That Time We Saw a Sea Cow

In Spotlight by Daniel

The paddling season is inching closer...

So close, we can feel the warm sun on our faces, the wind in our hair, and the cold salty splash of the ocean (or cold freshwater splash of the lake or river if that's your flavor) on our faces.

And with it quickly approaching, it's time for another SUP-centric workout to get yourself in shape and ready to go!

But before we get there, we first want to share a (short) story from one of our Members about their time in Florida on a Wildlife Excursion!

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"The sun was bright.

I could see through the mangroves to a clearing that housed a sunken fishing boat.

It sat halfway out of the water and was full of barnacles.

I wondered how long it had sat there. What happened to it. Why it ended up touching the sandy floor instead of floating above it.

On the clear ocean water, the ripples of the wind blew a slow current that we paddled against.

We made our way to a shaded part of the mangrove.

Underneath the surface, movement caught our eye.

A large, gray figure was slowly shifting through the seaweed.

It turned and I could see its entire body.

The manatee sat a foot below the surface.

Its sad, puppy dog face, looked up at me as I stood on the SUP.

'Look over there!' My friend shouted.

Two more manatees broke through the surface and we were now surrounded.

From that point on, our smiles never stopped.

I had the best time with friends on our vacation down south. We were looking for something different to do besides visiting the same bars and restaurants and being an avid paddler I suggested to my friends that we get on the water for a couple of hours. We were all very glad we found a way to connect with the beautiful waters in Florida.

With the first wildlife excursion under our belts as a group, we'll certainly be looking for other chances to go on another in different states!

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That is a true story from one of our members! He and his friends had taken a winter vacation in the Florida Keys and they wanted to spend time doing something new.

As they thought about what to do they knew it had to involve the water.

After a quick search on Perfect Paddles, they were able to locate Sarasota Paddleboard Company and got in touch with the owner and paddling professional, Bob. He suggested they go on their Mangrove Tour and the rest is history.

If you want to get in on the fun...

And make your search for exciting paddling adventures a breeze...

Become a Member today! And then head to our Location/Activities page, do a quick search, and find an Eco/Wildlife Tour near you!

Bonus: Check out a short video clip at the end of this email of what it's like to paddle with manatees and see first-hand what you can experience!

Now back to this week's workout...

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

Otherwise, we have the workout written below for you to get to whenever you're free.

There are 10 total exercises.

Each exercise is done 10 times through unless you are doing the Intermediate or Legendary workouts.

If you're not sure how to perform an exercise, follow the timestamps below for a demonstration!

Skaters :25

High Knee Lunge :37

Spiderman Pushups :58

Side Plank 1:14

Pistol Squat 1:36

Hindu Push Up 2:02

Tripod Knee Tuck 2:20

One Leg Hip Thrust 2:35

Side Lunge 2:52

Mountain Climber Twist 3:12

 

Beginners (One Time Through)

Skater - x10

High Knee Lunge - x10 total

Spiderman Pushups - x10

Side Plank - count to :20 on each side

Pistol Squat - x10 each side *For beginners, go only halfway down on each squat

Hindu Push Up On Knees - x10

Tripod Knee Tuck x10

One Leg Hip Thrust x10 each side

Side Lunge x10 each side

Mountain Climber Twist x10 total (five on each side)

Intermediate (Two Times Through)

Skater - x10 total

High Knee Lunge - x20 total

Spiderman Pushups - x15

Side Plank - count to :30 on each side

Pistol Squat - x15 each side *For beginners, go only halfway down on each squat

Hindu Push Up On Knees - x10

Tripod Knee Tuck x10

One Leg Hip Thrust x15 each side

Side Lunge x15 each side

Mountain Climber Twist x10 total (five on each side)

SUP Living Legend (Three Times Through)

Skater - x20 total

High Knee Lunge - x30 total

Spiderman Pushups - x20

Side Plank - count to :60 on each side

Pistol Squat - x15 each side *For beginners, go only halfway down on each squat

Hindu Push Up On Knees - x15

Tripod Knee Tuck x10

One Leg Hip Thrust x20 each side

Side Lunge x15 each side

Mountain Climber Twist x20 total (five on each side)

 

That's it!

Get to it and stay tuned for further workouts, SUP tips, activities, and stories to fuel your SUP enthusiasm well into 2021!

-The Perfect Paddles Team

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P.P.S. Click on the link below to check out what you can experience paddling with manatees!