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  • Teba Siles | October 8, 2015 7:00 PM ET

    Learn to Stand-Up on Coronado Beach, Panama

    Learn to Stand-Up on Coronado Beach, Panama

    PHOTO: Stand-up paddleboarding. (courtesy BlueBay Hotels & Resorts)

    Just an hour away from Panama City, Panama, Coronado and the surrounding beaches are a perfect destination for lovers of all kinds of water sports. This season, I propose this new form of surfing that is gaining fans by the day, stand-up paddleboarding or SUP.

    Its origins go back to ancient times. It is still up for debate as to whether or not it was the Polynesian peoples or the ancient pre-Columbian civilizations in the beaches of northern Peru. What is clear is that the popularity of SUP as a modern sport has its epicenter in the Hawaiian Islands. The most recent history dates back to the 60s, when the Beach Boys (surf instructors) in Waikiki Beach used their longboards and canoe paddles to help tourists learn to surf. In early 2000, Hawaiian surfers such as Dave Kalama, Brian Keaulana, Archie Kalepa and Laird Hamilton started doing SUP as an alternative way working out. On the days you could not surf, SUP was a training method that allowed them to stay in shape for the great days of "tow-in surfing" (a way to surf on big waves while being towed by a Jet ski).

    Today, SUP is a sport that can be practiced at sea, on lakes, rivers or any large body of water, allowing you to enjoy different landscapes and different states of the aquatic environment. In addition, this sport can be practiced by all kinds of people, from an early age to those who are older. It is an excellent way to improve fitness and stay in shape, you can perform all its variants from no-wind, downwind, to catching waves, make circuits with changes of direction, taking turns or simply relaxing and enjoying a stroll while sunbathing.

    SUP is a sport that does not involve great difficulty, but if you want to do it properly, for greater enjoyment, it is highly recommended to do at least an introductory course, where you learn about the sport, get to know the environment, wave patterns and of course, SUP techniques. Coronado Beach and its surroundings are ideal for the practice of SUP Surfing and Flatwater. Places like Serena in Coronado Bay, Tets Point in Punta Barco, El Palmar and Rio Mar, among others, are Pacific beaches which receive mainly south swells throughout the year, making this location a perfect place to learn or practice this sport with the whole family or group of friends.

    BlueBay Hotels & Resorts is opening a new hotel in this this area of Panama. Just an hour away from the cosmopolitan city of Panama, the new All-Inclusive beach resort BlueBay Coronado Beach &  Golf Resort, located in Playa Coronado, will be the perfect destination for those who want to practice SUP and seek the combination of beach, tranquility and relaxation in the Pacific Ocean.


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Teba Siles BlueBay Hotels & Resorts Adventures

Teba Siles Teba Siles is a journalist and community manager based in Spain (to date). She has a passion to discover the world and one of the premises about her philosophy of life is go every year to a place where she has not been before.
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