Northern Europe, where Fatstick HQ is based, still has Jack Frost’s grip wrapped round our throats. The cold can certainly put all but the hardy off going afloat – most looking forward to those first warm temperatures of spring. One way round the problem, however, is to jump on a plane and head off.
With that in mind here’s our top five winter SUP destinations.
Often overlooked by the UK crowd in favour of nearby Fuerteventra, Lanzarote offers a flat water or world class wave riding adventure like no other. The volcanic landscape, rocky shoreline and abundant reef breaks and gin clear tidal lagoons offer some breath taking stand up options. The downwinding potential isn’t bad either.
Cheap as chips, with a seriously diverse coastline, Portugal is just a short plane hop away from the UK and while 30C plus mercury levels won’t always be guaranteed in winter it’ll certainly be warmer than Blighty. Another location offering everything from mellow flat water spots to pumping surf breaks, what’s stopping you from heading there?
The land of right point breaks, Morocco occupies land at the north western tip of Africa and receives a large helping of North Atlantic swell. A hot climate, even in the off season, Morocco is great for those SUPers who love a long liquid wall to carve their signature on. If you’re after a softer wave, then fear not, as Morocco can also deliver this – all in an affordable package.
A little further afield is the Caribbean island of Barbados – a mecca for water babies for years, and it’s not hard to see why. With hot hot heat, bubblegum blue waters and a plethora of SUP options to choose from (wave, flat and downwind) it’s a nirvana for those who love to sweep. A little pricier than destinations mentioned above, but worth the trek if you get the chance.
A top five list of winter SUP destinations wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the daddy of them all: Maui. Where it all began, the Valley Isle is an absolute must for any serious paddle fan. Kick ass downwind SUP, world class paddle surfing, flatwater Utopia and everything else in between, Maui serves up a positive smorgasbord of winter stand up action. Time to get gone…
There are of course many more winter stand up paddle boarding destinations to choose from, these are just a few. If none of the above float your (ahem) board, then check out the many travel websites online and book that ticket!
Here at Fatstick SUP we’ve done our fair share of travelling and are only happy to offer you any advice. Simply give us a holla. Happy travelling!