DPR goes Paddleboarding

Jun 19, 2013

Instructor Elizabeth Deeley
Credit Michelle Malinger
DPR staff member tries out paddleboarding
Credit Michelle Malinger

By Michelle Malinger

Several staff members from Delmarva Public Radio had the chance to experience a standup paddleboarding adventure on the back waters of Turville Creek in Ocean City, MD.

Walk on Water Paddleboarding Company hosted the two hour excursion in combination with their donation to DPR’s adventure-filled Summer Solstice Auction taking place online June 20 to 24.

Participants were able to enjoy the sights of local wildlife, learn the history of the water sport, and tone several muscle groups in the process.

Instructor Elizabeth Deeley taught the group the basics of paddleboarding including weight distribution on the board and paddle holding, while on the dock. Once on the water, she helped participants make small adjustments to their techniques and encouraged them to look up. She said faster water sports do not allow partakers the opportunity to enjoy their surroundings the way paddleboarding does.

Neighbors waved from their docks while Elizabeth shared stories of other paddleboarding adventurers, such as a group of children who got caught out on a windy day and a women’s singles group in their seventies who enjoyed the experience.

Paddleboarding is one of the fastest growing water sports and in less than a decade it has gained a following of people of all ages. To encourage this following, Walk on Water is sponsoring an auction donation of a two hour paddleboarding excursion for four people.

For a chance to experience stand-up paddleboarding or other summer adventures visit Delmarva Public Radio’s auction page at biddingforgood.com/delmarvapublicradio.