Summer is winding down, and I have a few more summer themed posts to get up yet!
This was the summer of Stand up Paddle--and so much fun! For Mother's Day this year my mom wanted to do stand-up paddle and so while we were down in Dana Point we decided now would be the time to do it! If you didn't know, the Dana Point Harbor and Half Moon Bay Harbor/Santa Cruz Harbor are supposed to be some of the best places to learn SUP, due to the lack of waves and generally sheltered water area that lacks waves to disturb your balance (more on that later).
We really wanted to capture the memories but I wasn't happy with either the price range of the iPhone waterproof cases (hello budget!) or the other cheaper alternatives as I didn't want to risk losing my phone. So we used the trusty old waterproof 35mm disposable cameras. It actually was super hilarious trying to catch our balance on the boards and taking photos at the same time, but some of them came out nicely! They have a bit of a grainy feel that added to the ambience of the morning.
Three things about our experience:
- Have an experienced teacher. Some people like to just rent the boards and fly blind but a) you kind of look silly if you don't know how to really propel yourself through the water properly and b) you'll actually end up hurting more at the end of the day if you don't engage your core and loosen up your legs.The gal we had guiding us had been doing SUP for about three years. So she knew what she was doing and instructed us on the basics before we even got on the board.
- Go slow and easy. You can usually find a class anywhere they rent boards and they offer like three hour classes-we found for our first time an hour was perfect. We weren't totally worn out and yet we were definitely ready to be done. Maybe if you're in excellent shape you would want more? I guess it depends on the person.
- Have fun with it! If you can't stand the whole time, don't worry about it. Take photos! You will be so glad you captured that crane you saw halfway through paddling. It makes it special. I'm all for making it an experience, not just a work out!
Have you tried a new sport or activity this year? Did you love it? I'd love to hear about it!