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Popular Water Sports on the Sunshine Coast

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by Diane (subscribe)
A mum, teacher and travel writer who loves the outdoors, wildlife, camping and new experiences.
Published August 27th 2012
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Stand Up Paddling
Why not join celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Rihanna, Matthew McConaughey and become part of the world's fastest growing sport Stand Up Paddle boarding? Mistakenly believed by some to be an activity for the older generation, this energetic sport is quickly overtaking other popular sports as more and more paddlers take to the water. The Sunshine Coast proudly boasts some of the world's top paddle boarders who can be seen training at Lake Kawana, Cotton Tree, Mooloolaba and Noosa. This enjoyable sport is great for core muscles and fitness training. There are a variety of companies that offer paddleboard lessons for the whole family and if you're anything like me, a lesson is a great idea or you may find yourself going round in circles for a while before it's cheekily pointed out that you are sitting back to front!
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Sup Surfing
Whatever beach you decide to visit will have the ever-present surfers dotted with the occasional SUP surfer. The larger sup surfboard enables these paddlers to catch waves in most conditions. An ideal spot to see them in action is at Alexandra Headland where 'ooohs and aaaahs' can be heard from spectators on days when a large swell is present. Noosa Beach is also popular depending on wave conditions.
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Kite Surfing
The Maroochy River Mouth is a great kite surfing spot on the Coast for the more adventurous. Colourful kites can be seen swirling across the sky on windy days as their owners hurtle through the air leaping over oncoming waves. Lessons here are a must or you may find yourself whipped across the Cotton Tree campsite only to drop in uninvited to join some unsuspecting family or even worse, dangling precariously from a tree. The flat waters of the Maroochy River and Lake Weyba create a more subdued environment for those less experienced.
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Jet Skiing
When you hear a constant buzzing like a mosquito in overdrive, you've found the jet skis! If you're over 16 years of age, you can ride on your own, if not go as a passenger. After training and a safety lesson, you'll take to the water in a designated area in the Maroochy River and buzz away to your heart's content.
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Jet Boating
This picture of my daughter says it all jet boating is thrilling, exciting and 'rather' bumpy at times. Starting in the Noosa River, the boats scream around Noosa National Park and head out into the ocean, where at certain times of the year, whales can be spotted graciously peeking out of the water intermittently as they head up the coast to breed. Dolphins are sometimes spotted as they playfully leap alongside boats, giving us a glimpse of marine life at its best. And for those with slightly queasy stomachs (like me), the constant racing through the water seems to quell that nausea resulting in a very enjoyable ride.
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Cable Skiing
If you don't mind 'face-planting' a few times, then this is for you. The pros make it look easy zooming around on a cable but starting from a platform is not as simple as it looks.
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Surfing and Body Boarding
It goes without saying that the Sunshine Coast is one of Australia's favourite surfing and body boarding locations. The summer season entices hundreds of tourists and locals into the warm seas and rolling waves, a paradise for any surfer or water lover. Most beaches have a webcam that can be accessed any time to check surf conditions.
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Kayaking/Canoeing
A great sport for all ages, kayakers and canoeists are always visible on the numerous waterways of the Sunshine Coast.
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Anything attached to a boat
Wave boarding, skiing, knee boarding, tube riding anything goes in the Noosa River, Maroochy River and hinterland dams of the Sunshine Coast. Whoops of joy emanate across the water from boat occupants and sports enthusiasts. If you are on the water though, watch out for those flags signalling someone's in the water.

So get on out there and enjoy the water paradise offered by the Sunshine Coast.
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