Stand up paddle boarding has been around for a long time now -in fact, the Big Blue Collective is proud to be among the first providers to offer it here in the TCI. It’s certainly seeing a surge in popularity at the moment, however, so what better time for us to introduce you to the sport that makes us so very passionate? Before you know it, you’ll be here to share the fun with us- we guarantee it.
Rising global popularity
Stand up paddle boarding, affectionately known as SUP among practitioners of the sport, has become one of the most popular water sports in America and even seen a surge among the canals and waterways of the U.K. It’s thought to have origins deep in Africa, but it surged to prominence more recently around Hawaii in the ‘sixties as travellers began to use their canoes a little untraditionally!
No matter its origins, though, there’s little doubt this sport is booming today. Here are just 6 of the many great reasons you need to try stand up paddle boarding for yourself, today!
SUP is easy to learn
Water sports may seem intimidating to begin learning- but stand up paddle boarding breaks through a lot of that barrier. The boards are wide and stable, and you can start off in placid, shallow water and still have a ton of fun. We know it can get discouraging if you struggle with a sport everyone claims is ‘easy’, but stand up paddle boarding really is hugely accessible to a wide range of people- and our friendly Big Blue Collective instructors are always at hand to help you get better and better, too.
If you have any experience in the sport, you’ll know of Dave Kalama and his mastery of the sport of SUP. Here’s a pro tip from the Big Blue Collective- he’s here in the TCI to teach his famous Kalama Kamp program once a year, so why not come and join in on the fun?
2. Bring the whole family…
And we really do mean the whole family! We even offer specialised training for older children, and the seniors among you will be longing to start too once you see the fun. Focusing more on enjoyable, relaxing activity then pressurised sport and super-quick reflexes, stand up paddle boarding in the Turks and Caicos really is a great way to reconnect with each other and have fun at the same time.
3…or don’t, if you’re a loner!
Paddle boarding is a great bonding experience for the family, or a perfect way to relax and unwind with your friends. But it’s also a sport you can enjoy safely solo, once you have the basics down pat. So if you’re headed for a solo spin through the Caribbean, don’t let that stop you from dropping in and joining the fun. We offer one-on-one tuition to help you get started, too.
4. Quiet contemplation
It’s not every water sport that can call itself perfect for a little meditative contemplation, but stand up paddle boarding in the TCI is ideal for a little relaxation at a soul level. Head out on one of Big Blue Collective’s fabulous eco-tours and drink in the beauty of this almost-untouched environment. Watch stingray and dolphins flit happily between you in the glassy sea, admire the glowing shoals of fish, and allow the still perfection of one of nature’s most beautiful corners to wash away your cares. Explore the back channels and mangrove groves and marvel at nature, or play in the crystal blue water of the sheltered bays– whatever your style of adventure, stand up paddle boarding in the Turks and Caicos brings you memories that will last a lifetime.
5. Keep up with your gym bod
Jet skis and motorised water sports are fun, but they don’t do much to chase away the holiday bulge! Gently self-powered, stand up paddle boarding is a great way to combine sport and fun on your holiday with zero pressure. It’s a fabulous workout for the shoulders and arms as well as your core, legs, back and even your balance. If you’re looking for a little extra adrenaline, you can also catch a wave or two on your way back, too! Don’t worry, though, you don’t have to be super-fit to do stand up paddle boarding in the Turks and Caicos- just up to a little activity and equipped with a great sense of humour!
6. Easy to afford
Don’t worry that stand up paddle boarding is going to be an expensive sport to keep up if the bug bites you! While not all water sports have the most affordable price points out there, stand up paddle boarding is far kinder on the pocket. If you’re new to the sport, the Big Blue Collective’s paddleboard instruction allows you to rent equipment, too. Just bring yourself if packing all your gear is too annoying- we’ll do the rest. Just don’t miss out on a chance to experience this sport in one of the most spectacular destinations in the world.
Keen to try your hand at this exciting sport? We don’t blame you- stand up paddle boarding in the TCI simply has to be on everyone’s bucket list! Why not get in touch with the Big Blue Collective’s friendly team today, and book your experience now? We’re waiting to hear from you!