A few months ago Clara purchased a SUP (Stand Up Paddle-board), after discovering a love for it. Clara’s never really been one for hobbies, so it was great she finally had something she could enjoy in our beautiful part of the Country.
Our little man is very much a water baby and was just as eager to get out on the Paddle-Board, so we treated him to a wetsuit and life jacket and took him to Studland for our first family SUP adventure. I’m not a strong swimmer and I have terrible balance, so I opted to sunbathe with a book and be the resident photographer.
Studland is the perfect beach for water sports, and because it’s owned by the National Trust, it’s free to park for National Trust Members. The weather was glorious on our visit, so by early afternoon when we arrived, the car parks were almost full.
Clara’s SUP inflates in minutes and comes in a handy rucksack, so it’s easy to carry to the beach and get onto the water in hardly any time. In fact it took longer to get our little dude into his wetsuit.
It was lovely watching Clara and M paddle over the waves. They are both so at ease on the water and have so much trust in each other. There were hardly any unintentional tumbles into the sea and both M and Clara have the ability to comfortably stand and paddle, a task I am yet to achieve.
The water was freezing, but thanks to their new wetsuits, the chill was taken off the water ever so slightly. As I stood in the water to take photos my legs were freezing. I think I need to invest in a wetsuit too, even if it’s just so I can spend time in the water capturing their adventures.
It’s great to have something new for us to enjoy as a family. We are lucky to live so close to so many beautiful beaches. Clara also has something she can go off and enjoy on her own for some “me time”.
Are you a fan of Stand Up Paddle-Boarding? Do you have a favourite place to take your board?