Grace Bay Beach Activities

Turks and Caicos activities: SUP

SUP at a Turks and Caicos luxury resortRecently we asked our guests about what their favorite FREE watersport activity the Somerset provides our guests with during their stay:

  1. Hobie cats
  2. windsurfing equipment
  3. kayaks
  4. snorkeling equipment
  5. stand-up paddle boards

The overwhelming favorite was stand-up paddle boards.

What are stand-up paddle boards?

Stand up paddle surfing (SUP), aka stand up paddle boarding, comes from Hawaii, and is an emerging global sport. It’s actually an activity that has been practiced for at least a thousand years, and is gaining popularity because it gives participants a better field of view.

Unlike surfing, paddleboarding is very easy to learn. Within one hour you can become very comfortable in the water and on your board. Stand up paddleboarding is also more popular with women because of their lower center of gravity, women are often more skilled at paddleboarding than men.

The sport got its start back in the 1950’s when Waikiki Beach surf instructors would use their longboards and paddles to travel around the line-up. The upright position made it a lot easier for them to keep an eye on their students, while also allowing them to bring along cameras to take photos of the action, later selling the images to their students on the beach.

To learn more about Turks and Caicos activities like SUP, please contact our Activities Desk.

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