Stand Up Paddling in Anse La Raie offers a unique way to enjoy the coastline and surrounding area at your own pace with your partner and friends, taking in your surroundings from the perspective of looking back from the water. SUP as it is also known is the fastest growing water sport in the world at the time of writing and is enjoying its success due to its accessibility, range if use and fitness benefits.
The focus of Stand Up Paddling in Anse La Raie is more orientated towards tours and down winder's than adrenaline pumped surf sessions with some amazing coastline to explore and enjoy. ION CLUB Anse La Raie stocks a range of boards from 8'0 to 12'6 The huge lagoon right in-front of the club offers the perfect place to learn and train your SUP skills, on days when there is no wind you have the option of enjoying a coastal paddle exploring the coastline from the water or joining one of our great Stand Up Paddle excursions. The North, although not as renowned for waves as the South of the Island still offers some opportunities to catch a few rides on the outer reef, and when the conditions are right you can join a member of the team in a boat trip out to the spot most suitable in the day. The great thing with Stand Up is that you can make the most of almost any conditions, have fun on the water and keep fit at the same time.
Even though SUP is easy to get started we would still suggest taking at least a short intro course to get you going on flat water, not just because we want to sell you a lesson but as with most sports there is more to them than meets the eye and you will benefit greatly from some basic instruction on:
- Equipment overview, choosing the right boards
- Safety, helping someone in difficulty, how to help yourself, things to take care of when planning your trip, leashes, basic good manners especially if you venture to a surf break where there are surfers
- Manoeuvres, how to turn
- Paddle length and basic paddling technique, important to avoid shoulder and back injury
There is plenty to learn to help you enjoy your time on the water and not come back with injuries and a sore back. Moving on into waves we would fully recommend you take a lesson before mixing it up out there with other advanced paddlers and surfers, a Stand Up Board is large and in surf you can think of it like a weapon to others if it is flying around in the waves. We take safety very seriously and would always suggest that you take an induction course to waves. SUP is not only about cruising and wave riding there are many other aspects to this great sport such as using the SUP as a platform for your Yoga or Fitness workout, downwind excursions, adventures and more. However you currently enjoy your time on the water Stand Up Paddling will give you another dimension to have fun and spend more time on the water than you could ever imagine. As with all the ION CLUB products you can pre book your Stand Up Paddleboard before you arrive directly with our head office or book locally at the Club.
Stand Up Paddle boards can be used on no wind days by guests who have pre booked windsurfing or kitesurfing rental as part of their pre booked rental voucher. However if you have no experience at all we will ask you to take an induction lesson and may prohibit the use of the SUP boards in the waves until you have had some instruction.