Earlier this week, a group of ten adventurous guests of New Horizon Escapes joined us for a stand up paddle board tour around the coastline of Koh Samui. We started with an introduction to paddle boarding techniques on the beach, and soon had the group out on the water. After a 1.5 hour paddle and optional SUP Yoga, the group were shuttled back to their hotel just in time for breakfast.
As part of a 7 day fitness retreat, the guests of New Horizon Escapes will participate in other activities including Muay Thai, Yoga, Crossfit, hiking to visit waterfalls and kayaking out at the Angthong Marine Park. It sounds like a perfect active holiday! New Horizons Escapes also host fitness retreats in Koh Tao, Bali, Sri Lanka and Kenya. For more details about New Horizon Escapes Koh Samui Retreat, visit their website here.
iSUP Samui has organised group events for fitness retreats, hens days, team building corporate events. Contact us by email if you’d like more information on Paddle Boarding for groups in Koh Samui.
You’ve probably seen people paddle boarding at the beach, and wondered what it’s like? Well, why don’t you come down to Choeng Mon beach next Tuesday morning and join in our weekly iSUPtastic! session.
For just 100 Baht you can have a 15 minute trial on one of our Starboard SUP’s. If you like it, then we can easily arrange another session. During our lessons, you will learn paddling techniques from our ASI accredited instructors, take in the view of the coastline, and jump in for a swim too!
When: Every Tuesday morning from 10am
Where: Choeng Mon beach, we meet in front of Crystal Restaurant
More information: Call 092 737 9705 or email [email protected]
If you are interested in trying out Stand Up Paddling, we are usually at Choeng Mon beach on Tuesday mornings from 10am for our iSUPtastic! sessions. We will be offering 15 minute “taster” sessions for a small fee to anyone who turns up, it’s a great way to discover just how easy and fun paddling can be.
The weather was a bit overcast on Tuesday, which meant it was a bit cooler than it has been for the previous couple of days – perfect paddling weather! Consequently there were a few more people strolling up and down the beach – including Greg and his wife from Melbourne, Australia. Greg had previously spotted us on the water during last Sunday’s SUP5.0 session, and was keen to give SUP a go.
10 minutes (and only a couple of “splash downs”) later, Greg was competently paddling and chatting with me on the water… it’s hard to express in words the pleasure we get seeing previously dubious first time paddlers gaining confidence and enjoying themselves on the water – great job Greg!
Whilst relaxing afterwards with Greg at our favourite beachside restaurant (Crystal) we were approached by Kurt, who along with his wife Kerry are experienced paddlers from California. They had never paddled on inflatable Stand Up Paddle boards before, and were pleasantly surprised with the stability and performance of our Starboard Astro’s during their quick trip around the bay.
All in all, a successful start to the iSUPtastic sessions, looking forward to next week – see you on the water!
We completed our first iSUPcore! fitness session on our Standup Paddle Boards today! We set off from the the boat ramp near the Bangrak Seatran ferry pier and headed west into a 5 knot headwind, resulting in great workout conditions with the wind in our faces keeping us cool and invigorated as we powered through the smallish chop and occasional boat wash.
After about about 2.4 kms we reached the headland between Bangrak and Bophut beaches, on the north coast of Koh Samui. There was a yellow marker flag which provided a convenient turning point (We may also use this as part of our SUP 5.0 SUP race on Sunday morning).
As this was our first session we decided that a quick dip was appropriate to cool off before pointing ourselves east and enjoying a light-downwinder back to the boat ramp.
On our way back we were waved at by several of the passengers and crew of the speedboats that were making their way across to Koh Phangnan and day tours to the Angthong Marine Park. Navigating the wash from speed boats can be a bit daunting for beginners, in our case it definitely tested our core strength as we bounced through the waves (nobody fell in).
Therefore we have decided that going forward we will run the iSUPcore sessions at 7:00am on Thursdays, to avoid the speedboat rush hour and it will also be a bit cooler.
See you on the water next week!