The 2018 Commonwealth Games is expected to bring more than 100,000 visitors to the Gold Coast and what better way to explore our sunny shores than from the water.
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is riding a wave of popularity as board riders can be seen cruising along just about every coast in the world, and the Gold Coast is no different.
Originating in Hawaii, SUP is a combination of kayaking and surfing and the boards are larger and sturdier than their surf board counterparts, meaning people of all ages with semi-decent co-ordination can get the hang of it.
World Series Ironwoman, Australian SUP champion and local Gold Coaster, Karla Gilbert, believes that standup paddle boarding is the perfect way to explore the Gold Coast, while combining both fun and fitness.
“We are renowned for our many waterways and beautiful coastline, which you simply can’t experience from land,” Karla said.
“Paddling is the perfect craft to experience the true Gold Coast, you can travel at your own pace and you get to enjoy many spectacular locations not accessible by car.”
While Karla may be a champion paddle boarder, she reminds us that everyone has to start somewhere and it is not as difficult as you might think.
“I do love SUP because it is a sport you don’t need a high skill level to begin with,” she said.
“If you are using a board in the flat water then it is the perfect way to get an all over body workout with a bird’s eye view of crystal clear water underneath.
“With a few simple tips and technique suggestions you are ready for a day on the water!”
If you are searching for tips, then the team at Gold Coast SUP, a well-known stand up paddle board hire company located on the idyllic, calm waters of Currumbin creek are more than happy to help. Team member Jake Jensen encourages tourists, of all ages and abilities, to get back to nature while visiting during the Commonwealth Games.
“Being out on the water on a SUP board allows you to take in all the natural beauty of the Gold Coast and engage in the active lifestyle in a fun way,” Jake said.
“It certainly beats sitting around all day!”
If you’d like to learn more about Karla Gilbert and her nutrition and fitness programs visit her website at karlagilbert.com.au.
Visiting the Gold Coast during the games? See the team at Gold Coast SUP Hire for lessons with experienced World Class and Gold Coast local paddle boarders.