June 6th, 2018 ~ Vol. 89 No. 23
Get your paddle on!
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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Paddleboard enthusiast John Dodsley will be one of the instructors at the SUP demo. Pictured above is Dodsley out on his board at Crowsnest Lake on Wednesday, May 23.
Pass Herald Reporter
A pair of stand-up paddleboard enthusiasts has formed a group in Crowsnest Pass and invites other “SUP” lovers to join in on collective activities.

The group meets up every Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at Crowsnest Lake. Their Crowsnest Pass Standup Paddleboard Club Facebook group page also has board reviews and sales, and acts as a forum for paddleboarders to plan activities together.

“We started up the Crowsnest Pass Standup Paddleboard Club to get people out who want to go paddle,” says Bill Dostater, one of the group administrators and owner of Red Nik Surf & Swim in Calgary.

Dostater has been paddleboarding for about a dozen years now, and he says his swimwear store in Calgary was one of the first to start selling paddleboards in the city.

"I like the core workout and it's fun. I've surfed for years so for me, it's something you can go and do kind of like on a surf board," he says.
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Red Nik Surf & Swim in Calgary and Kahuna Paddleboards are hosting a free introductory SUP demo on Wednesday, June 6 at Crowsnest Lake. Three time slots are available at 4, 5:30 and 7 p.m. where participants have an opportunity to try out inflatable boards. Dostaler and a friend, John Dodsley, who has been an avid paddleboarder for the past two years, will be teaching participants the basics of SUP like how to stand up on a board and how to paddle.

Crowsnest Lake is a favourite local paddleboarding spot for Dostaler because it's easily accessible from town and is usually well-sheltered on windy days. His usual route starts at the old Dance Hall on the eastern shore and paddle all the way across the lake to the Crowsnest Lake Bible Camp.

According to Dostaler, inflatable paddleboards have improved in quality over the years and are now a popular choice for young professionals.
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"They're great for people who don't have a garage or a lot of space because they fit into a wheelie backpack. Everything, the paddle, the leash, the actual paddleboards, fits into that," says Dostaler.

There will also be a solid paddleboard for participants to try if they wish because no matter how convenient storage and transport is with inflatable boards, they have one stark disadvantage when compared to the solid boards: speed.

Dostaler plans to organize regular paddleboard outings throughout the summer where enthusiasts of all levels can meet up and enjoy some water. Visit the Crowsnest Pass Standup Paddleboard Club on Facebook for meeting dates.
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