An Under”Stand”-able Passion: Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Posted by Timbers Resorts on October 9, 2013

From surf pros to regular Joes, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) has taken the world by storm. Adding star power to the sport, celebrities like super model Cindy Crawford, pop star Rihanna and actor Matthew McConaughey have been spotted indulging in this fast-growing activity.

Like surfing, a board and a bathing suit are a must. But unlike surfing, you don’t need killer waves to get you going — only a paddle is required. This creates an easy-to-learn, total body workout that can be done on any body of water (lake, ocean, river).


BOT-Fish-300x200While stand-up paddleboarding has risen in popularity over the last decade or so, it actually originated in the early 1960s in Hawaii. According to Stand Up Paddle Global Magazine, the Beach Boys of Waikiki (a group of surfers, not the band) used to stand on their long boards and use outrigger paddles to paddle out into the ocean so they could take pictures of tourists learning to surf. In 2000, Hawaiian surfer Rick Thomas introduced SUP to California, and the rest is history. (Fun fact: Another name for paddleboarding is “Beach Boy Surfing.”)

Paddleboarding at The Preserve at Botany Bay

BOT-SUP-300x200One of the main perks of stand up paddleboarding (besides a toned physique) is the angle of visibility. Unlike a canoe or a kayak, paddleboarding gives you a stellar vantage point so you can observe local marine life while getting heart healthy.

There’s no more perfect place to enjoy this popular water sport than at Sandy Bay and Botany Bay on the West End of St. Thomas. Not only does The Preserve at Botany Bay provide plenty of SUP equipment to use during your stay, but it’s also home to breathtaking coral reefs.

BOT-turtle-300x200Here, an afternoon of stand-up paddleboarding is a crash course in natural beauty. Enjoy the exquisite Caribbean weather and cool breeze of the Tradewinds, while taking in both the tropical island landscape and life below the water’s surface. It’s a great alternative to the up-close-and-personal experience of snorkeling, while still being a water sport the whole family can indulge in together.

For more information about The Preserve at Botany Bay, please contact us by phone, 340.998.1775, or via email,