What’s the best way to learn anything? By making it fun.
Who do kids listen to more than anyone else? Their peer group.
So the best way for kids to learn Stand Up Paddle (SUP) is by making it fun and delivering the training from their peer group – which is precisely what happened at the SUP Lanzarote Clinic held at Sands Beach Resort over the weekend of the 10th and 11th November.
Youngsters keen to learn the sport of Stand Up Paddle were taken through their paces by 12 year old Noah Voecker (above), Lanzarote’s budding windsurfing star, all round water baby and newest addition to the Fanatic International SUP and Windsurf Team. Beginning on the placid lagoon waters at Sands Beach Resort, Noah took youngsters through the basics of SUP, learning to find their balance, steering, stopping and turning before taking them out onto the lagoon for some hands-on experience.
While Noah and the kids honed their skills as the next generation of SUP experts, the adults joined Belar Diaz for their clinic, getting invaluable, one to one tuition from the Spanish national SUP Race and Wave Team member.
Confident that skills were at a good enough level after Saturday’s sessions, Noah and Belar took their charges into Arrecife on Sunday…the picturesque way – on their boards! Joined by renowned surfer and SUP boarder Rob Small and filmed by the intrepid, Quentin Tarantino-wannabbe Russell Groves, the clinic navigated their way along the coastline, travelling downwind of the 28 knots prevailing wind and enjoying the Lanzarote sunshine and clear seas off the coast while Belar gave individual tuition.
It was a fabulous end to a great weekend of SUP and set the standard for future clinics and the continued growth of a popular sport that everyone can try on their Lanzarote holidays.
Well done, guys!
More images from the weekend here.