What's SUP, Felixstowe! There's fun to be had on the waves
PUBLISHED: 10:53 13 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:23 13 September 2018
Everyone walking along the prom has seen the paddleboarders at sea, but what’s involved in this new activity ... and how can you get started.
Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is a fun and relaxing activity that almost anyone can do. With wide, floating boards, the sport is ideal for those new to watersports – especially when practiced on calm waters – but can also provide the perfect alternative method of riding waves anywhere from one to 10 foot tall for more experienced riders (and surfers).
Next to Manning’s Amusements on Felixstowe sea front, Quiver Paddleboard Centre opened in July this year. Owned by local watersports expert Darren Herbert, the new centre will provide locals and visitors to the town with paddleboarding tuition and hire during the spring, summer and early autumn seasons.
For those who would prefer a taster session with an instructor first, two-hour paddleboarding lessons can be arranged and cost £40 per person. However, if you’re already familiar with the sport and comfortable with a board, you can hire a board, paddle, wetsuit and buoyancy aid all for a small hourly rate.
“Boards and paddles can be hired for £13 an hour, while wetsuits and buoyancy aids are £2 each for the hour,” says Darren. “Whether people want tuition or to just hire equipment, I advise people to contact me beforehand via Facebook to ensure there are boards available and that the centre will be open. Paddleboarding is very weather dependent and I wouldn’t want someone to travel here to be told it’s not safe enough to go out on the water.”
As well as one-to-one or small group tuition, Quiver Paddleboard Centre is also a great option for large groups and parties, such as hen and stag parties, birthdays and corporate team-building events. “We can have around 14 people in the water in a party, which includes instructors, however we hope this will be able to grow in the near future,” adds Darren.
“We also run coastal tours in which we paddle up to Fludyers and back.”
As the basics can be easily mastered, paddleboarding is a great activity for the whole family – and the perfect way of introducing kids to the wonderful world of watersports too. Kids’ sessions at the centre are currently being trialled and Darren believes these should be a regular occurrence on the timetable by next summer.
Whatever your age or ability, stand-up paddleboarding will allow you to experience and learn something new while keeping you active and improving your balance and fitness. This is also possible with paddleboard yoga – another exciting addition that is in the process of being finalised!
For more information or to contact Quiver Paddleboard Centre, search ‘Quiver Paddleboard Centre Felixstowe’ on Facebook.