Moab Paddleboarding » Stand Up Paddleboard Tour
Experience one of the most scenic, relaxing and rewarding tours in Moab - stand up paddleboarding on the Colorado River! Your journey begins at the Moab Adventure Center where you’ll be fitted with a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) before a 20 minute drive to a sandy beach along the river where we’ll set off.
You’ll paddle past towering sandstone cliffs, catching the occasional glimpse of a great blue heron, a bighorn sheep, or a climber scaling the rock walls along the river’s edge. Your guide will provide any needed assistance and instruction as well as insights about the fascinating geology that surrounds us. You’ll have time to paddle, swim and just lie on your back in the sun as we drift down river.
Midway through our journey, we’ll take a break on a beach and have snacks and water. Once we reach the takeout point along the river, we’ll pack up all the paddleboards and supplies before heading back to Moab.
Stand Up Paddleboarding Facts and History
- Stand up paddleboarding is also known as SUP, paddle surfing, “hoe he’e nalu” in Hawaiian, or as we like to call it in Moab, “pure awesome”.
- Stand up paddleboarding is considered by many to be the fastest growing watersport in the country.
- Unlike surfing or windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding is generally very easy to learn, especially with the long, stable paddleboards supplied by Moab Adventure Center. Most pick it up within a few minutes.
- In the early 1960’s the Waikiki natives, or "Beach boys,” would paddle out standing on long surfboards to take pictures of tourists and help them catch waves.
- More recently, surf instructors began to use stand up paddle boarding as a way to better instruct students from a higher viewpoint.
- Paddleboarding really began to take off when Laird Hamilton, one of the most famous surfers on earth, declared that he preferred stand-up paddleboarding over any water sport.
- A trend of long-distance paddleboarding is becoming popular with many paddling along remote coastal areas and across open ocean between islands.
- In some cities, new launching docks have been opened exclusively for paddle boarders.
Physical Fitness Facts
- Stand up paddleboarding offers an excellent full-body workout for the abdomen, back, arms and legs. Top that off with a swim in the river and you’ll earn the relaxing sun-bathe on your paddleboard and a well-deserved meal back in town.
- A new trend of paddleboard fitness classes and even paddleboard yoga is emerging as many find the combination of balancing on the board while exercising helps train the body equally for strength, balance and power.
- SUP races have sprung up everywhere from New Zealand to the Netherlands.