A weekend spent at Nolin Lake State Park with my friend, Josie, and her family learning how to paddleboard!
Balance and breathe.
One foot flat, one knee bent, and one moment of trust as you lift your body up onto your feet.
Being on a stagnant lake made the first time directing a paddleboat easier, with the only waves rocking you were those from passing boats. I can only imagine the difficulty of being on the ocean trying to stay afloat. Once you’re up and have your footing in the middle of the paddleboard, you start to dig your paddles into the water. It doesn’t take long for you to get the hang of it.
The very first time out on the water involved a lot of standing to kneeling, standing to kneeling. When a boat drove by and created waves, we went straight down to our knees so we wouldn’t lose our balance and fall off the board.
It takes practice, but not too long until you have the confidence to continue standing despite the waves surround you!
All you need to paddleboard is a paddleboard, and a body of water. I challenge you to try it next time you’re out on the ocean or lake!
Have you ever paddleboarded before? I’d love to hear your comments below!