Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Paddleboarding Phenomenon

On the heels of our fabulous Snack, Sip, and Surf event, I thought I'd look into the phenomena that is paddleboarding. Paddleboarding is a water sport in which the participants propel themselves through the water while standing, kneeling, or laying on a board (similar to a surfboard, with one end rounded and the other tapered). Is this a workout? Is this a sport? Is this a fun, recreational activity? YES! 
Our event competitors made it look so easy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBxtDsHQOic), but for those of us who weren't born on a board, what does it take? Well, it takes a little more than a board and a paddle. It takes balance, coordination, and a thirst for fun (and a little salt water). Once my instructor got me up-to-speed on the verbal training, we hit the water. The "swells" were small, but enough to make this newbie lose her balance a few times. Once we got past the break, it was (semi-) smooth sailing. There may not be a more beautiful view than looking at the shore from out on a board. Am I a pro now? Not by any means. Will I do that again? Absolutely! Wonderful workout, fabulous fun, and invaluable instruction from our hotel partners.