It’s no surprise that stand up paddle boarding earned the title of fastest growing water sport in the world since it came onto the scene 10 years ago.
It's your answer to getting in the water without getting your hair wet, plus it's a low-impact workout that improves balance, strength and fitness. It's also loads of fun and a pretty great way to relieve stress.
SUP-ing doesn’t require much skill to get started. Even if you’ve never done it before, it shouldn’t take longer than five minutes to get your balance and start cruising down the river or the ocean.
If you’re yet to get on the bandwagon, here are some of the best spots to learn to SUP in Perth.
Stand Up Surf Shop
Applecross and North Fremantle
As Australia’s biggest speciality SUP store, the team at the Stand Up Surf Shop offers everything including SUP yoga, fitness, cross training and kid’s classes. Wowsers. If you’re in the market for a board, getting involved in some of their classes is the perfect way to research the style that will suit you best.
Elemental Kite Surf SUP
South of the River
One the most prolific SUP companies in Perth, you can find these guys at Point Walter, Bicton Beach, Leighton Beach and Woodman Point—hiring out a board has never been more convenient or affordable. From $30 for an hour or $60 for the whole day, they offer beginner and intermediate lessons that take you through everything from correct body posture, paddling and surfing techniques like how to turn your board faster. If you book as a group the guys at Elemental Kite Surf SUP will reduce the class price to a cool $50 a head.
Since 2014, Sunset SUP has been offering SUP lessons and board hire at Shelley Beach, a protected inlet that stays flat all year round. They offer lessons on weekends from 8—10am and weekday lessons are available upon request. $45 gets you a board for the whole day and for those of us that are on stay-cation, they’ll let you keep a board for up to a week for just 130 big ones.
WASUP is Rockingham’s number one SUP hire destination. They keep the kids entertained with beach toys while you paddle off into the sunset, or if you need a little extra motivation, you can opt to paddle to Spill the Beans Cafe and stop off for brekky. For those looking for a wholesome alternative for their next birthday, they supply eight boards for three hours and a full set up of extras including a gazebo, bean bags and an esky full of ice.
Hillary’s Boat Harbour
For those up at Hillary’s Boat Harbour, Adrenaline does paddle boarding lesson throughout the week, no experience required, but as serious purveyors of the sun smart life, they do require you slip slop and slap yourself with sun protection. We can get on board with that.
Applecross and Bicton
Revitalise your fitness routine with Soulkite’s lessons at Melville Beach Road in Applecross, Bicton Baths or Blackwall Reach. Offering SUP yoga and fitness lessons, start your Sunday morning with their 6.30am Vinyasa Flow yoga SUP class or end the day with their sunset yin yoga. Hiring out boards for the very friendly price of $25 an hour or $40 for two hours, Soulkite also offers affordable lessons all throughout the week.
These guys have been around since the 70’s, starting off as a catamaran charter and later jumping on the SUP train, they’re no strangers to the water, so you can be sure you’re in safe hands. Hiring out boards for sight-seeing tours, fitness classes or for a couple of hours at a very affordable $35, Funcats SUP hire will keep your body fit and your pockets full.
Precious Breath SUP Yoga
Yoga and SUP are both great for improving balance, so why not put the two together and fast-track that progress! Precious Breath offers legit yoga with SUP skills and techniques, to bring you a full timetable of classes. Running at Matilda Bay Reserve, Precious Breath also offers SUP workshops and a twilight sail along the Swan River for members and they’re also one of the few places in Perth you can become a qualified SUP yoga teacher.
SUP Central WA
When the weather is sunny you can bet you'll find these guys out on the water waiting to teach you how to SUP like a pro. Offering one on one and group SUP lessons, these guys will take care of you no matter what. They also sell new and pre-owned gear in case you get addicted to stand up paddleboarding like us.
Anywhere Between Mindarie Marina And Hillary's Boat Harbour
WestSups is a mobile business that will drop boards anywhere between Mindarie Marina and Hillary's Boat Harbour so you don't have to worry about lugging a big ol' board around. They are also the only place in Perth offering night SUP board hire—these babies are complete with LED lights so you'll be safe and sound in the water. If you want a class, take a look at their SUP Yoga and Acro SUP classes for a bit of fun.
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Image credit: Ben Thouard