When you travel to a new place, do you want a chance to see it from a different vantage point? Custom tours from Israel Celebration Tours allow you to do just that! Today we’d like to tell you about a sport that is popping up all over Israel.
Stand Up Paddle Surfing or SUP is a quickly growing sport in the world and especially in Israel! Stand up paddle boarders stand on surfboards and use a special paddle to propel themselves through the water. Participants find it to be a great way to exercise, race, relax or go sightseeing. It’s a fun activity for all ages.
With the Mediterranean Sea to the West, the Red Sea and Dead Sea in the South, and the Sea of Galilee and Jordan River in the middle, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to practice this new sport when you visit Israel.
Boards and paddles are available for rent from many beaches. What you’ll experience depends on the body of water. In Eilat you’ll glide over coral reefs, from the Dead Sea you’ll view the stark beauty of the Negev desert’s mountains. While the calm waters of the Sea of Galilee will leave you feeling relaxed, on the Mediterranean you’ll be exhilarated by waves and scores of fellow paddlers, sailboats, and beaches.
For those who already know and love paddle surfing, here’s a little known fact: SUP was first developed by Tel Aviv lifeguards in the 1940’s so they could get out to people who had swum out too far from the shore. We just love those innovative Israelis!
Here’s a short YouTube video to see paddle surfing in Israel’s Dead Sea: