Spring paddling lessons, part II

After last weekend’s cold immersion into the new paddling season, my second outing of the spring — a post-work, pre-storm run down the Rideau River from my office in the Canada-India Centre on the campus of Carleton University to Stanley Park in New Edinburgh — was a little more successful.

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It started with a blessing from Gandhi (or, if not a blessing, then at least a tacit silent endorsement). One might not associate India with stand-up paddleboarding, but there are a couple of cool connections between the country and the sport, including a 3,000-kilometre, 101-day SUP expedition down the Ganges in late 2016, and the story of Tanvi Jagadish, a teenage girl who is India’s first professional SUP racer and surfer.

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With help from my amazing colleagues Jesse Stewart and Harry Sharma (who shot the video and photos for this post, respectively), I got onto my Starboard 12-foot, 6-inch inflatable touring board and pushed off from the rocky shoreline.

About 70 minutes and 10 kilometres later, I got off the river before it falls into the Ottawa, deflated and stashed the board into its backpack, and caught a bus home.

It rained and snowed for much of this past weekend, which isn’t pleasant — but all this precipitation has at least raised the water level on the Rideau, which has been below the average flow rate so far this spring. Which makes a shot at the rapids just upstream from my put-in spot possible a little later in the week.

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