Living in a van definitely has its perks. It's pretty convenient for my lifestyle, since I rarely sit around and I do a lot of traveling. It's liberating AF and majestic AF, but to be honest... I also feel rachet AF.
If you don't know what that means, it means I feel like I live in a van down by the river. Like that feeling you get when you actually realize that you live in a van and it's not glamorous.
Like that feeling I get when I am setting up my stove and cooking food on the ground in a parking lot while homeless people are hovering and watching.. and I'm wondering to myself, "Should I ask them if they want any food? Is that why they're hanging out around me?" meanwhile I'm burning all my food and it tastes disgusting anyway.
And I'm warning you now, I might sound like a shallow girl in this blog post. But bare with me, because it's a very delicate balance, this whole feminine/masculine thing.
Whenever I teach someone how to stand up paddleboard, I try to help them understand that it's more than just the paddle strokes. The water is dynamic, so we must be harmonious with it in order to maintain control and balance on the board. After I start off the lesson with the basic breakdown of forward and sweep strokes and make sure they know how to move the board, I then go into my Three Challenges. Regardless of the age or experience level of my students, they always complete the challenges with immediate results and come out more comfortable and competent on the board.
This is the third and final post in my Three Challenges series where I will break down challenge number three: The Pivot Turn.
3 Challenges That Will Make You a Better SUPer on Your First Day (2/3 Series)
Welcome back to my 3 Challenges Series. This is the second post in my three post series where I break down the 3 Challenges I use to teach beginners how to be more comfortable on a paddleboard. Last week I broke down Challenge #1, which was getting comfortable performing the neutral, staggered, and surfer stance on both sides. This week, we will move on to Challenge #2: Nose to Tail walks.