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Posts Tagged ‘beach sports’

The Most Relaxing Morning Ever

Posted by Jody on September 29, 2013

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Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is something that I’ve wanted to try for many years! SUP is a fun and easy family activity, making this fast-growing sport the perfect opportunity for just about anyone to go out and play on the water.

According to REI: “Paddle boarding offers an amazing full body workout and is becoming a favorite cross-training activity for skiers, snowboarders and other athletes. And since you’re standing at your full height, you’ll enjoy excellent views of everything from sea creatures to what’s on the horizon. It’s almost like walking on water!”

Greg and I recently spent a gorgeous New Mexican September morning paddle boarding on Cochiti Lake. It was our first experience on stand up paddle boards, so we had no idea what to expect. After suiting up with life vests, Gene Scanlon of Sol Board Sports in Albuquerque taught us everything we needed to know, and within a very short amount of time, we were eagerly launching our boards from the beach to enjoy the most relaxing morning ever on placid Cochiti Lake. It really was almost like walking on water. Neither one of us even fell in the lake (and falling off the board was the one thing I really had anticipated)! 🙂

Gene told us that paddle boarders could burn up to 1,100 calories per hour, and after two hours on the lake, we could definitely believe it! Our leg & arm muscles felt like wet noodles. (Note to self: Next time eat a heartier breakfast!) But when we returned to the little sandy beach, Greg and I both felt completely relaxed, refreshed, and rejuvenated. We were hooked after only one time out!

I see many, many more stand up paddling days in our future!

Do you have a favorite beach sport? Do tell! We’d love to hear about it.

This week’s Travel Theme is “Relaxing.”

Helpful links:

REI / Stand Up Paddleboarding

Cochiti Lake, New Mexico

American Canoe Association


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Olympic Fever à la Beach Volleyball!

Posted by alainaflute on August 5, 2012

Olympic Fever! Once every four years, there’s something in the summer air that makes you strangely interested in sports you’ve never seen, never heard of, and never followed. Beach volleyball isn’t one of those sports, though! I feel that a beach isn’t complete without a net. I dunno…there’s just something about watching beautiful people volley a ball over a net that makes for a great day at the beach. If you can’t make it to the beach to have your own volleyball showdown, the Olympics is one of those times you can catch it on TV or the internet. Check it out on!

Beach volleyball just waiting to happen at Cochiti Lake (Photo by Alaina Diehl)

Here’s what World Book Advanced has to say about beach volleyball:

Beach volleyball is a popular outdoor sport that follows the basic rules of indoor volleyball. Beach volleyball is played on sand with two players on a side. Some versions are played on grass, or with three, four, or six players on a team. The teams may be all male, all female, or coed (mixed). Rules vary slightly for each version.

Most games are played by rally scoring to 21 points. Under this system of scoring, the team that wins a rally earns a point, regardless of whether it was the serving team. Sometimes side out scoring is used, when a point can be scored only while serving. Then a game is played to 15 points.

Beach volleyball was first played in the 1920’s in the United States and became a competitive sport in California in 1947. The first world championships were held in 1976. The first sponsored professional tour started in 1980. Beach volleyball became a sport in the Summer Olympic Games in 1996.

Kessel, John L. “Beach volleyball.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2012. Web.  1 Aug. 2012.

Beach volleyball at Port Olympic, in Barcelona (Sergi Larripa/Wikimedia Commons)

So, what are we waiting for? Let’s get our game on at the beach!

UDATE 8/9/2012: YAY! Team USA! Walsh, May-Treanor Three-Peat

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