Those of you with thick curly hair will understand why this is so important. The daily ritual of combing my hair can take up to half an hour to even get out a portion of the dreadlocks which form every time it gets wet. And without the well timed use of various hair products, my slightly damp hair soon turns into a monstrous mass of frizz.
So when it comes to the beach and water sports, I usually say “No Thanks.”
(except for kayaking, I love kayaking… but then again that is a “hair dry” sort of water sport)
But there is another water sport which can keep me looking relatively normal and not cause small children to cry at the sight of me…
I had never actually heard of this sport until I moved to the southern hemisphere, but then again, where I am from in Canada has no nearby major body of water for water sports anyway.
My first encounter with the sport was in New Zealand. I saw someone surfing with one during my first failed surfing experience north of Auckland. Later on a Stand Up Paddle Boarding (or SUP for short) lesson came available on a voucher website.
Me and my partner at the time were the only ones at the days lesson, and had the instructor all to ourselves. We started out on dry land to learn the techniques, and sooner than I was comfortable with we were heading for the water. I started by kneeling on the board and paddling around until I felt comfortable enough to stand. Well to be honest, I didn’t feel comfortable at all, but peer pressure made me stand up on shaking legs anyway.
You see I am more of the drowning type than the swimming type.
But our lesson was in a sheltered bay were the water was as flat as a lake on a calm day. I quickly became more confident on the board, although I left the more advanced moves to my partner.
Funnily enough, one of these more advanced moves ended up with him in the water and me safe and dry on my board. I managed to keep my hair totally dry.
Ever since I started travelling I have tried to continually push myself out of my comfort zone. Mostly this means try out different water sports. I have tried surfing, snorkelling, scuba, canoeing, kayaking and SUP. Out of everything my favourites are hands down kayaking and SUP….. although I don’t think I will be taking to the waves just yet. River SUP is good enough for me at the moment!
This post made possible by Legends SUP