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Beat the heat on a paddleboard: Here’s a 5-minute lesson in the fun, easy activity

I wrote a story last summer on the growing popularity of paddleboarding, which is particularly obvious at Esther Simplot Park (when the ponds aren’t closed for E. coli). Quinn’s Pond re-opened Friday but the Simplot ponds at the park remain closed.

Included in last year’s story was the 5-minute video above demonstrating how to properly stand and move on a paddleboard. I figured this was a good time to re-post it, with a hot holiday weekend ahead.

If you’re at all intimidated by paddleboarding, don’t be. This video also served as my paddleboarding lesson. I’ve gone several times since — including at the base of the Grand Tetons — and just bought a board so I can go more often. The only time I have fallen in was when I had my son riding on the front of the board and we were still trying to figure out the best way to balance our weight. My son received a kayak that also works as a paddleboard for his birthday this year; he’s standing up on it without any trouble, too.

Once the Esther Simplot Park ponds re-open, that’s a great place to learn. You can rent a board for $20 for the first hour and $5 for each additional half-hour at Idaho River Sports right by the Quinn’s Pond beach. And you can paddle around Quinn’s Pond, hop out and walk around the gate where water flows into Esther Simplot Pond I, paddle around that pond, float under the bridge into Esther Simplot Pond II and paddle around the last pond in relative peace. It’s a great workout if you want it to be, or just a great way to get out on the water and relax if you prefer.

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