30 Aug 2019
By Petra Maass
I bumped into Brett and the rest of the Ditton Paddlers last summer and was able to find my river legs by borrowing one of their boards on a few occasions. Luck had it that one of the members, Greg, was selling his nearly new board and I immediately snapped it up and made it mine. I was initially tentative, as I was also introducing my pooch to paddleboarding, so we stuck to warm balmy days.
But this year I got properly hooked. The biggest difference to my enthusiasm for paddling made the electric pump I bought from MCS Watersports. Instead of spending 20 sweaty minutes pumping up my board by hand and giving up at a measly 10psi, I now plug it into my cigarette lighter and pose coolly by the car whilst the pump inflates my board to 15psi in about ten minutes. Love it! Best £70 I ever spent.
But the best thing about this summer’s paddling was the Ditton Paddling Whatsapp group. We now have roughly 100 members in the chat group and if I want to go I post time and place and within minutes other paddlers would reply to join me. Often, I know no more than their name, but my blind dates have been great so far and I have met lovely Viola, Roxanna and Angus that way.
I have been paddling most days making the most of the numerous heat spells we had this year and I never thought it possible, but I now suffer from land sickness as I am writing this! You know the feeling, when you have spent too much time aboard a boat and then you return to land and your body is still swaying?! Well, I managed to achieve that by paddleboarding for England this summer. Or maybe for Germany?
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