Standup paddle (SUP) or paddle board or paddle surf is an emerging global sport with a Hawaiian heritage. The sport is an ancient form of surfing. It reemerged as a way for surfing instructors to manage their large groups of students, as standing on the board gave them a higher viewpoint. This increased visibility of what was going on around them, including incoming swell.
The popularity of the modern sport of Standup Paddle has its origin in the Hawaiian Islands in the early 1960s. The Beach Boys of Waikiki would stand on their long boards, and paddle out with outrigger paddles to take pictures of the tourists learning to surf. This is where the term "Beach Boy Surfing", another name for Stand Up Paddle Surfing, originated.
Standup Paddle is popular in warm coastal climates, and is gaining in popularity as celebrities are sampling the sport. Use of standup paddle boards have been spotted around the globe anywhere where there is easy access to safe salt waters, as well as in lake and rivers. Supporters cite its ease of use as a key to its popularity. Beginners can be totally comfortable in as little as an hour of training. Standup paddleboarding is also popular with women.
Caribbean Paddling first introduced Standup Paddle to St Maarten in 2009. Early on we felt this easy-to-learn new board sport would be a crowd pleaser. One of the real advantages to Standup Paddle is the angle of visibility. Unlike sitting in a kayak or canoe, SUP (another name for Stand Up Paddle) allows a paddler to see everything beneath him/her, from dolphins, to fish, to sea turtles, to stingrays and even beautiful starfish. There is a whole world of life below you that you just can’t see from a seated position. Success was immediate, and we quickly ran out of boards. We first made a deal with Roberto Ricci Designs, then SUP ATX and finally with the famous french brand F-One.
St Maarten has plenty of places to enjoy stand up paddle. Whether you are staying on the French side or on the Dutch side, you can easily rent a paddle board for a week (or even more!). Pinel island and Grand Case are the best places to enjoy stand up paddle boarding thanks to its calm sea condition. They are not to be missed! But if you don’t have time to visit those special spots, we can also deliver stand up paddle boards to your doorstep, for a minimum of two days rental.
So just hit the booking button, and we will bring the perfect equipment for you! Delivery charge (drop off and pick up): 50 USD.