Paddle boarding isn’t just for celebrities and ocean dwellers. Roosevelt Lake is the perfect place to take up this new, relaxing, fun way of getting some exercise while soaking up the scenery. We introduced paddle boards as rental items at the marina last year and we’ve now added more to the inventory! They are of course first come-first serve, so book yours now by calling the marina or filling out the form: https://www.rlmaz.com/boat-leasing-application/.
We chatted with some of the paddle boarders here at the lake and asked for their tips for beginners that may help you.
- Stretch ahead of time so that you are more limber; especially to get your leg under your chest for standing.
- Make sure you wear sunscreen – especially behind your neck where your life vest doesn’t cover your skin, and also on your (ok, to be honest he said, “bald”) head and your ears.
- To get up on the board, first kneel on the deck with your paddle on the board running perpendicular. Then slowly put one foot up on the board at at time, with bent knees to help with balance. Once you are up, give yourself a second to stabilize.
- Don’t be afraid to fall. You will, and that’s OK. But the important thing is to not freak out and to simply get to the top of the water as soon as possible. Your leash will take care of the board and your paddle floats, so don’t worry about that.
- Practice, practice, practice. (Any of you know this rule if you’ve ever done kayaking, or even wake boarding. These things take time and patience.
So get out there and have fun!