places. I went out with Active360.com in February this year and we paddled from Paddington Basin to Little Venice. I’d never been there before even though I’ve now lived in London for 9 years. Paddling down the canal was a great way to explore-even if it was 0 degrees!
There’s lots you can do on a paddleboard too from flat water, sup surf, taking on rivers and rapids, racing and also SUP polo. I would recommend taking a lesson before renting a board and taking time to learn the basic skills. There are lots of clubs in the UK too, check out BSUPA and UKSupClubs for more information.
I have a few SUP adventures planned for this year which I will be blogging about and am always happy to answer any questions as I’d love to see the sport continue to grow.
Have you ever tried SUP or would you?