More train­ing cour­ses set to boost pad­dle board ex­per­tise

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Stand-up pad­dle­board­ing is set to ex­pand its pres­ence in the Pil­bara with sev­eral keen pad­dlers tak­ing on a train­ing course which could see more coaches and boards hit the wa­ter for the pub­lic.

Five stand-up pad­dle­board­ers spent the weekend learn­ing the­ory and get­ting out on the wa­ter in the Dampier Archipelago with Surf­ing WA. Surf­ing WA surf school op­er­a­tions man­ager Neil Thomp­son said the Depart­ment of Sports and Recre­ation-spon­sored course was aimed at spread­ing the surf sport mes­sage across re­gional WA.

“(SUP) ap­peals to so many dif­fer­ent age groups and de­mo­graph­ics be­cause you can do so many dif­fer­ent things on them,” he said.

“You can surf them, you can have a cruisy evening pad­dle or you can do some hard-core train­ing on them.”

Cracker Jack Pad­dle­sports owner Ja­clyn Ni­choll said pad­dle board­ing was an en­joy­able way to get out on the wa­ter to get some “vi­ta­min sea”.

Ms Ni­choll said the busi­ness had grown be­yond her ex­pec­ta­tion since start­ing last year.

Pic­ture: Ja­clyn Ni­chol

Lo­cal stand-up pad­dle board­ing en­thu­si­asts re­ceive lessons from Surf­ing WA's Neil Thomp­son.

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