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Published April 17th 2017
Easier than surfing
Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is certainly 'the' new sport in WA currently and we decided to give it a go recently to see what all the fuss was about.
We used the easy online booking system for WA Surf and rocked up 15 minutes before our lesson was due to begin to complete the waiver paperwork. Our instructor told us to choose a board and showed us the way to hold it to carry the board the short walk to the shelving beach where the lesson began.
When we felt comfortable with kneeling, we were told to stand up. I had been told that the standing up bit (and stay standing up) was really tricky so held off until I really felt stable kneeling. Others in our group stood up almost straight away and looked really professional. We were all complete beginners and had never been before but I can honestly say that it was quite easy.
Our instructor was friendly, helpful, patient (as some of us did fall off a few times) and encouraging. It really was easier than I thought it was going to be. The day we went was really calm with hardly any wind, which made a difference to the ease of mastering standing up. Even tiny waves from boats or the wind picking up slightly, definitely made things harder, so I would recommend choosing your first lesson based on calm, good weather.
The bay is perfect for SUP as it is shallow and mostly calm. We took our children with us and one of us looked after the children whilst the other had their lesson. It is so safe for children there and they had a great time looking for shells, litter picking, paddling etc whilst we were each having our lessons. We stayed after both of our lessons as the girls hadn't finished playing in the shallows, so we watched the next group of people have their lesson too and compared them to our first attempt at SUP.
I highly recommend you try this and tick it off your bucket list, it is such good fun.
Lessons run seven days a week from October to May, with multiple time slots per day. Lessons are one hour in duration and in a group teaching scenario. All instructors are highly experienced A.S.I. or Surfing W.A. qualified, so you are in very capable hands. Prices start from $45.00.