Thursday, June 22, 2017

It's Summer!

Several months ago, Randy asked me if I'd be interested in getting kayaks for our family to play with this summer (and future summers).

My answer?  No.

No, I'm not interested in a kayak.  I'd much rather stand up.

I've talked about stand up paddleboarding (SUP) before.

I.  Love.  It.

SUP is my second-favorite exercise....second to running, of course.  And second to running because of the convenience factor.  I can leave my front door and run.  And I can run year-round.  I can't say the same about SUP...but it's just as fun and just as relaxing.

So, no.  I don't want to sit in a kayak.  I want to stand up.

Enter Project 908, a SUP manufacturer right here in Central Ohio!  I've actually rented from them a few times.  I was on a Project 908 board the first time I tried SUP and when I did the SUP and Run a couple of years ago.

SUP and Run, July 2015
There was another time my whole family got together and we rented boards from Project 908 (I don't think I blogged about it).  Even my parents tried it out.

August 2013 featuring 4 year old Aleena

This past Christmas, we took a family vacation to Hawaii.  We rented a couple of stand up paddleboards on Waikiki Beach.  I spent hours on the board.  We rented two boards and the rest of the family (my mom, Randy and Ellie) shared the other board (my dad was the photographer from the beach).  During my hours of paddling--this is what cemented SUP in my heart--I was visited by a sea turtle.  Three times.  I have no pictures of the turtle so you'll have to take my word for it: he was awesome.  The sea turtle is my water spirit animal.  (The unicorn is my land spirit animal.)

Family SUP, Waikiki Beach, December 2016

Several months ago, we decided that we'd buy two stand up paddleboards from Project 908 instead of buying kayaks.  They were delivered on Father's Day.

See that triangle of hexagon pads at the top?  That's where my kid sits.
Photo from Project 908's Instagram page.

I'm smitten.

Our boards are custom made.  Mine is pink.  Duh.  I mean, would there be any question as to what color I'd choose? (with a purple tail)  It's very girly.  Very me.

Randy's is orange with a wood deck.  It's quite masculine.

I'm over the freaking moon, y'all.

This is going to be an awesome summer.

Have you tried SUP? If not, you must.

If you're in the Central Ohio area, check out Project 908: