Stand up paddleboarding isn’t just about riding waves, racing or pottering down a calm river/lake. It can be about adventure and expedition too as SUPboarder’s Will Rogers found out when he joined The Big Stand creators Kiko Matthews and Charlie Head, along with talented film maker Benjamin Sadd on a 125km circumnavigation of Ibiza by SUP.
WR / When I heard about the plans for this trip, as a keen SUP adventurer I booked straight on without really knowing what to expect or what the plan was! When we landed in Ibiza, we still didn’t know what to expect or have a plan but I quickly learnt that this was what makes SUP adventures so incredible.
As an island known well for its nightlife I was blown away by the stunning beauty and idilic peacefulness of this small island in the Mediterranean. Travelling by SUP we experienced a really unique taste of every piece of its dramatic coast line as well as camping in some incredible spots, sharing travel stories around our camp fires.
After a week of paddling, the simple routine of our SUP life became strangely comforting. I don’t think any of us wanted to really go home!
This brilliant film by Benjamin Sadd / The Trail to Anywhere documents the trip. Here’s what Benjamin had to say;
BS/ In 2014 I learnt to paddleboard by traveling the length of the river Thames. I hadn’t set foot on a board since then – now a year and a half later it was time to get back on a board and give paddling on the sea a go. At the end of the summer party season the flights to Ibiza are both cheap and practically empty, so what better choice for a bit of autumn sun and sea? Over the course of a week we camped on cliff tops, in abandoned houses and empty restaurants as we attempted to circumnavigate the island on paddle boards. Paddling with the co-founders of “The Big Stand” Kiko Matthews and Charlie Head as well as co-founder of SUPBoarder Will Rogers, I felt a little intimidated!
Enjoy some of Benjamin’s great photography from the trip below;