Why not try something a little different or continue doing something you enjoy on your break!

Over the past few years, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), has been largely increasing with people enjoying the water in a unique way. Gliding on the water surface you use what looks like a surfboard and a paddle to propel yourself along the water. This activity is a great test of balance and can be enjoyed by the whole family and friends.

With many variations in board types and styles, it opens the door for many uses. With the likes of family fun at the beach, yoga, surfing, racing, fitness training or paddling adventures. It doesn’t stop there with many paddlers enjoying the sport with their dogs.

A few companies are now promoting stand up paddle boarding in Norfolk and offering lessons and the hiring of equipment. Making it a new and exiting activity day out for any age.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Norfolk - dog

Where Did Paddle Boarding Originate From?

It may appear to be a relatively new sport but in fact it’s been around for centuries. Originating from Hawaii, the form of stand up paddling was used to travel and fish. While in more recent times, it gained exposure in 2004 when water man Laird Hamilton used this technique when training for big wave surfing. Up and till then the concept of stand up paddle boarding was mainly used in the world of big wave surfing, to propel a rider on to waves, faster than conventional means. It soon came apparent that the sport appealed to many other people, the one main limiting factor was the boards themselves. With the boards being produced from epoxy composite, made them cumbersome and fragile, not appealing to many!


Where Can I Try Paddle Boarding

There’re a couple of coastal destinations and inland rivers and lakes which all include companies which offer great lessons, equipment hire and experience days. Below I’ve listed three locations and companies which offer great advice and all round good fun!


1. Norfolk Outdoor Adventures 2. Hunstanton Water Sports 3. Glide Surf School- Cromer


1. Norfolk Outdoor Adventures – Super SUP Day

Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Norfolk - Norfolk Outdoor Adventures

Norfolk Outdoor Adventures offer SUP and Kayaking for all levels. Offering a great range of training and knowledge from their professional SUP trainers, you are well and truly in the best hands. They are the only fully accredited ASI SUP School and the only professional SUP School within the Norfolk Broads National Park area. Being Situated on the stunning broads you can’t ask for a better backdrop!

TOP PICK – Super SUP Day

A day event which cover their Level 1 and Level 2 training, taking you from beginner to the next level!

Covering the safety side of SUP, outlining how to identify safe conditions, locations, self rescue techniques, equipment, paddle techniques and more. You’ll then get physical with the technical side and finish with a mini-tour to test out your new skills. In total, you’ll spend approx 4 hours on the water, which is great. Not to mention you receive an ASI Accredited SUP school SUP certificate to show off!

Situated on the broads the inland waterways are calm flat waters, allowing you to learn the sport without the test of other factors such as waves.

‘The best way to learn to SUP is to spend time on the water, with the right people and to put everything into practice – and this is the perfect day to do it..!’

Norfolk Outdoor Adventures

Cost

£95 per person

Supplied

  • Paddle Board
  • Paddle
  • Coiled leash

Additional extra costs

  • Wetsuit – £5
  • Eyewear savers – £7

Other Experiences & Kayaking

Aside from the Super SUP Day, Norfolk Outdoor Adventures offer some great alternatives including Kayaks to try out!

  1. COFFEE & NATURE SUP SAFARI – £45
  2. Paddle & Sunset SUP Experience – £45
  3. Dogs SUP – £45
  4. 2 hour Taster Lessons – £37 (For Beginners)

Please note: All prices above are as of April 2020, please visit website for further information –https://www.norfolkoutdooradventures.co.uk/stand-up-paddle-sup


Where To Find Them


2. Hunstanton Water Sports

Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Norfolk - Hunstanton watersports

Hunstanton is based on the west coast of Norfolk, just north of Kings Lynn. The area is well-known for water sports with the likes of Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and Powerkiting being enjoyed by many.

Unlike Norfolk Outdoor Adventures, you can enjoy Stand Up Paddle boarding on the sea with wonderful coastal views. Hunstanton Water Sports has been running SUP for the past 7 years, gaining their BSUPA (governing body) recognition.

TOP PICK – Paddleboard Taster Session

Never stepped foot on a paddleboard then this taster session is for you! A 2-hour session which is accredited BSUPA level 1 “Ready to Ride” teaches you the basics of SUP and provides information on how weather and environment affects you, how to carry the board and paddle, stance, paddling techniques, different types of turns, self rescue and more.

The paddle board taster session is run on flat water and accredited BSUPA Level 1 “Ready to Ride” course which is aimed at people who have never tried SUP or people who want to learn the basics. The session is run on flat water.

Learn to paddle board is a fast and fun process and at the end of your training you are presented with your level 1 ‘Ready to Ride’ Card.

From here you can hire equipment and take to the water. Please note: session does NOT have to be taken to hire equipment.

Cost

£40 per person

Supplied

  • Paddle Board
  • Paddle
  • Coiled leash
  • Wetsuits

Other Experiences

Hunstanton Water Sports offer a great range of activities so please visit their page below for more details.

  1. Hire Equipment – £15 per hour or £30 for 3 hours. Please book in advance.
  2. Sunday SUP Adventure

Please note: All prices above are as of April 2020, please visit website for further information –https://www.hunstantonwatersports.com/paddle board-lessons/


Where To Find Them


3. Glide Surf School – Cromer

Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Norfolk - Glide Surf School

Glide Surf School is situated in the popular town of Cromer, which is along the north Norfolk Coast. Surfers and paddle boarders can be seen catching the waves mainly to the right of the pier.

Like Hunstanton paddle boarding can be enjoyed on the sea and offers a lovely setting.

TOP PICK – Private Lessons 1:1 / 2:1 / 3:1

If you wish to learn SUP on your own or with a partner/friend, I’d recommend booking the private lessons. Like the Hunstanton Water Sports, all the training is provided covering safety and techniques. Having a private lesson allows for the instructor to provide in-depth tuition that is specific to your needs and ability. There are 5 instructors all with Water Skill Academy (WSA) Safety & Rescue, WSA Foundations SUP, ISA Level 1 SUP qualifications.

From here you can hire equipment and take to the water. Please note: session does NOT have to be taken to hire equipment.

Cost

  • 1:1 lesson – £45 per person
  • 2:1 lesson – £40 per person
  • 3:1 lesson – £35 per person

Supplied

  • Paddle Board
  • Paddle
  • Coiled leash
  • Wetsuits, boots, gloves (if required)

Other Experiences

  1. Group Lessons – Under 16’s £25, Adults £30.
  2. Surfing lessons

Please note: All prices above are as of April 2020, please visit website for further information –https://www.glidesurfschool.co.uk/


Where To Find Them


It’s safe to say that stand up paddle boarding is fun, active, sociable and a great all over body workout. If it’s your first time or whether you are experienced you will love taking in the surrounding which are on offer. It’s something unique and enjoyable and I hope you find the time to try out stand up paddle boarding in Norfolk.

Thank you for your time and If you have any further questions please leave us a comment and we’ll do our best to help you.

6 Comments

  1. Nadine Leddy

    These SUP adventures in Norfolk sound amazing. I have only just tried paddle boarding for the first time at Christmas, with no training, and as an older person in my 50’s it probably wasn’t the best idea. But I had great fun anyway. I think your your Super SUP Day package would be perfect for the beginner like me. Getting professional training and learning the proper techniques can really make your experience even more enjoyable. I can say that actually standing up on the boards is harder than it looks, there are specific techniques (especially if your balance is not what it used to be) that I learned after the fact. I would really recommend people of all ages give this ago through a package like the Super SUP Day where you will get the training you need, it is a lot of fun. PS: My dog wouldn’t get on the SUP, he prefers to kayak. Thank you for this post, I really thoroughly enjoyed it as I live on a Lake and enjoy watersports. Would love to do some SUPPING in Norfolk.

  2. Willow

    Being able to take a professional lesson before tackling the paddle board would be great. I know that this is a fast growing sport here in the US. My FIL lives in a quiet cove on a lake and I’ve seen his neighbor with the stand-up paddle board, and was quite impressed. The dog would go with her, and when he would get tired of it, he’d jump into the water and swim to the dock. She never missed a beat the entire time; that’s great balance there.

    I believe I’ll have to give it a try when the weather warms up here. It would be nice if someone around my area offered lessons; I’ll have to check into it further.

  3. I haven’t tried paddle boarding but sounds really fun. I love to do any sport in water as I just feel so free when I am in a lake, river or the sea.
    Thanks for this article and it might help me to do this fun activity one day.

  4. Hi Damon,

    Your article made me consider trying this as soon as the lock-down is over, let’s hope for a good summer. I loved your article, it is very informative . I would really like to try Paddle Boarding. I learned how to ski this winter and it was amazing.

    Keep up the good work!

    Kind regards,

    Yoana

  5. Ali

    What a nice post you wrote Damon! I really enjoyed reading it and could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You for sharing this quality post. Actually I was looking for information about the outdoor adventures in Norfolk and when I landed on your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in details and it was exactly what I wanted to know.
    I’m happy that you’ve decided to write about this topic and share it with others. It’s very useful post in my opinion and can definitely be used as a great source for everyone who is interested to know about this topic.

    I will definitely come back to your site again to read more posts. Keep up quality articles! 🙂

    Best,
    Ali

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