Many people tell me that they would like to try activities like sea kayaking, climbing, mountaineering, or even skiing/snowboarding. The only thing that stops them is finances.
Remember, that you don't have to invest tons of money into gear just to try out an outdoor activity. The cheapest way to get a taste and see if something like kayaking, mountaineering or skiing is for you is to take a class. Usually, the outfitter provides all the necessary gear, basic training and makes sure that you'll be safe.
Even cheaper ( or to be exact - free ) is to attend a free demo presentation.
The past couple years , a few outfitters have been offering free SUP demos in the summer.
Last Saturday, I attended a free SUP on-the-water demo day at Magnuson Park organized by Seattle REI.
I've been on the fence about this sport. Should I spend $ 800-1000 on a board and a paddle, just so I could go paddling a few times during the summer ? Which board should I go with ? Is it really that much fun ( I did it last year a few times, but needed to reassure myself ) ?
After that demo...I think...I am going to buy one of those boards !
First, I realized that buying a cheap inflatable board ( like Sevylor Samoa Standup Inflatable Paddleboard) is not worth saving the money.
Second, The Ocean Kayak Nalu paddle board is not really an ocean kayak...or a paddle board.
Third, boards with thick traction pads ( stomp pads) that cover the majority of your board makes SUPing a much more enjoyable mission.
And finally, YES, it was a lot of fun ( OK, I admit, the hot weather was a huge part of that decision ) !