The fastest growing water sport in the world, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) is catching on in the Algarve, thanks to the region’s sandy beaches, clean water and consistent waves providing idea conditions for the sport.
Beaches up and down the Algarve are now offering the chance to rent a paddleboard for the day, or participate in tours along the coast, including inland along rivers in the western part of the Algarve. SUP is another fun family activity that owners of property in the Algarve can look forward to doing when they visit their villa or apartment in Portugal.
In fact, SUP has become so popular that between 15th and 20th April, a small group of stand-up paddle boarders will attempt the first marathon of its kind in the Algarve. The event is a gruelling marathon paddle across the southern Algarve from Sagres to Vila Real de Santo Antonio. The event is being organised by the Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association (ASMAA), to raise awareness and money to help stop the ever growing problem of pollution in our oceans and along our shores.
SUP is the fastest growing water sport in the world. Originally it was created as an exclusive leisure activity for Hawaiian royalty, but in the last couple of years, SUP has enjoyed a resurgence world-wide and in Portugal is becoming a hot spot for the sport.
The beauty, purity and the challenge of this sport make it a wonderful platform to raise awareness about the extremely serious issue of ocean pollution. ASMAA hopes to make the SUP marathon an annual event that will serve as an on-going fundraiser for protecting our oceans.