Popularity of stand-up paddle boarding growing

By Perry Russom

September 1, 2013 Updated Sep 2, 2013 at 12:01 AM EDT

Whitney Point, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A newer outdoor sport is turning kayaking on it's head -- by standing on your feet.

It's called stand-up paddle boarding.

The sport is already big on the coasts and it's popularity is slowly seeping into the Southern Tier.

All you need is a board, a paddle and a body of water. You can even bring your dog.

"In the last two years, it's really exploded in this area," said Tina Fetten, of Southern Tier Stand Up Paddle Corp. "Flat water, because people are realizing that it's for anybody, any age. My youngest student is 5, my oldest is 82. You can sit, you can kneel, you can stand, you can bring your pets with you and young children on the front of your board."

The workout is low impact and compared to swimming because it works the same upper body muscles.

"The first 15 minutes, you're a little quivery but you get right used to it," said Denise Kowal, of Kirkwood. "Today was my second time. I took my little boy out with me. I was sitting just to be safe because he doesn't swim yet, but it's just calming, you get out there and you don't have to work too hard at it."

The boards cost anywhere from $400 to $3,000. Fetten said since the price of buying one is high, renting is also an option.

In this region alone, Fetten -- the only certified instructor in the area -- has taught more than 200 people and she says the sport is continuing to grow.

Fetten said the average paddle board session lasts around an hour to 90 minutes.

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