Whether it’s early in the morning on Town Lake or half way through a 5 mile sprint on my board, I always have this sense of freedom and being at peace the water. Everything else just seems to fade away. There’s a connection that’s difficult to explain. You truly feel as though you’re one with the water and your board.
I’d say the hardest part is the training, and mentally getting ready to compete at a high level against other strong paddlers. Training for races equals being out on the board, rain or shine, cold or hot for hours at a time. Also, diet, I sure do miss french toast, fries and cheeseburgers.
I got the SUP bug in 2010 after visiting one of my favorite surf spots; Sayulita, Mexico. I watched my 1st contest there, came back and started paddling and have been doing it ever since.
Surfing the swells in Mexico has helped a lot when it comes to balance and being able to transition smoothly up and down a SUP board.
The thought of enjoying a pickle shot would definitely make me paddle fast to get to Kung Fu. Without the alcohol, pickle juice is actually really helpful for muscle recovery and getting ride of muscle cramps.