Stand Up Paddle Boarding at Riverside Outfitters

riverside outfitters Last week, one of my good friends from JMU came to visit and we were looking for ADVENTURE. We found a LivingSocial coupon for stand up paddle boarding on the James River. I had always seen pictures of people paddle boarding on flat water and honestly, it looked kind of boring. It's not.

At least not on a river, it's not.

Amber and I read the waivers they emailed us and thought, hm this sounds a little more intense than we were expecting. I was remembering my visits to Pony Pasture where friends of mine were (temporarily) carried away by rough rapids.

Well we arrived at Riverside Outfitters in the morning and got a brief low down on the river and what we'd be learning today.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABeing photobombed by our guide, Ben.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe took a quick bus trip here to learn some paddle boarding techniques on land. But there's no thing like the real thing, so we jumped in after about ten minutes.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI brought my amazing waterproof, shock proof, amazing little digital camera... so I was able to take all these pictures from my board. This is Amber and Ben, catching up to us after Amber had trouble getting her board off land.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYay paddle boarding! We spent a lot of time kneeling on the boards. Standing up was scarier than it looks! I kept trying to stand up over the areas with rapids, but always wound up dropping to my knees when I was thrown off balance.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAmber found this fun shell on the island we stopped at for snack time!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPretty. We paddled through all that. And I didn't run into the bridge at all. Go me.

My board did get stuck on a rock a few times and I had to get myself off. Luckily, I managed to stay on my board throughout most of these ordeals haha. I only fell once! But I was able to swim to my board pretty easily before it got away from me.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere's Amber and our guide, Ben.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASnack time! Ben was so pro, he kept a bag of snacks on his board at his feet, no problemo. Ridiculous.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAmber was resting during snack time, so naturally I thought "selfie time!"

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThank you paddle boarding friend who I forget your name...

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere I am on my board. I told Amber we had to name our boards to become one with the water. So I named mineΒ Donkey. Because Amber named hers Shrek.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe had a blast learning to paddle board. Our guide was fantastic and did a great job keeping us alive and pretending we were catching on and doing a great job haha. I'd highly recommend Riverside Outfitters if you're in an adventurous mood! They do a lot more than stand up paddle boarding... you can even just rent equipment if you're pro enough to do it on your own. Either way I'm sure it will be a blast. A little adventure is good for everyone every now and then ;)