Updated 1/1/20: On this exceptionally steamy day, it seemed appropriate to introduce you to standup paddleboarding (SUP). Depending on how adventurous you are, you may have already checked it out. If you haven’t, now is the time to get out onto the lake and cool off a bit.
So what is standup paddleboarding (SUP)? You should get a pretty good idea from the pictures above, but it’s really quite simple. You stand on a large surf board that floats on top of the water. Using one paddle that is as tall as you are with your arm stretched upward, you paddle from side to side, depending on which direction you are heading. Balancing is actually extremely easy, given the size of the board.
If you’re ever down by Lake Erie, you’ll likely find a handful of people out on the water paddleboarding. While a few a years ago I didn’t even know what a paddleboard was, now I’m hooked. SUP is great exercise, and an amazing way to enjoy the lake and city skyline views for an affordable price.
Cleveland has several companies that rent (and sell) boards to interested adventure seekers, or those just wanting to head out for a relaxing ride. NALU SUP & Surf rents boards for only $20 an hour and even hosts Paddle & Pints from May through September on Thursday evenings. Afraid to try it out? They also offer lessons. Ready for something a bit tougher than a standard ride? Try SUP yoga classes. There is nothing quite like doing an inversion while on a paddleboard. Looking at the lake upside down during sunset is a pretty magical and peaceful experience. Be prepared to get wet though, as balancing on one leg can prove to be a bit more challenging.
Other SUP options in Cleveland include: