We went out to try stand up paddleboarding on Canada Day, which was last week. Things have been busy, but here’s how it went!
We rented the boards at Cadboro Bay Surf shop/yoga shop, and it took literally forever to get organized. I got the feeling they weren’t used to having five people descend on their shop for rentals (and that they were probably never on time anyways) but oh well…We returned the boards late too, so that’s ok I suppose.
We dragged the boards and paddles down to the beach using dollies. One thing I didn’t even think of- rocks. Going on the rocks to climb on the paddleboards HURTS! My husband cut his foot. Wear water shoes…
The day was hot, lovely and couldn’t have gone better otherwise. We padded around, and found it easy to get far out, and hard to get back to shore, haha.
I think it would have been a bit nicer in an area with more to explore, but it was a gentle, fun activity to try out with my family. Everyone told me how hard my abs would hurt the next day, but they didn’t at all. My foot did cramp up though, and I had to take a break.
Nobody fell in, which was nice! The water is freezing- like 6 deg max, and so if you fall in, you have to get back to shore asap. I think it may be a nicer experience in hotter climates though…You can play around a bit more.
Would I try it again? Yes definitely!