by Heather Froeming (February 2013)
Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) has become a popular sport spreading across the world, with more and more people out cruising and surfing with their SUPs! The sport started as a way for surfing instructors to manage groups. By standing on their longboards, they had better visibility of the incoming swells. Now we can use their innovation to have a new perspective in touring the coast and lagoons of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve in Tulum. You can spend the day paddling along the coast or in the lagoons, and enjoy a unique perspective as you can see the reef and fish below when you are standing! If you are a bit more adventurous and want to try your hand at surfing, then the small waves in Tulum are perfect for learning. The paddles will help you catch the waves and then it is just a matter of staying on the board and enjoying the ride. This is a great way to enjoy the ocean and get a core body workout.
If you are more into the mellow cruising experience, you can take a tour of the beautiful flat-water lagoons of Sian Ka'an. As you paddle Zen-like on the calm waters, you will view an amazing population of migratory and year-round birds such as Great Blue Herons, egrets, Night Herons, Roseate Spoonbills, hawks and Ospreys—a truly beautiful way to experience the natural scenery of Tulum.
The latest craze is combining Yoga and Paddleboarding. Enjoy an amazing Yoga session while floating on the water and meditating in the peacefulness of a quiet lagoon. This perfect combination of activities will help you improve your balance and challenge your Yoga skills. And don't forget that you also get a great core workout as you relax and take in the scenery. What a great combo.
The best part about paddleboarding is it is environmentally friendly! Unlike motorized activities that pollute our precious reefs and ocean, with paddleboarding you know you are able to enjoy the beauty of nature while respecting it. You leave behind just the ripple of your paddle. Get out on the water!