Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is becoming increasingly popular. Consider it the alternative and chilled out option of surfing. There are many providers of tuition on the Island especially in the Southern part of the Island.
Experience stand up paddleboarding on the Isle of Wight with stunning views throughout the Island. Paddle under cliffs and sheltered bays or cruise the stunning rivers around wildlife.
Have fun paddling under cliffs and sheltered bays? Or maybe cruising the stunning rivers and creeks silently gliding around wildlife spotting. The aim of these two hour sessions is a fun and safe introduction to SUPs in a stunning location, with family, friends or meeting new people who have a similar interest.
You will be in safe hands with our highly skilled, experienced and well qualified guides to lead you through your introduction to SUP on the Isle of Wight
There are courses available from highly skilled, experienced and well qualified instructors, who can guide you on 2 hour sessions. See full details of SUP course providers from the map below:
The Isle of Wight is, not surprisingly, a fantastic location to have a go at a wide range of watersports from kitesurfing and paddle boarding, to kayaking or surfing.
Being surrounded by water, means that no matter what the tide or wind direction there will always be a spot perfect for you to get out on the waves. It is exactly this reason that makes it so popular with professionals, that and the good waves and the fact that you can always find a beach that is ideal for your sport.
Whatever watersport takes your fancy – there are loads of places across the Island where you can learn safely, with instructors who can impart that important Islander info on the best places to give it a go.
We’ve complied a guide to the top places to learn to get very wet this season…
iSurf mobile surf school provide quality tuition for anyone wanting to learn to surf and can take their equipment to locations around the Isle of Wight according to what the weather dictates for the best conditions for learning.
iSurf is run by BSA qualified surf coach Chris Mannion, who has been surfing for over 17 years. Chris has a great passion for the ocean, having travelled the world extensively in search of the perfect waves. He’s been teaching surfing on the Isle of Wight since the age of 16 and is very familiar with the best surfing spots the Island has to offer.
Lessons can be taught as one to one, in groups and females only. Tel: 07968 609169.
Wight Waters on Dunroamin Beach at Lake, between Sandown and Shanklin, offer surfing and body boarding, windsurfing, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking and canoeing along with sailing too. This is a lovely sandy beach with a gentle slope giving shallow waters for beginners to practice.
Over the past 28 years Wight Waters Adventure Watersports has developed into a thriving centre, boasting a stable of top quality instructors. They also have a popular social scene, with a café on the beach and barbecues in the evenings.
They’re fully recognised by all the National Governing Bodies and work closely with them to develop the centre. Wight Waters stock all the latest equipment from Starboard and Tushingham and also ensure that their safety boats are modern and equipped to the highest standard.
WINDSTALKER ISLAND KITESPORTS
Windstalker Island Kitesports is an official Cabrinha school and they aim to teach you all aspects of kitesurfing in a safe and enjoyable way.
“All you need is a towel and swimsuit we provide the rest,” said Jane Harris.
“We also offer kite equipment for supervised hire so if your visiting the Island and fancy a kitesurfing session you can. We can repair all kites and boards and are a Cabrinha kite and associated products distributor.
“Here on the Island we are lucky as whichever direction the wind blows we have great beaches and water to kite from, all within 30 minutes of Newport. It’s fun,exciting and a great way to keep fit.”
PEDAL N PADDLE
Ben Donald launched his company Pedal n Paddle in 2011 to teach stand up paddle boarding and teaches two-hour lessons to individuals, groups or families at a location of your choosing from Gurnard to Shanklin, Newtown, Colwell and Totland to the River Yar. “The Island lends itself very well to many different locations – you can surf on the boards or paddle on flat water. And it’s great for keeping up your fitness if you are a surfer or anyone wanting to keep fit while enjoying the water, so SUP has masses of appeal,” says Ben. “ It might be a craze now, but it’s a fashion that is here to stay.”.
Stand up paddle boarding is the fastest growing board sport in the world. There are two divisions of the sport: beginners and those doing fitness training, who tend to ride small waves on big wide boards measuring 12ft by 31 inches; smaller boards – between 8ft and 10ft long – are suitable for bigger waves. Ben uses ingenious inflatable boards, which you can also buy or rent directly from him. “It’s an exciting product,’ he enthuses. “They roll-up and pack down small, so they are totally portable and you can transport them around without too much hassle. They are totally soft to land on and are completely indestructible!”
UKSA (United Kingdom Sailing Academy) offer dinghy and keelboat sailing along with kayaking, windsurfing and kite surfing. A taster weekend of kitesurfing includes a basic introduction to kitesurfing enabling you to fly and launch kites safely. “Once on the water, you will experience the exhilaration of body dragging plus have the power to control the kites in a fun and safe environment,” says their website.
MEDINA VALLEY CENTRE
Medina Valley Centre is a Christian charity located on the sheltered banks of the Medina river and they have a fleet of open canoes as well as a fleet of sit-on kayaks and so can offer “taster” sessions in both canoeing and kayaking. “The canoes can be rafted together which produces a very stable ‘catamaran’, which is virtually impossible to capsize,” they say. Sessions are run with a ratio of one qualified instructor to a maximum of eight students- minimum age of eight. Tel 01983 522195.