A couple of weeks ago, I journeyed back home to New Hampshire to spend time at Lake Sunapee and Lake Winnipesaukee. I was so so excited, and not just because my best friend was getting married, but also because I had new paddleboards waiting there for me. I’ve never tried this aquatic activity before, but trust me when I tell you that you do not need to be athletic to enjoy them. If my mom can do it, so can you.
I grew up going to Lake Winnipesaukee; spending warm summer days riding in my dads boat, floating around on tubes and noodles, drinking orange soda and eating burgers topped with potato chips. As an adult, I’ve traded the orange soda in for coffee, and everything else has stayed the same, with the addition of paddleboards.
After trying them out for a bit, I concluded the only minor requirement you need is a decent sense of balance. I found that I enjoyed sitting on the board, even being towed around the lake, just as much as I liked standing on it. At first it’s definitely a little awkward feeling. My little sister talked me through the whole process of going from the laying position, to the ‘space your feet out right here’, to standing. She got a few weeks head start with them and tends to be a bit more adventurous (brave) than me.
Notes about paddleboards:
- The thing is helluva lot longer than it looks (11 feet). Don’t ask me why, but we decided to inflate one inside the house and had to PIVOT (Friends reference) to get down multiple flights of stairs. If nothing else, we got a good ab workout from laughing so hard.
- They inflate. You wouldn’t know it when you’re on it or if you touch it because the material is very thick and sturdy. The crowd we attracted (a mother and daughter) were shocked when I mentioned they inflate. Also, they come with a pump and in a backpack which makes transporting a breeze.
- You don’t necessarily have to get wet. Assuming you do have good balance, you probably won’t fall off. However, if you do fall off, the board comes with a small dry bag to put your phone, etc. in and there’s a place to attach it.
- It gives your body a nice workout. According to my little sister, you should keep your knees a little bent which helps with balance (leg workout). Paddling feels great on your arms and shoulders, and of course your abs (refer to point 1.). If you’re brave enough to venture away from the shore, you can get a good rhythm going and skip the gym for the day.
- Paddleboarding is much more fun with another person. The laughs we had out on the lake away from our phones, and sister bonding time was worth the struggle getting it down the stairs, pump-inflating them, and the minor sunburn I got.
Link to boards: Body Glove Performer 11′
Whether you’re looking for a fun workout or just to spend some time relaxing on the open waters, which is more my speed as you can see by most of the pictures I’m in above, paddleboarding is for sure one of my new favorite summer activities. So much so, that I might just have to get a set to have out here in California! Tahoe anyone?