New adventures

SUP1Last year I celebrated my birthday during our annual trip to scuba dive with Grey Nurse sharks. This year I wanted to do something that any of my family or friends could participate in.

As you all know, I’m always keen to try out new activities. There’s a bit of a craze for Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) going on around here, I thought that would be a fun day out for everyone.

I found the Boatshed, a local hire shop, conveniently located next to a park, so I set up a Paddle & Picnic day. And what a perfect day it was. August is the end of winter here, usually accompanied by horrible cold westerly winds, but we had clear sunny skies and no wind.

On top of the perfect weather, I found that I could paddle my way around on a SUP – no problems! The only time I fell in was when I was faffing around with my camera and got distracted.

I knew from past experience with paddling a canoe that I would need to protect my stump from chafing. So I was doubly protected on the day with my rash vest not only stopping the chafe, but saving me from a case of sunburn.

I was definitely stronger paddling on my right, the power in the pull of my good hand shows how much that gym time is strengthening my body.

When paddling on my short side, I would use the crook of my elbow to pull. And when I got to the end of the stroke, I’d pivot the fin pole on my left hip as a way to finish the stroke.
Fish hunting with my wee mate Rhys

I’m definitely going to be doing this again, and again and again. Maybe you’ll give it a go too??


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