On the Water

Lessons in Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Learning a great new way to experience a lake
By Mark R. Johnson
Published: June 11, 2014
SUP stand-up paddleboarding how to getting started
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Do you have a bucket list? I don't. But recently, just after trying stand-up paddleboarding for the first time, I decided I need a bucket list for occasions just like that one. I had so much fun, that I'm inspired to try more new things during my 6th decade on this planet.

I'm a big believer in setting oneself up for success. So, to help ensure my first experience on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) would go well, I enlisted two people: a good instructor and a fun-loving compadre. The instructor was Dave Smits, owner/operator of Glacier Springs Adventure Company in the Lake Country region west of Milwaukee, Wis. And the fun-loving companion was my 19-year-old son, Cole.
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