Paddle now and dine later

My friends in Laguna Beach introduced me to the idea of Stand up paddleboarding or SUP.  Surfing is a part of the community in Laguna.  Patrick is a long time surfer and talented musician. “You can do it.” he said.  I added it to my  list of things to do while visiting he and Sharon in 2014. I never made it to the water. The time slipped away.

SUP Board, Paddle, Life jacket and water on sandy beach
SUP Board, Paddle, Life jacket and water

Months later,  I was driving around Fairhope and spotted an old van that had a Paddle Board sign and phone number. I immediately called for more information.  That was the beginning of my entry into SUP. That sign led me to research local options for lessons and paddle board sales and rentals. Before I knew it, I had researched on the internet for a “How to Paddle”. I watched videos and read online magazine articles.

Reasons to paddle away the day

I spotted a place for rental. I solicited a couple of friends to go with me on the maiden voyage. My dear friends joined me on my outing. Well, one paddled and one took photos. It was an awesome experience. I have now paddled for 15 months, and I still love it.

Young One Paddling for first time with Mimi in gorgeous water
Leianna Paddling for first time with Mimi

Paddling is the best workout that does not feel like exercise. Paddling offers an all over body workout and targets your core. The change in the weather conditions may add more challenge with the increase in wind and waves.  Paddling in the choppy bay is as much  fun as the calm waters that seem like glass.

Together with my friend I paddled out in the choppy bay. In short, I think we both were trying to shake off a challenging Monday. Then, after about 30 minutes of constant paddling, we were rewarded with a dolphin sighting. Dolphins were a small pod of  that were making their way out to the Gulf. We paddled out to get closer and enjoyed the view as they danced away in Mobile Bay.

In summary, I paddled back to shore as the sun was going down.  The stress of my day had melted away and some calories as well. Since that first day, I have enjoyed introducing my love of SUP to new people. I have been able to paddle with family and friends. I love it each time. Go grab a paddle now and dine later!

Two people paddling at sunset Photo by John Manelos
Sunset Paddle Photo by John Manelos









Author: Mimi

I have a love affair with food, entertaining, travel and music. is a vehicle for me to share my journey of food, travel and music. Traveling allows exposure to all types of foods and flavors. I have learned to cook by being hungry, curious and willing to fail. Food is another form of art and creative expression. Join me on my journey. Copyright 2016-2019 by Mimi

5 thoughts on “Paddle now and dine later”

  1. Honored to be your first paddle board photographer! It’s been great going paddling with you. Great job on your blog???

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