50 Things to Do Before Memorial Day: Stand-up Paddleboard (and Yoga?)

50 Things to Do Before Memorial Day SUP #4
Stand-up paddleboard before this weekend! Photo: EpicStockMedia/iStock/Thinkstock

Memorial Day weekend is just days away, and while we at Dan’s Papers can’t wait, we also know there are many things we have to squeeze in this week on the East End, lest we lose our chance with all that summer brings. We know that if we don’t get out and do these now, we’ll have to wait until after Labor Day before we try again…and so will you!

We continue our countdown of things to do before Memorial Day on the East End with #4: Stand-Up Paddleboard (and Yoga?)

If the dips and dives of a flyboard are a bit too extreme, renting a stand-up paddleboard is a great alternative. Stand-up paddleboarding (aka SUP) is an exciting new sport sweeping the nation’s coastlines.

If you don’t know what a stand-up paddleboard is, don’t fret! Basically, the rider stands up on a surfboard-like board—paddle in hand—elegantly paddling along the water. In brief, it is a hybrid between surfing and kayaking. After mastering the basics, riders can race one another, attempt different tricks or just glide along the waves enjoying the warm, ocean breeze.

If you want to add some flair to your stand-up paddleboarding experience, change the way you relax and try out an emerging trend by taking a SUP yoga class. Simply enough, once out on the water, riders will do various yoga poses on the board. Imagine this relaxing and challenging experience set to the backdrop of the sunny East End.

Whether taking a class or just renting a board with the family, a stand-up paddleboard should be under your feet before the Memorial Day crowds make our calm waters a little more choppy.

For info on where to rent (or buy) a stand-up paddleboard, visit Flying Point Surf & Sport (flyingpointsurf.com) in Southampton, Main Beach Surf + Sport (mainbeach.com) in East Hampton, Peconic Paddler (peconicpaddler.com) in Riverhead or any other local watersports shop.

For yoga class scheduling and information, see hamptonspaddleboard.com or paddlediva.com.

Also, before you head out, make sure you check the water and weather conditions. Surfline.com offers accurate forecasts and tides for the area. Have fun and stay safe!

Come back tomorrow for 50 Things to Do Before Memorial Day in the Hamptons #3

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