|Behold: 5 rookies in this photo (and that isn't the entire crew!)|
|As Chris demonstrates, everyone started to paddle out on their knees but were soon standing like veterans|
The weather was beyond amazing during an especially hot summer. Slathered in sunscreen and wearing polarized sunglasses, we set out as a group with 7 SUPs - two of them bearing kids on the nose. Jacen (3) is old hat with this now, but his 8 yr old cousin was excited to be out on the water for the first time. The weather and tide were so forgiving, she even braved standing up all by herself. Jace was so inspired, that he decided to stand up by himself too (pictured in background)!
|Way to go, little Mak!|
The clip below definitely shows off the beautifully flat water and extremely low tide that morning. Most of our group was chilling out on the infamous sand bar, while my toddler is chasing down his dad. Jacen's biggest hero is rarely allowed out of sight anytime we go on an adventure, because Daddy is always up to something fun.
Stand Up Paddle boarding is quickly becoming a hot new past time around the world. A recent article in Outside magazine (Sept 2012, pg. 34) breaks down the rising conflicts between SUP users and surfers (more on that in the future). It made me realize that while I am part of this new beginner trend, we choose to play on inland waters for our SUP adventures right now - especially with a toddler in tow. While I cannot wait to try open water paddle boarding for myself, I still believe that when going out for the first time keeping to the mangroves and natural areas is the best idea.
|Chris and Stephen, already standing up like pros.|
|Taking a dip|
|Talk about shallow water!|
|Keith & Jacen are on a 12' SUP, so this shows great perspective on just how big sea cows are!|
If you want this experience for yourself, as always I highly recommend Jupiter Point Paddling. The location and staff are awesome, especially with rookies. You can make reservations by phone, via the website, and even through their Facebook page. This link will take you wherever you want to go:
This was a great way of sharing our new passion with family, and giving them a fresh experience during their standard Florida vacation week. Even though they travel down each year, trying something new pumps up the fun for everyone!
Don't forget that family visits are about more than just hanging out during dinner. The next time you are going away to visit family/friends, or they are coming to see you, take the time to plan out some new special adventure for everyone to experience. That is how the best stories, coolest pictures, and most remarkable memories are made.