Aqua Trails Kayak
Cape May, NJ, (609) 884-5600
After sitting on the beach all summer I finally tried Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP). With the Labor Day holiday coming up I would encourage you to get “on board” and check it out for yourself. Now, I realize that I am way behind this trend but in my defense the boys had me on a pretty rigorous boogie-boarding schedule.
Cape May is my shore point so naturally I went to the *only SUP spot on the island, Aqua Trails Kayaks. I called and booked my tour with Jeff for the next day in 5 seconds…probably the easiest thing I had done all week, and we showed up the next morning at 9:00 a.m. ready to go!
The guys that work there are helpful, funny and I would say the perfect mix of good ole’ boys and Endless Summer. To get the hang of SUP you really just need to do their 9:00 a.m Guided Paddle Board Tour. They help you get those giant things (mine was 11’6”) in the water, provide you with instructions on how to stand up, paddle and what to expect. Our group of five was in the water and standing up in 5 minutes. From there we went through the harbor, ducked under the former drawbridge and back to the marshes. We got to see plenty of boats and wildlife. We even got our skills tested twice. The first time was by a family of four that was teaching their crying tweens to kayak. The kids could not steer, were running into the paddle boards and the little girl was so upset she threw her paddle into the water…which to her dismay bobbed right back up and into her hands. So if you were wondering …you could be rammed by a tween on a kayak your first time on a SUP and barely notice it.
The second time we got tested was on our way back. The wind had picked up, was against us and once we got out of the protection of the harbor and into the bay it was tough and choppy. It was hard to get back but it was great. I got to figure how to manage the board in choppy water. I loved the mix of easy an easy beginning and a challenging ending that the morning ended up to be.
Our guide was excellent. He had no problem helping 5 new people through the tour. He gave us some Cape May history along the tour, spent time with each person, fished people out of the water when needed and got us back through that choppy bay without any issues. The guys even let me borrow a waterproof, floating hard case for my phone so I could take pictures along the way. Talk about a challenging selfie.
Our tour was $30 and 2 hours and it was awesome. I would rent from these guys again and mess around in the bay on my own, which is how quick you can pick it up. My next challenge is to take a SUP in the ocean and work up to riding some waves in.
SUP is very popular so give the guys a call before you head over to book your board. Have a great holiday weekend and see if you can slip out this weekend and give it a try!
*You can rent SUP board from Aqua Trails to take to the beach and Steger’s Beach service also rents boards on the beach.