You may have seen it around with its increasing popularity, but if you haven’t you need to check out stand up paddle boarding (commonly written as SUP…like ‘sup, how you doin’?). I started seeing it around last summer, but with limited places to rent a paddle board, and lacking the solid chunk of change required to buy one (you are looking at close to a G and up) I didn’t have the chance to try it. Until this summer that is.
Many of the places I had seen rent paddle boards were doing so for about $40 for an hour and a half including a short into into paddle boarding. A bit to rich for my blood. So when we were at our local metropark earlier this summer (Memorial Day to be exact…a crazy hot day where we waited over a half hour in our car in line just to get in the park!) I saw that they were renting them at one of the beaches…for $10 per hour! Jackpot! All summer I’ve been jonesing for a chance to try SUP so when I got a text from my awesome hubby on Friday that said “want to go stand up paddle boarding tomorrow?” I about jumped up and down with excitement.
So we headed out to the park Saturday afternoon and got our boards for an hour…that was an adventure in itself as the hubby somehow lost twenty buckaroos between the car and the paddle board rental counter. A twenty dollar deposit is required on each board you rent so it seemed we weren’t getting two boards with me only having my twenty…cash only. A big, humongous thank you to some friends we just happened to run into while they came up to buy some food at the food counter and loaned us a twenty (such a cool God thing and amazing friends).
SUP is awesome. If I had crazy disposable income maybe I’d buy one, but I don’t, so I’ll have to settle for my $10/hour rental. It is a GREAT activity to work on your balance and core strength. I think it is actually a fantastic cross training exercise for skiers – they can work on upper/lower body separation and balancing in the bumps. It’s amazing at how well I thought some of those skills translated between the two sports. If you are afraid that you’ll fall…rest assured that it isn’t too difficult to learn…especially if you have fairly calm waters. The water was a bit bumpy and rough while we were out, but we did it without much difficulty. You may fall – I did once as I was shifting my weight to try to balance on one foot, but hey…you’re supposed to be in a bathing suit anyway – they are meant to get wet 🙂 You can always start on your knees if standing up seems intimidating right away.
So what are you waiting for – go rent yourself a paddle board and have some fun!!