Driftwood In the News

Lindsey Theis from KMTV Channel 3 News decided she wanted to try her hand at SUP in Omaha. We had a great time doing paddleboarding and she even got in on a little SUP Yoga. We are very excited to help grow awareness for this amazing sport. Check her out here!

Paddleboarding making a splash in Omaha

CREATED Jul 14, 2014

Omaha, NE-You might think with Nebraska being landlocked there’s not much surfing going on. One Omaha man is making waves paddleboarding. He runs tours and yoga classes out of Standing Bear Lake and Lake Zorinsky. The water sport has its roots in surfing.

After being a Riverguide in Wyoming, paddleboarder Paul Jones found himself in Omaha. One day, he blew up his board in Lake Manawaw. It drew quite a crowd.

“Cars were stopping. They were pulling over to watch me it was like the craziest thing they’d ever seen,” Jones said.

Dating as far back at the 1930’s, paddleboarding really gained popularity in the 80’s and late 90’s. The first paddle boards were made in Hawaii. The sport started with paddleboarders are propelled by a swimming motion using their arms while lying or kneeling on a paddleboard or surfboard in the ocean. This has taken off to stand up paddleboarding, with an oar. Paddleboarding is usually performed in the open ocean, but it has grown to lakes and rivers across the U.S.

Little did Jones know, others would get just as hooked as he was. It started as a date night for parents Heidi and Bob Wald. Now. the paddle boarding bug has bit them. They plan to bring their kids on their next outing.

“You’re out there on the water, you are basically standing in the middle of the lake, which is so cool,” Heidi said.

Jones’s company, Driftwood Paddleboard Adventures offers tours in the afternoon and at sunset, that are low impact. They also have yoga classes on the boards for those looking to up the ante.

Of course, sometimes people fall off.

“The first night my husband fell in a couple of times which was awesome for me,” Heidi said.

“As long as you stay calm and swim back to the board, you’re going to be fine,” Bob said.

They also have life vests for boarders, too.

For more information, go to driftwoodpaddleadventures.com.

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