Paddleboarding is a water sport that originated in Hawaii, where the rider stands on an inflatable or carbon board and moves forward using a paddle and the center of their body. It’s becoming increasingly popular in seaside destinations abroad and cities like Prague, where you can find several rental places that offer basic instructions on how to ride. However, the rental prices vary greatly depending on the location.
In Modřany, for example, you can rent a paddleboard from Yolo Molo for 160 CZK per hour on weekdays, with an additional 30 CZK charge on weekends. The price per hour decreases if you rent the board for multiple hours. In Žluté lázně, the price for paddleboarding is higher, with a rate of 250 CZK per hour from 9 am to 5 pm and 300 CZK per hour from 5 pm to 8 pm. At the rental place “STŮJ a PÁDLUJ” in Braník, you can rent a paddleboard for 180 CZK per hour. They even offer the option to use a MultiSport card and ride for an hour for free.
It’s essential to keep in mind that anyone can try paddleboarding, but children under 18 must wear a life jacket while riding. Some rental places also have different sizes of paddleboards for children or two adults.
During weekends, the rental places tend to be fully booked, so making a reservation in advance is recommended. The rental places usually get busier in the afternoon on weekdays, but people still come to rent boards. Many people also use the MultiSport card, which offers great discounts.
For those who own their paddleboard, a mobile application called paddleboardmapa.cz has been developed to suggest great places to paddle. The web map offers suitable places for paddling, and users can share their favorite spots, add photos, and share their experiences.
Despite the increasing popularity of paddleboarding, it’s important to note that there’s a ban on paddleboarding in the center of Prague between the Štvanice Island lock chamber and the railway bridge at Výtoň due to heavy boat traffic.