I've wanted to try paddle boarding for months. When I knew we were back in St. Petersburg in November, I called Christian at Stand Up Fitness here in the City to book a lesson. I will say, I was really nervous. I am NOT in shape and was worried that I would never get to a standing position, or that I would get blown or carried by the current to the opposite side of Tampa Bay and cause a big, embarrassing Search and Rescue event that would make the 6 O'Clock news.
My fears were completely unfounded. Christian was a fabulous teacher and immediately made me feel confident. I managed to stand up first try and although, I was tense and could use to relax my legs and feet more, I had a fabulous time paddling around the Bay. I fell off twice, but it is easy to re-board and stand back up. Much harder to paddle and get anywhere when the wind is pulling you.
What I liked about it is, you don't have to be extremely fit...pretty well anyone can try...(I am 50). Secondly if you get carried out too far, you can easily lay on your belly and paddle back with your arms and rescue yourself. Third (and everyone asks me this) you don't have to wear a weensie bikini or bather. I don't like to parade in a bather, especially when tourists are watching the activities. The guys wore Bathing shorts, some with long sleeved Tshirts on top. A couple came with wet suits, which made me laugh because they obviously have never swam in Georgian Bay. I wore my bather with a tank top over top and knee length yoga pants, because I didn't want to fall out of my suit from one end or the other or be a-- end in the air should I capsize.
I honestly had so much fun and can't wait to try again. Thank you Christian for all the encouragement.
It's so easy to cycle everywhere here so I bought a bike yesterday. Since this is Florida, I went with a Beach Cruiser that should do me through my 80's. All tricked out with a leopard saddle, handle grips and a peace bell.
Cruisers are so popular here, and attract a more casual, enjoy the scenery, type of rider. The even have cruise nights here where you meet at the bike shop and cruise the neighborhood viewing all the historic homes, then ride along Coffee Pot Bayou downtown to the pub.....and I'm in like a dirty shirt for that.
Tonight there is a Porch Party at our neighbors, tomorrow is the Farmers Market, followed by Bungalow Fest...a tour of ten historically significant bunglalows in the Historic Kenwood district. The Raz Man doesn't know it yet, but he's Taking the Tour. Wishing you a fun and lovely weekend.