Stand-Up Paddle Boarding: The Sport For Everyone!

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When you go to a lake, do you picture yourself boating, canoeing, or maybe laying in a tube?

When you go to a lake, do you picture yourself boating, canoeing, or maybe laying in a tube? Well I would like to introduce you to a completely new way to enjoy your time at the lake; this is called stand-up paddle boarding.

 When I was first introduced to stand-up paddle boarding, I was on vacation in Yellowstone, Wyoming. To stand-up paddleboard, we went to Grand Teton National Park (Also in Wyoming and only 9 hours away from Denver). So what we did was rented two paddleboards from a place nearby Jackson Hole and they were $40 for a day of fun. When we got to the lake I was a little skeptical of the whole idea at first, but once I got out there I started paddling on my knees, just to get started, and I realized, this is fun! When I got the hang of things I stood up and granted, it was a little difficult at first but once I got it, it was easy riding! After that my mom and my dad and eventually my brother got to try it too. All ages can enjoy this fun filled activity. Technically, you don’t have to even stand up on the paddleboard. I transferred between standing and kneeling while my brother sat on it and occasionally lay down! I even saw one lady doing yoga on the paddleboard! (Only recommended for the extremely balanced) And if you’re up for a bit of a challenge, try going on a lake with choppier waves, that’ll really get your paddleboard going!

 At the end of the day I was truly exhausted from all that paddle boarding, but I found myself wanting to do it even more! I think that stand-up paddle boarding is a great new way to hang out at the lake and everyone should try it!