Vermont SUP connected up with a local paddler yesterday at Oakledge Park in Burlington, VT for some fun on the water and unexpected surf on Lake Champlain.
Rider: Trisha Hlastawa
Age: 24 years young
Hometown: Norwich, CT but currently living in South Burlington, VT
Board: Naish Alana 9’5″
Where is your favorite place to paddle?
I love to surf but coming at sunset and paddling on the lake is one of the best things ever.
Now you just got back from Cape Cod, How was the surf?
I went to Orleans, MA in the Nauset Beach area. The surf wasn’t that good but got better yesterday and today. (7/15 & 7/16)
Why Paddleboarding rather than Kayaking?
I do not like sitting down! I like moving around as much as possible and paddleboarding give me the freedom to do that. I can walk all over it, I can do headstands on it, I can do yoga on it, there’s a lot of possibilities.
What would you tell a first time SUPer?
Be patient is the first thing. Not everyone will get it right away. Try to go somewhere totally calm to start is recommended. That way you can focus on your balance and not which way the waves are going. Coming here to Oakledge [Park] is really fun when it’s super calm which is most of the time in the summer.
Whats the next step? Where do you want to go, What do you wanna do?
I wanna do some touring on a paddleboard, I have a touring board and I wanna travel and go to some cool places where you can look down [into the water] and see all kinds of things. Not sure where but I gotta get myself out there.
What’s your #1 vacation spot you want to go and paddle?
Ohhh… Hawaii…? Probably!
Make sure to follow all of Trisha’s photos on her Instagram page: @thsurfsnow