Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUPing) has seen an upsurge in popularity over the past decade, but in truth, it’s been around a lot longer than most other sports we know of. Ancient fishermen made their living off it, and African warriors made effective use of it when launching stealth attacks (they’d use their spears as paddles).
Whether roaming the canals of the V&A Waterfront like a Venetian gondolier, or gliding across the open ocean with the marine world swimming beneath you, standing up on a paddleboard allows you to experience the joys of being on water on two legs rather than swimming.
It’s one of a handful of activities permitted under current lockdown laws, and SUP Cape Town is currently offering a two-for-one special until end-August (weather-permitting).
Covid-19 precautions The SUPs are sanitised between trips, and social-distancing protocols will be followed as per government regulations. Masks are compulsory in the store and on the water. The number of people allowed in the store at a time will be limited, and when on the launching area (eight people at a time).
Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Cape Town
SUP Cape Town offers two options for aspiring water walkers. For both, all necessary equipment is provided, as well as a brief introduction to SUPing before your excursion. An experienced guide will ensure your safety throughout.
Option 1: Self-guided SUP in the V&A Waterfront’s canals
This is a gentler SUP experience, where you get to paddle the full three-kilometre loop of the Waterfront’s canals. Children from the age of 9 years are welcome and younger kids may be assisted by an instructor or a parent (at additional charge of R90).
Departure point Battery Park, V&A Waterfront (parking access from Alfred Road, just behind City Lodge)
Option 2: Guided SUP on the open ocean
SUP along the Atlantic Seaboard coastline, where you may be lucky enough to encounter seals, dolphins and penguins.
Please note The guided tours are available by appointment only.
Departure point Three Anchor Bay or Oceana Power Boat Club
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