“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt
6 years ago my daughter was 3, I was living in Denver working on a real estate investment business I had started 2 years previously and I was guiding part time 3-4 days a week in Buena Vista. I had been an avid kayaker, first learning in the jungles of Costa Rica and then paddling in California, Colorado and West Virginia. A good friend and fellow Kayaker Aaron K (http://www.kayakhuasteca.com) worked at the local kayak shop CKS and they were just beginning to showcase the newest craft to enter the river scene, SUP.
Aaron K had first tried SUP in Sayulita Mexico with the CKS crew during the winter and was all ready a convert. I on the other hand was unconvinced through our conversations but finally agreed to meet him in the town pond to give it a try. I showed up with my daughter, stepped on one of the first inflatable SUP’s, looked down and saw her smiling face and was instantly hooked.
As an outdoor guide and professional that had been guiding for a little over a decade, I felt reinvigorated. I had to buy one. After acquiring my first board, I had to know….what was possible. I bought a wetsuit, mountain biking armor and cast myself into the rapids to see what was runnable and what wasn’t.