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Grab a paddle and have some fun on the water

Alissa Rosenstein - Monday, August 08, 2016
Grab a paddle and have some fun on the water

Photo courtesy of Alissa Rosenstein.

Swimming, boogie boarding and body surfing in the ocean are definitely super fun water activities you can do in Rehoboth Beach, but don’t forget that there are a lot of cool things to do ON the water as well as IN the water.

What could be more enjoyable than gliding along one of the many tranquil waterways found throughout Sussex County? Kayaking and canoeing may be relaxing, but they are also excellent forms of exercise – think upper body workout folks! Not to mention, paddling is the perfect way to get up close and personal with local wild and plant life – sneak up on a sunbathing turtle, listen to squawking heron, or just take in the lush scenery. Whether you go single or tandem, morning, afternoon or evening, you need nothing more than a desire to explore. We promise you’ll have no “egrets!”

What'SUP? Stand Up Paddle boarding, that’s what! Feeling a little more adventurous? Challenge yourself on a paddleboard. It’s an increasingly popular trend in fitness and another way to be active on the water. Standing on the board requires balance and core strength, but once you get beyond the first few wobbly minutes and get the hang of it, you won’t want to stop! Paddling on creeks and rivers is typically calm, but if you venture out on to the bay or ocean it could be quite a bit choppier. (Tip: pay attention to wind direction, wind speed and tides.) Some companies offer cool variations like SUP Yoga (yoga on top of a board) or Night SUP (paddling at night on lighted boards). No matter what SUP experience you partake in, you will surely have a SUPer time!

Local water sport companies will typically rent by the hour, day, or week. They also offer instruction as well as various tours ranging from eco tours to sunset or full moon paddles. And if you end of loving it, then they will help you pick out that special board or kayak to call your own! 

Local companies that offer paddling adventures:

• Coastal Kayak | 302-539-7999

• Delaware Paddlesports | 302-645-7300

• Delmarva Board Sport Adventures | 302-260-9008

• Dewey Beach Watersports | 302-227-1113

• East of Maui | 302-227-4703

• Quest Fitness and Kayak | 302-745-2925

Nearby Delaware State Parks that offer paddling:

• Delaware Seashore State Park | 302-227-2800

• Cape Henlopen State Park | 302-645-8983

Fun racing and fund raising at Paddle Second Chance

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Fun racing and fund raising at Paddle Second Chance

Photo courtesy of www.paddlesecondchance.com.

Paddle Second Chance is a paddling festival benefitting Operation Second Chance, a non-profit group committed to serving wounded veterans transitioning back to active duty or civilian life. The event, which began in 2013 as Paddle Fenwick, will be held on Saturday, June 25, at Holt’s Landing State Park in Millville, DE and will feature various paddling races for both SUP and kayak, and a corn hole toss tournament.

Races include an Elite 5.0-mile (for the fast and furious) and an Open 2.5-mile (for the fun and festive) SUP and Kayak Race, a Kids SUP Fun Race, and a Co-ed Team Race (strictly for SUPSquatch bragging rights). Whether this is your first race or you are a seasoned paddler, this is a great chance to come together for a wonderful cause and have a fun time on land and in the water. If you don’t have your own board, you can rent one from one of the area’s local paddle companies.

Check in on race day begins at 8:30 a.m. with the first race starting at 11 a.m. Food will be provided by Surf Bagel and Bethany Blues, beverages provided by LandShark/NKS Distributors, and entertainment provided by DJ Smokey. Local vendors will also be there. The day will wrap up with an awards ceremony for top finishers in each division and board class, and a community picnic for all those in attendance.

Participants are invited to The Starboard in Dewey Beach on Friday, June 24 from 4-8 p.m. for happy hour, registration, and packet pick up.

Visit the website for complete race and rental information, to donate, or to register.


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