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What precautions are you taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
- All gear is 100% sanitised between every delivery, including boards, paddles, leashes and life jackets/PFDs.
- Rentals include fully contactless delivery – just select your rental location and the boards will be waiting for you
- Staff are fully trained in COVID-19 procedures and wear KN95 masks; we also have masks available for guests on request
- Staff will keep a 2-meter social distance during lessons and tours
- No physical contact is permitted (e.g. handshakes, high fives, fist bumps – a socially-distanced shaka is all good though!)
- Our team has mandatory daily temperature checks on arrival; anyone presenting a fever or other COVID-19 symptoms is sent home to self-isolate
What is Stand Up Paddle Boarding or SUP?
Stand-up paddle boarding is a harmonious blend of both surfing and canoeing. Think of standing upon a stable oversized surfboard and using an elongated canoe paddle to propel yourself and the board through the water. Hence the name “Stand Up Paddle Boarding.” SUP is the acronym for Stand Up Paddle Board. We like to think of it cycling on the water.
Where did stand-up paddle boarding originate?
There are many theories as to where stand-up paddle boarding originated. People have been paddling as a means of transport as early as 3,000BC. Some people attribute the origins of modern paddle boarding to Duke Kahanamoku riding a surf ski in 1939 (the surf ski originating in Australia in 1912), othes say it was Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama in Hawaii with Paddle Surfing with Rick Thomas bringing it from Hawaii to Mainland USA.
Wherever paddle boarding originated, stand-up paddle boarding has made being out on the water more accessible than ever and we absolutely love it.
Why Palli Palli?
We make it easy. We are the most accessible paddle board rental around. With rentals, guided tours, or experiences, there’s lots of excitement at a waterway near you! All of SUP Victoria’s staff are Paddle Canada Advanced Flat Water Stand Up Paddle Board certified instructors. As passionate paddle boarders ourselves we love to help people get into the sport. We look forward to seeing you on the shorelines of Southern Vancouver Isand or Powell River this season!
What should I wear paddle boarding?
When you go paddle boarding it is important to dress accordingly for the weather. If you’re paddle boarder on a nice day we recommend wearing sunglasses, beach attire, and things you’re comfortable getting wet. If it’s cool we recommend layering with wool or synthetic materials.
How long does it take to go paddle boarding with Palli Palli?
Palli Palli Rental has a minimum two-hour rental and 2 hour tours available. Rentals can be longer but for beginners, we find it’s. a great starting place to get comfortable on the water! We provide tips for paddle boarding routes to maximize your time for your rental location and ability.
Why try paddle boarding?
Stand-up paddleboarding is a great activity for people of all ages. For first-timers, it’s very approachable and has a fast learning curve. Palli Paddle has had first-time stand-up paddle boarders doing headstands on their first time on the water! Renting a stand up paddle board is a great way to get started and taking a basic lesson is a great way to quickly advance your skills. If having fun isn’t enough, it’s also a great low-impact full-body workout that gets you out into nature.
What are the requirements for Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)?
There are no requirements for renting a Stand Up Paddle Board, all you need is the equipment and a place to use it. Technically being human with four able limbs is helpful, but not mandatory – our shop is dog friendly! SUP Victoria provides all required gear, and a incredible location to try out stand up paddle board rentals in Victoria BC.
How much does a stand-up paddle board cost?
A new stand-up paddle boards can range anywhere from $400 to $3000. It’s important when thinking about purchasing to try different styles of paddle boards. This will help you better understand what kind of paddle boarding you are, and the type paddle boarding you enjoy! Palli Paddle Boards is happy to help you out with this through our free demo days or our private demos.
How many styles of paddle boards are there?
Basic types of SUP Boards are divided into two types; planing hulls and displacement hulls. Most paddle boards are planing hulls – used in flat water and surf conditions. Displacement hulls are typically for touring paddle boards and used for long-distance traveling. Some paddle boards have multiple fins and others just a single fin. Fins help with the boards ability to track through the water in a straight line and with board stability. Surf paddle boards tend to be shorter and wider results in increased maneuverability and stability. Touring boards tend to be long and narrow and while less stable they’re more efficient. There are many different materials used for fabricating paddle boards, including eps foam core, fibreglass, wood, inflatable, and more. Honestly, we could carry on for days about stand up paddle board equipment! If you’d like more info please send us a message and we’d be happy to give you more information.