Stand Up Paddleboarding, (better known as SUP), has become a fast growing water sport. SUP is so easy to learn, and suitable for almost anyone. Most new SUPPers are up and paddling on the first try. At the Inn, we have a secluded creek that is protected from wind and swells, and is ideal for the first time paddler. Let us get you up and started right here in our backyard! Once you get comfortable, head out to the East River where you can experience a little more challenge in the wind and waves.
Need a Board?
We have 4 paddle boards available that our guests can use on a first come first serve basis. We are more than happy to give you some basic instructions to get you up and started. Just remember that Stand Up Paddling IS a watersport. If you fall in, no problem…you’re meant to get wet and it’s pretty easy to get yourself back up on the board again!
History of SUP
Stand Up Paddle boarding originated in Hawaii. SUP has gained more popularity in recent years, (especially around the Chesapeake Bay area), because its super easy to learn. You can paddle almost anywhere you have water, and can explore very shallow nooks and crannies while seeing more water life. In our SUP adventures around Mathews county, we have seen a lot of fish of course, but also river otters, skates, sea turtles, and even dolphins. SUP boards come in many shapes and sizes and even come in lightweight foam as well as portable/inflatable boards! Surprisingly, they are really sturdy, easy to paddle on, and travel much more compactly.
Have your own SUP board?
Bring it on down with you to The Inn at Tabbs Creek Bed and Breakfast, and enjoy some of the best paddling the Chesapeake Bay has to offer. There are 20 different public launch sites around Mathews County, and you can experience everything from Marshlands and birdwatching to spotting dolphins around Gwynn’s Island. You can also launch off one of our beaches and ride the small waves of the Chesapeake Bay or paddle out to New Point Comfort lighthouse, one of the third oldest lighthouses on the Chesapeake Bay. From The Inn at Tabbs Creek, you can explore the East river, or enjoy a sunset paddle. Come see what it’s all about…we bet you will get hooked on SUP!