Touring with Your SUP – Focus on Europe

by | May 10, 2017

Stand-up paddleboarding is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world. If you love taking to the water with your SUP board, have you thought about how much fun you could have touring with your SUP?

Taking your inflatable paddleboard with you on vacation or arranging for a specialized vacation is a great way to experience different cultures while doing something you love. Even if you just starting out, you can arrange easy SUP lessons on these vacations.

In our latest series of blog posts, we will look at some of the best locations for SUP activities and what you should keep in mind if you want to go touring with your SUP.

First of all, we are going to look at some countries in Europe including Portugal, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

Top SUP Vacation Destinations in Europe

In Europe, there are so many great places that you can spend a fantastic vacation with your SUP paddleboard.

SUP Vacations in Portugal

The coastline of Portugal has some of the best surfing locations and conditions in the world. You can choose from the amazing waves and swells on the Peniche Peninsula or you can take a breathing trip on a river through the Portuguese countryside.

The Peniche Peninsula is located to the north of Lisbon on the Atlantic Ocean. This has become a magnet for surfers and SUP paddleboarders from all over the world. One of the attractions of this part of the Portuguese coastline is the powerful swells that you can experience. In fact, the swells are so amazing that the locals have dubbed them “Subpertubos.” In general, paddleboarding off the Peniche Peninsula is for experienced and advanced paddle boarders.

If you are looking for some more peaceful surrounding to take your SUP, then many head to Porto. The Paiva River is a popular destination for river paddleboarding. This gives you to see parts of the countryside that are not otherwise accessible. This is the perfect getaway with your SUP in the mountains.

SUP Vacations in the United Kingdom

The southern coast of England has some of the best spots in the whole of the United Kingdom for exhilarating surfing. One of the most popular destinations is Avon Beach in Christchurch. People flock to this area of England because the conditions are suitable for paddleboarders of all levels. However, there are challenging enough conditions for even the most experienced SUP athletes.

For a more tranquil SUP experience, Avon Beach also has a natural harbor – the Christchurch harbor. This allows paddleboarders with limited experience to learn SUP techniques before taking to amazing waves on the English Channel.

Other popular SUP vacation destinations include Cornwall and white water adventures on a SUP in North Wales.

SUP Vacations in Ireland

SUP paddleboarding in Ireland has become one of the most popular watersports in recent years. The biggest SUP community is in Dublin, however, SUP events are popular around the whole of Ireland. In fact, if you are only a beginner or you are an experienced paddleboarder, you will find a SUP vacation to suit your needs in Ireland.

For example, a popular location for superb SUP experiences is the County Wexford on the East Coast of Ireland. This is a short drive from Dublin and has many sheltered places for SUP paddleboarding in the sea. 

Paddleboarders who are interested in seeing stunning scenery usually head to the north coast of Ireland. There you can paddle through stunning caves, admire cliffs, and enjoy the crystal clear waters.

If you are planning a SUP vacation, then you should check out the range of inflatable SUPs that can be easily taken on an airplane as checked-in luggage.