As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end — even travel. I’ve left Nicaragua and am now Stateside again. And even though I came back to the States for one of the best reasons ever (how can you beat a new nephew?!), I still returned feeling a bit sad that my explorations, as hard as they were sometimes, had come to an end.
But I quickly realized that I can be just as much of an explorer in my new home as I am abroad — I’ve got an amazing opportunity to experience an old city through new eyes. I’ve been filling my days with new experiences and new people in a city that I had once known like the back of my hand. And the rewards have been amazing, including finding a new experience so wonderful that I can’t wait to share it: stand up paddleboarding (or SUP for short).
As a newly landlocked surfer, SUP has been a gift from the universe a thousand times over for so many reasons. But, perhaps the reason I love it most is that it’s such an accessible experience for anybody. As one of the pros at Sup Calhoun put it, “if you can stand on one foot and are on the proper board, you can paddleboard.” SUP offers something completely different to beginners, to people looking for a new way to enjoy the outdoors than they have before: a water-based activity that inherently includes beautiful scenery, a bit of the aloha vibe, a serious workout that you barely realize you’re doing, and a seriously easy start up time.
If you’ve been itching to get out on the water, but things like surfing or wakeboarding feel too intense; if you’re simply looking to expand your horizons and meet new people, or you’re ready for a new yoga experience, SUP is right there at your fingertips. Because trying something new, no matter how easy it is, is always less intimidating with a bit of background information first, here are a few tips for beginners that the pros at SUP Calhoun were gracious enough to share:
And there you have it! You’re practically ready to hit the water as a SUP pro. That’s the accessible beauty of it and one of the reasons it’s currently giving surfing a run for it’s money when it comes to holding special space in my heart and (hopefully) soon-to-be yours as well.