Now, the nice German lady paddle-boarder I had spoken to (see blog post) said that it was best to learn on a lake. So when I returned to the UK I searched the local lakes that do water sports for Paddle boarding – but, to my surprise, none of those did it. So I searched generally and found SUP Rental based in Cornwall near Cawsand.
She also said early and late the wind tended to drop and would be less windy. Well, as you may know, I am not a lark – so it was the later spot for me. I watched the weather forecasts and found a slot that coincided with free time and good weather and booked. Lucy had a group just before but we set a time of quarter past six and I met her on the beach at Cawsand. (parking free from 4pm too 🙂 useful!)
After a check-list for safety, asking if I was confident in the water and a run through on land of the basic strokes, we waded into the sea – to just less than knee deep.
It was almost high tide, the waves lapping gently and the sun shining – perfect. I hopped up onto the board, on to both knees and central and began to paddle. Following Lucy’s instructions, we paddled out and along the coast, getting the feel of the board, after a while we turned back and it was time to try getting to my feet.
Now the paddle strokes came into it play and we got a bit more momentum going.
That FALLING feeling.
A particularly deep sweep of the paddle knocked my balance, but I dropped to my knees and all was well: balance was restored. Once the wake from a motorboat had subsided I got speed up again and got back on my feet.
We paddled along the coast, quite a bit out from the cliff, and round to the end of the cove* (see photo below – *just beyond point on right) before turning and, having been taught a new variation on the paddle stroke, practising this as we worked our way out into the bay and back towards the beach.
Though an active sport, it isn’t (or needn’t) be exhausting and we could easily talk as we paddled.
Drawing close to the beach we dropped back down to our knees and paddling with the waves brought the nose of the paddleboard up onto the edge of the shingle and hopped off into the knee deep water again.
(photos of me taken by Lucy – click on to enlarge)
IT WAS BRILLIANT! And I didn’t even get wet so it didn’t matter that I didn’t have a wet suit!
Lucy had started me off on one of the larger boards for added stability. I’m booking another lesson to try out different size boards to see which one really suits me (The large one is very stable but a long way to reach across for the paddle stroke)
So that was my mini-adventure! What was even better was the next day I didn’t suffer from any aches or pains in arms or legs even though I thought I might – perhaps because of the exercises I do to keep my muscles strong and therefore my weight down.
Now to keep up to date with their Supboarding magazine (online) and keep my eye out for equipment.
If you think you’d like to have a go, the online magazine also has a page that shows you where the closest place to paddle-board is.
Have you challenged yourself to do anything new lately?
How did you get on?
Do share. You know I love to hear from you!!