Paddleboarding you get out there and decompress a bit, your mind moves to the water, the wind, the tide, the osprey warning you off of her nest, or the huge snapping turtle that pops up.” SUP seems to be catching on throughout the Eastern Shore. You see an increasing number of people in various creeks, and on different rivers. In addition to Wahe, Dockside Boat Rentals rents boards in Oxford; Shore Pedal and Paddle rents and sells them in St. Michaels; and Easton Cycle and Sport rents and sells them in Easton.
It’s easy to learn and to do. The image of surfer Laird Hamilton on a SUP board riding a monster wave is not what river paddling is about. “Very often when you mention SUP you get ‘I can’t do that, I know I’ll fall off,’” Richards said. “The
Photo by Bill Thompson
Joel Shilliday and his dog Hooper. Shilliday and Ryan Hickey co-founded Paddle Dog Boards. 74
Tidewater Times June 2017