Since I first started paddling in May and June of this year, I have fallen in love with the "sport" of Stand-Up Paddling (SUP). I put sport in quotes because I'm hardly an athlete in any sense of the word.
I suppose there is something cool about the sports side of it, but...I'm not a sports fan at the best of times, and I just love being out on the water. Which is not to say I may never get involved in some race or challenge at some point, but that's not where I am at.
And the thousands(?) of people out there enjoying the sporting/competition sides of SUP really help to push things forward in terms of board, paddle, and accessory design - so I can't knock that aspect. Like I said, that's just not where I am right now.
Neither do I have a history in watersports other than the odd bodyboarding and bodysurfing in my distant past, where I've had the very rare chance. So, I'm not much of a waterman, either.
What qualifies me to start up a blog about SUPping?
Not much at all: I'm just someone who loves standing atop a board and propelling myself through the water with a paddle. And I look forward to every chance I can get to do so. And I want to talk about my latest obsession and my misadventures in it as much as possible without boring my colleagues, friends, and family (too much).
Why Start Up Yet Another Blog about SUP?
When I wanted to find more information online about my newfound love, there was a lot by way of social media (of which I'm not necessarily a successful manipulator - and I can't keep up with the day-in, day-out of some of the forums out there; I don't have enough time.)
I also discovered that a lot of the blogs are about the sport side of SUP and the athletes and watermen involved in it and the competitions they get up to. (Nothing wrong with that, but a little bit intimidating for a newcomer like me.)
Or the blogs are affiliated with magazines (Nothing wrong with that, but a little bit too professional - I'm an amateur fer cryin' out loud.)
Or the blogs are associated with a business (Nothing wrong with making money, either, but business-based blogs tend to get ignored by their owners after a while, or tend to have limited subject matter, such as the goods and services they are selling.)
I'm also a bit of a gearhead when I get obsessed about something. But the information out there on specific products and accessories in the world of SUP tends to come from the manufacturers and sellers of said products or from magazines. See notes above - nothing wrong with making a bit of cash. And if I figure out a way to make a bit of money out of SUP, then, no doubt, I will join these wonderful establishments in peddling my wares.
What do I hope to do with this Blog?
Who knows? Share my very limited experience in this new world of SUP that I am discovering - sort of a journal of my thoughts and experiences. Give a few product reviews (Lord knows, I've bought a few over the past few months). Big up some of the establishments I've done business with. Maybe even meet people who want to go out for a paddle or two (feel free to e-mail me or get in touch via the comments).
There will probably be the odd time here or there where I wax philosophical or do a bit of navel-gazing, when I do so, please bear with me, and always feel free to correct me. I am opinionated, but am always willing to have my opinions challenged, and have been known to change my mind. I don't mind robust discussion, as long as it is done in a respectful manner.