Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) is one of the best ways to get fit and healthy – imagine surfing standing up in the fresh sea air of Mozambique, the salty Indian Ocean waves splashing your body?
If you learn the right technique and you get the right equipment, then SUP can change your life. Find a mentor in either Mozambique’s Bazaruto or Quirimbas Archipelagos to assist you to go out into the vast ocean and you will have endless fun! Try it at Mogundula Island near Ibo – click here to find out more!
Along the sunny coastline of Mozambique, SUP adventurers can practise everything associated with the water sport: flat water paddling, or touring, needs longer and wider boards to keep paddlers stable – most people can start on one of these. For racing, participants need faster, sleeker boards that are still stable but hard to turn.
You will find that when you stand up and paddle, there is less glare than when you are sitting in a kayak paddling. You can also see the marine life below you. This challenging sport is more comfortable than kayaking for long periods of time.
In both the Mozambique Archipelagos where the winds only blow during winter, leave surfing and kayaking for the birds and try Stand Up Paddle Boarding, which requires the calm seas of Mozambique’s Indian Ocean during summer. Downwind races in places like harbours, canals and waterfront developments use the wind to help them speed faster.
SUP originated in Hawaii as an outcome of surfing – standing up on their boards allowed surfers to get further out into the ocean. Today, stand up paddlers are a group alone and they like to race on oceans, rivers, lakes and canals and tailwinds – often long distances.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding is one of the fastest growing global water sports and once you have found your feet, you can enter competitions and tour the coastline around Mozambique. It is also a great way to keep trim. If you think you would like to try it, contact one of our consultants today.
The harbour towns of Maputo and Vilankulo are also ideal SUP venues where novice paddlers can get the hang of the sport. It is exciting to put yourself at the mercy of the sun, the sea, the wind and the waves and see how far you can SUP in the azure seas of the Indian Ocean off Mozambique’s southern and northern coasts.
Book your first Stand Up Paddle Boarding venture today and you will never look back!