So far we've taken three steps into paddle boarding:
Step One: Try an alternative board.
|Greenland style paddle boarding - he is headed in to grab a life jacket|
As a new toy it does pretty well. People used it in pairs, and even trios. It's really sized for those under 200 pounds, but if you don't mind getting wet, you can put much more weight on it.
Folks of all ages use it. They stand up, kneel, or sit with one leg to each side. We try to have folks who use it wear life jackets, but because it's also used as a float toy, in close to shore that doesn't always happen. Like in the first picture, he's still in the swim area, its not over his head, but since he now has a paddle, we've called him in to get a life jacket.
|Demonstrating the PVC paddle|
But the windsurfer never feels stable enough to go long distances. Whether that was the board's size, shape, or our skill level is hard to tell.
Step Two: renting a big wide paddle board.
|Wind surfer left, paddle board right|
|Again windsurfer is left|
So we signed up for Step Three: a paddleboard lesson. The morning of the lesson it was pouring and not surprisingly, the guide called to see if we wanted to cancel. We'd heard better weather was coming, and decided to risk going ahead.
What a game guide we had! Tina Fish, who works for Belfast Paddlesports; ready for adventure on the water.
|Tina assessing our sanity|
|It's the ideal day for paddling!|
|Notice the raised edges, making it easier to lean and turn.|
So, no brilliant insights, but a fun experience. We'll see if we give in to temptation....