If you enjoy a nice stroll along the beach, then you've probably seen people cruising along the water on a Standup Paddle Board or SUP board. A large flat board with a long paddle for gliding across the surface of the water.
I decided I wanted to give this a go and was delighted when a quick 'Google' showed that boards can be hired at Standup Paddle SA, which is located at Seacliff Beach at the Brighton and Seacliff Sailing/Yacht Club.
My sisters and I headed down to Seacliff Beach on a 38-degree day at 7pm at night. The weather was perfect and the ocean had only a few tiny ripples. It's best to do this sport when there is no wind and the water is glassy, so you can glide along the water with ease and not have to fight any choppy waves.
Standup Paddle SA is open from 8am until 8pm in the summer. They offer board hire for $25/per hour. They were even offering a special deal when we arrived called SUP and SIP where your ticket included a free drink at the Seacliff and Brighton Sailing Club bar. Check out their Facebook page for when this event is next on.
They also offer standup paddle lessons, tours, group rentals and have a shop where boards and equipment can be purchased. You wouldn't believe it but they even have SUP Yoga classes which I was told by one of the lovely staff you don't need any experience to take part in - but I might need to see it to believe it!
A large tent was set up on the beach where we hired our boards and off we went down to the water's edge. Both my sisters managed to jump on quite easily but I fell straight off into the water on my first go! I soon found out there is a bit of balance required to stand up correctly and your feet need to be spread out evenly on the board. Then you use the long paddle to direct your board around the ocean. You really use your core muscles to help you balance correctly on the board, so it is a fantastic workout.
After paddling around for half an hour, I tried kneeling and then sitting on the board. Seasoned paddle boarders make this look easy, but it does require a lot of balance to go from standing to sitting, and back up again. My board got the wibble wobbles but I managed to stay on this time and by the end of the hour session I got the hang of it and was standing up and sitting down as I pleased.
When we finished I thought to myself ''I can't wait to come back and do this again'. I had a great time improving my balance and trying out a new sport. It also helped that the weather was perfect for us and we had a beautiful view of the sun starting to set.
We returned the boards and then headed up to the sailing club for a drink to watch the sunset. All in all, standup paddle boarding is a great morning, afternoon, sunrise or sunset activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Everyone should give this a go whilst the weather is still hot.