Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in Nashville: Get Ready for Water & Sun!

I first became intrigued with stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) when I was meeting friends for Happy Hour at Blue Moon in Rock Harbor Marina on the West side of town. It was a beautiful sunny day and I stumbled across a small shop called Paddle UP TN! a

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Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in Nashville: Get Ready for Water & Sun!

Posted by Gabriela Lira on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 at 1:18pm.

I first became intrigued with stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) when I was meeting friends for Happy Hour at Blue Moon in Rock Harbor Marina on the West side of town. It was a beautiful sunny day and I stumbled across a small shop called Paddle UP TN! and that's where I met my soon-to-be paddle instructor/guru/yoda Neil. As I strolled through his shop looking at the boards he had for purchase and rental, he told me about all the possibilities on the board including evening group rides, new moon rides, and believe it or not yoga on the board. The more he told me the more I became interested and so I signed up for a 45 minute lesson that included all the rental equipment necessary for the ride: board, paddle, personal flotation device, and a leash for $65.

I am not the best swimmer and so I was terrified during my first ride but Neil put me on the right board for my size and taught me all about technique and safety. We initial stayed in the marina but I eventually graduated to the river. He said I was one of the fastest learners he ever saw. Maybe he was just being nice since he knew I was apprehensive, but his kindness gave me the confidence to come back over and over again because practice does make perfect and you will only improve by repeating. When you come back rates are as low as $25 for an hour ride with equipment rental. Not only was SUP fun, it was also great exercise, and got me a killer tan! Looking forward to getting back in the water now that the weather in beautiful!!

Gaby SUP

To contact Paddle UP TN!

Rock Harbor MarineĀ 
525 Basswood Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209

(615) 496-8082



Gabriela Lira, MBA
ABR, ePro
615-440-6327
gaby.lira@tareg.com
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2 Responses to "Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in Nashville: Get Ready for Water & Sun!"

Rhonda B. Reece wrote: Thanks for Sharing Gaby! I was going to try SUP when I went back to Hawaii but glad to know there is an option right her in Nashville. I pray all is well with you and your family!

Ignite Peace!

Rhonda B. Reece

Posted on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 at 2:03pm.

Bbo Diehl wrote: Came across and met Neil and the folks here last year. Nice to see such enthusiasm in Nashville. We plan to drive down several times this summer to paddle with folks who "get it" unlike back here in Louisville, Ky.

Posted on Monday, April 7th, 2014 at 3:27pm.

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