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Stand Up Paddle Boarding on Austin’s Lakes

published on June 19, 2012

austin stand up paddle boardingIt’s that time of the year when the sun is shining, the water is warm, and folks get out on the lakes for fun and fitness. But who needs a boat when any Austinite can pay an hourly rental fee and propel themselves across the water? With the latest water sport craze, stand up paddle boarding, nearly anyone can take to the waters for some summer fun. 

The great thing about this new trend is that it runs the full gamut of activity level, from gentle relaxation to fierce floating fitness. For those looking for a nice date or day with friends to catch up, the activity is easy to learn, and for anyone with relatively good balance, staying dry most of the time is very likely. It’s also easy to sit on the wide boards and enjoy a beer or packaged margarita while drifting in the middle of the lake. It can prove to be a fitness challenge in its typical form, for those who want to race or challenge themselves. Of course, it’s Austin, so one can even find paddle Pilates and yoga classes to try! 

Local business SUP ATX has made waves as the worldwide leader in SUP gear for lakes, rivers, and surfing areas. The sport started in Austin, and now people can be seen gliding across bodies of water throughout the world. Anyone interested in purchasing a board can find their retail showroom inside Run Tex on Lake Austin Blvd, and those interested in learning the sport and taking out a rental can check them out at SUP ATX Paddle Board Rentals on the hike and bike trail between MoPac and Lamar Blvd or at Texas Rowing Center, both on Lady Bird Lake in Central Austin. Since Austin is the de facto “SUP Capital of the World,” every Austinite should give this new sport a try-it is great for all activity levels and ages. 

Harnessing people power, whether for a leisurely glide across the lake or a hardcore workout, can be fun and environmentally friendly. For some, staying off of the water is not an option; for those who are searching for a home near the water, on Lake Austin or Lake Travis, for instance, the Austin Realtors at Regent Property can help make lake living a reality.

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