If you have been near a body of water lately even in the mountains, you might have noticed people stand-up paddleboarding. It looks like a strange activity to the passerby. The activity involves a long board that looks a lot like a giant, fat surfboard, a paddle that looks like an oar you might use rafting, and a person just standing on that board in the middle of a lake (or an ocean or a river). It might seem boring since it appears like the participant is just standing there, slowly paddling around.
But when you actually try it, it is far from boring! Paddleboarding requires an incredible amount of core strength and balance. What can look like someone just standing on a board to a person on the shore is actually a practice of strength and balance for the person in the water. Each slight disturbance of the water requires careful navigation from the rider. And then there is the peacefulness that comes with it. Being out on the water and being still provides a sense of serenity as the rider leaves everything else behind and slowly cruises around the water.
For advanced paddleboarders, paddleboard yoga is increasingly popular. People also can paddleboard in a river or the ocean. Paddleboarding is very popular in mountain lakes because the rider can enjoy the views while being on the water. It is an excellent way to just slow down and be introspective and soak in the beauty of nature. Paddleboard equipment is fairly expensive. But many public lakes and reservoirs have paddleboard rentals—especially if the lake or river is in an area that draws a lot of tourists. So the next time you are in a mountain town that is near a lake, give stand-up paddleboarding a try. You just may find a new activity to love.