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We headed toward Mesa, Arizona to rent SUP boards. This would be our first experience on a SUP board and I was very excited. At many vacation spots, I would see SUP boarders out in the water at all times of the day. Once, I saw someone practicing yoga moves on a SUP board. I figured it must be very stable. So, I added SUP boarding to my list of experiences to have.
I quickly learned that there are many stores that have SUP board rentals. This was great because I was able to learn from websites what supplies to bring. Suggestions include lots of water, sunscreen, hat, sun protection shirt and camera with a waterproof case. There are bungee cords on the board to tie your supplies down.
The SUP boarding rental shop we used supplied us with boards, paddles, and lifejackets. We had brought our own life jackets. The shop representative showed us how to store the boards in the back of the truck and how to tie them down. So that when we were driving to the Salt River, the boards would not fly out.
Salt River Conditions
We choose to SUP board in the evening for the sunset. That turned out to be a great time of day because it was July in Arizona and the sun was lower in the horizon and the landscape provided shade. The Salt River section we were in was not very deep, between 2-3 ft of water. We got into the water many times to cool off. We were also in a smooth water area. Which was great because then we did not have to fight waves or rapids.
Ultimately we paddled up the river and then floated back down. The entire time lapse was about 2.5 hours. Then we got off the river and viewed the sunset from a park bench. It was a wonderful activity with a sunset view.
SUP Boarding the Salt River in Arizona
Have you ever SUP boarded? If yes, where? If not, would you try it?