What is Stand Up Paddle Boarding? (Supping)
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is an offshoot of surfing that originally originated in Hawaii. Unlike traditional surfing where the rider sits until a wave comes, stand up paddle boarders stand on their boards and use a paddle to propel themselves through the water. SUP is the fastest growing water sport in the world and is equally accessible for all ages and ranges of ability.
Variations include flat water paddling for outdoor recreation, fitness, or sightseeing, racing on lakes, large rivers and canals, surfing on ocean waves, paddling in river rapids, Paddle board yoga and even fishing.
Here in the UK we are realising that SUP is fantastic way of getting out on the water, not just as a flat water alternative to Surfing but as a fabulous pass-time in itself. What makes SUP so accessible is that the basics are fairly easy to learn and so progress is quick. However there is much more to learn if you want to progress and here at Scarborough Surf School we have fully trained staff to help you make the most of your SUP adventures.
Cayton Bay is defined as an exposed water location and with this in mind we have full risk assessments and years of local knowledge to keep you safe. This also means we work to the following remits when hiring equipment or delivering lessons.
Shore-break up to 0.5 metres (1 ½ ft.)
Swell size up to 0.6 metres (2 ft.)
No breaking waves
Wind speed less than 12 knots
Offshore wind less than 10 knots
Water depth no less than 1 metre (3 ft.)
Free from hazards
No more than 250 metres (820ft) from shore
Swim 50 metres (164 ft), without stopping.
When renting equipment you must –
STAY IN THE BAY.
STAY WITHIN 250m FROM THE SHORE.
JUNIORS AND WEAKER SWIMMERS MUST WEAR A BUOYANCY AID AND STAY WITHIN 100m FROM SHORE.
ALOW ENOUGH TIME TO GET BACK TO THE SCHOOL WHEN REQUESTED.
SPECIAL EVENTS AND TOURS
Cayton Bay is a beautiful remote location and we are happy to take you beyond the bay with a guide, we can head North to explore Knipe Point, South to the Seal Colony or even the wildlife rich area of Flambrough Head, check out our Tours and special events section for further information.