Have I convinced you to give SUPing a whirl?
Start off on a calm sunny day at the SUP clubhouse on the canals near V&A Waterfront. Contact Guy from SUP Cape Town (supcapetown.co.za). You can hire boards and paddles for about R150 an hour. Guy and Siya are great and so helpful and will set you off with good advice.
1. Go barefoot
2. You can wear shorts / tights and a light top
3. A cap
4. Sunnies and sun cream
If you feel confident enough you can progress to the ocean. The guys at Xpressions on the Beach at Muizenberg are very helpful and will set you up with a board and paddle. In this case you will also need a wetsuit, because you might just end up chest deep swimming through the surf. Wetsuits are also available for rent at Xpressions.
If you need any tips or have any questions give me a shout!