We love the entry the Wendy Hahn wrote on her Off the Page Blog about her families experience paddling with Surf Reston!
My kids are ridiculously athletic. Me, not so much…
Aside: Twenty years ago, my then-boyfriend, now-husband didn’t believe that I couldn’t ride a bike. While visiting his family in Wisconsin, he insisted that I borrow his sister’s bike for a spin around the neighborhood. I can “ride” in the sense that I can balance and push the pedals with my feet, so he was probably feeling quite smug as we coasted down his parents’ cul de sac onto a neighborhood street. He was likely basking in his victory when we turned left onto a street that actually connected to a street with real traffic. What he didn’t understand is that my brain freezes up when I am on a bike. When he hollered from behind that I should hang a left into the strip mall, he did not instruct me to yield to the on-coming car. Luckily, the car came to a dead stop; I did not.
I’m the only member of the family who doesn’t own a bike. It’s better that way. However, I do occasionally feel guilty about this parental shortcoming, which might explain why I suggested Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) as a family activity.
In addition to a full day of sessions on Sunday at Lake Anne, a group of friends put together an informal paddle board race on Lake Thoreau! This is the type of community building story we love to hear about.
Meanwhile at Lake Anne we had some fantastic weather, low winds and great paddling. Below are a few of my favorite shots.
Check out Ami Dodd and Glenn Payne taking their Acro Yoga moves to the water for the first time! It's going to fun to see how they do with a little practice!
This Father's Day we did two sessions at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. which got me back to my house for a nice celebration with my family at 1 p.m. Nearly everyone who booked a session asked, "are you sure you want to spend your Father's Day doing this?"
I look forward to these sessions every week and it was the perfect way to kick off Father's Day - both sessions were surprise Father's Day gifts from family members and I definitely get "energy" introducing folks to a sport I love in our great community.
Best of all I finished the day paddling with my daughter Ashley (pictured below) and some friends on Lake Audubon!
Stand up paddle boarding is truly a family activity that can be enjoyed by kids of all ages.
These friends enjoyed a truly epic evening paddle with no wind, glassy conditions and perfect temperatures. What are the chances they enjoyed a bottle of wine at Cafe Montmarte afterwards?
Great weekend paddle with Jason, Ray and Holly. Ray a long-time Reston resident commented that he has never seen Lake Anne from this perspective before. Jason and Ray were the envy of their kids and families who were attending the Chalk Festival!
Last year, Surf Reston founder, Chris Higgins took Ali Tehranchi and his daughter out for their first paddle on Beaverdam Resevoir. One year later Ali is totally addicted to SUP - with a full quiver of boards!
It was a blast taking Ali's friends out for their first paddle, its sure to be a great summer for this crew on the lakes and rivers around out region!
An awesome session with the Burns and Volz families was truly inter-generational, with an 80 year old Dr. Burns and a 6 year old Greer Volz and her brother Will.
Nice paddle with long-time Reston residents Eric and Amy. We ended up doing two laps of Lake Anne and enjoying some live music at the plaza!