Paddleboarding in Panama City Beach
A combination of surfing and canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is a water sport that allows you to enjoy Panama City Beach’s protected and open waters such as the Grand Lagoon, St. Andrews Bay, Gulf of Mexico and various cold springs, rivers and lakes in the region. Calmer waters make for a relaxed experience and a chance to paddle above rays, fish, sea turtles and other wildlife beneath the water’s surface.
Check out the laid-back surf shop wryly named The Boardroom on Thomas Drive near the beach. With boogie boards, surf boards, paddleboards and more, the knowledgeable staff will size you up and find the right board and paddle for your body.
Down the way on Thomas Drive is Mr. Surf’s Surf Shop, a funky mecca for boarders of all kinds, land and sea. Come pick up your paddleboard and be sure to check out the Wall of Fame with vintage photos of customers dating back to the opening of the shop in 1980. Need a new suit with your paddleboard rental? Mr. Surf’s sells beach apparel for men and women. Can’t pull yourself away from the beach or not sure how to get started? Mr. Surf’s also has delivery and offers paddleboarding lessons to get you on the water and building the skills to make SUP a highlight of your vacation.
Paddleboarding Training and Tours
Walkin’ on Water (WOW) Paddleboards is a SUPing company you can book for training and tours. Learn water safety and good paddleboarding form through knowledgeable and patient instructors. With training and support for groups of all ages, learn to paddleboard or refresh your skills with helpful SUPing experts--plus you can book your adventure online.
All aboard! For paddleboarding in addition to other activities, book an Adventure Tour with Paradise Adventures. Your group takes a boat ride through the Grand Lagoon to Shell Island. From there, everyone in your party can go extreme or laid back. Choose from inflatables, sky-launching trampolines, an off-the-boat water slide or more easy-going activities like kayaking, snorkeling and—of course—paddleboarding.
SUP on Springs and Creeks
Coldwater Excursions offers rentals and guided tours of the unique cold springs ecosystems of Holmes Creek or Econfina near Panama City Beach. Rent a paddleboard and enjoy the cool 70-degree, crystal clear waters with visibility as much as 100 feet underwater. Memorialize your experience with a rented GoPro camera, perfectly suited to capture all the action. All rentals have free delivery and pickup, so you won’t lose any precious time on the water.
Are you a yoga practitioner looking for a new challenge? Try your balance and find your zen in nature with stand-up paddleboarding yoga. The sounds of the waves and sensation of the Gulf breeze combine for a calming atmosphere as your body adjusts to yoga flow atop a floating board. WOW Paddleboards now also offers SUP Yoga at the Wyndham Bay Point location or you can book private classes at Lake Powell.
Want to get your yoga legs--and core--primed before trying SUP yoga? At Yoga Elements, located in the Carillon Beach Resort, try out classes in the studio including aerial yoga which uses a combination of yoga, pilates, dance and hammocks to stretch and strengthen your back and core. When you are ready, go outside for SUP yoga right on the water with rental paddleboards and instruction suited to your needs. Check the schedule or book a private lesson during your stay in Panama City Beach.
For studio yoga, paddleboard yoga, surf lessons and more, check out the offerings by certified yoga instructors at Studio by the Sea, which offers both beach-side classes and classes in their new facility with wooden-sprung flooring and plenty of mirrors for checking your alignment.
One of Studio by the Sea’s instructors, Heather Wiles, also offers individualized classes. Get board ready with yoga practice that corresponds to boarding skills. Want to bypass the yoga and go for a SUP lagoon tour? Heather can lead the way on that as well, and you might just spot a dolphin or manatee on your adventure.
Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) in Panama City Beach is an experience you won't want to miss. Whether you are an experienced water sports enthusiast or simply want to navigate the Gulf Coast waters atop a board of your own, choose from surf and paddleboarding shops and trainers for your next paddleboarding adventure.