Have you tried SUP in Mozambique yet?
Leave surfing and kayaking for the birds and try one of the most popular sports today, stand up paddle-boarding (SUP). This challenging sport requires the calm seas of the Mozambique Quirimbas Archipelago but when the wind is up, stand up paddle boarders will have to work very hard!
Stand up paddle boarding is more comfortable than kayaking for long periods of time. But when the wind comes up, go back to surfing! 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.
Choose the right gear for leisure or racing
This new sport is a great way to keep fit and trim. Developing as an outcome of surfing, SUP originated in Hawaii and allowed surfers to get further out into the ocean. Today, stand up paddlers race on oceans, rivers, lakes and canals and tailwinds are often used to race long distances.
In the Quirimbas Archipelago, SUP artists can practise all disciplines associated with the water sport: flat water or touring needs longer and wider boards to keep them stable – most people can start on one of these. Standing up and paddling takes the glare away from kayaking and allows the sportsmen to see the marine life below them. For racing, participants need faster, sleeker boards that are still stable but hard to turn. Downwind races in places like harbours, canals and waterfront developments use the wind to help them speed faster.
SUP at Ibo Island
Stand up paddling in the surf is becoming more popular and river SUP is quite new with the development of plastic and inflatable boards to handle rough rivers. But who needs to do this at Ibo Island lodge where the seas are flat?
Base yourself at Ibo in the Quirimbas and try out SUP in the calm waters of the bay. Take an outing to the magic sand bank beach and stand up paddle from there for a few hours when the winds are quiet. Later, enjoy a cocktail on the terrace of Ibo Island Lodge and a plate of fresh seafood as a reward for work well done!