SUP. (It’s Not What You Think)

by Meghan on October 4, 2012

So, today, Heather and I did something on her “life list” which, quite honestly, isn’t something I really ever thought I would do.

SUP, in this instance, isn’t the cool kids way of saying “What’s up?” (with a jaunty little tip of the head), it stands for Stand Up Paddle boarding. We stood, on what is basically a giant surfboard, and paddled into the ocean.

Where there are SHARKS. 

FOR REALS.

We didn’t see any, but at one point we *thought* we did and I’m pretty sure we both peed in our wetsuits a little.

But, I digress.

Basically, we showed up at Channel Islands Outfitters at 10am and our instructor, Fraser (who is adorable!), got us into wetsuits and out on boards. I mean, he didn’t literally GET us into wetsuits, we did that on our own, but he handed us wetsuits and the appropriate equipment, and took us paddleboarding.

I'm pretty sure that's Fraser. And we'll just pretend that's my ass. I mean...me. (snagged from their website)

And I have to say, you guys, that it was pretty freaking awesome. It was kind of insane to be out in the ocean, looking down through the kelp beds and watching dolphins swim in the distance, without the hum of a boat engine to break the silence. It was quiet. And peaceful. And really, really insanely beautiful.

We learned stuff about the ocean (Did you know that kelp grows at a rate of 2+ feet per day? Second only to bamboo as the fastest growing plant on the planet?! Or that Cormorants, unlike most other birds, have solid bones instead of hollow bones, which allows them to swim and dive better than other birds? I BET YOU DIDN’T! Unless you were a biology/marine biology major in which case, pffttttt.) and we enjoyed the quiet and the scenery.

Honestly, it was lovely. Except for the end part, when we thought we were going to live the real-life version of JAWS (joke’s on us, it was just a sea lion) and then…were incredibly UNGRACEFUL getting off of our boards and out of the water. I have kelp and sand in places that I shouldn’t have it.

But! Those things didn’t deter me and, in the end, I really enjoyed the experience. I will probably even do it again.

Except next time I’ll skip the wetsuit.

And hopefully my ass will look as good at the one in the picture.

Fingers crossed!

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Grandmaother October 4, 2012 at 8:04 pm

A growing list of things you have peed in or on……

Very proud of you, though. What a great adventure.

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heather... October 4, 2012 at 8:56 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
heather…´s last [type] ..Flown The Croup

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Meghan October 4, 2012 at 9:00 pm

VERY FUNNY, MOM.

And ftr, I didn’t really pee. I mean, I don’t *think* I did. I’ve birthed three kids. Give me a break. Jeez.

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heather... October 4, 2012 at 8:57 pm

So, same time tomorrow?!
heather…´s last [type] ..Flown The Croup

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Quart October 5, 2012 at 4:42 am

I love Meghan peeing jokes!! And the fact that you and Heather were not devoured by sharks. Score!

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Quart October 5, 2012 at 4:43 am

Also, Sup with the whack Playstation, SUP?!

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mel October 8, 2012 at 5:05 am

what that heck is a sea lion? I’m horrified of sharks but surfing looks so fun, but if the picture is accurate it looks like you don’t have to put your feet in the water near where the animals are….Is that correct? maybe I’ll just live through you. You should use one of those headband video camera things!

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