Stand up paddle

Having a guest!

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IMG_1008Last week I had a very nice visit from Canada!! Annie, the lovely Canadian girl behind Annie Anywhere, was spending some days in Rio and suggested we could meet. Obviously I accepted! We have been connected for a while and she hosted one of my posts on her blog some months ago (check here), and I thought it would be fun to invite her for a typical carioca activity! So I took her to have a Stand-Up Paddle session and we had a wonderful time together!

It is nice when people are open to experiencing new things, specially when travelling  to a country with a totally different culture, weather and traditions from your home country, like Brazil is.

We met at Posto 6, the area in the very right corner of Copacabana beach, by Dorival Caymmi statue, where there are many tents renting Stand Up Paddle boards. Although there are many options , we decided to go to Universo Paddle Surf , as I am already used to their service.

A nice thing about Universo Paddle Surf is that they have instructors speaking english and spanish. After a 5 minutes of introduction and basic instructions to SUP given to Annie in english by the helpful instructor, we were ready to start our adventure.

We paddled for half-an hour, and it was enough to enjoy the afternoon and to show Annie Copacabana beach from a different angle. The sky was a little cloudy but the water conditions were perfect, right temperature and clear water.

Annie did a good job on the board. In her first 5 minutes she was already stood up paddling!!! We had a lot of fun!!! When our 30 minutes session finished we stayed a little bit in the beach, just enjoying the view and feeling the sunrays on our skin.

Later, I took Annie to eat something in a small place I’m used to go in Ipanema neighborhood, Felice Café, a small café/bistrot/gelateria with a cozy and casual atmosphere.  While chatting, she ate a sandwich and I had one of their tasty gelattos.

It was a lovely afternoon and it was a nice way to know her a little better.

Thanks Annie for your visit! Hope to see you soon in Rio or who knows in Montreal some day!!!

To know more about Annie adventures in Rio, stay connected to her blog where she is sharing something of her experiences in Rio.

Universo Paddle Surf – email:  – Av Atlântica, n° 3.700 (posto 6) Praia de Copacabana-Rio de Janeiro


The SUP’s conference

SUP surfers in Barra da Tijuca beach

SUP surfers in Barra da Tijuca beach

When I took this photo it was still winter in Rio, but they were already there, paddling and filling my pictures of the Barra da Tijuca sea with their colorful shirts!! Now, it is high summer in Rio and there are crowds of them in every beach of Rio de Janeiro, from Copacabana to Barra da Tijuca. As I’m not paddling myself lately, I keep taking pictures of them hoping that soon I will be joining this conference in the water too!

My Stand Up Paddle Surf Experience

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Although I am married to a man who loves surfing I had never tried it. Surfing always looked too difficult to me,  and I have to admit that the big waves has always scared me a little bit.

But when stand up paddle surf started to become popular here in Brazil I started considering trying it.

Whenever I went to Barra beach I always watched those guys paddling and  it looked  like they were really having fun!! Not too much adrenaline (extreme sports are not for me!) , just paddling and feeling the fresh breeze of the sea. It looked perfect to me!

So, I was decided to try it! I even put it on my bucket list! And last thursday I finally made it!!!

It was a sunny day, the sea was flat, the water not too cold, and my husband didn’t have to go to work, as he is in a little vacation. So we headed to Copacabana Beach and picked one of those many tents in Copacabana beach that rents paddle boards. There are many of them on the right side of Copacabana beach, just by Forte de Copacabana, where the sea is very calm, perfect to practice SUP (Stand Up Paddle).

We rented two SUP boards, one for each of us and paid for one hour class with an instructor. Our SUP class began in the sand, where our instructor taught us the basic stand up paddle techniques and a few safety rules, and then we got right into the water to start our SUP experience.

Amazingly I had no difficulty to stand up in the board for the first time, but in the first half hour I was too tense to enjoy the beautiful scenery that surrounded  us.  Our instructor led us to paddle toward the deep-sea, and as farther from the shore we were, the sea started to be a little rough, what made me fall some times from the board. But our instructor kept motivating us to continue paddling and to relax and enjoy ourselves.

When I finally relaxed I found it so easy that I finally realized all the beauty of Copacabana Beach seem from a different angle, from inside the sea.

When our time was over we were tired , but feeling great!! It was such an amazing experience!! So relaxing and a  good work-out at the same time, that I am even considering starting to practice it on a regular basis.

And you have you ever tried Stand Up Paddle? How was your experience?