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SUP Stand Up Paddling - The fastest growing water sport

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If you take a walk down the pier these evenings, you might be surprised to see a large group of people "walking on water".  The weather has been a bit disappointing, but the water has warmed up, but it turns out this group are planning on being on the water rather than in the water.  They are practising the sport of SUP (Stand Up Paddling).  

 

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You may have seen these oversized surf boards in the water and wondered what it was all about.  Stand Up Paddle Boarding "SUP" is the fastest growing water sport in the world.  It looks like fun and one of things you will notice about a SUP class is that it is accessible for people of all ages and abilities. 

 

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Classes are run by Harbour SUP and Sail. The idea is to get people confident and capable in the water over a period of time, with the ultimate aim of getting people up to a level of a 2 – 3km paddle!!  Alternatively, they offer basic and advanced skills workshops, tours/adventure paddles and can also cater for parties, groups and families.  If you are happy that you know what you are doing, but don’t have a board, equipment may also be hired to suitably trained/experienced individuals or groups.

 

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While you certainly need to be confident in the water, and have a reasonable level of fitness, this really is a sport that appeals to all age groups and fitness levels.  Furthermore, it is a perfect family activity, group activity, or you can rock up on your own and join a session to see what it is all about.  You can make this as challenging or a relaxing as you wish, (subject to conditions).  A lazy paddle on a flat calm day or a race against your mates in choppy waters, will lead to a very different experience on the water.  And if you are good enough (or lucky enough), you won’t even get wet.  

 

So our advice is get out and try it……don’t get left behind!

 

If you would like to try your hand at this Sport, contact Mikee Hamilton to book:  (086) 031 5737

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