The new and exciting sport of Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is enjoying an explosion of interest around the world.
It really is very simple: Just stand on a large surfboard-shaped board and use a paddle to propel yourself forward.
There is almost nowhere paddleboarders can’t go – all you need is a few inches of water – so exploring the bays and inlets of Canterbury is easy and because the boards are highly stable, anyone from 5 to 75 can enjoy this sport. It’s the perfect way to get up-close and personal with mother nature.
SUP is also extremely good exercise, particularly for the all-important ‘core’ area and lower back. And it also has proven therapeutic benefits for those recovering from injury or surgery or with balance problems.
The boards and paddles are light and easily transported and manoeuvred on land, and there is no requirement for wetsuits or foul-weather gear – unless you’re playing in the waves or doing tricks on them.
Stand Up Paddleboarding Etiquette
Taking to the water on a stand up paddle board needs to be done with the utmost respect for both nature and your fellow water users. Red Air have put together the following Red Code, which and wholeheartedly recommend that all NZ SUP riders should follow. It’s a simple and sensible set of guidelines that should go a long way to keeping you safe and making sure you can coexist in harmony with your fellow water users.
- Learn the basics in flat, calm water – your self esteem will thank you
- Check the weather – always check the forecast before heading out on the water
- Avoid offshore winds – they will blow you far from home
- Check the tides – do you know how the currents and tides effect your location?
- Don’t paddle alone – stay safe and paddle with a friend
- Don’t use the board in surf until you are confident