Later this year I’ll turn a very special milestone age that happens to begin with a “4”… and I’m OK with it. It’s just a number after all. I’m also OK with it as I’ve started celebrating a little early because over the weekend, C got me an early birthday present…
Yup, I now own my very own stand-up paddle board (SUP)… and I LOVE IT, RMT’ers! I’ve blogged before about my love of the SUP, which I’ve only done twice while on vacation on the Big Island. But that was enough to know that I wanted a SUP of my very own, and now I have one.
What do I like most about the SUP and SUP’ing? I’ll give you a top five list right now:
5. Costco makes SUP’ing an affordable water sport to get into. My 9 ft. 6 in. Wavestorm-brand board was just $399 (compared to an average of about $600-700 for a beginner’s board elsewhere). I don’t know if any of the boards are left (read here for a nice review of why these boards are perfect for beginners or casual users), but I got it at the Signal Hill Costco Saturday; there were about a half-dozen left and the store staff said once they’re gone, they’re gone for the season.
3. The views are awesome. Again, I love Long Beach.
2. SUP’ing makes me feel strong. Honestly, it might look lazy and like “old people’s surfing” but you go out there and paddle for 45 minutes and tell me you don’t feel it in your arms, shoulders, core, and legs later… because you will.
And my number one reason for falling in love with SUP is…
1. Even a klutz like me can SUP. I don’t know how someone like me who stumbles on a regular basis just walking down a smooth sidewalk can SUP, but I have balance on this board. Color me (and C) SUPrised!
So far C and I have taken the SUP out twice (T was at grandma-and-grandpa weekend camp); the board fits into the back of C’s Tundra easily compared to my small sedan. But that’ll change any day now as my car rack’s been ordered and will be arriving sometime later this week. C also has already built a storage system for the board inside the garage (sweet!). That means I can start my solo SUP’ing adventures soon enough, and we can add SUP’ing to T and mine’s beach adventures, too. Woot!
Thanks again for the awesome bday gift, C! xo