Off-the-beaten-track: where to paddle board in Paris ?

Sorry not sorry… But Gisèle B and her friends don’t have the monopoly for bikini bodies and paddle boarding.

In our defense, we had removed the national sport of fab bodies from  vocabulary, thinking wrongly that paddle boarding was not possible near Paris.

And suddenly the Le Grand Huit collective proved us wrong… Parisiennes also have their paddle boarding, on the condition, of course, that they know how to swim!

A paradise of greenery

And the living proof is paddle boarding courses on a quasi deserted island. You will be taught the art of stand up paddle during a two-hour promenade on the Polangis canal, surrounded by weeping willows and kingfishers in a paradise of greenery. Instant holidays with your Navigo pass…

Count eight stops from Charles de Gaulle - Étoile by the RER A to arrive in Joinville-Le-Pont and a three-minute walk. You have just arrived on a wild island where Le Grand Huit, a very unusual nautical club has thrown its anchor. Amongst the passionate teachers, Arthur Arutkin, classified as number 1 worldwide in 2018.

The concept?

Standing up on a surf board while moving using a paddle. Naturally, the purpose is not falling in the water. Even if taking a dip in the Marne river is rather pleasant and refreshing.

The proper attire: a bathing suit + denim shorts + a cap + sun cream + closed boater styles shoes or a pair of Bensimon + mandatory life jacket.

And for a finishing touch on the bucolic parenthesis, why not pack a picnic and extend your stay with a tanning session bronzette in this paradise of calm and greenery— unless you prefer sitting down for a proper meal at La Mascotte, a typical guinguette along the Marne on the other side of the island.

€ 29 for a 2h session and online registration:

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Where to find it ?

Le Grand Huit

1 quai Gabriel Péri

94340 Joinville-Le-Pont

06 08 25 74 91

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