Stand-up paddle boarding, or SUP as the insiders call it, is a fitness and recreational activity where an oversized surfboard and a long paddle are used to cruise along the lake or ocean.
Stand-up paddle boarding originated in Hawaii several decades ago, but has gotten increasing popular in the states in the past few years. In addition to offering people a great way to relax and enjoy the lake, paddle boarding has many health benefits including increased core strength and improved posture and balance.
Stand-up paddle boarding is an activity that all age groups and fitness levels can enjoy – you can cruise around the lake at a relaxing pace or you can challenge yourself to a full body workout by increasing your speed. You can also incorporate other fitness activities such as yoga or strength training on the paddle board. So you and your family & friends can get fit while having a great time on the lake.
There are lots of options in the Lake Norman area for SUP lessons and rentals. Hereâ€™s the scoop on our top picks:
MyAloha Paddle and Surf is located on the water in Cornelius and offers private and group lessons as well as specialty classes such as paddle yoga and nighttime paddle boarding excursions. Every MyAloha instructor has completed an accredited paddle training and fitness program. Private lessons (1.5 hours) are $65 per person for up to 2 people, with an additonal discount for a 3rd person. Group lessons (also 1.5 hours) cost $50 per person and groups range from 4-24 people. Already know what to do? My Aloha also offers paddle board rentals for 1 or 2 hours ($20 or $35).
Moose Paddleboard Company based in Mooresville will travel to you on Lake Norman, Mountain Island Lake and Lake Wylie. Moose Paddleboard company accepts reservations for up to 9 people – 7 adults and 2 children. Individual lessons are $30/hr for 1 person and $55/hr for two. Each additional person is only $10/hr. Moose Paddleboard company also offers half and full day rentals, starting at just $50. Give them a call for all the details.
The Lake Norman YMCA is also a great place to take SUP lessons. These classes run from April to October and are available to members and non-members for an additional fee. Private classes start at $30 per person and group classes are $80 per four-week session. Class type varies and includes Paddle Fitness, Open Paddle boarding and Yoga.
Hardcore Sports in Mooresville also offers Paddleboard rentals for half-days through weekends, starting at $19. If youâ€™re on the west side of the Lake, Aquaventure Rentals and Boat Club in Sherrils Ford offers rentals and individual and group lessons starting at $79 for 2 hours.
Are you ready to get on board? Our friends at MyAloha are sponsoring a giveaway – a free private lesson or rental for one lucky ScooptheLake reader AND a friend. See below for entry form. Even if you donâ€™t win, check out these local businesses and tell them scoopTheLake sent you!