SUP: Standing up is only the beginning
SUPBall, SUP Yoga, SUP Surf or SUP Tour your way to conquering the AdNews SUP Challlenge. Here’s what’s on where in Sydney:
1. Let’s Go (SUP) Surfing. Bondi Beach. Paddleboards are a heck of a lot easier to stand up on than surfboards, so even if you’ve never surfed you’ll probably be able to catch a wave on your first go. The only caveat is that if the surf is really pumping, SUP surfing might be off the list, so phone first.
Let’s go surfing runs classes to get you started. It also hosts team building events for organisations. These are 1 or two hours long and are based on the principle that “bringing people together to find a common goal is a powerful way to foster connection. Add in waves and wetsuits and you’ve got a great chance of creating a bond that’s pretty hard to break.”
They’re designed for beginners unless you tell them otherwise.
Enquire or book by phone on 93651800. Check out your options on the website.
2. At Sydney Scenic SUP you can tour Sydney Harbour while you SUP from Mosman or Watsons Bay. The Group Tour starts out in exactly the same way as a Group Lesson, then takes you out and about on Sydney Harbour. It even includes a a picnic of strawberries, dried fruit/nuts and water around the halfway point. Tour groups are from 2 to 6 people, but if you want to take more you just have to ask. The tour lasts 2hrs and costs $89 per person.
3. SUP YOGA Sydney runs its SUP Yoga classes from Jamieson Park Paddle Health & Fitness Centre, Narrabeen, beginning in October. Call 0403 204 051 to enquire.
4. Balmoral Paddlesurf runs plenty of lessons at Balmoral Sailing School at the The Balmoral Sailing Club:
Private [“the fastest way to progress with one-on-one attention”] for $90, and couples private lessons for $70 each or Group [“get a group of friends together for a fun day at Balmoral Beach”], from $50 for 4 to $40 for six or more.
It also has gift vouchers, so if you have a birthday coming up and are dreading making polite thank yous for the undies you didn’t really want, start dropping hints. Email to get all the information you need to get a gift voucher today.
For those of you who have realised that the Challenge is only two months away, Balmoral Paddlesurf also has a Fast Track Program [“the fastest way to get to where you want to go”] The package includes a 1 hour private lesson, 1 hour board hire on to improve your skills or try different boards, a 30 minute follow up lesson to refine your new skills – including 1 hour board hire and $50 off any board purchase.
Book by phone on 9905 8826 or email.
6. OZ SUP Rose Bay Time Trials (RBT2) are for competitive SUP-ers (Who you?). You get to race in short or long courses, push yourself as hard or as little as you want and there’s a competition for every level. RBT2s are held every Wednesday night at 6pm (while daylight allows) and Saturday mornings at 8am all year. Registration includes board hire and your results emailed to you.
“It is always great fun and we often go to dinner, have breakfast and sometimes we even have a BBQ afterwards and discuss our personal triumphs.” Now there’s an invitation with benefits.
Check out the Whats SUP This Week timetable of social paddle, paddleboard fitness and RBT2 events. It’s posted on the website to keep you in the know.
Oz SUP also runs Kids school holiday camps for children 7 years and up. These are led by the siren call (for mum and dad), “Get Fit, Learn Stuff, Go Home Tired!” and include parent-friendly features like Surfing Australia instructors, Water Safety - knowledge of rips, currents, swell , dangers, what to look for and how to deal with them, eco paddling, nature awareness and photos.
Enquiries and bookings at OZ SUP Centre Rose Bay, by email or phone 0423 733 061 (Dave).
7. At Watsons Bay, Watssup offers a brush with fame. It was co-founded by Bondi Rescue’s Terry McDermott. He has been stand up paddling since 2006 – long before Kim Kardashian gave it a go - has competed a number of times in the Molokai-Oahu race on prone paddle boards as well as SUP and was awarded the Best Waterman award for his crossing of the Kauii Channel in 2009.
Watssup does 90 minute group lessons for beginners, intemediate and advanced SUP-ers that include a tour of Sydney Harbour and its beaches. If you take two friends, the cost is just $55 per person. And if you join the WATSSUP Rookie membership you get free weekend lessons.
There are also private and semi-private lessons, both for 90 minutes, plus school holiday kids camps that run for 4 days, for $180 per child, which includes SUP board and paddle hire, an Academy of Surfing logbook, manual and certificate of completion. You can even fob the kids of to Surf Sports Nipper Camp, run by Watssup sister company, Mermaid Swim Academy, in the morning before they join the afternoon SUP Camp. “The perfect all round holiday solution on the beach and the water – guaranteed to tire out your kids!”
Book at Watsons Bay Stand Up Paddling, by phone 0422 297 797 or email.
8. Last, but certainly not least, is SUPBall. Manly.
SUPBall is a combination of netball, water polo, lacrosse and rugby - played on stand up paddle boards. The game was created by Manly Kayak Centre in 2010 and now runs three competition series, with semi-finals and grand finals – Wednesday evenings, Saturday mornings and Sunday evenings (advanced).
If you’re not sure whether you can commit to a whole season or you want to give SUPBall a try first, you can register to play in a one-off game. These are held on Monday and Thursday evenings and Saturdays.
The Centre also holds SUPBall lessons for first timers. These cost$50 per person, in classes of 4 to 40, and last two hours. Find out everything you need to know about SUPBall here.
You can also ask by email or phone 9976 5057.