Stand up paddle boarding is an offshoot of surfing that originated in ancient Hawaii. Unlike traditional surfing where the rider sits until a wave comes, stand up paddle boarders stand on their boards and do use a paddle to propel themselves through flat water or ocean waves.
SUP, in Greece is a fast growing sport. And it’s because of the biggest coastline in Europe, the islands, the lakes and the rivers that our country offer limitless possibilities in terms of spending quality time on a SUP board.
Unlike surfing you don’t need waves to paddleboard, but very calm protected water and a certified instructor to teach you the first steps. It often takes 2-3 lessons to gain the ability to SUP on your own. It’s very easy to find a school or an association in order to join the sport, as there are a lot in Greece, from Thessaloniki to Crete.
Tinos is one of the most appropriate places for a rides or training. While it’s often windy, there are several protected coves. One of them is Panormos Bay, the first historical and commercial natural part of Tinos. The sea area there could be used either for beginners or for advanced SUP learners.Beginners can take the first steps in the shallow sandy water in the first beach, called STAFIDA, which is an easy, comfortable and safe environment.
As soon as somebody starts doing that sport there are so many related activities which can really hold his interest. Touring shorter or longer distances, surfing, downwind SUP or even a SUP yoga.