Fall 2012 Issue
Fall is For Lovers… and Paddling with Your Family
Standup is one of the first sports I’ve done where I can actually talk to the one I’m with. I’ve run marathons and done a lot of biking, hiking and kayaking; none of which allow you to be close enough to really “be” with one another. But via standup, Clay and I paddle in the evenings off our home on Suncook Lake, New Hampshire… actually enjoying a quiet conversation.
You can make it whatever you want: a peaceful paddle or a cranking downwinder. You can bust out and paddle as hard as you can, or try a yoga pose—standup has changed my life. I never go anywhere with my board that someone doesn’t ask “What are you doing?” Followed by, “Where can I get one of those?”
One of the best things about this fabulous new sport is that my son Adam (our graphic artist), and my grandchildren love it. Nicholas, who is 7, graduated from a surfboard to “Grammy’s cruiser” to my raceboard in one week.
A family gathering that was once only a sitdown dinner at the table now also includes a sunset sup ‘round the lake—catching up while paddling together far into Fall’s Indian Summer days. Standup paddling and talking with loved ones… it works! Standup works.
See you on the water,