Doggy paddle all the way
Stand-up paddleboarders are preparing their rides in anticipation of the summer surf season in Queenstown. Jase John, who co-owns NZ Shred, has a novel approach to a morning coffee, launching on to Lake Wakatipu and paddling over to the Hilton Queenstown with pet Loui perched on the board in a doggy lifejacket. NZ Shred is one of the few stores in Queenstown to stock stand-up paddleboards (SUP) and John says more people are expressing an interest in the pastime. John, who plans to complete an instructor’s course in Christchurch, says he and other staff head down to One Mile car park and launch on the lake if they fancy a lunchtime paddle. The more adventurous ‘‘SUPers’’ in town head to the Dart River or up The Remarkables to Lake Alta. Boarder Paul van der Kaag, of Kelvin Heights, said members of the resort’s casual Alpine Surf Club were getting ready for an informal gear sale in October. Boarders would organise social paddling expeditions at weekends in summer and enthusiasts would sell boards or exchange gear. He said there was a buy, sell and exchange on the second week of October for people who want to sell second-hand boards. Visit the group’s Alpine Surf Club Facebook page.
And they’re off: Paddleboarder Jase John, of Queenstown, and Loui in action.