Interested in learning how to paddleboard or want to rent some boards? We have everything you need! We are St. John’s only paddleboard only business this means we live and breathe paddleboarding. We are not a bar on the beach that has some boards laying around, we are not a Kayak or Dinghy rental company that rents out some boards on the side.
You won’t get a one size fits all board from us or a fluffy inflatable that bends like a banana. Lucy who founded SUP St. John has been paddleboarding since the very early days of the sport, has been a professional SUP Racer before moving to St. John and has very high standards when it comes to boards. She is still very much involved in the day to day business and says:
“There is no one board that fits all. We have over 50 paddleboards in various different shapes and sizes. We have small, light, soft boards for 6 year old kids, super stable beginner boards on which we got 75+ year old ladies up and running. We have SUP Yoga Boards, Tandem boards that can float 2 adults standing up or XXL sized paddlers (our XXL board floats up to 450lbs!) as well as high end carbon race boards like the 14′ board on which I circumnavigated St. John and paddled from Beef Island, Tortola to Jost van Dyke. You will have so much more fun and be much safer when you have a board that is right for you. Want to catch some waves? No problem, we have SUP Surfboards and normal surfboards as well. Have a party with multiple people? No problem, send me their details and I will recommend the boards that best work for your group.
We have boards for beginners, intermediate and expert paddlers. Even for the “standard” beginner boards, a petite lady should not paddle the same board as her 6’3″ 250lbs husband. SUP is one of the few sports where the ladies can truly compete with the guys, but only if they have the right board!
Also, what some people don’t know is that the paddle quality is as important as the board itself. Some rental companies have cheap 80$ alloy paddles, they are super heavy and really bad for your shoulders as they don’t flex. Think of it like running in those old converse canvas sneakers with no suspension. We don’t have alloy paddles, with each our rental you will get a high quality 350+$ carbon fiber paddle. Give it a try, you will not go back to cheap, crappy paddles!”
Where is sup-stjohn located? How to I rent a paddleboard on St. John?
In order to offer such a wide selection of high quality boards at a very competitive price, we don’t have a shop, we keep the boards at the house and deliver them to the villas, usually the evening before the rental starts so you have everything ready on your car and can either sleep in or go for a sunrise paddle.
We have tried many transport systems and found the best soft rack system (we have showed it to most St. John car rentals and they approve board transport with our soft racks) to put on your car and we will load the boards on the car for you. We ask you to reserve the boards via email supstjohn(at)gmail.com or text 340-514-5527 at least a day before (no deposit required) so that we can get it into the delivery schedule. Or you can fill out this form then we will have all the info to find you the right boards.
Lucy is delivering most paddleboards in person and is happy to give you tips on how to paddle and where to go. Have you rented with us before or know how to paddle and how to load the boards on car? No problem we can just have the boards sitting at your villa upon arrival.
What is included in the paddleboard rental?
The paddleboard rental includes board, carbon fiber paddle, leash, life vest as well as softracks for transport. Additional life vests for kids are free, just let us know which size (they come in 30-50lbs and 50-90lbs)
For day rentals, delivery is included anywhere on the Cruz Bay side of island. For weekly rental, delivery to Coral Bay is included as well. If you are staying in Coral Bay and want boards for a day only, we can meet you at Chateaux Bordeaux on Centerline.
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