In the past ten years, a new water sport has grown immensely in popularity. What was once a fringe activity, most commonly referred to as ‘stand up surfing’ and taking place in Hawaii and Asia, SUP is now a staple on American beaches, from coast to coast.
SUP stands for Stand Up Paddleboarding. This sport couldn’t be simpler to get involved with. All you need to get onto the water as a bonafide SUP enthusiast is a long paddle board, generally foam, a paddle, and a swimsuit (don’t forget the sunscreen). The ease of getting involved with SUP and the variety of places where it can be enjoyed have allowed the sport to grow exponentially since early 2008. Although almost any beach or waterway can be used for SUP, certain conditions do make the experience more enjoyable. To help you get out and on the paddleboard as often as possible this summer, we’ve compiled the top five beaches in Cape Cod for doing some SUP.
1) Megansett Beach- This beach is located just outside of Falmouth and features relatively calm waters and a somewhat secluded environment. The calm waters make it an excellent spot for beginners. The views of North Falmouth and the stunning homes that dot the coastline make Megansett a superb SUP spot.
2) Skaket Beach- If you’re looking for a side of sunset with your SUP order, Skaket is the place to be. This public beach allows people to SUP the Cape Cod Bay, an amazing coastline to be in front of. Featuring arguably the most beautiful sunset in Cape Cod, this is a popular destination for those looking to enjoy the skyline, the coastline, or even yoga on the sand.
3) Sandwich Town Neck Beach- Town Beach is a ton of fun, as much for what one finds above the water as below. With the boardwalk leading from the mash to the beach and the bustling shoreline, everything that takes place outside of the water is a blast in itself. Beneath the surface it only gets cooler. With a clay reef and sunken ships, it’s a SUPer’s underwater dream. Gaze below the waves as you paddle from end to end.
4) Sandy Neck Beach- This beautiful Cape Cod beach features the longest shoreline in the region and sweeping views that seem to go on endlessly. The windswept sand dunes and calm waters make it among the most zen beaches to SUP in.
5) Herring Cove Beach- Located in Provincetown, Herring Cove features the other most amazing sunset in Cape Cod. The waters at the cove provide the ultimate opportunity to really engross oneself in nature. It isn’t uncommon to see seals and whales breaching and splashing by the water’s edge. For SUPers, this is undoubtedly the best way to get cup close and personal with the action happening in the water.