A Stand Up Paddle Board Earns Its Keep

By Vladimir Brezina

Finally! I knew there had to be some use for these things! ;-)

Spotted off Cape Ann, MA: A man on a paddle board tending to his lobster pots.

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His comment: “This is harder in winter.”

52 responses to “A Stand Up Paddle Board Earns Its Keep

  1. I’ll bet it is a lot harder in winter. Cool. I love these boards. There is a guy at Tahoe that uses his to dive down and retrieve tires, garbage, whatever to keep the lake clean. Nice guy.

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  2. I have wanted a Versa board for some time now. Very cool to see a SUP used “outside of the box.”

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  3. They are great for checking crab pots too. :)

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    • Of course! Actually, I am not sure whether this guy was after lobsters or crabs. I assume lobsters, in that part of the world. But I am not familiar with the subtleties of lobster vs. crab trapping, and whether with that kind of trap, baited with a chicken—which is what it appears to be—you will get more lobsters or more crabs… :-)

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  4. George Fatula

    Are you sure they were his? Ha!

    George

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    • Which is why he has his own buoy colors displayed on the front of his boat, just like a real lobster boat would have! I found that especially cute :-)

      BTW, George, I took these photos during the Blackburn Challenge itself… part of the reason for my very slow time this year ;-)

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  5. George Fatula

    Vlad,
    Have you read Verlen Kruger’s book, The Ultimate Canoe Challenge: 28,000 Miles Through North America. He and Steve Landick managed to do it on the open ocean. They had a couple of poles that turned their two canoes into a small catamaran.
    The bugs in the mangroves would be a problem.

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  6. Very cool. I hope he had a good catch. So, umm… does he dress like that in the wintertime, too. Heh heh heh! :-D

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  7. I think that may be more in line with their traditional use. My husband says paddle boards are for folks who want to look cool and fashionable on the water. (shrugs) I’m sure the views are amazing and it is pretty cool he’s using the board for something other than a floating Patagonia billboard. :)

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    • Now that you mention it, he does fit right into a Patagonia catalog. They do like it if, in addition to looking cool, one is saving the planet (I think fishing, in a sustainable manner, may still be acceptable…)

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      • Having our planet’s safety in mind is never a bad thing. We just like to joke about ’em because they do look ‘cool’ standing atop one of those looking down at the rest of us. :)

        Actually, I’ve been wanting to try it myself!

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  8. Ha! I always wanted to try one of these! Someday…

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  9. They look so mellow on their boards, moving slowly along. Looks like fun.

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  10. Very impressive… :-)

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  11. George Fatula

    I am always impressed by the speed accomplished paddlers can move their boards with. In the Blackburn Challenge, a 22 mile open ocean race, we start with them. We paddle a tandem racing canoe and can’t keep up with the best PBs. We are getting a little long in the tooth but standing on a board and paddling around Cape Ann is a feat by itself.

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  12. On a surf board? Still looks luxurious by Pacific Islands’ standards. But again maybe this guy works harder bcs lobsters aren’t as abundant in winter as now.

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  13. Only in MA will you see THAT!!! My NH Yoga instructor is now all about this I would try but who will help me up and down and oh wait I do not swim and I do not want to become a sharks dinner :)

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  14. In winter he could strap some blades and a sail to that board!

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  15. Wow…Impressive!
    Btw….actually went kayaking on a river today!
    My first time!!
    Your blog has inspired me!

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  16. This is the second time recently I’ve heard about stand up paddle boards. I want to try it!

    I love the idea of the guy using it to retrieve his lobster traps. Smart!

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  17. Winter? No thanks!

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