Stand Up Paddleboarding on the Isle of Wight
Grab a paddle and go!
Part surfing, part kayaking, stand up paddleboarding is a sport that’s quickly growing in popularity. Go at your own pace and explore the Isle of Wight’s waterways while enjoying a fantastic workout. If you’re new to stand up paddleboarding, there are plenty of instructors around the island to help you learn the basics so you feel comfortable on your own.
What To Expect
The Isle of Wight is, not surprisingly, a fantastic location to have a go at a wide range of watersports, from kitesurfing and paddleboarding, to kayaking or surfing. Being surrounded by water means regardless of the tide or wind direction, there will always be a spot perfect for you to get out on the waves. Professional paddleboarders love visiting the Isle of Wight because of the endless opportunities to paddle and the varied landscapes: under cliffs, around sheltered bays, and along stunning rivers teeming with wildlife.
Paddleboard Training and Rentals
iSurf mobile surf school provides quality tuition for anyone wanting to learn to paddleboard 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 Water on Dunroamin Beach at Lake, between Sandown and Shanklin, offer surfing and bodyboarding, 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 Water 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.
Pedal n Paddle was launched in 2011 to teach stand up paddleboarding. Their team provides 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.