Originally invented on the oceans of Hawaii as a surfing sport Stand Up Paddle Boarding is an activity being taken up across rivers all over the world.
For beginners it’s a new challenge, a bit like gliding on water, it’s more akin to surfing than kayaking – and heaps of fun. Most canoe operators in the Dordogne Valley now offer stand up paddling and the Dordogne is a great river to get started on. A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the cleanest river in France, its pristine waters are calm with a slow moving current in the summer months. Consequently you can hone your new skills without having to plunge straight into rapids. Beginners can also try it out on the lakes of the Dordogne Valley such as the Lac du Coiroux.