Surrounded on all sides by calm, pleasant waters from the Laguna Madre and the Gulf of Mexico, South Padre Island is the perfect location for stand-up paddleboarding. It’s no wonder, then, that stand-up paddleboarding is such a popular pastime on South Padre Island! There are plenty of spots to visit and shops that can help you get started on your stand-up paddleboarding excursion during your vacation. Read on below to learn more about stand-up paddleboarding in South Padre Island!
Explore the Waters of the Gulf and the Bay on a Paddleboard
For those unfamiliar with stand-up paddleboarding (or SUP, for short), the sport has its roots in Polynesian culture and has been around for centuries, but has recently taken off in popularity. Most SUP boards are ten feet long or longer, creating a more stable surface for stand-up paddleboarders to stand and use their paddle.
If you have your own gear, you can launch from just about anywhere on the island, since large portions of the island are protected from bigger swells by jetties and the naturally calm waters of both the bay and the gulf. The bay is the best place to start, generally.
However, most visitors decide to rent their SUP gear from one of the local rental providers rather than lug their own gear along (if they even have the proper gear). Additionally, many rental providers also offer lessons and guided tours on this popular sport.
Air Padre is one example of South Padre Island’s local rental companies. You can rent beginning SUP boards for $30.00 to $225.00, as well as epoxy SUP boards for $45.00 to $350.00, for a period of two hours to seven days, with options for discounts when you book your paddleboard rental online. SUP lessons are offered at hourly rates of $59.00 per person for a group lesson and $79.00 for a private lesson. Air Padre also hosts sunrise, sunset, and nighttime paddling tours, with options for group and private SUP tours for $68.00 to $99.00 and above.
The Wonders of South Padre Island Await with Franke Rentals
Our team of reservation specialists has helpful information and tips to share with you to make the most out of your time on South Padre Island. Contact our office by phone or email for additional specifics on South Padre Island stand-up paddleboarding and other fun activities you can enjoy when you book your vacation rental house with us today!