Working your core does not have to mean tortuous stomach crunches every day for the rest of your life! I recently took up SUP (Stand Up Paddle) Boarding for fun but it turns out to have the added benefits of working muscles throughout your whole body and especially your core. Plus, you don’t even realize you’re getting a workout while you paddle across the flat water exploring the sea life below. Of course, the next day your whole body does tell you you’ve had a good workout head to toe – even your gluteus maximus which none of us want to see grow any more maximal!!
SUP Boarding began in Hawaii many years ago and has just begun to emerge as the fastest growing sport on the East Coast in the past few years. Equipment has improved – boards are lighter (mine is 25#) and designed to be more stable and glide straighter and further; paddles are made of materials like carbon rather than wood (which was heavy) and they have flex and shape to provide a better power in your strokes.
I understand that everyone doesn’t have easy access to the water so I wanted to give you a few resources where you can take lessons, rent boards, use kayaks for free and book free/low-cost tours right in Western New York! I also want to give you one or two resources where you can purchase equipment once you’re hooked!
With Canalside Buffalo being developed and promoted you now have easier access to the water and historic sites. Here are two sites to get you started with lessons, renting and booking FREE tours:
Once you take your first glide you won’t want to stop!
Other places you can have easy access to water include:
Woodlawn State Park & Hamburg Town Park (both rent kayaks and SUP boards)
The Inner Harbor
Let me know if I’ve missed any spots – how about in Niagara County??
Then you’ll want to invest in equipment. I recommend Curtis Sport Connection in Hamburg, NY. Doug Curtis will recommend a board that is right for you and any additional equipment you may need like a way to attach the board to your car to take it home. My investment was $1000 and I used the board 10 times in the month I’ve had the board. With the Lake Erie water in the 50’s I only went out in ideal (flat water) conditions. I will use the board more as the water temp increases and I won’t be afraid to try surfing some waves. You may also want to try:
Here is a challenge you may want to start training for. There is a 25km standup paddleboarding event right across the border on the North Shore of Lake Erie on July 20, 2013. Check out the website at:
HELP RAISE MONEY TO CONSERVE AND PROTECT LAKE ERIE and have FUN doing it!!
I hope my excitement and enthusiasm for this sport is contagious! TRY IT, YOU’LL LOVE IT!