Turkey is an unexplored paddling wonderland. South-western Turkey, which stretches along Turkey’s Aegean coast, is an explored heaven for standup paddling, training camps, SUP yoga, SUP fit and more! The only problem is, there aren’t many waves!
To give you an idea about Turkey and to give you an idea of the land and what we have at our fingertips for paddling, here are a few facts; Turkey is 70,580 square kilometers (just a bit bigger than Texas), and the coastline is a whopping 7,200km…now that is an epic amount of coast to paddle!!
The coastal borders are on the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sean, and the Aegean Sea. The Aegean Sea, to the west of Turkey, is an extension of the Mediterranean, which means warm warm water, and no rise or fall in tides. The south of Turkey has a Mediterranean climate, with the average temperature of 17℃ to 20℃ (63℉ to 68℉.)
Hisaronu, Mugla region of South Turkey
Spring - April to June - weather moderate and long days - can rain.
Autumn - mid-September to October - high season Istanbul and Cappadocia.
Summer - June to mid-September - EVERYWHERE crowded, many English, German, and French holiday makers; perfect to SUP into fitness
Winter - November to March - cold and rainy, BUT rivers are flowing and when the sun shines in the south, it is warm! River to be found and explored (watch this area).
HOT SPOT 1
Marmaris Coast, Turkey.
Hisaronu, Orhaniye, Bozborun, Icmeler, Marmaris (all within 40km of each other) all in the Mugla region is a perfect place to paddle, easy to access, and when the wind picks up in the afternoon, it is easy to find a protected cove where there is no wind.
The bays, little restaurants and areas to paddle are phenomenal. Breathtaking views and absolute pure natural unobtrusive beauty.
SUP-Turkey is based in this region (close to Hisaronu on the coast) and is where people can buy their boards, visit their warehouse and meet to do lessons and SUP fit classes.
HOT SPOT 2
Gundogan area at sunset.
Bodrun and Surrounds is a perfect place to paddle, with stunning blue waters, coastline to follow, and islands to paddle around. It is never ending beauty! Pop off your board and have breakfast and paddle back…the trips you can do are endless!
Offering SUP yoga and board rentals in the Gundogan area.
HOT SPOT 3
Fethiye and Oludeniz - again, perfect place to paddle and fall in love with the safe coastline with many little coves, islands and restaurants to visit. It’s definitely another unexplored beauty.
Turkey has not taken off with SUP yet, BUT, there are some businesses and hotels that are getting their act together!
SUP-Turkey, home to all your SUP needs in Turkey, is a distributor of many types of boards, paddles and custom made clothing, and more! Make sure you check them out on Facebook and share the SUP stoke! Ocean Love is the clothing range made for SUP sports.
SUP yoga is run by an awesome Californian gal, in Bodrum.
Learn more: paddleboardturkey.blogspot.com.tr
There are some local boards being made in Antalya by a husband and wife team.
Learn more: facebook.com/ozboards.supclub