SUP- Stand up paddle boarding

By Glen Seddon- Gecko Rhosneigr

Over the past few years Paddle boarding has become one of the most fasting growing watersports due to the accessibility and versatility of the nature of the sport. Any age shape and size can enjoy the benefits of being out on the water and enjoying our beautiful coastlines in the UK. The sport does not require a high standard of fitness either, as long as you can stand up you can experience Paddle boarding.  We would always recommend a lesson where the instructor will ensure that you grasp the basics and most importantly all the water safety needed for you to enjoy your experience.

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Here on Anglesey we are blessed with stunning beaches, crystal clear waters and easy access.  Rhosneigr and Trearddur bay are renown hotspots for the sport and you will find Gecko Surf school in both of these locations ready to get you out on the water.  All that is needed is something to wear under your wetsuit and a towel.  Everything else is provided.
It has become very popular with women due to the boards being very easy to handle and once taught can get out on the water without any fuss. Over time this will increase fitness especially the core and you will be able to go further and enjoy experiencing new locations. The whole family can get involved, young children will gain balance and confidence as the boards have so much volume in them. When you become hooked the sport provides all sorts of boards from beginner to surf/paddleboarding enabling you to get out in the waves and have fun surfing your paddle board.
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Locations:
Rhosneigr – you will find two great beaches here – depending upon conditions Rhosneigr is ideal for beginners, intermediate and expert paddle boarding.  You can start from the boating pool where it is sheltered and protected to gain your sea legs, then venture further afield around the rocks to Broad Beach and thenfor the more experienced  around to Cable bay.
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Broad beach, Rhosneigr at its best.  Image courtesy of Ian Thomas
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Cable bay, Rhosneigr at its best.  Image courtesy of Visit Anglesey.
Broad Beach can be accessed within a five minute walk from Rhosneigr village and is a much quieter beach on the busier days. You can make your way around to Rhosneigr beach and then again for the more experienced can make your way down to Cymyran beach and beyond to the inland sea. This is a great morning/ afternoon adventure. You can take a picnic and enjoy with friends and family. If the sea water is too choppy Rhosneigr does have Maelog lake which is accessed opposite the Oystercatcher restaurant.  Here you won’t get into too much trouble and can enjoy the abundance of wildlife whilst paddle boarding. Rhosneigr village has an abundance of restaurants, cafes and lovely walks for children and dog walkers.
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SUP is good for the whole family!
Trearddur Bay – the main beach offers sheltered waters for beginners  and wonderful coves and coastline ready to be explored on your paddle board. Gecko paddle board school – located on the carpark just past the Trearddur Bay hotel, can do all the teaching, hiring and sales of all your paddle board needs. They are friendly and approachable and there is also showers and changing facilities for your convenience.
Trearddur Bay has some lovely restaurants, cafes and takeaway facilities along with lovely beaches and headland for walking.
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Treaddur Bay on a quite morning in summer. Image courtesy of British holidays direct.
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SUP Surf action, easy to take off and and you get a long ride!!
For more information on SUP lessons and hire visit : Gecko Rhosneigr