Shortly after Friday’s sunrise, I found myself en route to Middletown’s Third Beach to meet Jackie Lane from Pulse Personal Fitness Studio. She invited me to try stand-up paddleboarding, or SUP, one of the fastest-growing water sports in the world. Locally, you’ll see men and women stand-up paddleboarding at all area beaches, around the island in competitions, even across Newport Harbor. Last summer, legendary big wave surfer, SUP enthusiast and all around waterman (also known for being rather easy on the eyes), Laird Hamlton, paddleboarded in Newport to promote a new PUMA/Laird board, a limited-edition carbon fiber stand-up paddleboard and the sport (watch it here).
Quiet and beautiful as the sun slowly rose, casting a brilliant light on the water and illuminating the bobbing moored sailboats, we set out. Even though Jackie wore her Roxy Kassia Meador spring wetsuit and I donned a bikini and board shorts, we stayed almost completely dry as we glided across the water. Before getting too comfortable though, she went through her part on-board/part on-shore workout: a heart-pumping, challenging series of squats, burpees, planks, sprints and more offered in Pulse’s SUPFit sessions. The whole experience is equal parts workout and wonderment. CLICK HERE to learn more about SUPFit and Pulse’s summer class sessions.