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Phuket’s the Place to Paddleboard

Phuket has once again demonstrated exactly why it’s one of the most popular locations in Southeast Asia to enjoy exhilarating watersports. The island leads other destinations in the region in terms of the variety of watersports on offer and it also leads the way in terms of courses and competition.

SUP (Stand-up Paddleboarding) is one of the latest water-based activities to take the Asia-Pacific region by storm. Not only is it a fabulous way to explore the coastline of scenic nations like Thailand, but unlike other water sports, it’s quick and easy to learn for those that want to head out onto the ocean waves with limited time to learn.

Champion SUPboarder and founder of the Stand Up Paddle Athletes Association (SUPAA), Chase Kosterlitz, recently led a five-day course in stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) on Phuket, which drew people from around the world. The five-day event was sponsored by Phuket’s Longtail Paddlesurf Company as part of the run-up to this year’s Thailand SUP Festival.

“Phuket has to be one of the top paddling destinations in the world,” said Kosterlitz. “Warm weather and clear water make it a great destination to paddle year-round. Longtail Paddlesurf is a leading SUP business and helps with the organisation of the Thai SUP Festival. All of these factors make Phuket a great location to hold a workshop.”

 “My biggest goal when working with SUP athletes is to teach them to paddle in a way that will help them prevent injury,” he continued. “This way they can continue to enjoy the sport they love and paddle all the way into old age.”

Phuket is widely acknowledged by the international community as an excellent destination to try out new watersports that aren’t on offer in all popular beach destinations in Asia. Thanks to the island’s tropical climate and serene oceans, it is a good place for beginners to try out SUP. As such, it provides the ideal base for the sport to grow.

“Chase has a wealth of paddling knowledge and has competed at the elite level for a number of years,” said a spokesperson from, one of the organisers of the course. “His depth of paddling experience and his ability to teach offered a great opportunity to learn. Whether for experienced paddlers looking to improve or people just getting started, this [kind of clinic] is ideal.”

In addition to SUP, Phuket has also built a reputation as a location to try out other cutting edge watersports. Paragliding behind boats has become particularly popular with visitors who enjoy a thrill, and Kite boarding classes and activity centres also attract plenty of visitors. The latter combines surfing and paragliding, and the friendly trade winds that blow across the Andaman Sea make Phuket the ideal place to learn.


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