News

Paddleboarding is taking over the waves in the Tweed

Surfing Champion Brodie Doyle(right) and Leesa Stone go for a paddleboard at Jack Evans Boat Harbour.
Surfing Champion Brodie Doyle(right) and Leesa Stone go for a paddleboard at Jack Evans Boat Harbour. Blainey Woodham

STAND up paddle boarding has taken off in the Tweed, with multiple venues offering board hire and waterways flooded with people keen to give the sport a try.

Jack Evans Boat Harbour, Cudgen Creek and other locations have been full of residents and tourists practicing before they take on the waves at local beaches.

Trevor "Big Trev" Arbon runs Big Trevs Water Sports hire service at Jack Evans Boat Harbour and said that he had noticed a big growth in the sport.

"More and more people are coming to hire the boards out," he said.

"It just keeps growing and growing.

"It's popular in the rivers and down here at my beautiful Jack Evans."

Mr Arbon said that people picked up the sport quickly and were often standing up in minutes.

"I've had people up in about five minutes," he said.

"The boards are so buoyant and thick and once people get it, it just comes naturally."

Mr Arbon said that paddle boarding was excellent exercise and helped keep participants fit and healthy.

"I had one guy who was 15 stone and now he's down to 12," he said.

"He's been coming here for about three months now."

The water sports guru hires out a variety of other equipment and found that more people were noticing he also hired paddle boards as well.

"I've been doing it for about 7 years," he said.

"A Hawaiian guy originally taught me how to do it."

The sport was derived in Polynesia and achieved popularity in Hawaii, where it was rumoured to offer an alternative way for surfers to train when waves were down.

Topics:  paddleboarding


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

A splash of cash for community

CASH AVAILABLE: At the launch of the ETC community fund's grants are (from left) ETC chair Rod McKelvey and previous recipients from the House With No Steps, local initiatives co-ordinator Tori Smith and area manager Tina Purdon.

$120,000 up for grabs for community groups

Rainbow club shines at Gold Coast regatta

Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club at the Gold Coast's Broadwater regatta.

Teams battled it out in blistering heat

FORECAST: Perfect storm for a lazy weekend

Rain is on the way on the Northern Rivers.

Much needed heat relief expected to continue

Local Partners

Furious Price wants to quit I'm a Celeb after clash with Keira

AN IRATE Steve Price has threatened to quit I'm A Celebrity after a series of drama-filled clashes with Keira Maguire.

Novel with lots of heart

The romance in A Quiet Kind of Thunder was only one of the joys of the book.

Book proves to be a gem with layers

Bliss N Eso announce tribute show for stuntman

Bliss N Eso will play a tribute show at Coolangatta in honour of Johann Ofner. The stuntman died during the filming of the group's Friend Like You film clip earlier this year.

BLISS N Eso to play tribute show to raise funds for killed stuntman

MOVIE REVIEW: Trainspotting sequel as good as original

Ewen Bremner in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

Director Danny Boyle proves sequels can be done well.

How Karl Stefanovic's wife, kids found out about girlfriend

Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough after their day on Sydney Harbour. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Pictures splashed across tabloid were shock to family

WATCH: Toowoomba opera hopeful's incredible voice

Kaitlyn Orange attends Opera Queensland auditions at Empire Theatres for Opera at Jimbour, Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Opera hopefuls vie for parts in performance at Jimbour House

MKR turns spiteful in suddendeath elimination

Alyse and Matt battled Josh and Amy in a spiteful elimination cook-off.

Bottom of the ladder faces off in spiteful sudden-death cook-off.

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

50 more high rise buildings planned for Brisbane CBD

Height limits have been scrapped for Brisbane CBD

800,000 more people expected to work in city over next 20 years

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!