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Passengers Stand-up Paddleboarding in the Antarctic

Stand-up Paddleboarding

Stand-up Paddleboarding, popularly known as SUPing, originated in Hawaii. Quark Expeditions is the first company to bring this watersport all the way to Antarctica.  

SUPing combines the immersive experience of kayaking but in a standing position. Participants, if they prefer, can kneel, sit or even lie down and stare up at the azure Antarctic sky. Because of their wide base and tail fins, SUP boards are quite stable, enabling participants – after a bit of practice – to stop staring at their feet and admire the surrounding scenery. Imagine seeing Gentoo penguins gliding below you, or making eye contact with a Weddell seal lying on a piece of ice as you paddle by.

Guests receive on-ship and on-water instruction from a qualified SUP guide. In addition, a safety driver (in a Zodiac) stays within range to offer assistance.

Duration: 1 to 1½ hours.

Guide to client ratio: 1 SUP guide and 1 Zodiac safety driver for 10 participants

Is SUP Experience Necessary?

Previous experience isn’t necessary but comfortability with water is an asset. SUP’ing adventures are offered in protected bays and channels during calm weather conditions.

Provided Gear

  • Board
  • Paddle
  • Drysuit
  • Neoprene Booties
  • Waterproof gloves
  • PFD – Personal Flotation Device

Other recommended gear/clothing

  • Base and mid-layers (drysuits keep you dry, but not warm)
  • Thin fleece or wool liner glove to wear under rubber gloves (optional)
  • Waterproof and sweatproof sunscreen and lip balm (minimum SPF 30)
  • Brimmed hat as well as a warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera (either waterproof or in a waterproof case or drybag)