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In Spotlight by Daniel

It's no secret...

The world changed in 2020.

And the activities we were once able to enjoy were temporarily suspended...

Such as travel.

But now, in 2021, the world is (hopefully) returning to a sense of normalcy, and we, as the adventurers we are, can once again partake in two of our favorite activities -

Travel and SUP.

Because what is better than boarding an airplane, enjoying a mid-flight movie, and in a few hours landing, full of excitement for meeting new people, discovering new places, and paddling shorelines we only once saw in magazines or videos?

Not much!

Travel - the gift of being able to move freely, see other people, places, and things, is one we should not take for granted.

And it should always be part of our growth as a person because it truly has the chance to change us for the better.

Or as the late, great, Anthony Bourdain said, "Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel – leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks – on your body or on your heart – are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt."

These experiences are what make life rich and satisfying.


Do you have any SUP travel plans lined up for the summer or maybe even into the fall or winter?

If not -

We have a couple of suggestions for you to check out.

*Before we get there, like always, be sure to read to the bottom for this week's workout!*

Now - about those trips...

1. SUP Holiday in Nepal - Water Skills Academy

Join the Water Skills Academy team on a unique and one-off Stand Up Paddle Board adventure experience across the Himalayas visiting Nepal. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure has access to parts of the planet rarely seen by Western eyes and will be guided by some of the most experienced SUP guides and expedition leaders in the world. As part of this adventure, you will be some of the first to descend the rivers of Nepal by SUP as we travel across the country – a pretty awesome achievement!


Day 1 – Arrive in Kathmandu where you will be met by one of the Adventure Consultancy team and a private vehicle transfer to your hotel (free time based on flight arrivals). Trip briefing this evening.

Day 2 – An early internal flight to Pokhara and the rest of the day to prepare for the following day’s departure, or a warm-up paddle on Lake Fewa under the gaze of the Annapurna mountain range.

Day 3 – Morning drive to the put on of the Kali Gandaki River and after the lunch descend the first few hours on the river to our evening camp.

Day 4 – 7 Each day we pack camp early to spend the day on the river before reaching our new camp each evening.

Day 8 – Our last camp is close to the take-out of the river. After an early start, we get to the take-out and transfer to Chitwan National Park in time for lunch and the start safari experience.

Day 9 – Full day in the national park to include Elephant safari, nature walks, and cultural experiences.

Day 10 – Early Sunrise safari, then after breakfast Fly back to Kathmandu and the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 11 – Depart Kathmandu for the homeward journey.

Buddy Deal: 10% off the trip

2. SUP in Sayulita - Sunset Standup Paddle

“You can expect to be pampered like you deserve, pushed to thrive as you need, and generally celebrated as the powerful person you are. You will sleep like a baby and dine with the gods. In every other moment, we are going to take you on a magic carpet ride of fun, relaxation, and wellness.”
November 7 – 13, 2021

​Featured Activities​

Paddle To Punta Sayulita

Infinity Pool Swim & Lunch at Kupuri Beach Club

Private Catered Dinner at Home

Private Salsa Dancing Lessons

SUP Surfing Lesson

In House Massage

Giant Stand Up Paddle Boarding–

Sunset Yoga On The Beach

Ocean Canoe Paddle & Surf

All activities are beginner-friendly. This is not an advanced paddling type of vacation. It’s only about having fun and exploring the best version of ourselves. However, there will be opportunities for more experienced paddlers to take a longer route during our SUP tour guided by Kristin. You can also opt-out of the surf lesson and enjoy the larger break on your own.

It’s amazing!

Buddy Deal: $50 Off for Perfect Paddles Members

3. Thailand SUP Islands Experience - M&M SUP Amsterdam

A week filled with paddling the most beautiful blue waters. Paddling to the surrounding islands such as Koh Laoya, Koh Wai Koh Mak where we'll also spend some nights
Sounds like a dream? It isn't! We're busy organizing it for you!

Program Koh Chang and island SUP experience:

Day 1 Arrival - Klong Plu waterfalls - SUP canal & sunset - seafood dinner

Day 2 Breakfast - on board of the catamaran to Koh Laoya - SUP & snorkeling - dinner - to the hotel on Koh Laoya

Day 3 Breakfast - SUP around Koh Laoya - lunch - SUP sunset Koh Laoya - dinner - back toi the hotel on Koh Laoya

Day 4 Breakfast - Full day on the catamaran to Koh Kham - lunch on board and SUP & snorkeling - dinner - to the hotel on Koh Wai

Day 5 Breakfast - back to Koh Chang on the catamaran - lunch - SUP Koh Chang - seafood dinner -

Day 6 Breakfast - SUP Coffee - Lunch - SUP with bathing elephants in the river of Koh Chang - dinner - back to the hotel on Koh Chang

Day 7 Breakfast - Bon Voyage

*Program is always due to changes due to weather.

*During this week you can always paddle more than on the program, boards are available all day long for the full week you spend with us!

Buddy Deal: $50 off for Members

Ready to sign up?!

Follow the links above to grab details on:

  • Dates
  • Buddy Deals
  • Cost
  • How to sign up

This year, let travel enrich your soul. And supplement it with the best way to connect with the water - SUP.

Of course, if you have any questions about the trips or need any additional information/guidance, feel free to reach out directly to us. Send an email over to our inbox at any time.

Also, if you want to stay locally but are not sure where to go for Tours, Excursions, or any other SUP activities, you can find what you need after a quick search on our Location/Activities page.

Onto this week's workout...

We are featuring a series of videos/workouts from GC SUP designed to improve your SUP technique and help alleviate the stress put on your body through the movements.

This week's video will concentrate on strengthening the back to rid your body of lower back pain.

If you'd like to skip right to the video then feel free to do so...

If not - we have the workout written for you below.

Stand Up Paddle Board Lower Back Pain Eliminated.
Exercises with timestamps:

1:32​ One leg sit to stands
1:40​ Bodyweight single leg deadlift
2:12​ Supported hamstring drop
2:23​ Bodyweight glute bridge

Beginner - 1x through

  • One leg sit to stands - 10x each leg
  • Bodyweight single leg deadlift 10x each leg
  • Supported hamstring drop 10x each leg
  • Bodyweight glute bridge 10x each side

Intermediate - 2-3x through

  • One leg sit to stands - 10x each leg
  • Bodyweight single leg deadlift 10x each leg
  • Supported hamstring drop 10x each leg
  • Bodyweight glute bridge 10x each side

SUP Living Legend - 5x through

  • One leg sit to stands - 10x each leg
  • Bodyweight single leg deadlift 10x each leg
  • Supported hamstring drop 10x each leg
  • Bodyweight glute bridge 10x each side

That's it! Let us know how you do...

Until next week Perfect Paddling Family remember to stay stoked!

-The Perfect Paddles Team

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