Paddling a board can take you places

Rachel and Kaye.

“Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed.” - Indra Devi.

For a human who lives with the water, in the water, on the water, and from the water there is no end to the experiences that the medium offers.  

The elation of riding a perfect wave, the tranquility of a still morning as the boat slides off the trailer in a remote bay, an evening spent gazing across a calm patch of water as the sun lends its last rays to the day; hooking, fighting and  catching a dream fish… it’s endless.

The last few months have provided endless opportunities to experience water from all angles.  

Our region offers boundless environments, both fresh and salt, in which to enjoy a day that people come from all over the world to take part in.  Closely watching weather reports and looking for the perfect days to put a plan in place will be rewarded.   

Adventuring on Paddle Boards is not new.  It is just another way of getting to places with little impact on the environment.  From the off shore islands such as Mayor and Motiti, the Tauranga and Ohiwa harbours to the lakes inland... you can put yourself into some incredible places.  Unlike sitting in a kayak, standing up proves a better view of the surrounding.  We spent a lot of time this summer going to places throughout the region with the boards.  

It’s a great work out, the stealth has allowed us to get up close and personal with the wildlife and get into places the boat just can’t go.  It is very cool to paddle up on a school of normally timid snapper only for them to see you at the last minute and slowly move away.  We have had the juvenile kingfish that inhabit the shallows of the harbour swim up to and under us in two feet of water.  There are places to hire and get lessons for paddle boarding around the bay and it is not a hard thing to get started in.  Autumn and winter offer some excellent weather day....Go have a crack!


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