Hawaii on Lake Achensee

lonesome paddler at lake Achensee ©eco.nova-Tom Bause

The new sports craze that involves exercising upright on an oversized surfboard has now found a fair few fans on the Tirolean shores.

You don’t have to be especially fit or even physically gifted. Balancing with your feet hip-width apart in the centre of your board 3.35 metres in length, you stick the lightweight carbon paddle out in front of you almost as far as the head and pull it smoothly back through. Three or four times on one side, then you switch over to the other. And that’s all there is to it.

The technique is easy. But SUP (stand up paddleboarding) nonetheless stands for a perfect full body workout for aspiring athletes. Legs, back, torso, arms – everything is being worked and depending on the pace or the distance even your stamina will be tested.

The paddling motion on the board also has a meditative quality to it.

Whether you go early in the morning or late in the evening, you’ll glide across as once the Polynesians did and see through the crystal clear waters to the floor of white sand. Right here at the southern end near the Buchau bathing area, where the Lake Achensee is so flat, so warm, and so turquoise blue, now and then you can feel the South Seas coming in the air.

Anyone who just fancies borrowing a board and paddle can do so for 10 euros an hour. With an instructor it comes to 15 euros. Stand up paddleboarding is suitable for children from the age of 8, 9 or 10. No upper age limit has been set. Click here to see the providers.

Special tip:

Check out the early-morning and sundowner sessions for that romantic touch. For more info and to apply, visit Daniel Gredler at www.learn2kite.at

Tip for teens:

SUP is also being offered as part of the youth programme. Find out all the details here.