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Stand Up Paddle Boarding
We went on a new adventure this past Saturday. My husband and I took a Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lesson. We had purchased a groupon type deal a while back for a 2 hour lesson for two.
The lesson was held in Marina del Rey in a quiet cove. We arrived to find several clusters of paddle boards spread out on the beach.
Once we found the right group and our instructor, we were joined by 6 other people and began our lesson. Basically, it’s pretty easy. Start kneeling and paddle. When you get comfortable, stand up and keep paddling. Simple huh?
And, it was pretty simple. And beautiful. We were in the marina for the whole lesson. Lot’s of beautiful scenery and huge boats.
There were tons of paddle boarders out. I loved the peaceful enjoyment of the surroundings. Kind of like running on a beautiful trail or a new location.
At the time we made the plans, I was convinced that I’d need a wetsuit, so we rented one at a local surf shop for the day. Turns out, by the end of the summer, the water is pretty warm. So, I wore the wetsuit just flopped down.
One thing I didn’t expect about stand up paddle boarding – your feet hurt! After 2 hours on the board, my feet were exhausted. And numb, kind of like being on an elliptical machine in the same position for an extended period of time. During our lesson, we had taken a break on some docks and I soaked my feet in the cool water to wake them up. Felt much better.
Verdict: I’d totally do this again! I’m not sure I’m ready for open surf, but in a marina with calm water, it was a really nice day. It was a very active outing – I felt like my body was engaged and working quietly hard the whole time. Two hours was a long time. An hour is probably enough.
We also realized that you can find many places to just rent a paddle board for a bit. MMT and I discussed many places around here that would be fun to explore by paddle board.
When we finished our lesson, my thighs were exhausted. It was hot and once we got some water and cooled off a bit, I was feeling better. For the rest of the day, my legs felt like they worked hard for the morning, but I was never really sore.
It was a really nice day. I can’t wait to do it again.
Have you ever gone stand up paddle boarding?