Heather and Garrett, owners of North Shore SUP, shared their love of stand up paddleboarding (SUP) with our family recently.
Because it was my first time trying this fast-growing sport, a wave of panic hit me when Finley, my almost 4-year-old daughter, declared she wanted to ride on my board.
Finley is best described as a wiggler. Therefore, while hoping she would channel her inner stillness, I was prepared to take a dip in Lake Superior from the long, narrow board.
But it was surprisingly easier than expected. I actually stayed upright – like the sport’s name suggests – the entire time, despite Finley hanging her legs off the board and splashing her feet in the water.
Daley, who preferred to be on his knees, went instantly off to explore the cove, watch a family of ducks, and have fun gliding across the water.
After returning to land, the first phrase that came to my mind was “I’m hooked.” So was Daley. His first question was, “Can we stay longer next time?”
I’ve written before that Lake Superior is the anchor of Duluth’s outdoors and SUP is a fantastic way to enjoy it, while getting a whole body workout. And if you have a little one sitting on the end of your board, you will have a unique shared outdoor experience.
North Shore SUP makes it easy and very family-friendly. They are located under a pop up tent at the end of Park Point with easy parking.
Daley is planning to attend one of their weekly free Youth SUP Fun classes, which happens to run at the same time as SUP yoga. After staying afloat with my little wiggler, I’m up for the challenge of downward dog while enjoying the natural splendor of Lake Superior.
And if I fall in, the bay side is usually 10 to 15 degrees warmer.
Thanks, Heather and Garrett, for bringing such a fun quiet-water sport to the Twin Ports for all ages to enjoy!
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