Margaret wrote an essay about her favorite scenic drive (the Natchez Trace Parkway)…and now she’s one of just five finalists to compete for the grand prize: a Mazda SUV that seats 7! If we win, that sweet ride will become our company SUP wagon. We’ll use it to lead some cool excursions this summer. You can read her essay about the Natchez Trace Parkway (the photo here is of her boards on the Trace last year) and then vote at this link. You can vote once daily through February 12, 2017. Thank you!
Looking to add a little SUP to your winter? Liz and Katy will be teaching SUP yoga in the University School of Nashville indoor pool for One Night Only! These one-hour classes are fundraisers for the University School of Nashville’s scholarship fund. Choose your time, either 6 pm or 7 pm on Thursday, February 9. Only $20! You have to register in advance through USN Evening Classes. 100% of the funds go to USN, but space is limited so register today.
NPC’s Grom (that means “kids” in surf slang) Camp is back! We teach kids grades 2nd-6th to standup paddleboard (SUP). Our programming was designed by our WPA-certified trained staff, several of whom have backgrounds in early childhood education. For five mornings, the enthusiast, talented NPC crew will lead a small group of kids. They will:
- Learn basic water safety;
- Learn how to standup paddle, including proper stroke technique, injury prevention, turns, getting off and on the board, and identification of basic equipment;
- Play water games, enjoy the great outdoors, and much more.
Learn to paddle now and you’ll have the rest of the summer to spend on the water as a family and participate in our July 29, 2017 Music City SUP and Kayak Race (Grom Camp graduates receive a $10 discount off race registration).
The five-day program is $295. Siblings receive a 10% discount. Registration deadline is June 5.
This is an active, outdoor camp. Kids must know how to swim and be comfortable out of doors. The camp is designed for kids entering 2nd – 6th grade, but exceptions may be made. Students who successfully complete Grom Camp (2016-2017) and have the necessary skills may qualify to take our more advanced Junior SUP Certification Program July 10-14.
Space is limited, sign up today!
Looking for a chance to spend some time on the mat with other awesome yogis? Missing your NPC SUP yoga community now that we’re packed up for the season? (Ditto, btw, we miss you, too). Join us on Nov. 19! We’ll be at the fourth annual Music City Yoga Festival (MCYF). The day-long fest features 10 short yoga sessions from 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., so you can learn about Buti Yoga, Kundalini, Thai yoga massage and more. You’ll meet cool local teachers who you can learn from all year in their Nashville studios.
In addition to the awesome on-the-mat activities, there’s tons of fun off the mat. You’ll see lots of NPC regulars in our booth (stop by for a chance to win NPC gear and gift certificates to paddle next year), as well as in the food trucks, with other vendors selling all sorts of cool stuff, and more.
Tickets are just $60 and proceeds from the event benefit Small World Yoga, a non-profit founded by our fearless leader Liz Veyhl. They are going fast. Buy yours today.
We loved dressing up for last week’s Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival so much we’ve put our next costume paddle on the schedule. It’s our annual Halloween Kayak and SUP Costume Paddle on Saturday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m. This year, we’re offering it in conjunction with our friends at Cumberland Kayak Urban Adventure and River Queen Voyages. That means we can have more people and more fun. Don’t be surprised if we add a few new treats this year!
We’ll put in and take out across the river from downtown at East Bank Landing (this is where Nissan Stadium is). BYOB kayak or paddleboard or book a SUP rental from us or a kayak rental from Cumberland Kayak or River Queen Voyages and we’ll bring you your gear. Rentals are $29, regardless of from whom you rent, board or SUP.
Don’t forget your costume. We’ll have prizes for the best look (and some extra hats and costumes for those who need some dressing up help).
We ask that you have have previous paddling experience to participate in the Halloween paddle (we’ll be on the river, and the water might be chilly). Happy Halloween, Nashville Paddlers!
Margaret spent last week in Salt Lake City, for the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. This is the industry’s largest trade show, and she spent the days soaking up all sorts of information about programs, camps, classes and more that we can tailor for Nashville waterways and add to our offerings in 2017.
She also got to test lots of new kayaks and paddleboards, including modular boats and adaptive equipment designed for those with disabilities. It is exciting to be part of a young sport that is innovating and expanding its reach.
Hala Gear, one of our board brands, has upped their game for 2017. Their new inflatables have carbon fiber and fiberglass that still allows them to be portable, but adds stiffness and stability to the boards. And Margaret’s favorite hard board, the Glide Quest, is back for 2017 in three sizes (10’6″, 11’6″ and 12’6″) with a full awesome deck pad and a lighter overall weight.
Stay tuned for more updates as we sort through it all.
Ready to learn more about paddle technique and water safety? Want to take the next step toward teaching SUP yoga or other SUP classes on the water? You’re in luck! You can earn your World Paddle Association Class 1 and SUP Yoga certification right in Music City! Nashville Paddle Co.’s new-and-improved two-day certification and training program. Registration is open for the August 20, 2016 and August 21, 2016 program.
- How to sequence a yoga class for all levels of students on a board
- How to cue and demonstrate yoga poses during a class
- Tips on growing your classes and resources when starting a business
- Basic water rescue techniques
- Best practices for paddling techniques
- How to convey safety for groups and individuals on the water
- Effective ways to teach in front of a group
Once you have your certification, you’ll be in a better position to safely and confidently expand your SUP yoga classes in our own city. Nashville Paddle Co. can provide board, paddle and PFD discounts for yogis looking to start or expand their own SUP Yoga programs in their home cities.
Cost is $495. Not interested in yoga? The one-day WPA-only portion training is $295 (deduct $35 from either training if you are bringing your own board, paddle and PFD; use the special discount code BYOBWPA when booking online).
Certification is held at Nashville Paddle’s boathouse on Percy Priest Lake. Class size is limited and registration is now open. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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You name it, we’ve broken it. That’s why we carry and sell a lot of products that are unlikely to break and/or reduce damage to your other stuff. We love the YOLO Hammerhead board and the line of Glide SUP boards with GSS: Both of these are fiberglass boards that are coated for durability, so they won’t ding or break. We have them in both used and new boards. We also have waterproof phone cases and sweet new YOLO board covers to protect your paddleboards from sun and debris.
And, if you do ding your board, we have ding repair kits. And, remember, we have free straps to help protect your sunglasses on the water.
Have you wondered about our Fitness Onboard classes? Personal trainer, Holly Myers, owner of Team Kale Wellness teaches these 60-minutes classes Tuesday nights at 6pm and Friday mornings at 9am. Here’s what she has to say about them:
Increase your core strength and feel your stabilizer muscles kick in. If you haven’t been on a paddleboard and felt the strange feeling of your legs shaking, come out and give it a try. I see people paddle that are in great shape get shaky legs and are in shock. It can be an eye opener for some as to the different muscle groups that are used while paddling. It isn’t just about upper body as most would think. You have many different muscle groups that kick in throughout the paddle stroke. From standing on the board and finding your stability, to reaching out with your paddle at the nose of the board for that first stroke back to your feet. The stabilizer muscles kick in which is more of an isometric hold that keeps your body strong, healthy and on the board, not in the water! Utilizing your hips, arms, shoulders, obliques, deltoids, lower body and much more for stabilization can help your overall strength and conditioning. And that’s just a standard paddle stroke!
Fitness moves on the paddleboards can be a whole other game. From burpees, pushups, yoga, headstands, tug of war, yoga, partner board planks and much more; you will feel the power of your core trying to stabilize itself on the board vs. a stable surface. Not a bad way to change up your workout routine and enjoy summer on the water. Come out and give it a try!