Friday, October 3, 2008
Style File: Paddle Boarding
Celebs like Jennifer Aniston and Matt McConaughey have made it famous. Now, stand up paddle boarding is the newest way to catch a wave in South Florida. Grab your board, Seven's Belkys Nerey show us how to walk on water in tonight's Style File.
WSVN -- There are plenty of ways to sport around our beautiful waterways. Well, get ready for the latest trend, stand up paddle boarding is making waves right here in So-Flo.
Bassie Orzechowitz: "It's like you're walking on water. It's like you're flying through it."
You may have seen the celebs doing it in places like Cali and Hawaii. Now longtime surfer dude Girard Middleton of SoBe Surf is one of the first to bring this new sport to South Beach.
Girard Middleton: "It's an amazing workout. Holistic for your mind, body and soul."
With stand up paddle boarding, you're either on your knees or standing up, and you use a paddle to maneuver through the water. You can wait for the perfect wave and ride it in or just paddle around the water.
Girard Middleton: "You're on a board that has been developed for stand up paddle surfing, like the old Hawaiians did it years ago before surfing was en vogue."
This is no joke. It takes major core strength. A killer workout than can lead to a killer body.
Stacy London: "It takes endurance. It actually takes your entire body to maneuver the board, stand on the board, keep your balance on the board."
Sharon Altman: "I really love paddling out. It's a really good workout, great arms and legs."
A word of warning, it's best to learn when the water is calm.
Just don't get too discouraged if you wipe out because once you get it, you're free to roam the open water.
Girard Middleton: "Once you learn and be confident with it, you can paddle miles out in the ocean and amazing meditative workout, or you can paddle down the beach and ride the waves."
Plus, it offers a great view of the aquatic world.
Bassie: "I''ve seen stingrays, seen a lot of fish, seen a bunch of starfish and picked them up."
Stacy London: "You're just one with the ocean."
So saddle up and paddle out.
An hour-long lesson with the equipment is about $79. Rentals are about $40 an hour.
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