Snapshot: One If By Land…
Snapshot: One If By Land… By Zandra Wolfgram
Hey, moon doggie, paddle right this way for fun in the sun. Beach Mountain Land Paddles (BeachMountainLandPaddles.com), owned by David Box of Alys Beach, has a new way to cruise the Emerald Coast — a land paddle.
Variations of land paddles have been around since the ’70s, according to Box, who started working on his Santa Rosa Beach shop’s prototype in 2010. But this exciting new sport incorporates a longboard cruiser skateboard and paddle poll that the rider uses to push off the street to gain speed. Similar to stand-up paddling (SUP), this sport “is great for cross training and provides an intense core workout.”
Box should know. He was a skateboarder through the ’80s, a surfer in the ’90s and now he “loves to SUP.” The four-foot boards are great for kids; adults should consider a five or six-foot board (priced from $199). Land a paddle at Box’s shop or at SK8 30A Board Shop in Blue Mountain Beach.
Take a stand and paddle your way to land-loving fun. Photo by Scott Holstein