Being at one with nature from a paddleboard is an experience we owe to ourselves. Let’s face it, the pace of life has increased for many of us. We live in a connected world with smart phones linking us to corporate email and social media and for the most part we are fine with that. Until we need a break. When it is time to disconnect, truly disconnect, if even just for an afternoon.
Jumping on a stand up paddleboard and heading out in to the water is an opportunity to disconnect. Your adventure can take you in a number of different directions but the focus here is to take time to enjoy your surroundings. I cannot overemphasize the fact that being at one with nature from a paddleboard is an experience we owe to ourselves. Once you make your way out of the inhabited launch area and seek out calmer surroundings you will find a sense of release. Depending where you live your adventure could take you on an Eco tour through natural lands or off to a barrier island. With your Three Brothers board underfoot the sounds of traffic fade and you will discover the peace of hearing your board glide through the water. The sounds of birds or wind whistling through the trees will come alive as you refocus on your surroundings.
Your adventure does not have to be a solo journey. Taking along a paddle partner can be a fun way to enjoy the day and you may just find that small talk will become less interesting as your senses retrain on the calming surroundings. Look down, fish frequently come up and explore, sea turtles and manatees seem to flock to stand up paddleboards once we leave the congested areas near power boats. When marine life determines that we do not pose a threat, they become inquisitive and will often interact with us. These opportunities are golden and represent the natural sense of things. It is near impossible to come away from these experiences without feeling a sense of being at one with nature.
At some point you will return to the launch and the connected world. Carve some time out of your crammed electronic calendar to schedule a return trip and set your status to “unavailable”.