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A year on from my first SUP outing

A year ago today I went for my first outing on my very own stand up paddle board, this being my second ever outing on one!

It was a cold, dull, wet and windy January day (perfect weather right!?!) but I needed some cheering up after having the week from hell, and what better way than to get out on the water. I always love being by the water, whether on it sailing or next to it watching the world go by. I find it very peaceful and a way to let go of everything on my mind. 

The SUP was a Christmas present from my husband, and along with it I had a voucher from a friend for a lesson. I thought I would take them up on it at this time because I didn't want to go out on my own. So with the boards and paddles in the car and my husband brought along as shore crew, we headed down to Gosport to an area of enclosed water so it was sheltered mostly from the wind. 

The first task was to pump up the board and well that tired me out before I even began! I was also very protective over the board and didn't want to put it straight onto the ground - as you can see in the picture

Once the boards were pumped up and the wetsuits on it was time to hit the water!! The day was spent getting me used to the board because it was narrower than the previous one I had tried and learning a few maneuvers. I was determined not to fall in as the water was ice cold, so became very careful when learning how to turn. To the point I would quickly drop to my knees if I even slightly stumbled. 

Before I knew it we were heading in and I had a huge smile on my face! Although now cold and wanting a hot drink, I was ready to take up this new sport and automatically tried to find a few events to take part in. 

Since this day I have mostly taken the board out on Southampton water, and have not used it anywhere near as much as I should have in 2016. My promise to myself this year is to explore more on it and take part in a handful of events. The events I currently have planned are the SUP for Cancer race again (you can read about last years here) and the round Hayling Island SUP race. I will update on how these go! 


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