The modern sport of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) started in Hawaii more than 50 years ago in the 1960s (presumably), but it was the 1990s that SUP soared to its peak of popularity. Today, there are multiple spots around the world which are particularly famous because of the sport and are visited by thousands of surfers and paddleboarders each year. If you are looking for a good SUP experience yourself, check out the following five places which are perfect for that.
How can Hawaii not be the number one place on this list when the very sport originated from here? The waters are perfect near Ala Moana, Oahu for beginners to start, but if you have some experience backing you up, head over to Kealakekua Bay, Kona for a bit more adventure. Other great spots for stand-up paddleboarding include Pua’ena Point Beach Park in Oahu and the Sunset Beach, which is also in Oahu.
Santa Barbara (California)
If Hawaii was its birthplace, California is where SUP grew up and gained popularity in the US. While the Californian waters are particularly famous among surfers for their waves, the calmer waters of Santa Barbara make it perfect for stand-up paddleboarding. If you haven’t been here with your SUP boards yet, you will love it.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
In case you were planning to travel to Mexico anytime soon, do carry your board with you because the calm waters of Banderas Bay in Puerto Vallarta are just what you need for some excellent paddleboarding. As an added attraction, you might come pretty close to dolphins, sea turtles, and even humpback whales while wading through the peaceful waters here.
It’s true that Canada isn’t the warmest place in the world to go stand-up paddleboarding, but the town of Whistler still is quite a popular spot for both local and outside SUP enthusiasts. The Alpha Lake and the Alta Lake are particularly famous for paddleboarding, although there are a few others in the vicinity as well. The backdrop of the Canadian Rockies and the vibrant blue waters below make for a unique SUP experience.
If you thought going to Canada for stand-up paddleboarding was braving the cold waters, wait till you do it in the Antarctic! While there are hundreds of other spots around the world for paddleboarding and most of them are more welcoming than the cold, harsh Antarctic, none of them can compare to the unique experience you will have here. There’s an element of danger if you are not extra careful since falling into the freezing waters under your boat will not be pleasant at all, but paddleboarding alongside seals, penguins and other native creatures, while surrounded by prehistoric glaciers, is something else altogether.
Now that the destinations are laid out, head over to waveschamp.com to find the right paddleboat and other equipment for the trip. You can probably rent or buy some on the spot, but if you are looking for reliability and quality, you need to carry your own.
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