Jun 15 2020

Where to SUP and rent a SUP

Immerse yourself in nature by experiencing one of the fastest growing activities in America, Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP).

Folly Beach has an abundance of areas (beach, river, tidal creeks, etc.) where you can launch your board and enjoy the beauty of our Lowcountry coastline from right on the water. It’s a fun and relaxing activity that also happens to double as great exercise.

Along the way, you might even encounter wildlife such as dolphins, wading birds, sea turtles, osprey and rambunctious otters.

Charleston Outdoor Adventures on Bowens Island offers a private location and launching site to help you explore Folly’s pristine waterways and directly access marshes, creeks, tidal flats and barrier islands where you can glide through the sun-dappled waves.  

Whether novice or pro, their professional guides can equip with you with everything you need to embark on a memorable paddle boarding excursion.

You can even book a two-hour tour led by an experienced guide that meanders through the saltwater marshes and tidal creeks of Folly Beach. On the way, your knowledgeable guide will discuss the local ecosystem and flora and fauna. Or you can always just purchase a paddle board rental and navigate sans guide for a more personal connection with nature.

SUPing not only allows you to see Folly from a unique perspective and go some places where boats can’t, it’s also beneficial to your health.

Recreational paddle boarding-maintaining a casual pace through calm water-can burn between 305-405 calories per hour, twice as many calories as a moderately-paced walk (2.5 miles per hour).

It provides a full body workout that strengthens your core, exercising your shoulders, mid-back, abs, triceps and biceps.

There are many different varieties of paddle boarding depending on your level of fitness and interests, including SUP yoga, SUP surfing, SUP racing and SUP touring.

So what are you waiting for? Grab a paddleboard, get outside and work on your tan.

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