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6 Amazing Urban SUP Destinations

SUP is an incredible way to enjoy the oceans and waves of the world. But what if you find yourself land locked in a concrete jungle?  Thankfully, Stand Up Paddling has wound it’s way into the fabric of cities big and small around the globe. Here are seven incredible urban SUP destinations that will satisfy even the most demanding paddler.

Austin, TX

The vibrant downtown scene next to Lady Bird Lake (where smooth waters prevail because motorized boats are prohibited) offers a fun and relaxed SUP destination close to all the action with year-round smooth waters. Summer weekends in Austin can bring out over 100 paddlers to enjoy the great outdoors in the heart of downtown. If you want a bit more seclusion, try one of the dozen navigable creeks, lakes and streams within an hour’s drive of Austin.

When to go: Year round. Hot summers with temps over 100 are ideal for SUP sessions combined with cool dips in the rivers.  Or try paddling during the mild winters to enjoy complete peace and quiet in the midst of the city. Each June, Austin hosts the Dam That Cancer charity paddle, a twenty-one mile fundraiser to support families coping with a cancer diagnosis.

SUP paddle boarders on Lady Bird Lake (Town Lake) in Austin

Mission Bay, CA

Calm water and soft sandy beaches make these protected coves a haven for paddle boarding. As long as you don’t mind the cooler water temps and sharing the bay with an occasional sailboat, you’ll spend a worry-free day exploring the sandy banks, small islands and marinas all while enjoying city views. There are plenty of SUP resources in the area including SUP yoga classes and rentals.

When to go: Anytime of year is great in San Diego. Mission Bay generally has calm waters, especially in the mornings. The water is cold year round so just pick a sunny day in case you take an accidental dip.

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