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YOLO (“You Only Live Once”) Boarding December 28, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Nature.

Looking for something new to try this year?

How about YOLO Boarding?

YOLO Boarding is a cross between surfing and kayaking.  Participants stand on a board that’s thicker and sturdier than a surfboard and use kayak type paddles to glide across the water.

Sounds like a FUN way to explore new vistas, eh?


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1. suzicate - December 28, 2011

I’ve always thought this looked really cool! Of course, every thing always looks much easier than it is!

nrhatch - December 28, 2011

The boards are more stable than surfboards. I’m with Kathy . . . I’ll do it ONLY if the water is warm.

2. Carl D'Agostino - December 28, 2011

No thanks. Getting in and out of the bathtub is risky enough .

nrhatch - December 28, 2011

I would require WARM water . . . and CALM conditions. Then, I’d definitely give it a go.

3. ceceliafutch - December 28, 2011

Wow! What fun!!! i will definitely put this on my “to do” list for the summer. 🙂

nrhatch - December 28, 2011

We’ve seen people YOLO boarding around here . . . with their own boards. Haven’t seen anyplace to rent one (although I probably will now). If not, maybe I’ll just ask to borrow someone’s board for a few minutes.

I think it would be TONS of FUN if the water was CALM and WARM.

4. Maggie - December 28, 2011

That does look like fun. 🙂

nrhatch - December 28, 2011

Standing up would offer a different perspective from sitting in a kayak or canoe.

5. Jackie L. Robinson - December 28, 2011

Just recently heard about this, Nancy. It does look pretty amazing…especially if you have even the teensiest bit of athleticism, lol. What I love when I look at the photo is the feeling of moving forward into ‘new territory,’ fully dependent on oneself. It’s as though you could go anywhere. Love the feeling of that movement and rhythm. It’s like being connected very intimately to the God within. xoxo

nrhatch - December 28, 2011

Sounds like something that might appeal to your inner being. 😀

6. Jackie L. Robinson - December 28, 2011

(And thanks for sharing my post. I’m looking forward to stepping ‘out of the box’ this year.) xo

nrhatch - December 28, 2011

You’re welcome. I don’t think I’m going to join the 52 week challenge . . . but I am going to S~T~R~E~T~C~H myself a bit in the coming year. And I’m going to share ideas here on SLTW for people who are stepping outside their comfort zone on a weekly basis. 😉

7. mkmercurio - December 28, 2011

I am looking to do something new this year and this looks like so much fun! Water, fresh air, movement, balance, new territory! Where do I sign up???

This would definitely get me out of my comfort zone!

nrhatch - December 28, 2011

I hope you can find someplace near you to try YOLO Boarding. I’m guessing that it will catch on and will become prevalent at lots of water front venues.

And then someone will take it to the next level . . . YOGA on YOLO! 😉

8. Pocket Perspectives - December 28, 2011

That looks like fun…have you tried it? …I’d like to try it, as long as the water isn’t too cold

nrhatch - December 28, 2011

Not yet. I’m with you, Kathy. I want to try it when the water and air temperature are conducive to being WET. Just in case I fall off the YOLO board. 😉

9. Joanne - December 28, 2011

Now, there’s a nice alternative to take out on our lake…! Thanks for planting an idea 🙂

nrhatch - December 28, 2011

Perfect for letting go of the shore to venture out on the lake! 😀

10. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - December 28, 2011

Hmm, I don’t think this would work on the river, but it does look fun.

nrhatch - December 28, 2011

Definitely not for whitewater rafting. 😉

11. Alannah Murphy - December 28, 2011

I’d be too chicken but it does look like fun.

nrhatch - December 28, 2011

As long as the day was conducive to being W~E~T, I could see giving this a go.

12. jeanne - December 28, 2011

Some people are so creative… and brave!!!

nrhatch - December 28, 2011

I figure if Huckleberry Finn could do it . . . I can do it! As long as there’s no whitewater in sight. 😉

13. sufilight - December 28, 2011

Have not seen this, looks like fun! I admit though, that I know I would be afraid to try it but can enjoy watching others playing in the water. 🙂

nrhatch - December 28, 2011

Speaking of playing in the water . . . have you seen the HUGE tricycles that you pedal over the surface of the water?

I want to give one of them a try!

14. kateshrewsday - December 28, 2011

Similar to punting, but without the sides. no?

nrhatch - December 28, 2011

Does punting involve paddling . . . or poling? I’d have to check.

YOLO boards remind me of gondoliers in Venice . . . maneuvering through the canal network.

15. creatingreciprocity - December 28, 2011

Looks fun – however if you did that here you’d need a wet suit no matter what season it was!

nrhatch - December 28, 2011

I’m going to wait to try it until it’s H~O~T enough that I want to fall in . . . then I can say I fell on purpose. 😉

16. judithhb - December 28, 2011

May I please wait to try it until they remove this large Santa Claus red boot I have on my right leg? Happy New Year Nancy to you and your family. 🙂

nrhatch - December 28, 2011

Thanks, Judith! Waiting would be wise . . . although Santa did arrive on Anna Maria Island via Jet Ski this year! 😀

17. Andra Watkins - December 28, 2011

I am so clumsy. Trying this might improve my coordination. Or, remind me that I have no coordination. 🙂

There’s also a version of this in yoga – doing yoga poses on one of these boards on the water. I can’t imagine I’d end up anything but all wet. 🙂

nrhatch - December 28, 2011

That’s great! I joked (above) about taking a YOGA on YOLO class . . . and now I see that they are already being offered.

I’m guessing the Yoga class would double as Water Aerobics. 😉

18. CMSmith - December 28, 2011

We saw people doing this in Hawaii last February. It looked like a lot of fun.

nrhatch - December 28, 2011

Last time we were in Sarasota, we saw a couple on YOLO boards in the bay. The boards seem quite stable as long as the rider remains “centered.”

19. thirdhandart - December 28, 2011

I might try the huge tricycles that you pedal over the surface of the water, but I don’t think I’m coordinated enough for YOLO Boarding. I’d be in the water more than on the board. YOLO Boarding looks like lots of fun though!

nrhatch - December 28, 2011

I definitely want to try one of the floating water tricycles . . . they look awesome. I’ll give YOLO boarding a try on a H~O~T day when being W~E~T feels good.

20. spilledinkguy - December 28, 2011

I tend to sink much better than I float…
so this might be something I need to work up to
( does look like a lot of fun, though)!

nrhatch - December 28, 2011

I would love to try it . . . but NOT in shark infested waters. 😉

21. eof737 - December 29, 2011

I’m a tad concerned with the name of this sport… sounds like a death sentence sport… just saying! 😆

nrhatch - December 29, 2011

You only live once . . . be here now. Seize the day. 😉

22. nuvofelt - December 29, 2011

I suggested to my other half that I try this. He’s still holding his sides from laughing. Now, just to get the record straight, I probably won’t be trying to prove him wrong, but I don’t think our local canal is the place to try it!

nrhatch - December 29, 2011

I expect that YOLO Boarding will be most prevalent at venues conducive to calm flotation ~ you know, places with no sharks, no crocs, no gators. 😉

23. Tilly Bud - December 29, 2011

Uh, thanks, but no thanks 🙂

nrhatch - December 29, 2011

Remember how much fun you had on the monkey bars?

Someday you’ll see YOLO boarders and be unable to resist the tempation ~ monkey see, monkey do. 😉

24. sweetdaysundertheoaks - December 29, 2011

I would give it a try here in a quiet cove at The Lake, warm day. But I am thinking it requires some effort to get up and centered and stay that way 🙂 That getting up on the board is going to be the trick. Maybe I would rather sit on a beach with a good book!

nrhatch - December 29, 2011

The greatest challenge will be to tell ourselves, I CAN DO IT! Next challenge will be getting centered . . . after falling into the water and splashing around a few times.

Aah . . . that’s better.

And, yup, sometimes I would rather sit on a beach with a good book. 😉

25. Tammy - December 29, 2011

I’m with the warm water crew! But it does look like great fun.

nrhatch - December 29, 2011

I’m going to keep my eyes open for an opportunity to give it a shot sometime this year.

But NOT today . . . it’s only 55 degrees at the moment. I’m not anxious to get W~E~T.

26. Naomi - December 29, 2011

Does look fun, Nancy, although I think I’ll stick with my bucket list option of a makoro in the Okavango Delta 🙂

nrhatch - December 29, 2011

Definitely avoid YOLO boarding on any water holes populated by rhinos or crocs! 😉

27. bluebee - December 29, 2011

It’s quite popular here in Australia

nrhatch - December 29, 2011

It’s like kayaking . . . for people who want to stand and gain a better perspective on their surroundings.

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