So What’s SUP?

***Author note. This post was written in June 2014, but for whatever reason, never got published. So, the new year seems like a good time to make it happen! Especially as we sit here with a cold winter day and I am dreaming of warmer weather*****

Early spring last year (2013), my neighbor, Bobbi, happened to mention she saw people SUPing on our local state park beach the previous summer. I had been intrigued for a while, seeing pictures in magazines, on the internet, etc.

In case you don’t know, SUP is Stand Up Paddleboard. Basically, it’s a surf board with a paddle, typically on calmer water. SUPing can be on rivers, lakes, the ocean, or really, anywhere that is deep enough for the fin on the bottom of the board.

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After Bobbi told me she saw it at the beach, I started googling (of course). I found out that a local company, Project 908, would be giving free demos at that same beach. Of course I signed up. Anyone that knows me can tell you how much I LOVE water.  As far as I know, I always have. It’s a long story for another day…..I really just want to talk about SUP.

I met my friend, Andrea, at the beach that day and we tried it out. I LOVED it. So much fun and even for the short time I was on the board, it felt relaxing. I couldn’t wait to try it out again and luckily, I got to SUP again that summer.

Fast forward to 2014….. Bobbi and I had picked a few days to try to rent some boards before the kids were out of school for the summer. Ohio weather is so unpredictable, we had to cancel those. Luckily, Nate, the owner of Project 908, scheduled another demo at the beach. I was able to go for a little while and try it out again to see if I really liked it as much as my memory thought I did. Yes, yes, I did.

I was lucky enough to be able to get a couple boards for the weekend. Saturday, was family day out on the lake. I took turns with both boys taking them on the boards with me.

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Getting the little one comfortable before I stood up

Then Jeff also tried SUPing for the first time. Once he got his “sea” legs, he enjoyed it, too.

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They look very comfortable in my garage….Can I keep them? 🙂
Sunday morning was the real test. Bobbi and I headed to the beach for her first time SUPing. I was hoping she loved it as much as I do because I wanted to adventure further from the beach area. It was too hard with the kids there to be able to do that on Saturday.
She stood up, paddled a little bit around the beach area, then proclaimed herself ready for adventure. The water was calm, there wasn’t much of a breeze, it was the perfect morning to be out there! There were a few boats out, but nothing much. We paddled out of the beach area and toward the marina. We saw a crane, geese, ducks, and some BIG jumping fish. It was awesome! This was a perfect way to start my day.
Someday, I WILL have my own board so I can go anytime the mod strikes me. In the meantime, I will have to beg rides off friends and continue to rent boards from Nate at Project 908; his boards are fantastic.
Have you ever tried to SUP? Have you ever surfed? My next “water” goal is to try either surfing or SUP on the ocean instead of calm water. Might be a lofty goal, but I think it looks like fun!
Enjoy life my friends, One Mile at a Time!

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