In fact, little backstory behind-the-scenes secret…
I’m one who likes to “test the waters” first, so to speak. I took the board out with a friend before we decide to put in the effort to hike to Cosens Bay. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to actually stand up and achieve some kind of forward motion. She has a bigger board and said, “Why don’t you try mine first? It’s bigger, so it will be more stable.”
I did. I got on her board, paddled for a while on my knees, and decided to try and stand up. I was super wobbly, but I didn’t fall. I was shocked. So, I got on mine, totally ready to fall in because it was smaller, and image that – I stayed standing yet again. Even my friend said that mine felt just as stable but lighter and faster than hers.
With this confidence tucked in my pocket, I went for it.
So back to the story. Here I am, hiked in, board blown up, and ready to go for it.
Short story? I LOVE it. I can absolutely stay standing, but I am still learning how to maneuver the board quickly. This can be tricky if the water is busy and you need to navigate around swimmers and other paddlers. But I’ll get there with practice.
I stayed close to shore on this first day, but I can’t wait to venture out to explore rocky crags, cliff faces, and other secluded beaches on Kalamalka Lake. For those days, I have a paddle boarding PFD from MEC just to be safe. We also bought this dry bag for longer paddles.