What’SUP in your teen’s world this summer?
Posted 7/2/2012 4:14:00 PM
Looking for something to make your teen’s summer vacation a little more exciting? Let them try their hand at stand up paddleboarding!
in Travelers Rest
offers SUP demos every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. during the summer at Paris Mountain State Park
. They were nice enough to let me give it a whirl last summer, and I fell in love with the sport immediately. (And I only fell once!) You and your teen can try out different styles and brands of paddle boards with hands-on instruction, and at the same time beat the heat in the cool lake water. Reservations are required, so give them a shout at (864) 834-3019 to reserve a spot. There is a $25 charge.
Headed to Charleston
for the weekend? Charleston Water Sports
offers free SUP Demos at Station 29 on Sullivan's Island
most Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. Call (843) 884-9098 for more information. In the Midlands area
, California Republic
in Irmo offers stand up paddleboard lessons and camps for kids on Lake Murray. (803) 608-5033
Then, if you have a SUP-obsessed teen on your hand, or if you want to see everyone from novice youth to professional paddlers in action, check out the 3rd Annual Shem Creek Shootout
July 6-8 at Red’s Ice House
on Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant
. Kids of all ages are encouraged to sign up and participate in the youth races for 17 and younger. This was the first World Paddle Association
sanctioned race in South Carolina, and it’s a big one. Click here to register
or for more information check out the event facebook page
Another event to look forward to is the Lake Murray SUP Classic in Lexington (http://www.lexingtonsc.org/) (https://www.facebook.com/LakeMurraySUPClassic) Sept. 22. The WPA sanctioned race benefits Athletes For Cancer (http://athletes4cancer.org/) and the Palmetto Health Foundation (http://palmettohealthfoundation.org/) and includes a youth division High School Challenge for ages 15-18. Registration begins in July at atheletes4cancer.org (http://athletes4cancer.org/)
Get your kids out there on the water and start paddling!