It’s been about two summers since I’ve gone out stand up paddle boarding (SUP). It’s one of my favorite ways to get out on the water and get a workout in (although, I’m not sure how the pinched nerve in my neck felt about this activity). But pinched nerve or not, I wasn’t going to let anything stop me from at least getting one SUP session in this summer.
Since this past weekend was the last weekend of August, I figured what better way to celebrate than with a SUP outing? The weather was perfect—the sun was out, there was a breeze, and the current was kind—all of which made for ideal conditions.
I was lucky to snag a last-minute reservation with a local marina and get a board. Paddling in Huntington Harbor is one of my favorite places to launch from. There are stunning homes on both sides of the harbor, and if you are really intrepid, you can even paddle all the way out to the Huntington Lighthouse.
This time, I stayed pretty close to shore, as I didn’t feel like braving the boat traffic. While I was able to get a slight workout in, this SUP session was all about taking in the views and just being out on the water. It got so hot out at one point, that I decided to jump into the water with my clothes on just to cool off. Sometimes, all you need is to get out on the water and take in the sights from a different vantage point—and boy, did I!
If you’re interested in giving stand up paddle boarding a go, here’s a recap of the first time I tried it back in 2014!