ON WATER: Kate Lewis of Stand Up Outfitters in New Bern, N.C. (Photo: Wendy Card)
If you live near the water, you may have seen someone paddling by on something that resembles a surf board. The stand-up paddleboard water sport has become one of the most popular ways to enjoy the water.
Thea Kincaid and I had a great time with Stand Up Outfitters — "eastern North Carolina's source for stand up paddleboards to rent, demo, or ride forever" — in New Bern, N.C. We met owners Charley and Kate Lewis with their two girls, Betsy and Georgie, for a venture on the river.
I used my NuCanoe as a vehicle to film from the water as the Lewis family enjoyed the morning paddling on the Trent River.
Kate gave Thea a short tutorial and in less than two minutes, she joined the family on a stand-up paddleboard!
I thought my 10-foot NuCanoe was the best small watercraft on Earth! I could fill it up with camping or fishing equipment, and who knows what else. After conversing with Charley Lewis, he made a great point for canoers and kayakers. He showed me areas on the stand-up paddleboards where you can tie down supplies, coolers, etc. and pull your gear on a small watercraft or float. You could even haul your camping equipment to a small island or remote area and make a vacation out of it!
People of all ages can have fun and get a great workout when paddleboarding. The Lewis' daughters are great examples of how children can enjoy this fun water sport — Stand Up Outfitters' customers range from seniors to children.
Check with your local sporting goods store to see if they have stand-up paddleboards. They may rent the boards and offer lessons like New Bern's Stand Up Outfitters.
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