Stand Up Paddle Boarding and why you should try it now.

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Stand Up Paddle Boarding works just about every muscle in your body, plus it relaxes you, and makes you feel at one with the ocean. You should try it now.

Charlotte  Piho

Beautiful Sydney instructor Charlotte Piho makes it look easy.

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Stand Up paddle-boarding (SUP-ING) looks tricky. It is one of the few sports where you really do need a lesson initially to know how to stand-up, steer and how to fall down (the least painful way).

But it’s one of the best ways to tone up, stay in shape and enjoy the water in a whole new way. The trend is sweeping the world.

Bondi Beauty spoke to Sydneysider Charlotte Piho, who has been SUPPING for years and when not surfing or running in Bondi, she runs her own SUPPING school in Sydney’s Rose Bay.

 BB:  Do you have to be fit already to be able to SUP?

Charlotte: No, you just need to be able to swim 50 metres ( in case you fall off). It’s a sport anyone can master, so is suitable for anyone.

 BB: How long does it take to learn?

Charlotte: After a 1hour beginner’s lesson you will have the ability to go paddling on your own.

BB: Does it always have to be done in a group?

Charlotte: Not at all. I paddle on my own all the time. The beauty of paddling though is the ability to chat and share the experience with others so people often do in a group.

BB: What should I wear? (Can I wear something over my bikinis as I am body conscious)?

Charlotte: Absolutely. You can wear anything you don’t mind getting wet, bearing in mind if you do fall in a lot of clothing can prove to be super uncomfortable. A lot of my customers wear shots and a singlet or T-shirt.

BB: Will it hurt if I fall in?

Charlotte: Paddleboards are the best Yoga mat in the world if you fall in, you land in the water which is often a welcome relief when you have been on top of the water for a while.

BB: Could I get lost at sea?

Charlotte: Not if you go to a licensed school. In my business workout on water, we always let students know if it’s unsafe to paddle in different winds.

BB: How much does it cost?

Charlotte: $50 a lesson which includes all equipment. $100 for 3 lessons or $150 for 5 lessons.

To join Charlotte for a paddle visit www.workoutonwater.com

 

 

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Renae Leith-Manos

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Renae Leith-Manos travels the world writing (www.renaesworld.com.au). She has had a colourful media career as a journalist in many magazines and newspapers, and spends her time writing, consulting to new businesses, running, doing yoga, swimming & cycling.
She's likes healthy eating, but thinks chocolate cake is just as important as kale chips.
She spends most weekends hanging out with her gorgeous twins.

1 thought on “Stand Up Paddle Boarding and why you should try it now.

  1. Evy Chareas says:

    “Stand Up paddle-boarding (SUP-ING) looks tricky. It is one of the few sports where you really do need a lesson initially to know how to stand-up, steer and how to fall down (the least painful way).”

    Of course someone who runs a school is going to tell you this. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Sure, if you’ve never been on a skateboard, rollerblades, skis, a snowboard or a water ski in your life, it may take about 40 minutes’ worth trial and error, but anyone who can tie their shoes can figure this sport out on their own. Classes may help some if they feel they need them, but there’s absolutely nothing tricky about it.

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