Our Greater Knysna topography includes many diverse and spectacular bodies of water: two incredible estuaries, several lakes, meandering rivers and, of course, an extensive coastline. One of the most popular and rewarding ways in which to explore these waterways is on a Stand Up Paddling (SUP) board. This traditional Hawaiian sport is a lot of fun and provides a full body workout that promotes balance and strengthens the body's core muscle groups.
One of the fastest growing watersports in the world, Stand Up Paddling is an ideal recreational activity for adventurous souls seeking to soak up the splendour of our region. It is relatively easy to learn on calm waters and is thus ideal for beginners. Surfing waves and navigating rougher waters however, requires a lot more experience and technical expertise, but once you’ve mastered this you will almost certainly be hooked!!
There are several service providers in the area which offer SUP lessons, excursions or rentals for those keen on navigating our diverse liquid realms.
Tony Cook Adventures
This well-known adventure sports operator is the local agent for Naish, F-ONE, Starboard and Vanhunks SUP boards (Inflatables, epoxy, and carbon boards available.)
They offer lessons, sales and rental. They can advise you on the best board for you according to your height and weight, skill, and the style of paddling you are interested in.
All beginner lessons are conducted on the Knysna Estuary or Goukamma River. They teach all the basics, including board choice, correct paddle technique, safety, paddle stroke, turning, and wave riding.
Intermediate paddlers are taught wave riding at Buffalo Bay, water safety, rip currents, how to read the waves, and most importantly, how to respect other surfers in the water.
SUP lessons and tours at R550 for 2 hours. (Single/private lesson R650-00.)
Board rental only:
R250-00 per hour/R350-00 2 hours/R450-00 Half Day/R550-00 Full Day.
Contact: 082 783 8392 , visit: www.tonycookadventures.co.za
Knysna's premier whale watching and eco marine operator is eager for people to experience the beauty of our vast estuary and the calmer waters of the Thesen Island canals and have thus made available 8 high quality SUP boards for hire. Cost is R150 per person for the first hour and R100 for every hour thereafter. Life jackets are supplied and are compulsory. Boards can only be launched at the jetty on Thesen Island.
Contact: 044 382 0321, visit: www.oceanodyssey.co.za
This trendy Adventure Lodge offers 1 ½ to 2hour excursions (with instruction) on the picturesque Sedgefield Lagoon for R250 per person.
Contact: 044 343 3217, visit www.afrovibe.co.za