Thursday, August 2, 2012

Sunset Paddle Boarding

If you ask anyone who has been to the beach with me this year, they will tell you that I always point to the Paddle Boarders and say I want to do that!  Well, last night I stepped out of my comfort zone with the encouragement of a friend and went on a Sunset Paddle with a random group of people who turned out to be fantastic.  I went Paddle Boarding!

For anyone who has no idea what I am talking about, Paddle Boarding is a wider surfboard that you stand on and paddle like a canoe or kayak.  Here is picture for those of you who are visual...none of these pictures are of me.  I don’t have waterproof electronics…sadly. A waterproof camera is something I am seriously considering though!

When just learning to paddle board, it is recommended that you start on your knees; this allows you to get a feel for the movement of the water.  I was a natural, so I pretty much just stood up!  Must be those early years of gymnastics and my papa-made balance beam that I had in my backyard as a child.

Once you stand up, using your paddle in the water as a balance stick, you need to find the center or sweet spot of the board.  Once balanced, start paddling.  Definitely expect to fall in a few times, especially if the water is a little rough.

That's probably the most accurate picture of what I looked like that I could find.  
Being out on the open bay with the sun setting is one of the most peaceful moments I’ve ever experienced.  While there was a group of us out there, we weren’t close to one another, so you felt very alone and very tiny against the magnificent setting sun.  

If I get really good, I could take little Lira out with me :)  She'd be a perfect paddle board pup!

I am not completely addicted to paddle boarding as my husband thought I would be, but I would definitely do it again!  Even just paddling out, jumping off your board and swimming or sitting on your board and drifting is enjoyable.  The board I had was short in terms of typical board sizes (10-12ft) and wide, so it was slow.  I hear there are race boards that cut the water much better; I think they would be more my style.


When I go pro I'll surf some waves!  lol.
As for the social aspect…after the sunset paddle was done, there was a buffet, a DJ playing some of my favorite jams, $1.50 PBR’s, and a great bunch of super chill beach vibe’n people to hang with!  It was an absolutely perfect ending to my Wednesday! 
Much love.
**Sorry the fonts are messed up.  I can't seem to fix them.**

4 comments:

  1. Oooo sounds fun!! glad you enjoyed it, although even on my knees, i still think i'd be way too uncoordinated :)

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    1. It's actually a lot easier than you would think. My toes did start to cramp because they were gripping so hard though. As long as you have semi strong legs, you'd be fine!

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  2. SO fun! I wanna try it, but on calm water first :) The most adventurous I've been with water sports is jet skiing and I love that. Kudos to you for trying something new.

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    1. It's totally fun and easy and very calm. Definitely start in a bay or on a lake.

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