Stand Up Paddle Board — SUP

January 29, 2013 § 3 Comments

The other day we packed a bag of snacks, a couple of beach towels, grabbed the kiddo and headed to the nearby saltwater lake. We were headed to try out something I had never done before, but I had been dying to try: Stand Up Paddle Boarding, or SUP.

It’s been around since the sixties but only recently has it become a real sport. With races and such. In my hometown, this is the first summer where it is really taking off and I just had to get it on the fun:

 

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It doesn’t take a whole lot of skill. Just balance, really. With about ten minutes of instruction, I was out and about paddling away. I did actually stand up the whole time but the husband only got these shots towards the end of my time when I was already dead!

 

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Oh yeah, it is quite the workout. I think if I did thirty minutes of this a day, I wouldn’t need to dig deeper with Insanity everyday. 😉20130129-170851.jpg

 

You don’t need a whole lot of equipment either. A paddle, a life vest and a board. The board is different than a surf board, it’s heavier and built to float better.

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Even the kiddo got in on the action!

 

Now I want to do this like, everyday. If I lived near water yearlong, I would definitely be adopting this as my new sport.

 

A million years ago I spent some time in Maui. I used to visit the local coffee shop where the famous surfer Laird Hamilton liked to go get his coffee fix. Here he is, demonstrating just how fun paddle boarding can be. If you have any doubts you should add paddle boarding to your bucket list, watch this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnZLsPyxyQk

 

This article lists the places to do it in the world.

I personally just added paddle boarding in Hawaii to my dream vacations list . 🙂

So, what do you think? Would you try it? It’s easy, I promise!

 

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