Stand Up Paddle (SUP) is safe, simple and available everywhere. Rent for $15 to $25. Buy an inflatable SUP for $600 @Costco. Bring your dog, your mother in law and your fly rod. Go with a buddy or make it a double date. Plan for getting wet, but you won’t tip. Ocean SUP: Go early before wind and waves. Lakes: Go to lesser lakes and reservoirs to avoid the big boats.
-Leave your phone on shore.
-Bring a sunglasses strap.
-Make it social not a workout.
-Say a Mahalo prayer for Laird Hamilton for making SUP available everywhere.
My friend Kyle and I paddled at lunchtime last summer three miles from our office. Today, before a wedding rehearsal dinner, we will paddle on a Texas lake. My first SUP session was in Kukio Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii. My wife went for the first time and now wants to try SUP Yoga. My buddy Jake took me out for a sunset paddle on Dana Point, CA. My buddy Matt and I met in Denver for a meeting to SUP while getting some advice. Last week I talked to an older woman who bought a SUP and a life jacket for her dog. They now go every week together.
What’s your SUP story?
Get out there.