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The storage arrangement for the new racing SUP

The storage arrangement for the new racing SUP

I haven’t told you about my recent upgrade from inflatable paddleboards to a proper racing sup board. Yes, that finally happened. I bought a second hand JP Australia board from a paddler in Fort Lauderdale. He is about to upgrade to a new board and […]

Dolphin hits paddleboarder and video goes totally viral

Dolphin hits paddleboarder and video goes totally viral

So here it comes; a perfect wave! All of us are going to ride this wave! Then, just as the wave crests I see this asshole standing on some shit and he’s right in front. So dolphin one leaps out, lowers his snout, and takes […]

Cloudy to sunny SUP Yoga classes in Fort Lauderdale with Kathy and Natasha

Cloudy to sunny SUP Yoga classes in Fort Lauderdale with Kathy and Natasha

On an overcast saturday morning in Fort Lauderdale, I met with two ladies that are making things happen on the water. And what started as a rainy day turned out to become a sunny and beautiful February day in South Florida perfect for paddle board yoga. Natasha at SUP Pup FTL and Kathy from Tiny Warrior Wellness met a few years ago at an entrepreneurial group and decided to join forces to give paddle board tours and yoga classes in Fort Lauderdale.

Natasha, originally from Jacksonville has been paddling for a while as she was born and raised close to the water in Jacksonville beach. And Kathy is a certified yoga instruction from DC. Both have been in Fort Lauderdale for five years now and provide to travellers and locals alike, a calming yoga class on paddleboards. The classes happen in Victoria Park, on a quiet park on the east side of town.

When I met them, it seemed like it was not going to happen but after a quick shower and a few minutes, the clouds were all gone and a group of four people joined Kathy on the water for some yoga practice. See doing yoga is easy depending on how you look at it, and doing it on paddle boards takes it up a notch. But Kathy, the instructor, tells us that its very rare that someone will fall on the water. The boards provided by SUPPUP FTL and Connelly SUP are actually quite wide and stable, and are perfect for floating and doing intricate movements on the water surface.

The surroundings to your exercises on the water were awesome. It was really quiet and close to a bunch of trees and plants, and all you could hear were birds that were overseeing our Downward Facing Dog, Planks and Up Dog. This class of young yoginis were down to attempting more challenging balancing postures, as Kathy guided them through core strength for Beginners or Advanced students that had movements adapted to their skill level. Yoga on a Paddle Board is just like regular yoga, but a rather more exciting experience that burns calories and doesn’t really fell like exercising.

Here are five great reasons to try paddle yoga in Fort Lauderdale with SUP Pup FTL:

1) All abilities levels are welcome for physical and mental conditioning.

2) Taking your familiar yoga moves out of regular settings and trying them out on a new territory.

3) Exercising outside surround by beautiful Nature and not a shelter over your head.

4) Adaptation and improvisation to avoid falling in the water on those not so perfect stances are ok.

5) Exercising the strength of your core and your balance.

 

Click here for a full list of SUP Yoga practitioners and providers.

 

Choosing a SUP Race Board: customize your racing paddleboard with the Flying Fish 3D board builder

Choosing a SUP Race Board: customize your racing paddleboard with the Flying Fish 3D board builder

The word “Slick” according to Google Translate is the definition of an impressive and efficient action or thing. That might also just be the definition of the new Flying Fish boards 3D custom board builder. The thing is impressive and can cause you to spend hours in […]

Paddle board fitness classes with Jenna in Fort Lauderdale

Paddle board fitness classes with Jenna in Fort Lauderdale

Paddleboard Fitness Instructor, Jenna is a Certified Personal Trainer that adapts regular workouts to anyone’s fitness levels on the water. Exercising on a paddleboard allows her to combine all elements of SUP to maximize your gains. Paddleboard fitness is great for the entire body and a class can […]

How about paddling and working in the fjords of Norway? This might just be your opportunity

How about paddling and working in the fjords of Norway? This might just be your opportunity

Fjords are those deep valleys, usually narrow and steepsided that extend below sea level and are naturally filled with seawater. Fjords are found in locations where current or past glaciation extended below current sea level and there’s nowhere more iconic for them than Norway. The countries countless fjords are figurative of the country and  have been pictured in movies produced there like Norsemen – that showed how old people practiced the Attestupa, the mythical practice of senicide during Nordic prehistoric times by jumping from the top of the cliffs – and The Wave, that tells the story of a geologist that predicts that a piece of the cliff will fall into the water and cause a wave that engulfs a nearby town on the fjords. The Wave (originally Bolgen) is available on Netflix.

Now imagine yourself  paddling silently through this amazing scenery with a bunch of lovely people and knowledgeable local guide. You can experience that by taking part in one SupNorway’s  expeditions through the fjords of the Sognefjord – the longest & deepest navigable fjord in the world and one of it’s arms, Nærøyfjord – in Western Norway. Steep mountains and snow-covered peaks that stand 1700 meters above sea level, with picturesque villages and literally hundreds of waterfalls are the scenery of the 2019 season that starts end of May till End of August when sunlight lasts up to 20 hours a day.

SupNorway expeditions are getting famous (is Norway becoming the next Iceland, social media’s darling?) so it’s important to pre book in advance on their website. Titus, the owner and lead guide at SUPNorway has prepared a route that includes:

  • Long days with waterfalls sounding like distant surf through your tent.
  • Relaxed pace: Gliding under towering cliffs and pausing often as opportunities present to film, photograph or just take in the magnificence of mother nature.
  • Intimate: Group numbers are kept small to provide an intimate feeling to the expedition and to minimise our environmental footprint.
  • Food: Three healthy meals a day are provided with the use of the best quality Norwegian food and freshly made by the guide each day.

SUPNOrway is very friendly, small company who love SUP and nature and want to share this amazing location and experience with you as the TripAdvisor reviews will attest:

SUP bliss for the outdoor enthusiastI enjoyed a fantastic 5-day trip with SUP Norway: Titus puts his heart and soul into the planning and execution to ensure great results. The gear, itinerary, communications are all top notch, and the scenery is unparalleled. One thing that makes the SUP Norway experience unique is that the outing is all self-supported, so if you are the type who prefers easy luxury, this is not the trip for you: you will set up your own tent, you will help gather firewood, you will make your own morning coffee. I had an absolute blast and hope to be back next summer!
Titus Kodzoman, founder of SUPNorway. Credits: SUPNorway.com
Titus Kodzoman, founder of SUPNorway. Credits: SUPNorway.com

The best job of your life?

SUP Norway is looking to expand their operations to new areas and are looking for an experienced and talented expedition leader/host to head the expeditions in our existing area of operations in the UNESCO protected Nærøyfjord/Aurlandsfjord branches of Sognefjord in the West of Norway. This is an incredibly rewarding and exciting opportunity for the right candidate that will be awesomely rewarded according to their website. Read the job description below and see if you qualify:
  • You are experienced and confident in leading paddling groups in the wild and are uncompromising in your professionalism and safety routines. Your paddling endurance and strength are excellent and you are capable of towing a casualty for several km.
  • Your crisis management skills are proven and you are able to anticipate, identify and mitigate risk for a group on open water.
  • You have good camp craft and you can light fires with your laser-vision enjoy imparting your skills to others.
  • You have an inspirational personality and conduct yourself to the highest standards.
  • You are empathic and have an understanding of group dynamics.

Working conditions:

  • Position is from mid May to 31 Aug 2019.
  • 2 tours in May as assistant guide under training from chief guide (paid).
  • 5 & 2 day tours with 1½-2 rest days (paid) between + 1 week free in July (paid).
  • Accommodation (shared) and all food provided.
  • You will have an assistant guide and a max group size of 12 guests.
  • You will be responsible for logistics and all aspects of each expedition.
  • You will be required to organise and prepare some meals for each group.
Now go apply at SupNorways website before they pick someone else! Or contact SUPNorway on our website to book one of the their trips.
Boards and camping tents at the shores of Norways fjords. Credits: SUPNorway.com
Boards and camping tents at the shores of Norways fjords. Credits: SUPNorway.com

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Do you also pick up trash while paddling?

Do you also pick up trash while paddling?

Ever felt obliged to pick up trash while on your leisure paddle? It turns out, it’s not an uncommon thing. A sense of duty takes hold of us paddleboarders as we enter the water and encounter a pile of plastic or trash and compels us […]

The most affordable racing #sup board

The most affordable racing #sup board

I had been looking for a while now for an affordable racing paddleboard as I’ve been wanting to join my fellow folks at 954 Race league in Fort Lauderdale. I was still not ready financially, that is, to purchase a full fledged carbon race board. […]

Don’t paddle kids at school, make them paddle

Don’t paddle kids at school, make them paddle

A school in Hephzibah, Georgia, is drawing national attention after sending consent forms to parents informing them of a new policy of using paddling as a form of punishment for students, CBS affiliate WRDW-TV reports. The Georgia School of Innovation and the Classics (GSIC), a kindergarten-through-9th-grade charter school, is bringing back paddling — spanking a child on the behind with a wooden board — as a form of discipline. Superintendent Jody Boulineau told WRDW that about 100 parents sent back the forms, and one-third gave the school consent to paddle their child.

The paddle will be 24 inches in length, six inches in width and 3/4 inches in thickness, the form specifies. Parents will be notified if their child is to be paddled by an administrator, according to the form, which CBS News has not independently verified. The most amazing thing is although paddling is seen as a controversial policy that has not been used widely in schools for years, it is legal in Georgia and 19 other states in the US. 

The paddling rules.

I can think of a better paddle to incentive kids to do stuff.

Paddle board with kids!
Paddle board with kids!
Reddit post: Advantages of an inflatable board

Reddit post: Advantages of an inflatable board

What advantages have inflatable SUPs in comparison with a rigid board? That was the question on a recent Reddit post  that called my attention to the inherent interest in the topic. As I struggle to keep up with work, personal life and paddleboarding, I have this urge […]