If you happened to be on Main Beach Monday watching the four stand-up paddleboarders near the reef, and you happened to watch one of the paddleboarders inadvertently catch a wave and crash into her instructor — well, then you saw me.
Carlos Mendizabal and I had signed up for a lesson early Monday morning with the new Stand Up Paddle Company at Coast Highway and Oak Street. We arrived a bit bleary-eyed with our main concern being what to wear. The skies were May-gray overcast, and the water decidedly chilly at 62 degrees. Our instructors, Ryan and Shannon, offered us hot coffee to warm up, and a variety of wetsuit options to settle the attire issue. Carlos chose his own full suit. I grabbed my spring shorty with long sleeves.
Ryan carried the boards down to the sand at Oak Street. We followed with paddles and appropriate excitement.
Shore instruction was direct, demonstrated, and easy to understand.