Last summer, we had a sort of introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), enjoying some paddling time on my brother’s windsurfing board on the lake near my parents’ house in Lithuania. Camelbak recently sent us some hydration packs to test out, including the Baja LR, a SUP-specific model. That meant we HAD to find a place and make time to go.
While in Union Pier this week, we finally stopped at the Third Coast Surf Shop’s Galien River Kayaking and Paddleboard Rentals. We’ve driven past this location maybe in the hundreds of times, discussed kayaking or SUPing, but have never done anything about it. Well, this time we did. (Duplicate post here.)
Minimal paperwork and $20 later, we were the proud renters of a SUP, PFDs for all of us, and an adjustable paddle (which we never adjusted). We opted to stay in one stretch of the river, close to the put-in, so that we could keep an eye on each child as they took their turn and for safety.
The whole family had a lot of fun, some of us even went in tandem. SUPing is not overly difficult for short stretches and on calm rivers, but I can see how this could become difficult quite fast. Now we just need to find money in our budget to get one for the family – this would be perfect to keep at the cottage.