A few years ago I saw a picture at one of my favorite Swedish blogs. A girl was standing on a surf board with a paddle, and it looked like she had no intention to actually use the board to surf. When I read the text under her photo I realized why. The surf board wasn’t a surf board. It was a SUP board – a stand up paddle board.
The year after, while enjoying the sun in the harbour in Copenhagen, I saw a SUP board again. A man was paddling his way through the harbour, looking ridiculously cool. And while the man disappeared in the other direction, I decided that I had to try SUP sometime.
”Sometime” ended up being a sunny Sunday evening in May this year. Copenhagen Surf School, a surf school teaching SUP and wind surf at Amager beach in Copenhagen, had their yearly ”let’s start the season”-party and one of my friends and I decided to pay them a visit and try SUP out.
We got a life west, a board and a paddle each and then one of the instructors talked us through the basics. Five minutes later we paddled out in the water and I crossed my fingers that I would be able to balance on top of the board. Even if it was a sunny day, swimming around the board instead of standing on top of it didn’t sound that fun.
SUP turned out to be much easier and just as fun as I thought. Ole, the instructor and one of two owners of Copenhagen Surf School, is probably one of the most enthusiastic persons I’ve met. The majority of the group were probably beginners with clumsy technique and unstable feet, but he made our self esteem at the board reach the top – even when I felt like Bambi on ice.
Our small “let’s start the summer season”-try out on the board was just 30 minutes long, but considering my lack of arm muscles that was probably for the best. A “normal” SUP course is two hours long, and I can’t wait to try that as well.
ADDRESS: Copenhagen Surf School, Jollevej 8, 2300 København S
PRICE: We tried SUP during Copenhagen Surf Schools summer event, where everyone could try it for free. Normally a 2 hour course costs 495 dkk.