Cracker Jack Paddle sports aims to provide the highest quality in water sports instruction to the Pilbara.
A diverse company that is not only able to deliver outdoor recreation to the community but also provide a unique tourism opportunities to people visiting the Pilbara. Cracker Jack is a Surfing Australia affiliated school which means we provide the highest quality of instruction but that we are also insured and backed a leading national sports body. We pride ourselves on our ability to keep people safe on the water and provide them with the opportunity to get involved in the sporting phenomenon of SUP.
Our business is unique because we are the only Surfing Australia affiliated school North of Geraldton and the first school in the state to roll out the Weetbix SurfGrom program on Stand Up Paddleboards. We have an active role in the Western Australian SUP and Kayak industry and our skills on the water are acknowledged by industry leaders and other companies in the state. We are also as local as you can get with 25 years living in Dampier and many more to come! Our passion for the area is genuine and our local knowledge extensive.
What is SUP?
SUP is an acronym that stands for 'Stand Up Paddle boarding' and it is taking the water sports world by storm.
Standup paddle boarding has its roots where all board sports have their beginnings, in Hawaii. Known as Hoe he’e nalu, standup paddle surfing may have ancient roots but it became popular in modern times among surf instructors and photographers trying to get a higher vantage point than the surface of the water.
SUP uses a surf style board and a long paddle; it is a cross between canoeing and surfing. While originally SUP was made popular by Surfer Laird Hamilton with his use of the paddle to help him accelerate speed and paddle onto larger waves, it is no longer just for surfers.
Standup paddling can be done in a variety of forms such as on flat-water protected lakes to easy beach paddling, to open water paddling, and all the way to surfing waves.
Why SUP in the City of Karratha?
Dampier Archelego and surrounding area is a chain of 42 islands, islets, rocky headlands and coral reefs. Beaches are unique and pristine and easily accessable for all vehicles. Rocky outcrops leading down to white sandy beaches and turquoise waters.
The region has spectacular wildlife with a marine ecosystem on par with the Great Barrier and Ningaloo reefs. Mangrove creeks throughout the area also creates a breeding ground for many species of wildlife. The abundant marine life then filters into the bays and coves on high tide. Perfect for spotting from your SUP. Expect to see turtles, rays, fish and dolphins.
The area is effected by large tides and sessional winds. Tides can range from 0.5m to 5m throughout the year. Winds are predominately blowing from the East in the months from May to August and Westerly sea breeze over the summer months. The area is also effected by cyclones October to May.
Cracker Jack has many areas of operation to try to accommodate for the variables with the wind and tides. Locations include the Dampier foreshore, Hearson’s Cove, Withnell bay, Mairee Pool, Wickham boat beach and Honeymoon cove in Point Sampson. Locations will be discussed on inquiry to best match the conditions of date preferred. Bookings are essential.