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Solace SUP Review With Erica

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Rich of Solace SUP caught up with our customer and ambassador, Erica.

She said "It's a night and day difference from our cheap sports store brand that we first purchased. Me and my husband fight over who gets to paddle the Solace board when we go out"

Erica does a lot of Yoga on her paddle board and wanted to way to get out on the water to explore and practice. She now has a floating Yoga studio with her Solace SUP Board. Also is very convenient since her and her family of four live on a boat. There is also a full blog write up a few post back of her experience with transition from a regular house to a boat on our blog. 

Check out the full interview below and enjoy!



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Solace SUP Review With Jess

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Rich, Solace SUP founder, sits down with retail/rental customer Jess of Island Head Water Sports to talk about their experience with 12 of Solace's stand up paddle boards they purchased and how they held up with there rental business. Did they fall apart? Were they a good fit for beginners and seasoned paddlers? Let's tune in........



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Family of 4 living on a 43 foot boat

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We all have day dreamed and talked about taking a year to just travel or how about live on a boat right? Well Erica, a Solace SUP team ambassador, has done just that. Along with her husband and two children, they bought a 43 ft boat and transitioned to living on the water. They focused on uncluttering "the stuff" in their lives and started collecting experiences instead. Let's tune in with Erica and see how her family is making this work.

In comes Erica:

 I've always been drawn to the water. It gives me peace. It gives me happiness. We were your typical suburban family of 4 who owned a house and two cars. We were happy. We were content. We did, however, like to challenge ourselves. We were constantly inventing ways to push us towards personal growth. About 2 years ago we challenged ourselves to live a minimalistic lifestyle. 

Erica-Solace SUP Team

The more we paired down our things and live simply the more content we became. Instead of striving to buy more trappings (a.k.a. stuff) we spent more time on each other and making memories.

The natural next step was talking about moving into a smaller space. We talked about living in a trailer for a few minutes then the conversation quickly turned to what boat life would look like. We had thrown around the idea of living on a boat in the past, but it was more of a pipe/retirement dream. Once we started seriously considering it, the more inviting the idea became. I was a stay at home mom and my husband owns his own development company and can work anywhere with a strong internet connection.

Erica Family-43 ft boat

We pulled our oldest out of preschool after finding the exact boat we had been dreaming of on craigslist. We rented out the house, packed up all of our belongings and put them in storage. In the beginning of June we made the leap and moved our two-year-old and four-year-old onto a 43 foot trawler. It was scary at first thinking about all the what if's. What if we didn't like it?  What if the boys weren't safe? I'm thankful those  "what if's" didn't  paralyze us and keep us from loving or dream because you know what? None of them have proven to be true. We absolutely love boat life and the boys love it even more! Its non stop adventure for them. 

My favorite thing about life aboard is the slower lifestyle. It forces you live in the moment. The people we have been able to meet, so far, are incredible. We have an endless backyard at our fingertips ready to be explored. Almost every day we are greeted by sea turtles or manatees. The up close interaction that our boys get with marine life makes my heart happy. I am thankful we have been able  gift with this lifestyle.

Solace SUP

Right now we are living in St. Augustine, Florida till march while we finish up some commitments we have locally. In March we will head to south Florida and then April make the crossing to the Bahamas. We will live in the Abacos till about mid June and then....the sky's the limit! We will move when we feel like moving. We will stay when we feel like staying. We have complete freedom and that makes my heart happy. 
Of course, my gorgeous solace board will be traveling with us wherever we go. I can't wait to try her out in the waters of the world! 

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First Time Stand Up Paddling

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Your first time stand up paddling can be intimidating if your not familiar with your gear and or venturing out by yourself. Most rental places that I remember trying early on would give you any board and say have at it. The one thing that stands out is having my paddle blade turned the wrong way, which is a common mistake. Not until I started paddling with other stand up paddlers did I realize to turn my blade the other way.

Here is Solace SUP's team member, Sarah Alderson, giving some insight on stand up paddling for the first time below. She is a SUP Yoga instructor in the Atlanta, Georgia area at Soulful Yoga & SUP .
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“What is this thing called SUP, that I keep hearing about”, you say to yourself. SUP is in a technical term Stand Up Paddle Board surfing ‘Hoe he’e Nalu in the Hawaiian language; a sport as an offshoot of surfing, originating from the ancient Polynesian times. A lot of people think of SUP as another form of surfing, and that there’s no way they could do it, “That just sounds way too hard, I couldn’t do that.” However; that is farther from the truth, and anyone can enjoy being on a board. From a personal standpoint, someone that just experienced it for the first time a year ago, does not work out nor has great co-ordination….fell in love the first time and can’t get enough of it! Just getting out on the water, paddling out in a seated position,sometimes anchoring and just laying there enjoying the feeling of the sun on my skin, the wind and the water on my toes does wonders on my mind and body. Other days I get out there paddle the page and do a little yoga; and that is a fun and challenging experience that changes the way you look and feel about yoga; and anyone can do it.

What I’m saying is that anyone; any age, size, shape, strengths, weaknesses and all can get themselves on a board and experience something amazing! As a friend and yoga teacher of mine always says; “my goal is to make yoga and SUP accessible to everyone and make it so that everyone can partake in it and be there to support them so that they receive the amazing benefits: mind and body, of what yoga and SUP can do for you.”

There are various types of boards out there; brands, materials, sizes, shapes, prices and purposes. As you get more into the sport you will learn more about the different benefits andwhat you may like or need for your personal purpose.

Soulful Yoga SUP

Photo Courtesy of Soulful Yoga & SUP

If this is something that you are just trying out for the first time, I would find a place that either does tours, teaches classes, SUP yoga or even private SUP lessons. This the board and items needed to get out there on the water will all be included in the price. My first experience was through a SUP yoga class they provided everything, walked through all of the steps of how to get on and off the board, safety, basic maneuverability and then we went on with our yoga sequence. I believe that this is the way to go as you will have someone there to physically show you how to do everything, answer questions and support you through your first experience.

Once you find a place that has a lot of experience, training and insurance and then you are able to get the options that you want on your SUP experience; get some friends, make it a group thing- the more the better. When you have someone come along with you, it makes it a lot more fun and then you will feel more comfortable that you have someone there that can fall in with you and make great memories with. So grab a friend and get on a board and you will have an experience that you will never forget.

Sometimes we all need to let go of our ego, step out and try something new, something amazing, connect with nature, connect with friends and really just do something that is good for your mind, body and soul; ‘Hoe he’e Nalu’.

- Sarah Alderson

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