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Healthy Lifestyle? Try Stand Up Paddle

Today, stand up paddle is an accepted way of keeping a sane and healthy lifestyle. But my first impression of the sport was anything but.

It was maybe 12 or 15 years ago. I was out one summer morning fishing from a boat near the Napatree Bell. Way off in the distance, towards Watch Hill, I saw something small, something thin, something vertical, on the water. But I couldn’t place it. I wrote it off as a fisherman standing up in a flats-style boat sitting very, very low in the water.

As I continued fishing, the small figure came closer and slowly enlarged. To the point that I could make out that it was a person. They were standing up on the water doing something with their arms. Kind of like a hula dance. A few swishes of the arms on the right, then a few on the left, and then back to the right.

Given the title of this piece, you have by now, I am sure, figured out it was a person on a stand up paddle board. And indeed it was. It was my first recollection of seeing someone on a paddle board. Especially out in the open ocean environment. I don’t know where the young man on the board began his paddle. My last sighting was of him by the outer Stonington breakwater paddling towards Stonington Point. I thought he was nuts. Paddling an oversized surf board through chop and boat wakes didn’t seem like a sane or healthy lifestyle. I totally expected to see him get tossed into the water at any moment. But he didn’t.

Along any body of water you can now find a multitude of paddle boarders. I dare you to go out along the Mystic River any day of summer and NOT see at least a handful. Face it, stand up paddling has taken the aquatic world by storm.

And for good reason. Stand up paddling is a great work out. And a great stress reliever.

Building Tone & Releasing Tension

The simple act of getting up on a board and balancing puts to use all the leg muscles. The balancing act keeps the leg muscles constantly firing, and yes, they can and do get tired. And of course once the paddle is dipped into the water, the upper body gets worked. And once you get steaming along, the trip becomes aerobic. Paddling is a full body sport, and you know it when you step back onto dry land.

Paddle boards also provide a platform to chill. Passive yoga on a paddle board would be a great way to “destress.” But all forms of yoga are becoming popular on a paddle board. In fact, classes to help you ease into finding mental and physical balance through SUP yoga are pretty easy to find. From relaxing to extreme workouts, SUP yoga offers the gamut. 

Sane and Healthy

The bottom line is that paddle boarding may be the medicine you need to keep a sane and healthy lifestyle. Being on the water, whether salt or fresh, is a soothing balm regardless anything else. Take it to a sweaty extreme, or free your mind of clutter and stress. Or find some balance in between. It’s all possible from a paddle board.

It’s summer. Now is the time to check out paddle boarding and the possibilities it brings. A light wetsuit can extend your season into the fall, one of the best times of year along the coast. The crowds are gone. The water is warm. The sky crisp and blue. A healthy lifestyle really doesn’t get much better than that.

 

AlanD

HOLIDAY CLOSING

Just letting you know that Avie’s Ski / Sports will have a holiday closing Wednesday, July 4th, in honor of Independence Day.

The weather looks delightful, so take advantage! Be sure to have fun on, in, or under the water. Stop in to fill any last minute needs. Sunglasses, boogie-boards, sandals, or a new stand up paddle board. Keep the fun going.

Ted and all the Avie’s staff wish you a safe and fun Fourth of July.

 

SUP Fun Away the Holiday

New stand up paddle boards have invaded Avie’s Ski / Sports, and are ready for you so your SUP fun can begin. With a holiday week approaching quickly—and the weather predictions are, finally, for some real sizzling July temperatures—plan some time on and in the water. Of course, you need some “water toys” to make things the ultimate best.

BIC boards are a “go to” for SUP fun, and there is a good selection at the shop. Beginner and intermediate paddlers will find the BIC Performer a great fit. These boards are very affordable, and very stable. Great to learn on and great to improve on. Also great to share by inviting the family pet onboard for a paddle.

Avie’s Ski / Sports now is offering a more diverse line up of boards to better fit personal whims and desires. Focus SUPs are now in-stock. Focus Prime boards offers great versatility for both paddling and surfing. And at a great price.

The Smoothie series of SUPs are stable, traditional boards, but with a “wood-tone” look that gives them great eye-appeal. The Smoothie will be a great family board, and would be an excellent partner for on-the-water-yoga.

Tundra by Focus breaks away from the norm and gives the paddler a more sleek and trim deck underfoot. This board tracks and glides better, therefore is a master at offering longer distance paddling adventures. Use the tie-downs to lash on a few things and paddle over to Sandy Point.

Finally, for those paddlers who are a bit more accomplished, hop on the Focus Bluefin and brace yourself. This aquatic race horse is built for speed from bow to stern. Pair this with the Kialoa Methane II carbon fiber paddle, and you just might raise a rooster-tail in your wake.

Summer is officially here. And it feels like it. Get wet. Have some SUP fun!

What’SUP?

You are if you are standing atop a new Stand Up Paddle Board that you picked up at Avie’s Ski / Sport. New paddle boards are in stock and ready for you to take out for a spin. Avie’s has a nice selection of lengths and styles, and can help fit you to one to match your abilities whether a first-time SUPer or a super SUPer ready to paddle out into the surf.

Individual boards and paddles, or SUP packages await your perusal at Avies. Paddle boarding builds upper torso strength, and greatly enhances your balancing abilities. And yes, both will be very useful, especially the balance part, when you get back onto the slopes this coming winter.

And as an extra bonus, there is NO SALES TAX on paddle boards in Rhode Island. That’s a 7% savings from buying in a nearby state, without even trying!

We Are Back!!

Ok, technically we didn’t go anywhere. But we are back. On Sundays. Open noon to 5:00 PM for your shopping pleasure.

If you haven’t been into Avie’s in a few weeks, put it on your “bucket list” for the month of May. What a change! You wouldn’t know it was a ski shop. Well you would if you walk into the upper level, but if you don’t go there it will be pure summer fun above and below the water.

Lots of stand up paddle boards, as well as skim boards, surf boards, and boards you won’t even know what to do with. But you won’t be bored.

Tons of sandals. And racks of uber-cool sunglasses just waiting to be perched on your nose, saving your retinas from those nasty infra-alpha-red-beta-gamma rays. 

Need some early summer adventure? Browse the new wet suits, swim fins and face masks adorning “I’m not a ski shop now” walls. Suit up and dive in! Grab one of the many spearguns and bring home dinner. 

Avie’s is brimming over with good cheer and new “stuff.” Stop in and pick up what you need—on Sunday even—for your next, or maybe your first, adventure of the summer. 

Change Over Time

While there are still some pockets of snow to play in at Killington and a few other spots in northern New England, it really is time to plunge into and enjoy the change to warmth. And with that change comes chaos at Avie’s Ski / Sport as gear for summer and winter get swapped about the store. Despite the chaos, it’s a good time to pop in and see what’s up. …more