Daily Archives: October 2, 2013

You Keep the Crunches –The Beginning of My Love Affair with SUP

By Tonyia Bowling


I shouldn’t be able to do this. I shouldn’t be able to do this – these are the words running through my brain over and over again.  This is the story of how my love affair with stand up paddle boarding began.

Early in my vacation I observed a paddle boarding group leave a marina and then the guide tow some of the guests back to the outfitter desk for a refund. When we inquired how hard it might be to learn we were told that it required a lot of core strength; I have none of that.
At night we visited websites of different companies that offered stand up paddle boarding. One member of my family pulled up a photo of a lady just lying on her stomach on a board. I was told, “If she can do it, you can do it.” The pressure was on.