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“SUP is definitely one of those sports that have taken
off, as it’s just so accessible,” explains Elemental SUP
instructor Caroline Bradley. “It’s a great workout for most
people and it’s extremely beneficial because it targets all
the muscles in the body. In fact, it uses muscles most people
have never used before, and while it’s not really a cardio
workout, you are working all your muscles, especially in
your core. It’s very therapeutic.”
Caroline says, for beginners, getting the stroke
paddles right is the first priority, along with body
posture and balance. She even recommends those
experienced in yoga to try out a yoga workout on the
sea, atop a soft, buoyant SUP board. “We paddle out
somewhere glassy and calm and practise some yoga
moves out there,” she says. “It definitely takes yoga to
a whole new level, and as you can’t hear anything out
there, it can feel quite surreal.”
Need a bit more balance in your
life? Give stand-up paddleboarding
a whirl. One of the world’s fastest-
growing watersports, SUP provides an
overall workout focused on strength,
endurance and balance. What’s more,
out on the ocean there’s no gym
membership required, nor a sweaty
towel or treadmill in sight!
■ SoulKite Try this casual setup if you’re not sure about
SUP-ing – hire a board for one or two hours, or a whole
day, and paddle around in your own time. At $20 for an
hour, it’s the cheapest in Perth. Point Walter, Bicton.
■ Action Sports WA Perfect for beginners or people
wanting a little more guidance, Action Sports will teach
you basic SUP-ing techniques and make sure your
equipment is suited to your height and weight. You’ll walk
away with great technique, and an understanding of the
physical benefits of SUP-ing. Bardon Place, Maylands.
■ Stand Up Paddle Sports For something different, try
one of the classes from SUP Sports – think ladies-only
social paddles, private lessons and fitness-focused classes.
Class prices are discounted if you bring your own board.
JH Abrahams Reserve, Crawley.
■ Elemental SUP If you already feel comfortable on a SUP,
try one of Elemental’s specialised classes. Catch waves with
SUP surfing, or try something different with SUP yoga –
yep, that’s a downward dog on a SUP. Point Walter, Bicton.
■ North Freo Stand Up Surf Shop Perth’s only specialist
SUP shop also offers classes so you can put your new
craft to the test. Lessons with a qualified instructor run
every weekend, or if you prefer something more personal,
you can also make an appointment for a private lesson.
Freshwater Bay, Peppermint Grove.
Escape the crowds this summer with
a 4WD adventure. You can explore the
colossal dunes in Lancelin, manoeuvre
along powerline tracks through the
hills, or find a deserted beach where
you can camp beneath the stars.
Using the town of Gingin,
25km inland, as a starting
point, trek along the edge
of the Moore River National
Park where you’ll find
forgotten stock tracks,
bush terrain and dune
4WDing begins at the
vast sand dunes on
the edge of Lancelin –
ideal for recreational fun.
The adventure continues
north along beaches and
dunes to locations such
as Dide Bay and Wedge
and Grey islands, before
re-joining the Indian Ocean
Drive to Cervantes and the
Pinnacles. Regulations, no-
go zones and seasonal and
apply. Contact DEC Moora
office (9652 1911) for all
you need to know.
The gorgeous Whitehills
Beach, just 15 minutes from
Mandurah, is the closest
place south of Perth to
4WD along the beach. Keep
driving south and stop to
see the thrombolites, living
fossils easily viewable from
a purpose-built boardwalk:
these babies are among the
earliest known life forms
on earth! If you’re headed
to Preston Beach, there
are miles of beach driving
options leading north to
Tim’s Thicket. This stretch of
coastline is an undiscovered
gem, with terrific fishing
and beach 4WD tracks.
Camp at Martins Tank,
within the Yalgorup National
Park, amid the peppermint
woodland and tuart forest.
Dune preservation is
important, so check with
the City of Mandurah
ranger for access and
condition reports. There
are various inland forest
tracks around Dwellingup,
Waroona and Lane Poole,
perfect for 4WDing. The
Nanga Heritage Circuit
winds through jarrah
forest and the river valley
along a network of timber
tramways, steam train
tracks and trestle bridges.
The Captain Fawcett
Commemorative 4x4 Track
is an easy to medium-
grade track starting in the
Lane Poole Reserve and
showcasing more than
100km of jarrah forests,
historic farmhouses and
early settlers’ bridges. There
are also mountain-bike and
The beauty of 4WDing in
the Perth Hills is that you
get some great, rocky
terrain (it’s a nice change
from sand and beaches!).
There are a fair few
rocky outcrops that can
be reached with a 4WD
along tracks that aren’t
too daunting (check the
coordinates on a 4WDing
website). If you’ve got
some guts about you (and
some experience) try the
Mundaring Power Line
Track (entry is near Sawyers
Valley Tavern), which is ideal
in spring – fewer showers
allow for the track to dry
out and be less slippery.
Top Tip Your first instinct atop the board
may be to focus on your arms. Resist – it’s all about
the core. As the water constantly changes, keep your
midsection muscles engaged for better balance.
GREAT IDEA #8
GREAT IDEA #9
4WD-ing on the sand
dunes at Lancelin.
Photography Matthew Allen.
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