Beaches around St. Thomas are definitely the biggest playground for visitors and residents; and one of the ways to get active on the water is boardsports. Right now the rage is all SUP, stand up paddle boarding! Another popular sport is kitesurfing. Windsurfing is available at some hotel beaches. A couple boat charters and term charters have wakeboards. Bodyboarding and skimboarding are popular with a small group of residents when conditions are favorable. And St. Thomas has its followers dedicated to the grandpa of boardsports, surfing.
SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Paddle Surfing)
SUP rentals can be found at some beaches around St. Thomas. Paddlers stand on their boards and use a paddle to propel though the water. Gliding over the water is awesome. The concept is sort of like kayaking, but you are standing on a board. It’s common to see marine life passing below you – sometimes fish, sometimes a turtle. Being out in the water offers a great opportunity to see a panoramic view of the beach and scenery. There are several annual SUP events and races. There is even SUP yoga – that’s right – hold your fierce warrior pose while balancing on a board floating in the ocean! Give SUP a try.
Rent Kayaks, StandUp Paddleboards & Snorkel Gear
(Hurricane Status: Open for Business) FREE DELIVERY to your rental villa! Includes a trolley, foam car top carrier, kayak back rests, SUP leash, lifejackets, paddles, cable and lock! The kayaks are single and double easy-to-paddle-at-on-top-kayaks. Single kayak $185 per week, Double kayak $195 per week, SUP Standup Paddleboard $195 per week, Snorkel Gear $30 per week! Excellent quality gear available seven days a week. Must have beach toys for exploring the VI waters! Book online with Virgin Island Ecotours or call toll free 1.877.845.2925 or 340.779-2155
A board plus a power kite, and you have the sport of kiteboarding. Kiteboarding on St. Thomas has gained popularity amongst local athletes in recent years. Kiteboarding relies heavily on favorable wind conditions, so the popular locales for kiteboarders are the windier beaches on the East End of St. Thomas. A kiteboarder stands on a kiteboard and uses a large controllable power kite to harness the power of the wind – with the right conditions this power allows the kiteboarder to glide across the water and sometimes through the air. Lessons and gear rental are available but limited.
St. Thomas has great windsurfing conditions; warm weather, beautiful waters and windy beaches on the East End of the island. Beaches like Bluebeards Beach, Vessup Bay, Cowpet Bay and Sapphire Beach. Windsurfing equipment and lessons are available at several locations. With instruction and favorable conditions, the basics can be learned in a few hours; advance moves require practice.
Wakeboarding, Skimboarding, Bodyboarding
In wakeboarding the rider stands on a wakeboard and is towed behind a boat, riding the wake created by the boat. Some boat charters and term charters offer wakeboarding, though island hopping and snorkeling are far more popular charter boat activities. Local shops sell skimboards and bodyboards, and both are popular during favorable times of the year with a small group of island residents. There is an annual skimboard competition on St. Thomas.
The granddaddy of boardsports is surfing and St. Thomas has its small share of surfers. It’s a very small group, there is a limited window when waves are favorable, only a couple easily accessible beaches for surfing, and limited board rental options; but if you’re a big time surfer and come down at the right time maybe you can catch some waves as part of your vacation! Learn More