The stand-up paddle boarding trend has spread globally and arrived on our Sydney shores. Hoe he’e nalu as it was originally called in its birthplace of Hawaii, was developed as a form of surfing that allowed surfers to paddle longer distances. These days, the sport of stand-up paddleboarding, often referred to as SUP, has spread from surf beaches to almost every body of water imaginable. Here are a few of the locations around Sydney we recommend to get out there and experience one of the world’s fastest growing water sports:[fold]
With its peaceful waters and fantastic harbour views, Rose Bay provides an ideal venue to learn to paddleboard. Rent a paddleboard for $20/hour from Rose Bay Aquatic Hire and explore the sparkling harbour waters. Need assistance? Private lessons are available to clarify the basics, including how to use the proper standing stance, and assess sea and wind conditions to improve your experience.
Manly’s pristine beaches and waterways provide a range of choice when deciding on your stand-up paddleboarding experience. Manly Kayak Centre is open to anyone from first time paddlers to experienced veterans, and hire includes a board, paddle and basic instruction. Rates start from $20/hour and drop depending on your hours of usage. Manly Surf School offers lessons only, but allows a choice of three convenient locations across Manly to take your session. Ranging from $35/hour for group lessons to $90/hour for a private solo session, there are a variety of options to suit your personal preferences.
Mosman’s Balmoral is best known for its beach, and its serene blue waters are the perfect backdrop for a day spent stand-up paddleboarding. Paddle Surfing Australia runs a ‘Learn to SUP’ course at the picturesque location and guarantee that anyone can do it – with a smile. Lessons are available from $40 - $90 depending on group numbers, while board hire costs $30/hour. The team also sells boards to anyone interested in continuing the stand-up fun.