The SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) fitness classes have been a big success this season. Everyone who participates in the classes say what an amazing workout they are and also lots of fun. It is very similar to a Cross Fit class on the water, giving you a total body workout. Our youngest class member was 8 years old and our oldest were in their 70's. You can push yourself as hard as you want and go at your own pace, but no matter what you do you will get some great exercise with low impact to your body. The classes are still very popular and going strong, even at the end of the season. Come by and join us for some fun and fitness in the water.
We finally have the mid season wind arriving and it has been great windsurfing this past week. 5 days of wind strong enough for high speed planing. The mornings have been light wind and good for lessons and the afternoons have been strong wind for the advanced windsurfers. Come join us for some fun in the water!!!
Lanta Paddlesports has recently opened it's main location on Klong Dao Beach for the High season. Today we had some really fun waves between 1 and 1.5 meters. Conditions are perfect for learning to surf or paddleboard surfing. Come join us for the fun and try something new.
Starboard Hero 9'0 x 33" review....The Hero is a great SUP board for teaching kids and also for surfing
The Starboard Hero is the perfect board to teach smaller kids to SUP (ages 5 to 12). It is wide and stable but short enough to make it easy for kids to turn it around. On the waves, the Hero is a great board and surfs a lot like a standard surfboard. You can take late drop ins with it and it is super responsive with its turns. We even use it to teach traditional surfing without a paddle because it is so wide and stable and lets the first time surf student catch many more waves than a traditional surfboard. Try the Hero out for yourself and have a great time in the water.
Today we set a new record for our SUP fitness classes attendance. We are the first watersports center in Thailand to offer SUP fitness classes and have watched them grow with enthusiasm over the past few months. Today we had to split the classes into two sessions, with 10 people in the first class and 8 people in the 2nd class. The reaction to the classes has been awesome and we continue to see growth for them. The classes today were from the Swedish school on Koh Lanta, Lilla Svenska, with the teachers getting a sports day and starting it off with a day on the water. If you are visiting Thailand, please come visit us in Koh Lanta and have some fun in the water.
(The photo is from the advanced class)
The first annual SUP paddle crossing from Koh Lanta to Koh Phi Phi was just completed on 02/03/2012 and was a great event. Lanta Paddlesports organized the event and with the help of Starboard and Amara Watersports made it a great start to what will become an annual event hopefully turning into a sponsored race. The total distance was 32 kilometers and paddling time was 4 hours 32 minutes on Starboard Blend boards. There were 5 paddlers who completed the crossing including one Starboard Team Rider, Lina Augaitis. The other paddlers were Pete Compere (Owner, Lanta Paddlesports), Richard Billter (Swedish SUP Ambassador), Andrew Dye (Starboard Team Rider Crew), Stefan Druve Regen (Swedish SUP AmbassadThe next event from Lanta to Phi Phi is now being planned for next year in March so put it on your calendars and let us know if you want to join. Hope to see you next year.
Lanta Paddlesports is proud to announce the first long distance stand up paddleboard event in the southern islands of Thailand. We will be paddling in the beautiful Andaman Sea between Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta, a distance of 31 kilometers on Starboard Blend paddleboards. This is the first event of this type and anyone who would like to join the paddle can contact me here before February 1. The only requirement is that you must have the physical stamina to complete the 31 kilometer paddle which should take between 5 and 6 hours. There are cold beers and a Thai Massage waiting at the finish line. Cheers!!!
We have been using our Starboard Blend boards for our island tour and they are the perfect board for gliding along and also catching the occasional wave. The Blend is big enough to handle an adult with one small child with ease and is great for long distance paddling or easy sunset cruises. The board is highly versatile and a great all around board.
We have been using the Starboard Hero for the past two years here at our watersports center located on Klong Dao Beach on the island of Koh Lanta in Thailand. The Hero is the perfect board to teach kids and small adults how to SUP as it is easy to turn around, very stable, and just the right size for them. The board is also amazing in waves and performs like a traditional surfboard but with the benefit of being able to catch the wave much sooner because of the speed you can achieve with the paddle. You can do floaters, cutbacks, and all the tricks of your regular surfboard but catch twice as many waves, what is not to like? Another great advantage of the board is the ability to teach surfing to beginners and get them surfing waves on their own in a matter of an hour or two instead of weeks and weeks with a traditional surfboard. The Hero is so wide, at 33 inches, it gives a great platform for stability an helps the beginning surfer get the feel of the wave without falling in almost every time. Check out the picture of some of the kids having fun on the board. Great board and Great fun!!!
After two weeks of rain and wind, we finally have a break in the monsoon storms coming off the Andaman Sea. The skies are clear, there is no wind, and there are some WAVES!!!
This past week we introduced many new people to stand up paddleboarding and taught them all how to ride waves on the SUP. We should have the potential for good surf for the next two months, so come down to Koh Lanta and surf in Thailand with us. Check out a few photos...