From a young age I was always in the water. I swam A LOT and sailed and canoed. I love all water sports and have been on many surfing and water sports holidays. I still love the water and want my kids to have the same confidence as I do.
I tried stand up paddle boarding a while ago and then got introduced to it again last year. There are many places that offer hire of paddle boards at a reasonable price. Quays Wake and Ski in Mytchett is a great place to start off – they have a man made lake which you can explore and is a great place to build up your confidence.
So this year I decided that I was going to purchase my very own board. I had a couple of friends who had their own boards that varied in size and material.
Whilst in Australia in April I tried out an inflatable board. It was a great board and even with my daughter on the board it felt easy to control and stable.
I thought the inflatable board would be a lot easier for me to get up and go. I didn’t want to spend lots of money on it, as to be honest I will use it when the weather is good and in the UK that hasn’t been often. The benefits of the inflatable board is the obvious one of that – yes, it deflates so you can roll it up and put it the bag and go.
I went for a 10ft Two Bare Feet Inflatable board. Its a perfect balance between a tourer and all-rounder. Its great for beginners and comes with a great starter kit.
We have used this on the canal, river and in the sea and it has been great. The kids absolutely love it and keeps my two year old son very happy and hates to get off. I now have my waterways license so can go where I please and I’m now looking forward to some nicer weather and to head out on some adventures.
A great idea is to pack up a picnic and head out for the day, stopping off on a bank somewhere to relax and enjoy the view while digging in to your picnic.
If you know any good routes to try out then let me know….