Everyday during January. I did something a bit wild, one of the days I was taken Stand Up Paddleboarding by Kate at SUP Bristol.
I’ve been aware of Stand Up Paddleboarding for a while, seeing them in the surf line up, but it wasn’t until I was in Tobago a few years ago and I read about night time SUPing through the mangroves to see bioluminescence, that my interest in it took hold. More as means for exploring, rather than a replacement for surfing or an adrenaline sport.
I’ve been wanting to try it for a while and Bristol harbour is such a great place to give it a go. It’s really great as well, because you don’t really have to get as kitted up as you might have to with other watersports, you are not that likely to fall in due to the stability of the board.
These photos are of Kate, the instructor, who was great at explaining everything and we had some nice chats as we cruised down to the SS Great Britain. It’s really nice out on the water in the dark, with all the twinkling lights, there is obviously a bit of community of people who use the harbour as we passed a few other teams gig rowing, we even saw a Heron, which is apparently quite unusual in the harbour.
I really recommend giving SUPing a go, if you are in Bristol you can do taster sessions after work, or organise an adventure for you and your mates or family. Kids can go from 8yo, I believe, but they might be getting some kids boards some time this summer.
As I’ve now been once, I quite fancy joining one of these hour slots on a Tuesday morning during the summer – what a great way to get some fresh air before work?