Sal & Jen in stand-up style
I have found my calling in this watery world - stand up paddleboarding (SUP). I was about to hang up the surfboard and stick to swimming, for want of a pain free neck and shoulder girdle, then Bingin Mick lent me his stand up and I had an epiphany.
This morning, a few of us decide to do a circuit across the lagoon, out the channel to the ocean side of the reef, behind the wave and back to shore. A distance of around 4 km. Going out is joy, breeze at our back, fish milling below, all is well. Then the off shore picks up and we are fighting our way to keep on course.
I am on a wave-riding SUP with drop rails; the wind chop is swamping my board and my body is acting as a sail. As my shoulder fatigues, I'm on a quick course toward Africa. Help! Thankfully, the hotel boat is in the area with some guests spearfishing, so I wave my paddle in desperation and bum a lift to shore.
My new passion is untarnished, but I think I'll stay inside the lagoon unless the winds are on-shore.