In case you've never heard of it, SUP is short for Stand Up Paddling. It's the new craze where you go out on the water on a board somewhat similar to a surfboard and you stand up on it and maneuver yourself around using a paddle. It's wider than a surfboard and constructed a little differently. You're given a long pole with a paddle on the end of it, and about two minutes of instruction, and off you go. And I tried it today for the first time. What a great experience. I liked it so much I'm considering buying a board of my own so I can go whenever I want to, weather and time permitting.
I was a little timid at first. When you first stand up on the board, it seems so unsteady and unnatural. But within a matter of about 5-10 minutes, you begin to get a little more used to it and a bit more comfortable standing and paddling your way around the harbor. I guess you get your sea legs.
It was a very warm day. Of course I put sunscreen on, but realized in no time that I put the NON-sport type on my forehead and the crap was running into my eyes like nobody's business. And I just had to suffer through the burn because I had nothing to wipe the stuff out of my eyes. Next time I think I'll just wear a hat.
Anyway, it's a good workout. Good for your arms, legs and core. I managed to stay topside. My friend, on the other hand, forgot for a moment that he was on a board on the water, and turned his head a little too quickly to see where I was. That movement was just enough to catch him off guard, throw him off balance, and he took a slow motion spill into the harbor. I actually thought he was just joking around. But he says no.
We finished the day at our local brewery for some cold beer and munchies. We had a great time and will definitely do it again!
(I wonder how this old body is going to feel when I try to get out of bed tomorrow morning.)