The key skill in SUP is balance. Beginners, or wobblier individuals, start on a wide, long board that should provide a stable base for your paddling. More advanced paddlers might take out a narrower board that will zip through the water a bit quicker and be more maneuverable.
In Cabarete, the time for SUP is usually first thing in the morning, before the wind has picked up. When the water looks flat, calm and glassy, that’s when you’re going to want to have a paddle.
Once you’ve had a little practice, paddling can be very meditative and peaceful. You might discover a deeper connection to the ocean and to your breath in the quiet. Even if you don’t feel anything too mystical, SUP is a lovely, gentle way to take in the beautiful scenery along the coast.
Yogis, you might want to give SUP yoga a try! Imagine the core workout from stabilising your vasisthasana side plank on a wobbly floating board.
Surfers, you could mix it up by catching some waves on an SUP. Instead of paddling lying down and popping up to get on a wave, SUP-ers guide their board through the water and onto a wave with their paddle. No pop-up needed, you’re already poised to ride that wave!