Stand up Paddleboarding is a rapidly growing sport which has literally taken over the waterways surrounding Wrightsville Beach. Whether it be a SUP yoga class, a race, or just the causal explorer, SUP boarding is here to stay. With tons of cool features and landmarks, Wrightsville offers some awesome opportunities for exploration.
Warning: Some of these spots pose potential hazards and can result in serious injury! Be sure to know your limits and utilize caution while exploring new areas.
1. The Jetty
Paddle over to Masonboro inlet and spend some time exploring the jettys that protect our beach. There is always a small wave and some heavy current so be sure you are up to the challenge! Also, be sure to watch our for “the Wall”…it is an underlying structure which connects the northern jetty to the beach and is submerged at high tide.
2. Harbor Island Loop
You have probably heard of the “loop” that runners and walkers infamously travel on everyday. Well, this also translates into a nice circle surrounding Harbor Island.. You will get to see the marina, the marsh, and even go under the drawbridge! This is quite a long paddle so give yourself time and keep an eye out for boat traffic.
3. Masons Inlet
This can be a great spot to work on your SUP surfing. Since there is usually a small wave always breaking, and relatively shallow water, Masons Inlet can be a fun way to spend an afternoon. The current here on an outgoing tide can be quite nasty so keep an eye out!
4. Paddle Up Food
Just as you can take a boat up to Dockside, Fish house, and Bluewater….why not paddle up! These are all great restaurants to eat at and some even feature live music on certain days of the week. Stop by and have a drink and be sure to keep an eye on your SUP board.
5. Lollipop Marshes
These are actually more accessible from the Wrightsville Beach side…regardless the marsh trails between Harbor Island and “Lollipop” offer some incredible wildlife, scenery, and SUP maneuvering. Watch out for oysters on a super low tide however!
What is your favorite spot to SUP board?