There has been a surf culture for years on the Cape, but in recent years there has been a surge in Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP), which is considered to be much more accessible than most water sports as it is easy to learn, can be done on any body of water, and most age groups and athletic abilities can participate. SUP also happens to be a great way to explore Cape Cod’s ocean coastline, bays, lakes, ponds and marshes.
On the Upper Cape you can head to Mocean in Mashpee Commons or right on the beach at Kingman Yacht Center in Cataumet for lessons and rentals, or to take one of their fireworks, family fun or full moon tours.
If you’re more centrally located on the Cape look up Kim of Cape Cod Paddle Surf who says “What I love about SUP is that I can do so many things on my board depending on what I want to get out of my time on the water…a relaxing, sightseeing paddle; an intense six-mile race, or a yoga session; a challenging endurance event and the training it requires; or dropping in on some waves!”
If you want to stick to the flat rivers and lakes of Hyannis, Centerville and Osterville then Amy of Stand Up and Paddle Cape Cod is a great guide. She also hosts SUP events in which you can participate, such as the annual Paddle for the Bays fundraiser for 3 Bays Preservation in Osterville.
Your best bet for SUP lessons and excursions on the lower Cape is Adventure Chatham, where they recently purchased an 18′ long inflatable paddleboard called SUPQUATCH that can hold six adults or an entire family at one time. They also offer delivery of the boards to certain areas on the Cape for those without SUP-friendly vehicles.