SUP. Three letters that until recently I had no idea meant Stand Up Paddleboarding... something I’d seen all over Instagram and knew must be the latest thing. With my feeds full of people doing SUP in beautiful locations, and my newly found desire to push myself to try things, I wanted to find out more about it - and more importantly - how I could try it. Luckily this coincided with someone at work talking about a new business that had started up in Stonehaven, a coastal town in Aberdeenshire not far from where I live. Better still, they wanted to try it too! So, long story short, we had our beginners lesson with Stonehaven Paddleboarding on a sunny Saturday morning in June – along with 4 other intrepid adventurers!
The lesson lasted for just over two hours, and covered tuition on how to check and set up your paddle board, followed by time on the water gaining confidence going from kneeling on the board to standing up, steering, and dealing with windier conditions (it was fairly calm on the morning of the lesson). We paddled around the harbour, navigating the small sailing boats going in and out, and towards the end we got to head out close to the cliffs, which was when I really had a ‘this is amazing’ moment seeing my surroundings from such a different perspective.
By the end of it, 5 out of 6 of us had fallen in. I'm not going to lie, I had a bit of a scary moment when I fell off and it seemed to take forever to get back to the surface, never mind haul myself back on the board! But I did, and I suppose falling off was fairly inevitable. Fingers crossed I can only get better from there…. I do intend to try it again to build up my confidence on the board, so I'll keep you posted on my progress!
Find out more at http://stonehavenpaddleboarding.co.uk/
I'm Kelly. A thirty-something year old adventurer from Aberdeenshire. Read more about me in the ABOUT ME section.