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 the Bazaruto or Quirimbas Archipelagos to assist you to go out into the vast ocean and you will have endless fun!
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. The harbour towns of Maputo, Vilankulo and Pemba are also ideal SUP venues where novice paddlers can get the hang of the sport.
In both the Mozambique Archipelagos where the winds only blow during winter, leave surfing and kayaking for the birds and try this new, challenging sport which requires the calm seas of Mozambique’s Indian Ocean during summer.
Stand up paddle boarding is more comfortable than kayaking for long periods of time. 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.
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.
In the Mozambique Archipelagos, SUP artists can practise all disciplines 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.
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. 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.
Base yourself on Bazaruto Island in the Bazaruto Archipelago or Ibo Island in the Quirimbas and try out SUP in the calm waters of their bays. When you are worn out, dip into your outside shower and find a cold beer on a deck overlooking the ocean – aaaaaahhhhhh.