Is it too cold to paddle board during winter? Not really, you just need to find great paddle boarding spots, wear the right gear and you’ll be sorted.
This year’s Aussie winter has so far been beautiful with temperatures reaching up to 20C when the sun is out. The water temperature is still cool and will keep cooling in the winter months, which motivates you to keep your balance and not fall in.
To stay warm and to enjoy your paddle boarding session in winter, it’s important to know when and where the best SUPing conditions will be. Along with tide and swell conditions, wind direction should be a key factor in your choice of stand up paddle boarding location.
In the eastern suburbs of Sydney, places like North Bondi are protected by the northerly winds so you can still find the water surface calm. When the southerly winds blow, it is better to head towards the protected coves and bays in Sydney Harbour such as Parsley Bay, Watsons Bay and Rose Bay.
My last visit to Parsley Bay was one of those magic paddle boarding sessions that I’ll never forget. On the weekend it’s very hard to find a parking spot, but this beautiful weekday morning I had the bay to myself. The weather conditions were almost perfect with a light breeze. As long as you stay in the sun and above the water it’s no problem staying warm in a bikini and wetsuit top.
When on the water you’re surrounded by beautiful houses and natural rock walls. My Ben Buckler Board paddled smooth and fast on only a couple of paddle strokes which made the experience even more enjoyable. Even though the board is super light, the stability was awesome.
Parsley Bay is a great place to go for a beautiful paddle on calm winters day allowing you to escape the busy city life.
Top places to paddle board in Sydney for a cheeky winter session
1. Watsons Bay
This is one of the greatest spots in Sydney to go for an unforgettable paddle. On a beautiful day you will be able to take in the sweeping views of Sydney harbour, the skyline and glimpses of Sydney Harbour Bridge.
2. Rose Bay
Another perfect bay for paddle board riders. When the winds are southerly this bay can still be perfectly calm. Low wind conditions, combined with the beautiful Sydney Harbour views, makes it a unique place to paddle board.
3. Parsley Bay
A stones throw from Watsons Bay you will find the stunning Parsley Bay, one of Sydney’s best kept secret spots.
If you’re lucky enough to have the bay to yourself, it’s an incredible solo experience stand up paddle boarding there.
If you’re south of Sydney, check out Gunnamatta Bay in Sutherland, near Cronulla, while if you’re north of Sydney, check out Balmoral Beach and go exploring in Pittwater and Narrabeen Lakes.
Summer or Winter, you can always find a magic piece of Sydney to enjoy stand up paddle boarding. No wonder it’s one of the fastest growing sports in Australia.
To get the same board I used check out the Toes Nose paddle board.