Paddleboarding participants are propelled by a swimming motion using their arms while lying, kneeling, or standing on a paddleboard or surfboard in the ocean. A derivative of paddleboarding is stand up paddle surfing and stand up paddleboarding. Paddleboarding is usually performed in the open ocean, with the participant paddling and surfing unbroken swells to cross between islands or journey from one coastal area to another. As you can imagine there are probably some breathtaking places in the world in which one can engage in this awesome activity. Below are five places we think are a step above the rest.
Lake Biwa, Japan
In Japan’s Shiga prefecture, travelers can paddle board on Lake Biwa (Japan’s largest lake). For a unique cultural experience, travelers can visit the landmark Shirahige Shrine built on the lake from the water.
Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland
Ashford Castle, the 13th-century castle hotel in Western Ireland, offers an incredible setting, gorgeous interiors, top cuisine and the ideal setting for a serene Stand up Paddle Boarding experience. Set on 350 acres of land on the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong with a spectacular backdrop of woodlands, lake, river, and mountains, the Castle features 83 guestrooms, suites and a lakeside “Hideaway Cottage,” and is renowned for a range of country sports including an equestrian centre, fly fishing, an exclusive nine-hole golf course and Ireland’s first school of falconry. Among the activities offered on the Ashford estate is Stand up Paddle Boarding, which guests can partake in on the tranquil Lough Corrib, with views of the Castle and far-reaching landscapes. Ashford Bay and Lough Corrib offers sheltered inlets, providing a unique environment to explore and enjoy this magnificent area.
The Baur au Lac, Zurich
With views of the distant Alps, the Baur au Lac is surrounded by its own park on the shores of Lake Zurich, and yet still in the midst of the bustling city, boasting a truly privileged location. For over 170 years, the hotel’s been owned by the same family for six generations and has held a reputation as one of the leading luxury hotels in the world. For a unique paddle boarding experience, guests can depart from the hotel’s lakeside park and experience stunning views of the surrounding city along the lake.
Baja with AdventureWomen
AdventureWomen – an adventure travel company for women run by a mother-daughter team – offers a surfing and beach camping wellness retreat experience in Baja. Female travelers can either book the trip with a set-date group departure (Oct 28 – Nov 3, 2018) or organize a customized, private trip. The trip includes private beach glamping (the secluded site is reached following a 90-minute boat ride), daily yoga, daily massages, swimming with sea lions and whale sharks, snorkeling, kayaking and, of course stand-up paddle boarding.
Soneva Kiri, Thailand
The award-winning luxury resort Soneva Kiri sits on Thailand’s fourth largest, but least populated island, Koh Kood – just one hour by private plane southeast of Bangkok, relatively unknown in comparison to other Thai island’s such as Phuket and Koh Samui. The resort offers an unrivaled combination of luxury, an integral environmental approach, authentic Thai experiences and mouth-watering organic food. It features 36 vast pool villas on beach level, hillsides or cliff tops, all overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, all of which have impossibly chic furnishings, personal electric buggies and impeccable service courtesy of Mr./Ms. Friday private butlers. Their most unique experience is their Treepod Dining, during which guests are seated in a bamboo pod and hoisted high up into the tropical foliage of Koh Kood’s ancient rainforest. Guests can also partake in complimentary stand up paddle boarding in the middle of this tropical destination, surrounded by the serene seas of Koh Kood. Guests could even explore the island’s mangrove forest, or journey to the stunning Klong Chao waterfall.