West Side Stories
Melbourne Stand Up Paddle
Stand Up Paddling in Melbourne’s west
It’s the latest outdoor water craze you just have to try!
The Stand Up Paddle (SUP), is a great way to explore the water and its surrounds (while giving you an awesome ab workout at the same time!).
And Melbourne has some perfect spots to give it go.
Altona Beach is a great location, with its calm and quiet waters. Williamstown Beach is another gorgeous spot with a shallow and well-protected area for paddle boarding.
Sunseekers Melbourne set up shop in Altona back in November 2017 and provides a whole range of SUP activities for visitors in Melbourne’s west.
The list includes standard board & equipment hire, Sunrise SUP Tours available during Summer, Private SUP Lessons, Beginner Group Lessons for adults as well as fun and engaging Kids SUP Classes during School Holidays.
Then there are options for SUP Corporate Events, SUP Birthday Parties, SUP Yoga, SUP Fitness, Beach Bootcamps and the team are even moving into Kite Surf Instruction as well.
As the business continues to grow, the next plan is to offer classes for school groups as an additional offering to their PE programs.
Sunseekers Melbourne have recently been nominated for a Telstra Small Business Award for 2019.
Images by JP Evermore
The Sunseeker Story
Originally from the Sunshine Coast, owner Emma is passionate about the water, fitness and her new family home in Melbourne’s west.
“Being from Queensland, I love the beach and just knew that the location here was perfect for this type of business!”
In the beginning starting her own business was challenging. “It was a big leap at the time, but I am so glad I didn’t back down from the challenge.” Emma’s passion and commitment has paid off, with the business seeing over 1k visitors in the last 12 months.
“It started as a project for myself, but over the time has become a family business with my husband and children being on the beach with me most days during Summer!”
Emma and her family have called Melbourne’s west home now for the last 8 years.
“I love how friendly everyone is. The amount of support I feel not only within this business but also within my personal training business is immense! Westies really do #SupportLocal!”
Emma has a passion for the west and loves to give back to the community. Sunseekers Melbourne work with RSL Active Altona, to provide veterans and their families with an opportunity to SUP. As well as donating each month to the Royal Flying Doctors Service.
Experience the SUP
Emma knew this was something she could get serious about back when she had her very first SUP experience.
“It was after the birth of my second little girl. I felt like I needed time away, to just be me. I wasn’t interested in going shopping or sitting in a café (although I do love to do both). At the time, I just wanted a feeling of freedom.”
“I absolutely found that feeling on the water! With nothing but the elements around me, the feeling of salt water on my toes, the sun on my shoulders, and peace and quiet – it was just bliss!”
And so began her passion for the business. The rest is history.
Next time you’re in Melbourne’s west book yourself a SUP and experience the sun and the sea in a new way.
For more information on having your own Melbourne SUP experience, head to sunseekersmelbourne.com.au