Saturday, December 18, 2010

StandUp Paddle Surfing SUP Colombia

Jim Brewer admiring a leaping Colombian whale


For those that have not heard about Stand Up Paddle Surfing (also known as SUP for short), the sport has quickly become one of the fastest growing sports in the world. SUP began when legendary Hawaiian surfers / windsurfers like Laird Hamilton, Robby Naish and Dave Kalama started experimenting with the sport several years back.

The sport uses a more floaty type of surfboard (SUP board) that is stable enough to support a surfer standing up on it. Then the surfer uses a paddle to propel themselves forward.

What has made it so popular is that SUP can be done in the waves, but also in lakes, canals, rivers....basically any body of water, plus the paddling is great cardiovascular exercise.

Colombia has just been discovered by the SUP press in the United States.
Colombia gets featured on the front cover of the December 2010 issue of STANDUP PADDLE MAGAZINE, as well as a photo in the back-cover of the December 2010 issue of OUTSIDE Magazine.

This is all thanks to the Blueline Paddlesurf Team out of Santa Barbara, California.

Jim Brewer, Peter Trow, Matt Becker and legendary surf photographer Dan Merkel made the trip to Nuqui in Colombia's Pacific Coast. They stayed at EL CANTIL Ecolodge and surfed the "Pico de Loro" break. They got to interact with some of the thousands of humpback whales that visit the warm waters of the Colombian coast from July to November to breed.

Check out the hypnotic video here and some screenshots below:

Colombia SUP / Blueline, Paddle Surf Hawaii from Peter Trow on Vimeo.

Peter Trow in front of the surf cave

Matt Becker about to catch a wave at the "Pico de Loro" break

Peter Trow

A Colombian whale waving to Jim Brewer

Jim, Peter & Matt at the cliffs
Peter and Matt admiring

Jim and Peter

Jim on solo mission

Cover shot, start of sequence


Oh crap! Better get out of here

Jim with some side-step action

Peter in front of a wall of water

Peter Trow, laydown turn at "El Chorro" break

Matt Becker cutback

Matt dropping in

Peter doing a floater in front of Matt at "El Chorro"

Jim attacking

Jim with a nice cutback showing his Blueline Paddleboard


  1. Very cool post! It's cool to see the rest of the pics in that sequence, and wow, to be that close to those whales! Incredible - I have spent a bunch of time in Colombia this year and SUP'd a bit ( there are some stories about Colombia) but will definitely be going to check out the area those guys went to in order to hang out with the whales in 2011.

  2. Hey Josh,
    Thanks for the comments.
    Cool, I saw your stories about SUPing in Parque Simon Bolivar in Bogota and then Lago Prado. Glad you had fun in Colombia. Maybe next time you're in Colombia you can go SUPing with the whales in the Colombian Pacific.

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