To most, SUPing (Stand Up Paddle boarding) is an activity associated with turquoise waters and palm trees, not the Hudson River and skyscrapers. But you don’t need to fly to the Caribbean or Hawaii to try your hand at this trendy new sport; you can SUP in New York City! So whether your a local looking to cool off or a tourist looking for something unique to do during your warm weather vacation to NYC, why not give SUP a shot?
To make the most of a sunny day in the city, my brother and I recently hit the Hudson River with our own standup paddle boards. If you’re board-less however, a few companies offer SUP lessons and tours for beginners to experts. So put on your bathing suit, work on your balance and don’t be afraid to maybe fall in once or twice. Here are a few options to get started (make sure to check their websites for a full list of offerings and current information).
Website - Phone: (212) 924-1788 – Address: Pier 84 at West 44th St and the Hudson
Manhattan Kayak Company offers an extensive list of SUP lessons and tours. Here are two to consider
What: For the beginner SUPer, this hour long course will teach you the basics you need to get started. Check their calendar for current class schedules.
What: This 90-minute course will go more in-depth on SUP form and technique to make sure your building a solid SUP foundation. Check their calendar for current class schedules.
New York Kayak Company
Website - Phone: (212) 924-1327 - Address: 40 N River Piers #10, New York, NY 10014
What: Beginner level instruction. 3 or 4 people to one board, allowing each SUPer individual turns on the board and time to watch and learn. Offered Wednesdays from 6-8pm.
Beginner SUP Class
What: Beginner level instruction. 1 person to a board (giving you more on-board practice time) and low instructor to student ratio. Offered Tuesday (6-8 PM), Saturday (9:30-11:30 AM, 12:30-2:30 PM), Sunday (9:30-11:30 AM).
Stand up paddle boarding NYC
up paddle boarding NYC
Photo Credit: Kelsey Stricklin