Anegada with it’s warm, clear, turquoise water is an amazing place to go paddleboarding.
What is SUP?
SUP is short from Stand Up Paddling. It is an emerging global sport with a Hawaiian heritage. The sport is an ancient form of surfing, and 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 such as incoming swell. There are hints that the ancient pacific islanders already used boards to ride waves and move on the water. According to that SUP was an early conjunction of the traditional Polynesian disciplines canoeing and surfing. With the invention of lightweight shortboards into the surfing scene, SUP felt a bit into oblivion but has recently been rediscovered. The nice thing about a SUP is that you don’t need an ocean and waves, you can also go paddling in flat water on your local lake or river.
Paddleboarding on Anegada
A great area to paddleboard on Anegada is heading towards the right from Anegada Reef Hotel, towards Anegada Cottages (pictured above). You can venture out further to the point, where you will find some small (or big) waves to play around in. You will love it, the water is so amazingly clear. If you know what you are doing, you can also paddle around the reefs in the North, the SUP will give you an amazing view from above.
To our knowledge, there are no boards for rent on the island, so bring your own. You can also rent boards from SUP-StJohn.com on St. John, their rental policy allows you to take the boards to other islands or they can arrange for a charter trip over there on Rockhoppin’s 32 FS Regulator Powerboat.
Stand Up Paddling (SUP) on Anegada Photos
There is not much more to say, just check out the amazing photos below and you will be sold….