1. It's a new experience like no other!
Standing up on the water trying to do yoga poses may be a bit more challenging but it's exciting and extremely fun!
2. Water is calming and will help you relax.
Floating on your board is one of the greatest feelings in SUP Yoga. You become weightless and feel all your problems slip away!
3. Improves your technique.
If your not balanced, breathing and relaxed the board will let you know.
4. Cultivate your Prana.
Fresh air, negative ions off the water and deep breathing increase your life force.
5. Get inverted.
Going upside down reverses aging. Trying inverted poses is fun, easy, and if you fall it's just water!
Paddling is fun but conditions can change in an instant and there are many dangers associated with the water. If your a kayaker or paddle boarder you need to hear this. Winds even on the lake can pick up out of nowhere. Its best to check all weather conditions before paddling out. Don't just look at whats happening now but check the hourly forecast, and check it often as conditions can change. If your paddling a recreational kayak winds and waves are not your friend without a skirt on your kayak water can flood your boat and capsize. If your not wearing your lifejacket and it is just in your boat, it can easily get away from you at the worst times. Often the current and the winds will push your boat away from you, faster than you can catch it. Always carry a whistle as well on your pfd. If you own a paddle board you should own a leash. Your leash will keep you attached to your board and you could easily pull your board back to you. Paddle boarders are also required to have a lifejacket and if your in open water you should wear it.
Another danger on the water is a riptide. It can pull you out away from shore. If you find yourself in one, swim parallel to shore until your outside of the riptide current and can swim safely back to shore. If your a beginner look to go out with people who are more experienced than you. Listen to your instincts, and if in doubt don't go out!
This trip was one of the best weeks of my life! It started with three days at the US National Whitewater Center for Tuck Fest competing and training on stand-up paddle boards through Class III whitewater. It was great to see friends from all over that share the same love for the sport and the outdoors. We go every year because its one of the coolest venues we have ever seen. Olympic quality whitewater sits center stage surrounded by huge rock climbing walls, a high ropes course, zip lining, mountain bike trails, an awesome concert venue with restaurant and bars. I came in 2nd place in the women's whitewater enduro race which was 6 laps around the wilderness channel through some pretty fun rapids. After the weekend we had a couple days to head to the ocean to get some surf and flatware paddling in.
We headed to Hatteras and the waves were awesome! While out surfing I spotted a dozen or so dolphins playing in the surf with us! We are just getting into kite surfing and Hatteras is the perfect place to learn. After a few hours of body dragging in the water we headed to Alligator River where we got an amazing flat water paddle in! Turtles were sunbathing on the logs and I felt like an alligator could pop up any moment. Being from Buffalo its tough sometimes because everything is so weather dependent so being able to do everything I love in the same week has got my vibes pretty high! Thanks to all our Sponsors for the support and love!
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Kevin and Christian are two athletes that love to travel. Follow their adventures as they explore the diverse places and activities they encounter around Western New York and beyond.