Stand-up Paddle Boarding


Stand up paddle surfing (SUP), or stand up paddle boarding, originated in Hawaii as an offshoot of surfing. This increasingly popular water sport has now made its way to Port Stephens. Local tour operators Port Stephens Watersports offer visitors the opportunity to experience this fun activity and are located at both the Nelson Bay Beach and Shoal Bay Beach. There is no need to worry about fitness levels as this sport is great for people of all ages and abilities. Its easier than it looks and it's great exercise offering a fantastic core strength workout. Prices start from $20 for half hour, $30 for 1 Hour, $50 for 2 Hours and $80 for 4 Hours (includes one paddle and leg leash with life jacket optional).

Port Stephens Surf School also offers paddle board lessons on Dutchmans Bay Beach, Nelson Bay. It's excellent for surfers and non-surfers, beginners and advanced, male and female, young and old and everyone in between. Stand-Up Paddle Board lessons are a great way to have fun in the ocean with friends or family and enjoy quality time out from your busy life. Group or private lessons are available - phone Luke on 0411 419 576.

Please also see the Stand-up Paddle Boarding events page.


Sponsored by Surfing NSW, national and international board riders compete each year in the Shoal Bay Resort & Spa Southern Cross SUP Festival during May.

Divisions include:

  • SUP Entry - Teams Event
  • SUP Surfing Open Men
  • SUP Surfing Open Women
  • SUP Surfing Open Over 40
  • SUP Surfing Open Over 50
  • SUP Surfing Under 21
  • SUP Technical Open Men
  • SUP Technical Open Women
  • SUP Technical Open Over 40
  • SUP Technical Open Over 50
  • SUP Marathon Open Men
  • SUP Marathon Open Women
  • SUP Marathon Open Over 40
  • SUP Marathon Open Over 50


Port Stephens Paddle Sports - 0405 033 518
Port Stephens Surf School - 0411 419 576
Bay SUP - 0411 240 542