What is SUP Touring?
Touring SUP is actually exploring a waterway or coast with a paddle board stand up.
SUP tours may be undertaken either alone or with a group of friends.
Who’s going to go on SUP touring?
Paddlers of all levels of skill will tour SUP. An advanced paddler will start touring. It is necessary, however, to match your level of capability to the water conditions you want to tour.
You can tour by yourself or a party. You can also hire an outfitter for a guided tour.
How long does it take to tour?
SUP touring can be a one-hour or a long multi-day journey. The time you spend on water has nothing to do with SUP touring.
SUP touring on a paddle board
Where can I go? Where can I go?
You can visit any waterway. Seas, rivers, harbour, estuary, harbour bays, canals. lakes. You can imagine every coastline or waterway to be explored.
What is a paddle board for touring?
A paddle board for touring is designed to paddle longer distances (2 + miles). These boards are longer than paddle panels all over and appear to have a more steam-lined profile. They glide more easily and transfer each stroke further.
Most tours boards have a wide deck and additional tie-downs to store equipment. And a strong touring board will have enough to accommodate the additional equipment.
Touring paddle boards fit well for traditional paddling all over. Many people choose a paddle board for touring because it’s quicker than the paddle board.
Strong, broad or heavy riders would feel safer when paddling a touring paddle board
Do I need a paddle board for touring?
No. No. Every whole paddle board works well for sup touring. If you still take long distance paddling seriously, you ought to buy a touring paddle board. You don’t need one, however.
What equipment must I start with?
- A paddleboard and paddle of course
- Board leash (mandatory any time you paddle)
- Cell phone in waterproof bag
- Map or Google Earth print out and a compass
- Plenty of water
- Extra food
- Sun hat
- Extra clothes
- Dry bag
- PFD personal flotation device
- Cash or credit card
Should I camp and sleep in a tente?
No. No. A super tour can take one hour. Day trips are the most common form of tour. Pack light equipment and spend the day on your paddle board exploring a coast or waterway.
You can paddle with an inflatable paddle board all day long and return by bus , taxi, boat or boat. For lunch or dinner, you should paddle to a restaurant. Or pick up a lunch on a remote part of the coast or on an island. The way you came, you can paddle out. However, mind the storm. A journey back into the wind can turn into trouble.
There are also rivers, from hotel to hotel you can paddle and spend the night dining and sleeping in comfort.
How do I start to tour sup?
- Start small. Start small. Start with short day trips and focus on longer paddles.
- Get out and paddle on the water. You have to make your body fit. The greatest obstacle is physical touring. So get in the form of a paddle.
- Book your trips always. It is best if you have a waterway map. If you can’t get a map, go to Google Earth and zoom in to the coastline. Spend time researching it, in particular if you want to rest on good landing spots. Print a copy and bring in a plastic zip-lock bag with you. And let someone know where you’re going and how you intend to come back.
- Get a wind and weather forecast. Quite important: find out the wind speed and direction forecast. This is important. Paddle boarders can be very dangerous to the wind. You can fly downwind, but upwind paddling can be challenging, if not impossible. The wind will drive you where you don’t want to go quickly and you will have to be rescued.