Monday, October 18, 2010

Paddling Hanalei Bay

Wow! I think we've found E's calling! When we were at Hanalei Bay a few days ago, E mentioned she'd like to try her hand at the paddle boards. We saw lots of people standing on these gigantic surfboards, paddle in hand, and it didn't look to terribly tough. Plus, the bay has been wonderfully tranquil. So, this morning we returned to the land of Hanalei and hired the boards. E took to it like a fish to water.

Turns out paddle boarding isn't quite as easy as it looks. If you don't pay attention to the motion of the board it will shoot out from under your body and leave you behind. It also undulates with the swell, so you have to keep your legs bent. I found it easier to lay on the board and paddle with my arms, and if there's any breeze your body becomes a sail. That COULD be great if you wanted to cross some water quickly, but when you have to paddle back against the wind and you're just starting out it certainly raises the degree of difficulty! Having a lower center of gravity and less body to catch the wind certainly helped E. V chose to sit on the front of the board and use the paddle like a kayak paddle (though there's only a paddle on one end). She outpaddled Mr. B's swim with her method.

New discovery of the day: While in Hanalei town, we spotted a banana tree!

1 comment:

  1. I've seen very similar baarding people here in UTAH! Go figure. There is a group of them that regular up at Causey Reservior. We've ecountered them a couple of times on our kayaking trips. Looks like a lot of fun! Thanks, again, for the updates. Keep 'em coming! I'm really enjoying my 'vicarious vacation' :)


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