KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | January 2017

Time for Summer Adventure: Tips to Stand-up Paddleboarding

By Wilona Karimabadi

We know it’s only January, and there may be snow and ice on the ground where you live. But for our readers in the warmer parts of the world, plus the spring break and summer vacations that are soon coming, we thought we’d get you thinking about those happy, warm times ahead. Why not ask your family about planning a trip that involves water and paddleboarding? Stand up paddleboard (SUP) is a sport that is gaining popularity every year. You can do it on lakes, ponds, or in the ocean. In fact, many local lakes that rent paddleboats or canoes are starting to offer SUP as well. You and your parents or guardians can look online for palces near your home, or wherever you might be going on vacation. It's a lot of fun, easy to learn, and anyone can do it!

 

  • If you are offered a quick lesson when you rent your board, take it. 

 

  • Start in the kneeling position and paddle as the lesson instructs you. Don’t be afraid to move to standing once you get comfortable.

 

  • The first time you stand up, you will wobble a little bit, but if you keep your eyes focused straight ahead of you, your body will balance itself out. If you look down at your feet, you’ll tumble off.

 

  • Don’t be afraid to tumble off—you’ll likely have a life vest, and you can pull yourself back onto your board. Enjoy the refreshing dip in the water!

 

  • Whenever you feel like sitting or kneeling on the board to keep paddling, go for it! Stay close to adults paddling with you and enjoy the fresh air, cool water, and activity!