Ryan Rodriguez - Paddleboarding in Barbados


HISTORY… in the making

A couple of years ago, I was introduced to Stand Up Paddling by one of my best friends when SUP’ing was just in its “rebirth” and still very new to Barbados. My friend had an extra board that was a little too small for him and he invited me to come along for a leisurely paddle.

After my first experience standing above the water and seeing so much more than I ever had when Surfed (on a regular Surfboard), I was hooked.

Within months I had bought my own board and was trying everything from SUP Surfing to Races to long down-wind paddles.

Over the next two years, more and more people would approach me as I was returning to the beach from a Paddle or surf session and ask me to teach them this exciting new sport or hobby.

My board was way too small to teach most beginners on and some of my friends even took offense that I refused (trust me guys, you should thank me).

By December 2011, I had decided to take the plunge and set up this company to help people learn and love SUP’ing as much as I do. Armed with only my wits (and my arms), in March 2012, my cousin “Mikie” attended a WPA – World Paddleboard Association Certification course in Jupiter Beach, Florida to seal the deal and get What SUP Barbados off the ground and moving (or on the water if you prefer).

Of course, there were a few small issues, like quitting my 9 to 5 job, buying a vehicle, and building a trailer, and of course, let’s not forget the Boards and Paddles!

As you can hopefully see, it all worked out and today we are the best Mobile SUP Company in Barbados.

Learning is as easy as 1, 2, 3…

Our beginner lessons are designed to have you up and paddling in no time… First we start with the basics on the beach and once everyone is comfortable, we take the lesson to the water. Get ready to be hooked!

Why Choose Us?


WPA (World Paddleboard Association) Certified and Paddle Fit Level 2 Certified.

Equipment Provided

Our lessons include: SUP Board, Paddle, Leash and bottle water afterwards.

What to Bring

We provide all the necessary gear for a great SUP experience, but participants should have a towel and sunscreen or “rash guard” for Sunny days on the water. If you feel comfortable on the board, you can wear a hat and shades at your own risk (some cheap shades will work for the hour you are on the water).

Frequently Asked Questions

Beginner lessons are designed to get you up and paddling in the shortest amount of time while still giving you a full WPA (World Paddleboarding Association) based lesson… with lots of smiles and fun thrown in. Learn more about our lessons and tours of Barbados.

You MUST be able to swim. No questions asked. Not necessarily like Michael Phelps or Mark Spitz, but you should be able to comfortably tread water if you fall off the board.

Depending on the time of the lesson you might want to bring some sunscreen and or a Rash Guard, a towel and your smile!

Morning Lessons and Paddles are better for Pictures and seeing the beautiful colours in the water and on the reef.

Evening Lessons and Sunset Paddles are more peaceful and relaxing and the sunsets can be stunning.