Kathy Verigin.

New website celebrates stand up paddle boarding for mature paddlers

It’s fair to say that seniors today may be a different breed than the seniors of fifty years ago.

It’s fair to say that seniors today may be a different breed than the seniors of fifty years ago. We’re healthier and more active — and possibly just a little more adventurous. A local senior has set up to celebrate with new opportunities for folks like herself interested in the growing sport of stand up paddle boarding.

Castlegar graphic designer Kathy Verigin was intrigued when, while on vacation in Hawaii, she first saw stand up paddle boarders playing in the surf. But it took a nudge from her husband to find the courage to try. When she did, she couldn’t believe how easy it was — or how much fun.

Thus began a love affair with stand up paddle boarding (SUP), a sport Verigin says is accessible for people at any fitness level and an excellent way to build core strength and balance while enjoying the great outdoors. It seemed a natural thing to take that passion and, using her graphic design skills, share it through a new website offering tips and resources, www.standuppaddleboardingguide.com.

Now, Verigin — an active 60-year-old and SUP enthusiast — has created a sister site for mature paddlers. The site, www.supseniorenthusiasts.com, offers encouragement to get started with information on skill-building, equipment, and stories by and about senior SUP enthusiasts. Since its launch, traffic has been brisk.

“We — meaning mature paddlers — need more avenues for discussion, more talk about the benefits and more encouragement to start-up, play and explore this great sport,” says Verigin. “There hasn’t been much out there. I want to be a part of changing that.”

Through the website’s discussion forum Verigin hopes other SUP senior enthusiasts will tell their stories and develop an online community, and through her blog find out the latest on gear, opportunities, and more.

On the home front, Verigin is organizing a local SUP seniors social meet-up group to get together near Robson and enjoy paddling together on the Columbia River. Verigin emphasizes that this group is for self-identified mature paddlers: there’s no particular age to qualify. She also emphasizes fun.

“Once I am geared up and on my board I find myself smiling and laughing like a little kid, and I start thinking: what could be better than this?” Verigin says. “That’s a feeling I’d love to share with others.”

To find out more, contact Verigin through the “contact” tab on the website.

 

Just Posted

Snowfall warning in effect for Kootenay Boundary

Environment Canada warns of heavy snowfall over night, flurries for Wednesday

Trail auxiliary shares proceeds from gift shop

The funds will go to various Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital departments

Renter beware: Online rental scam happening in Trail

Don’t be giving anyone money if you can’t get keys to have a look or meet the person, realtor warns

Rossland group builds hiking trail FORR everyone

The project will allow people with mobility issues to enjoy the trails in the summer

2019 Colombo Lodge executives

The 2019 men and ladies executives were sworn in at the installation ceremonies earlier this month

VIDEO: Here’s what the B.C. legislature officers are accused of buying

Personal trips, purchases, alcohol and more laid out in 76-page report by Plecas

Former Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay voted into Baseball Hall of Fame

M’s legend Edgar Martinez, Rivera, Mussina also make the grade

Why would the B.C. legislature need a firewood splitter?

First sign of police involvement in investigation of top managers

New Canada Food Guide nixes portion sizes, promotes plant-based proteins

Guide no longer lists milk and dairy products as a distinct food group

Judge annuls hairdresser’s forced marriage to boss’ relative

Woman was told she’d be fired if she didn’t marry boss’s Indian relative so he could immigrate here

Liberals look to make home-buying more affordable for millennials: Morneau

Housing is expected to be a prominent campaign issue ahead of October’s federal election

Cannabis-carrying border crossers could be hit with fines under coming system

Penalties are slated to be in place some time next year

Man accused of threatening to kill ‘as many girls as I see’

Christopher W. Cleary wrote he was angry because he’d never had a girlfriend and wanted to ‘make it right’ with a mass shooting

Most Read