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.

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