In a world that makes so many demands upon us each day, with little time to be, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) has given so many of us the opportunity to be a beginner once more, to fall and try again, and to celebrate the small steps along the way.
We have found friendships and freedom, learned that maybe we are stronger and more courageous than we thought, and there is an adventure on our doorstep if we pause to look around.
It's a chance to walk on water and appreciate that we all belong there.
"Paddleboarding has brought a sense of community, joy, strength, and purpose that I had forgotten was possible outside my roles as a mother, daughter, sister, and friend," explains author Jo Moseley.
"My connection to the environment and to look after the waterways that bring such happiness has deepened."
"I never claim to be the fastest, strongest, or fittest paddleboarder; I have watched in awe the technical skills of those who have so generously shared their time with me as I researched this book."
"Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Great Britain" aims to share these possibilities of place and people with readers.
You'll meet paddleboarding friends and heroes and explore the magic of the rivers, lakes, lochs, harbors, beaches, canals, and coasts that they are lucky enough to call home.
Paddleboarding and the SUP community have grown hugely over the last few years.
According to British Canoeing, members who tick SUP as their primary interest have grown by 229 percent from October 2019.
It is the fastest-growing discipline within its membership. Of the SUP paddlers, 51 percent are female, and 73 percent of its SUP membership is between 30 and 60 years old.
Author: Jo Moseley
Publisher: Vertebrate Publishing Ltd (June 2, 2022)
Paperback: 192 pages
Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm