Thailand makes an epic backdrop. Picture yourself standing on a big fat board, gliding over calm tropical waters. In the distance, palm trees line the shore. That distinctly chilled, cool vibe is exactly what increasing numbers of pleasure seekers are getting into, all around the country.
With basic equipment and minimal instruction, even the most uncoordinated, balance-challenged newbies can make quick headway in SUP, or stand-up paddleboarding, essentially a hybrid between surfing and kayaking. Add Thailand’s balmy waters into the mix, and even falling off is enjoyable! And who cares if you never make it to the ‘stand-up’ part — you can have just as much fun while on your knees or seated on the board.
Mastering the basics is quite simple: stand up tall, establish balance by fixing your gaze on a distant point and engage your core muscles to paddle efficiently. If you’re a beginner and swimming isn’t your strong suit, then a life vest is a good idea.
With locations in Bangkok and Koh Chang, SUP Station provides full service paddle boarding expertise, catering to recreational boarders and beginners, but also training competitive SUP athletes. The SUP Station Bangkok clubhouse is a 45-minute drive northwards from the city center, sitting on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Pathum Thani, where they rent and sell all the SUP gear you could possibly need.