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Old July 31st, 2012, 07:12 PM   #21
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A (proper) stroke on a paddle board is different from kayaking or even canoeing. I'm not even sure how to start explaining it in writing...I'd need to be on the water walking you though it. For racing a powerful stroke requires you to push your weight down into the paddle. I would imagine trying to go anywhere on a SUP with a kayak paddle would tip you over and you wouldn't go very far very fast or your strokes would be so wide and sweeping you'd just be turning the nose side to side each stroke....your center of gravity is (obviously) much higher. ?? This is the best explanation I can give on my own.

Near Detroit I've paddled a few of the state and metro parks including Island Lake Rec Area (Kensington/Kent Lake), in Brighton, Commerce Twsp, Walled Lake, St. Clair Shores, and Belle Isle.

Some companies you can rent boards from and get lessons from down here include: Paddle the Mitten and Urban Wave and you can see Detroit Surf at the Rustbelt Market on weekends in Ferndale and usually on Sunday's on the regular Belle Isle Paddle.

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http://detroitsurfco.com/
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Old July 31st, 2012, 07:47 PM   #22
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Even though this might get you in trouble with cranky, seeing your pics made me want one even worse
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Near Detroit I've paddled a few of the state and metro parks including Island Lake Rec Area (Kensington/Kent Lake), in Brighton, Commerce Twsp, Walled Lake, St. Clair Shores, and Belle Isle.

Some companies you can rent boards from and get lessons from down here include: Paddle the Mitten and Urban Wave and you can see Detroit Surf at the Rustbelt Market on weekends in Ferndale and usually on Sunday's on the regular Belle Isle Paddle.

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thanks.. never heard of lake erie metropark.. might give that one a try.
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Now I know how powerboaters feel when they look at me on a sailboat because I just don't see the draw or allure. I could see it if maybe you get some surfing in but to just stand up and paddle I don't get it. Good on ya for finding something you love. Personally I am thinking its a fad that will be gone in three to four years
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Alright, I give. What does SUP stand for?
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I even figured it out!! Stand Up Paddle
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Old July 31st, 2012, 08:51 PM   #27
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Now I know how powerboaters feel when they look at me on a sailboat because I just don't see the draw or allure. I could see it if maybe you get some surfing in but to just stand up and paddle I don't get it. Good on ya for finding something you love. Personally I am thinking its a fad that will be gone in three to four years
this is why I bought a kayak
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Now I know how powerboaters feel when they look at me on a sailboat because I just don't see the draw or allure. I could see it if maybe you get some surfing in but to just stand up and paddle I don't get it. Good on ya for finding something you love. Personally I am thinking its a fad that will be gone in three to four years
Nope. They've been around for quite a while already, my neighbors have had them for almost a decade now.



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I never said they were new hell I saw them in Hawaii back in the 90's just saying right now they are popular and this to shall pass
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Now I know how powerboaters feel when they look at me on a sailboat because I just don't see the draw or allure. I could see it if maybe you get some surfing in but to just stand up and paddle I don't get it. Good on ya for finding something you love. Personally I am thinking its a fad that will be gone in three to four years
You would think that wouldn't you, with a name like trendsetter Lol.

That is a common assumption/misunderstanding about the sport actually and until you try it I don't think it can be explained. And, like everything else, it's not for everyone.

Isn't everything a trend? You could say running is a trend, couldn't you? Some people get into running because of cool races like the WD but they are not really runners and don't sustain that lifestyle...so you could argue it's a trend, right? They buy the fancy running shoes, and clothing and gear, but are not really sustaining the habit?

And, actually there are some people that 'surf' the great lakes. And, yes it's been around a long time (I mean to some cultures this is a mode of transportation that has been around for centuries!) it's recently, as kickstand said - in the past decade, hitting the great lakes region. And, it may seem trendy because of the big boom most likely generated by a small handfuls of individuals who turned their passion into thriving businesses in the area centered around the sport.

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this is why I bought a kayak
I dont like to sit all the time. This way you can stand on your feet, stand on your head, sit, squat, kneel, lay, do burpees, the list goes on. I can't sit still..... Also, I have not handled a kayak I was able to load or unload myself whether it was the weight, shape, size, etc. That is not convenient for someone who had to end up doing a lot of these things alone and can't wait on others to join.

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Nope. They've been around for quite a while already, my neighbors have had them for almost a decade now.



Great job Kristen!
Thanks! Actually yes, I've heard of a handful of people who claim they paddle your lake.

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I never said they were new hell I saw them in Hawaii back in the 90's just saying right now they are popular and this to shall pass
No, you said they'd be a three or four year trend, which I pointed out wasn't true and then you contradicted yourself even more by saying you've seen them around for the last 20 years...maybe they'll be like the canoe, or the kayak, those boring paddling sports only lasted a year or two as well....
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Just do it, it's not THAT big of an investment and if after a year you are not using it as much as you would like, there's a whole bunch of people looking for used boards! Just bite the bullet - our lakes around here are too beautiful not to be able to enjoy! And I'm just blown away by the others in the sport - they are great people to meet and get to know.
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No, you said they'd be a three or four year trend, which I pointed out wasn't true and then you contradicted yourself even more by saying you've seen them around for the last 20 years...maybe they'll be like the canoe, or the kayak, those boring paddling sports only lasted a year or two as well....
Just to stir the pot.

Couldn't it just be a personal opinion on if something is trendy or not. Take Jeeping for example, I thought Jeeps were SO COOL and THE BEST EVER. Well, my priorities and interests have changed, and I could say "Jeeps are just trendy". We were at the Badlands for the UMC/TREC race and we were laughing thinking about how giddy and excited we were our little Jeeps (which at the time were not little to us) would make it up a line that the Ultra4 trucks hardly would blink at. Now I see Jeeps and I think "oh, how cute". But Jeeps have been around for a very long time too. Just pointing that out.
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Just to stir the pot.

Couldn't it just be a personal opinion on if something is trendy or not. Take Jeeping for example, I thought Jeeps were SO COOL and THE BEST EVER. Well, my priorities and interests have changed, and I could say "Jeeps are just trendy". We were at the Badlands for the UMC/TREC race and we were laughing thinking about how giddy and excited we were our little Jeeps (which at the time were not little to us) would make it up a line that the Ultra4 trucks hardly would blink at. Now I see Jeeps and I think "oh, how cute". But Jeeps have been around for a very long time too. Just pointing that out.
Sure, our personal interests change, but the "jeep thing" isn't a trend.....its been around for over half a century....im not saying the sup thing is anywhere close to jeep popularity. But I think it has staying power. Its starting to look more interesting to me than it did ten years and even 3 months ago.

Suffice it to say I don't think the sup is inline skating....its more like a skateboard...skateboarding isn't ultra mainstream, but its stuck around for a while.
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Sure, our personal interests change, but the "jeep thing" isn't a trend.....its been around for over half a century....im not saying the sup thing is anywhere close to jeep popularity. But I think it has staying power. Its starting to look more interesting to me than it did ten years and even 3 months ago.

Suffice it to say I don't think the sup is inline skating....its more like a skateboard...skateboarding isn't ultra mainstream, but its stuck around for a while.
I think we're on the same page.

Honestly, I am OK with it not going mainstream. I like to be a little unique.
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Subscribed. I was just looking into these for myself. Like the idea of these over kayaks. Seen some for around 500 and was worried it would suck. Glad u said the average beginner board was around 1000 so I know too buy something that price or more. Just want to be able to cruise around the lake I live on or take camping. Gonna check out the local builders. Like keeping money close :)
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Subscribed. I was just looking into these for myself. Like the idea of these over kayaks. Seen some for around 500 and was worried it would suck. Glad u said the average beginner board was around 1000 so I know too buy something that price or more. Just want to be able to cruise around the lake I live on or take camping. Gonna check out the local builders. Like keeping money close :)
I think Linda at Paddle the Mitten plans to visit Manitou soon...like next week. Look her up and give her a shout.
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