Stand Up Paddleboarding in the Dark
For Earth Day 2016 we wanted to do something different. Having enjoyed a few SUP yoga sessions last year in Nottingham, I devised the perfect plan to celebrate the special day… so I booked myself and my partner Mat onto one of Cassie’s SUP Full Moon paddles. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect having only done the yoga sessions before, but there was no need to fret. All I needed was myself, some warm fitness clothes and a sense of adventure.
I’ve never been Stand Up Paddleboarding in the dark before. I was really looking forward to something different.
We arrived at Colwick Park for around 7pm for a 7:30pm start. Cassie had already sorted all the boards and kit before-hand and was ready to greet everyone with a smile and a hug! We waited for the rest of the group to arrive, a mixture of complete beginners to more advanced SUP’ers and all stood around for a quick tutorial and group photo. Then it was time to get on the water!
I volunteered myself to get on the water first because I thought it would give me more time to practice after being a little rusty, before more people got on the water. There was around 10 people in the group so the group numbers are small enough to get almost one-to-one tuition but not too small that it can get a bit awkward. Perfect for me really!
Anyway, so we headed on the water, I practised my strokes (which definitely need more practice before my canoeist mates pipe up!), and my J stroke definitely does need work, but you know what? It doesn’t matter. As soon as you get on the water, all you want to do is chill out and enjoy nature.
The sun began to go down about an hour into the session. We set our board anchors in the water and sat around waiting for the sun to go down. Then, we cracked open the prosecco and had a beautiful social gathering on the water with a little alcohol, a lot of laughs and a calming atmosphere. Once we’d all finished our drinks, we did some SUP yoga. Yoga, in the dark, on a board in the middle of a lake, with the stars glowing and a full moon beaming down… THIS was the perfect way to spend a Friday night.
We ended the session with a little paddle around before heading back to the shore. 2 hours on the water soaking up everything mother nature has to offer on Earth Day 2016. Does life get any better than stand up paddleboarding in the dark?
For more information about the SUP sessions in Nottingham, visit the SUP Yoga and Fitness UK website by clicking here.
I made a little video diary of my time on the water, which can be viewed below! Enjoy!
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