About us

Toscana SUP was born from the passion that Tommaso (the founder) has for the sea and the discipline of surfing and stand up paddling. At the beginning, he guided some tours along the secret corners of the Etruscan Coast just for fun.
But when everyone returned craving for another adventure full of joy and enthusiasm, he decided to continue and expand his tours.

Back then, this discipline was mostly unknown in Italy, especially for those who didn’t live by the seaside!
So could you imagine the amazement of the locals the first time they saw him start to paddle under Ponte Vecchio in the city center of Florence. What an amazing adventure!

Year after year, this discipline started to be more and more popular and Toscana SUP became an institution in Tuscany and in Italy.
Lessons, tours, camps around the sea, rivers and lakes. Flat water, white water or waves!
Everybody can enjoy the various experiences as he or she pleases.

OUR STAFF

Toscana SUP is an official surf and sup school, certified by the International Surfing Association (ISA) and the Italian federation (FISW inserire link), made up of skilled professionals with multidisciplinary skills also to ensure the safe practice of SUP.

All our guides are professional SUP coaches with lifeguard and sup coach license. On the other side, its staff is also a big family where every member respects each other and loves their job.

TOMMASO

Graduated in Political Science, Ph.D in ICT, lifeguard, since 2012 certified SUP and SURF L2 coach by International Surfing Association (ISA), Founder of Toscanasup to bring the aloha spirit in Florence and Tuscany, he knows every corner of his region: land, sea, rivers and lakes. Founder of Uffizi Sup Race, organizer of Florence Paddle Games. AS surf coach is member of the technical staff of national adaptive surf team of Italy, with participations to the World Adaptive Surfing Championship in S. Diego and the European Championship in Portugal. He regularly organizes surf and SUP camps, since 2015 he also organizes Adaptive Surf Camp within the project Surf 4 All.

ARIANNA

From the beginning, her passions have always been the sea and riding waves. She started as an amateur surfer and in the last few years she fell in love with the stand up paddleboard (SUP).  

Lifeguard, certified SUP and SURF L1 instructor by the International Surfing Association (ISA) she regularly work as a guide and coach on rivers, lakes and the sea. She organizes activity for people with disabilities and she has also worked as a surf volunteer coach in the Adaptive surf camp within the project Surf 4 All. In addition, she collaborates in the organization of SURF and SUP camps. In her free time, you will find her nowhere else but catching waves in the sea.

JACOPO

Environmental hiking guide since 2010, a lifeguard since 2013. Supported by his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture, leads enthusiasts wherever there is a beautiful landscape to interpret and in any “green” means of transport (SUP, feet or bicycle) in order to sustainably promote the local heritage of the area.

PHANU

Born in Thailand and raised in Italy. Ifor 15 years a professional athlete of kayak, licensed instructor and coach of the professional florentine team. In recent years approached SUP and competed as well in this specialty. Moreover, after years of SUP licensed as a SUP instructor as well. Nowadays I teach kayak and SUP to both adults, kids and persons with disabilities.

MARTINO

27 times Italian Champion in Wild Water and Flat Water canoe between 2004 to 2013, competing in World and European Championships part of the Italian team. He started SUP in 2013 and from the beginnig he wins SUP races in different countries as GlaGla Race in France, Dunkerbeck Challenge in Spain, Eilat Sup Tour in Israel (2018). In 2015 Italian Sup Champion. From 2016 to 2019 he participated to the cruelest race of sup panorama, the 11 City Tour, three times on the third place. 2019, 3rd at ICF World Championship Inflatable. In 2017 7h place at first ISA World Championships representing Italy.

RACHELE

Twenty years old, Rachele is a student of business administration and communication techniques, since two years she is part of Toscanasup in the administration area, welcoming customers and giving them information.

BRUNO

Bruno, 22 year old Italian-Thai hybrid born and raised in Italy. For 12 years a professional kayak athlete, which saw him win several Italian titles despite his young age. Qualified basic technician was an instructor of the Florentine youth sector. He approached SUP thanks to his brother Phanu and together they teach both kayaking and SUP to children, adults and people with disabilities.

ENRICA

Professional photographer, teacher and sailor. She divides her time between the mainland and the sea that she loves to experience sailing but also exploring it in freediving thanks to the licence obtained in 2017 at the Apnea Academy in Florence.
She recently discovered the world of surfing and sup that she started to join and photograph with a new enthusiasm and passion.

PROJECTS WE TAKE PART IN

FLORENCE PADDLE GAMES

Visit Florence for The Florence Paddle Games. An intense three days of paddling, packed full of races and SUP activities. The city become the capital of the SUP for three days, welcoming the best athletes in the world and hundreds of enthusiasts

SURF 4 ALL PROJECT

Surf 4 ALL is a project to promote Adaptive Surf and SUP, a school for everyone, with qualified staff and innovative equipment adaptable to different types of disabilities. The SURF 4 ALL school is located at the Bagno degli Americani in Tirrenia, 15 minutes from Pisa. The SURF 4 ALL athletes Lorenzo Bini, Massimiliano Mattei, Chantal Pistelli, Matteo Salandri and the coach Tommaso Pucci are permanently part of the ITALY ADAPTIVE SURFING team which since 2016 participates in the World Championships in La Jolla, San Diego, California. https://youtu.be/Qz-JhugXK0o

PLASTIC PATROL

Was set up in 2016 and we have already made great strides to remove litter from over 80 countries around the world. We combine community action with disruptive technology to gather important data for scientific research into waste that escapes into nature. With your help we can continue our mission to stop pollution at the source.

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Reviews

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  •   Great experience with a great guide! Nice way to see the river area of Florence!

    thumb Chris
    7/01/2019

      Una prospettiva diversa della città di Firenze, una pausa rilassante tra le visite ai monumenti storici ed ai musei. L'attività può essere svolta da chiunque non abbia paura dell'acqua o problemi di equilibrio. Tommaso ha comprovata esperienza ed ha saputo rendere semplice e piacevole un'attività che si ritiene adatta ad atleti o sportivi incalliti.
    Pittoresca la pausa presso Ponte Vecchio ad opera del gentilissimo Giacomo che ci ha calato dall'alto le vettovaglie nel suo delizioso cestino in puro stile rionale.

    thumb Barbara
    7/07/2020

      It was just me and the guide, which made it possible for us to swap stories and have good conversation.

    I will never forget this experience. Being able to watch the sunset and see the lights come on while over the river is truly a once in a lifetime experience! I highly recommend this experience!

    thumb Gina
    6/25/2019
  •   Paddle boarding with Tommaso was such an incredible experience, truly a memory that will last a lifetime. Ended up as a private event due to lack of tourism. Great guy, highly recommend!

    thumb Daniel
    7/06/2020

      paddling in the heart of Firenze, under the Ponte Vecchio... then having a cappuccino+croissant floating around... how more surreal can it be!!! Plus Tommaso is super friendly and knowledgeable about both his city and paddling. A unique experience that I can only highly recommend.

    thumb Sylvain
    8/13/2019

      My son and I went to the early morning session at 7am. It was the perfect time to go to avoid the heat. Tommaso is so personable, friendly and shared many interesting facts about the river and the bridges. The other folks on the tour were equally friendly. So glad we got a chance to do this! Thank you, Tommaso!

    thumb Vera
    7/26/2019
  •   Such a special experience in florence. We felt really safe and sturdy and he was very understanding about us being a bit late. We will never forget it! Well worth the money and a really fun way to see Florence get a tan and some excersize. Highly recommend to anyone Considering.

    thumb Ayanda
    7/05/2019

      My daughter and I have been in Italy for almost a month. Rome, Florence, Lucca, Historic Farm in Tuscany ... of all the tours and activities we participated in, Thomaso’s SUP at sundown was by far the absolute BEST!! We sat with Thomaso and Arianna, and talked about the local culture, the happenings in the US & our vacation to Italy.

    We found out that Thomaso is involved not only in local SUP, but also donates his time and passion internationally to men and women, many Veterans, with disabilities in the US. It was so refreshing meeting someone who really is so authentic and a hero in my book, as I am married to a US veteran.

    Arianna was our guide and she is simply the most pleasant and kind young woman. She took nearly 50 photos of my daughter and I and seeing the sunset from the quietness if the river was breathtaking. We stopped in the bank and Arianna provided delicious snacks and a cold drink for us. My 17 year old daughter loves SUP and it was my first time SUP in Florence. It was an incredibly peaceful experience and a great way to see Florence! Thank you so much!!

    thumb Heather
    7/04/2019

      This experience is INCREDIBLE!!! Such a unique view of Florence and so fun. From the start Tomasso was super communicative and our guide Arianna was professional, friendly and knowledgeable about the city of Florence. Seeing the city from the point of view of the river was so special and so peaceful. We even stopped for some Prosecco and snacks right under the Ponte Vecchio. I am recommending this to everyone I know-can’t speak highly enough about it.

    thumb Katie
    9/27/2019

Personalize your experience

We regularly organize excursions, camps, expeditions and trips (see our activity schedule) to the sea or in lakes and rivers of Tuscany or other areas of Italy with a wide selection of beautiful destinations and itineraries for groups of all levels, from beginners to advanced. All the activities can be customized to fit your schedule, group size and confidence level.

Contact us, we are happy to organize an amazing special activity for you for some hours, a fully day, or an incredible multiday river or sea adventure.

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