More training courses set to boost paddle board expertise
Stand-up paddleboarding is set to expand its presence in the Pilbara with several keen paddlers taking on a training course which could see more coaches and boards hit the water for the public.
Five stand-up paddleboarders spent the weekend learning theory and getting out on the water in the Dampier Archipelago with Surfing WA. Surfing WA surf school operations manager Neil Thompson said the Department of Sports and Recreation-sponsored course was aimed at spreading the surf sport message across regional WA.
“(SUP) appeals to so many different age groups and demographics because you can do so many different things on them,” he said.
“You can surf them, you can have a cruisy evening paddle or you can do some hard-core training on them.”
Cracker Jack Paddlesports owner Jaclyn Nicholl said paddle boarding was an enjoyable way to get out on the water to get some “vitamin sea”.
Ms Nicholl said the business had grown beyond her expectation since starting last year.
Local stand-up paddle boarding enthusiasts receive lessons from Surfing WA's Neil Thompson.