As you probably could guess I love water sports. I’ve always been a bit of a fish, every summer I would spend most of my time on the beach, in the ocean or at our cabin on the lake. I made up plenty of games and I actually think I was the original paddle boarder. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but when I was 12 I made a homemade paddle board, before paddle boarding was a huge sensation. As I got older I got more into the long distance kayaking and canoeing, which today remains of my favorite hobbies. I’ve thought long and hard about this list, but essentially it is a list of my top water sports, in order.
1. Body Boarding
This one should be a no brainer, I don’t care if it’s behind a boat or in the ocean I love body boarding. It always brings the kid out in me. It brings me back to when I was twelve riding the waves in Mexico for the first time. I think that was when I started to love the ocean. I can remember being pulled out of the water by a Mexican teenager who couldn’t have been any older then 16. I was being tossed around like a rag doll in the mighty ocean when you yanked me and board out from under the current. He said something to me in Spanish and was on his way. I immediately went back into the ocean to get thrown around once more.
Lots of people will scold me for listing these two sports as “one”. They’re obviously wildly different in many respects but ultimately I love both of them because I get to spend a lot of quality time with family. We often do long canoe or kayak trips in the summer time which can take the better part of a month. Nothing builds arm and core strength quite like kayaking or canoeing for long periods of time.
3. Paddle Boarding
This one is relatively new on my list. As I said earlier, I like to think I practically invented the sport many years ago at the cabin. However, it wasn’t until just recently I picked the sport up again. If you’re new to paddleboarding I recommend renting for the first few times. After wards check a site like paddlersretreat.com our for stand up paddle board reviews.
Surfing. I’m a terrible surfer. I really, really stink at it. I can get up and catch a wave but not much beyond that. However every year I make my way out to ocean with my oversized board with hopes of improving. Something about sitting on a surf board waiting for a wave while the sun beats off your back is incredibly relaxing for me.