SUP Touring and Exploring
SUP touring is one of the most common SUP activities paddle boarding lovers do. Think of it as an adventure. You can explore new places, go on a trip or an expedition, by yourself or with friends and family. You may have successfully learned how to paddle board on the sea or on a lake. But if you want to try something new, you can also go on a SUP trip to explore the local area or even somewhere further afield on your paddle board. It’s one of the best ways to explore a place. If you are intrigued, check out the content below and see what SUP touring actually is and if it’s the right activity for you. Below you will find some frequently asked questions about SUP touring and exploring.
- How long should a SUP tour be
There are no standards or written rules that specify how long a SUP tour should be. It really depends on your own preference. If you don’t have much time, even a one-hour trip on the water can be a SUP tour. Also, if you do have the time, spending a night or a week or even more time is okay. Don’t let anything stop you from enjoying a potentially amazing adventure. But if you are going on a longer trip than usual, extra preparation is needed. Consider bringing more food, water, change of clothes if you are staying the night or maybe your wallet. Note that an overnight trip will require more things for you to keep self-sufficient.
- How good do I need to be to go on a SUP tour
There’s no saying how good you need to be to go on a SUP trip. Actually, people of all skill-levels can do SUP touring and exploring. But make sure your paddling skills are good enough for the SUP touring. For example, if part of the trip include paddling on whitewater and you are not good enough to handle it, then this trip is probably too hard for you and you might need to reconsider it. Generally, the longer and further your trip is, the better your SUP board and SUP skills need to be to make sure you have an enjoyable cruising experience. Also, you need to fully understand the risks involved all the SUP touring you are going to take. No matter how good you are at paddle boarding and where you are paddling on, there will be risks during the trip. So always take relevant safety precautions when taking a SUP touring and exploring trip.
If you can, study the types of water that you might paddle on during the trip in advance to make sure you fully understand the potential risks and be prepared to take responsibility for your own safety and perhaps other paddlers with less experience you might be paddling with.
- Where can I go on a SUP trip?
Being incredibly accessible is one of the reasons why stand up paddle boarding is able to become so popular within such a short time. Possible paddle boarding spots include the ocean, a lake, a river or canal. And they can all be great places for SUP touring and exploring. While trying to decide where to go SUP touring and exploring, you need to make sure that you know how to properly keep yourself and your companions safe when cruising on different types of water. When going on a long touring trip, there are more things you need to take into consideration. There are a few factors that could have a negative effect on your SUP touring experience, like winds, tides and currents, etc. People think inland waterways and lakes are much less risky than the ocean, which leads them into being less cautious. It could be a dangerous thought which is not necessarily true. The fact is different types of water presents its own risks and you need to understand them thoroughly for your own safety and the safety of your companion.
- Who should I bring along to the SUP tour
There aren’t written rules that tell you who you can or can not go SUP touring with. It really depends on what kind of SUP trip experience you are expecting to have. Going by yourself is a great choice if you want to push your own limits. Also, paddling and touring in groups is a lot of fun as well. It’s a great way to socialize with other people and really bond with your friends and family. Both paddling alone and in groups are very fulfilling in their own ways.
- What board should I use for SUP touring
Most SUP boards can be used for SUP touring. Depending on the SUP trip you are going, there actually are certain types of SUP boards that can make a better choice than others. If you are just going to spend a few hours on the water touring the local river, any board would be okay. But if you intend to go on a long touring trip with equipment, then an all-around inflatable paddle board would be the best choice. The increased buoyancy of inflatable paddle boards over rigid boards makes it easier for you to keep your luggage safe and dry and they usually comes with straps on the board to allow you to fasten your belongings.
- Should I do any planning?
Planning ahead is almost always necessary. There are a few things you need to sort out and get straight like where you are going, things you are taking to the trip and how long you are going to tour, etc. And if it’s a trip to a place you are not familiar with, make sure you do all the necessary research of the place and can keep yourself and your companions safe the whole time. One of the most important thing to research into before touring a new place is the weather, especially when you are planning on a long trip that lasts for more than one day.
- Where should I start with SUP touring
If you haven’t done any SUP trips, it’s suggested you start taking small trips and then move on to longer, more adventurous ones as you get more comfortable doing it. As is mentioned previously, there are a lot of different places for you to go SUP touring and exploring, just research online and you should be able to find a decent place to start your very first SUP tour. If you are stuck with inspiration, do check out Goosehill’s Blog for wonderful places for SUP touring.
- Do I have to camp during the trip
Camping is not a must in SUP touring. You don’t have to bring a tent and camp during the trip if you don’t like or plan on doing it. It’s more of a personal preference. Some people do find camping on a SUP trip adventurous but there are also people who don’t like to camp. But camping while SUP touring could be an exciting, challenging and unforgettable experience. So if you really want to push your limits, do try camping.
- How challenging is SUP touring?
Depending on what kind of SUP touring and exploring experience you want, you can make it as challenging as you need. Part of the enjoyment of SUP touring exploring comes from pushing your mental and physical boundaries. You also get to explore new places and enjoy the outdoors. A long trip could be a real challenge to your fitness level and endurance. But a high quality paddle board and the right techniques could help make things better. Also, planning ahead could make things much easier and predictable and significantly lower the overall safety risk.