- Rent a board in 3 locations: V&A Waterfront, CTICC and Intaka Island
- Cruise the canals for some sightseeing with a different perspective
- Professional instructors give you basic training instructions
Stand up paddle boarding, or SUP as it’s known, is the fastest growing sport in the world. At SUP Cape Town, this thrilling combination of surfing and kayaking is hosted along the city’s most vibrant waterfronts at three locations including the V&A Waterfront, the CTICC and Intaka Island. Rent a board and cruise the canals to combine sightseeing with a total body workout. On Thursday’s join the local SUP community for evening experiences. Or head out to the open sea and join the Clifton beach SUP crowd. Trained instructors give you the basics on how to enjoy this casual but exhilarating sport, and ensure you’re in and out of the water safely.
SUP seems like a new phenomenon, but it’s actually been around for centuries. Ancient cultures from all over the world used small watercrafts propelled by long sticks to fish, catch waves and travel. Fishermen are the most famous SUP-ers, as they often stand on boats made out of reeds and paddle using a bamboo stick from one fishing spot to another. The same concept is applied in Venice, where gondola sailors use a long paddle to navigate the canals. But the first time SUP-ing was done for recreation is said to be in Hawaii, when surfers used paddles to help themselves navigate waves more effectively.
- Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
- Clifton 4th location is closed from 1 March to 30 November.
- Booking essential
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Advice for visitors
First things first: You’re going to get wet. Secondly: If you can stand, you can SUP. No experience is needed in this water activity. If you are new to SUP-ing, then the best place to learn is in flat water. Start off with an hour-long lesson and paddle along the canals. The lack of waves will boost your confidence and give you a general feel for the action. For the more advanced, rent a board and paddle in the open sea. It’s more challenging with the waves and the swell. Be sure to wear swimwear, sun cream and a hat, and bring along a towel. Lifejackets are also available upon request.
Did you know
SUP is a full body workout that is also a very low impact form of exercise. Almost every muscle in the body is used at some point, with virtually no chance of causing damage to tendons, ligaments or joints. The leg, core and abdominal muscles work to stabilise and maintain balance, while the arms and shoulders work to drive the paddle through the water.