Monthly Archives: April 2013

Back to school

So I’m renewing my first aid certification at the Red Cross today. It’s really great to relearn these techniques. I recommend that everyone gets certified in first aid, as you never know when you will need to help someone. Contact your local Red Cross if you want more information.

Keep smiling.

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How a Stand Up Paddler fought depression  (click this link to go to the original article)

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Picture: from http://www.ocregister.com/articles/point-504407-schmidt-one.html

I was looking through articles on the web and ran into this one. I have always thought that the feelings I get from surfing a wave or connecting with nature in a unique way leaves me with very strong positive feelings. I have read that surfing has helped kids with autism, and I have seen the benefits to someone who is really stressed out with work (me mainly). Just going for a paddle on a stand up paddle board or taking a surf gets me focused on natures many gifts. Surfing waves gets the adrenaline going which increases reflexes and reaction time but it also gives off dopamine, which stimulates our reward and pleasure centers in our brain. In simple terms in makes us feel good or as surfers like to say we feel “Stoked!

The next time you are feeling down get into the water and do something physical. Come and stand up paddle, surf, kayak, swim, what ever.

Get close to Mother Ocean!

Duane

Update: 1st December 2014.

This was a post that I put up early last year, and I decided to do a follow up with it. Seems Will Schmidt recently completed a 1400 mile paddle from Canada to Mexico, in support of the Wounded Warrior Project. It also helped him fight his depression. Next time you are feeling down and out, get outside and do something physical. Come an learn to Stand Up Paddle in Tobago or just go outside and take a walk.

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Stand Up Paddle Tobago – Petit Trou Lagoon

Thought I would share some fun clips of what you might expect from a Stand Up Paddle Tour in Petit Trou Lagoon, Tobago. Check us out at http://www.standuppaddletobago.com

April 9th, what a glorious day for SUP

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So I tried the new boards out today. They are the Surfer by Imagine. First off they are very stable and subsequently easy to balance. Cruising along on flat water is pretty easy. Where this board really shines is when you do yoga or meditation. It’s comfortable on your body and has a bungie for your oar. Surfing the board is a bit more challenging as the board is shorter than our other boards. The waves were a bit smaller today, so maybe with a bit more size these will perform better. I also got some great go pro footage and saw about 10 turtles. Awesome day so far.