Whether you do it as a hobby or as a sport, help standup paddling is really about having fun. You can do it on the ocean; you can do it across lakes and rivers. But no matter where we paddle, we do it because it’s fun.
In this week’s podcast with Dreu Murin, we learn from 11 year-old, 4 foot-something, Joshua Brackett that the best part about paddling is “having fun”. Even from a star athlete who is sponsored by 404 and Riviera Paddlesurf, it comes down to the basics. As the youngest member of the 404 team, Joshua paddles because it is a more than a sport, it’s a whole lot of fun. And he gets to do it with his whole family, too!
Standup paddling brings us back in touch with our inner child, where we are driven by fun and seek out adventure. One amazing benefit of SUP is that we can constantly discover unwalked territory on our boards. In addition to adventure, SUP offers us a unique one-on-one connection with the outdoors.
Combined that with community and it’s a hit! When Joshua speaks of racing, he comments how
holding the trophy is not the most important part, but having fun. And if Joshua can paddle 22 miles across Lake Tahoe at 8 years old, I think we can do it too! Standup paddling balances challenge with the integration of non-stop fun. Even falling off is fun! So it’s time we all get out.
Join us for the Wednesday Night SUP series this summer, starting May 29th where the energy is high and the community is growing. We look forward to a wonderful season and look out for Joshua Brackett. And check out Joshua on Instagram @joshuabrackett for awesome photos of FUN!
P.S. “Thanks 404!” (Check out this podcast above!)