Paddle Boarding just might be the “wave” of the future when it comes to new, fun river activities.
More water enthusiasts seem to giving this new river sport/activity a try. It’s a lot easier than surfing because a person doesn’t have to battle big waves. Whether someone decides to stand and paddle on a big board along a river or lake, or just relax on the board as well, it’s a great way to get out on the water without being on a boat or canoe.
“Paddle Boarding is a relatively new sport,” said Jon Willink, co-owner of Prescott Paddle rental and board sales. “It’s been popular in the South for quite a long time but for a Midwestern sport it’s really quite new.”
Willink and business partner, Matt Dugstad, started Prescott Paddle in 2014 with hopes that local residents who live near the two rivers would be intrigued with this new water activity.
“We decided to jump into it and see if it would take off and it really did” Willink said. “We’ve been really happy with the success of rentals and even sales of boards. And this year we’ve expanded to include kayaks.”
Willink and Dugstad are both teachers at Prescott Middle School. They came up with the idea of a paddle rental/sales three years ago.
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