I do not have the strongest ankles in the world.

What we took: skimpy swimmers, GoPro, cash
What we didn’t need: GoPro (too many arse shots)
What we should have taken: swimmers with more coverage, the ability to balance

Falling into the water from a stand up paddle board

Image by Ross Wood

I have limited balance. This is probably because of all the ankle injuries I’ve had during my life.

The most recent one, and this is a hoot, occurred when I went to a trampoline park with babs and the kidlets. I was having a blast (it was my idea) and was working my way up to a front flip. I decided to mozy on over to the basketball area as those trampolines were much bouncier. I thought I may as well have a throw as well: I was feeling good! My ball sailed through the air and my heart leapt as it was about to go through the hoop. Suddenly, mid-air, I realise that I am in a trampoline park with lots of kids and there are a whole heap of balls rolling around. I look down, just as I have confirmed that my shot didn’t go in. I’m about to land on a basketball. There was no way to avoid it by that time, and BAM! I’ve done myself another ankle injury. The worst part of it all was that this was within the first five minutes of our designated hour… and I had to spend the rest of it watching everyone else have fun while I iced my ankle. Worst.

But back to the point of the post.

Stand-up paddle boarding seems to be one of those really glamorous water activities that is made for everyone.* Whenever you see people SUPing, they look as though they’re putting almost no effort in. They look graceful. They do not look like this:

Rowie bending over on a stand up paddle board. Babs looks on with wonder as my butt faces him.

Image by Ross Wood

Thanks, babs, for capturing that one. This is why we didn’t need the GoPro!

For first time SUPers, make sure you’re on calm waters. Any kind of rocking will tip you over. Also, make sure you wear swimmers that don’t overly show your bits to the world. You will fall over. You will bend over. Your swimmers will get caught on the board. You will flash people. They will (probably) like it. Own it.

But, I digress. Despite SUPing being really hard, you will feel like an absolute champion when you do manage to stand up. It’s worth it just for that feeling.

My main tips? Concentrate and make sure you go with the flow. Even if you keep falling off, you’ve managed to get out there and have a go. Also, babs and I found it much easier when we had someone stabilising us at the front.

Rowie and babs on the SUP.

Image by Ross Wood

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*Spoiler alert: it’s not made for everyone.

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Travelling can be really hard when you never feel like you're prepared. But, the more I do it the more I realise that being unprepared is the best way to travel. I’m Rowena. I live with depression and an anxiety disorder, which inspires a lot of my writing. My first reaction is to over-pack, over-worry, freak out, and give myself a headache. I’m consciously rebelling against that.

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