If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I stand up paddleboard. This is the second summer I’ve been doing it. You can read the details on the adventure starting up last year here. So far this year I’ve been out 22 times (last year’s total was 47 times, July 22 – November 7). Mostly I’ve been hitting Goguac, but I’ve also been out on Waubascon and Graham Lake. The photo above was taken by Patrick Gault. He was shooting photos of the Veterans’ Administration field trip. I was able to track him down through my friend Kat and he sent me a couple photos. While it didn’t really help me figure out what is wrong with my stroke, it did help me realize I should not wear those terrible, terrible board shorts in public. Ever. And maybe I could stand to slap on some lipstick or something before I go out.
New this year is an on-board computer with GPS. It’s a Velocitek Makai and it’s super easy to use. It should be more accurate than using Google Earth, and it tracks average and maximum speeds.
Last year I was starting up for the first time, and every day was an increase in ability. After being off for the winter, getting back this year has been more of a challenge. It’s also been fairly windy at the start of the season. Hopefully August will be a bit more chill.