As we missed the stand up paddle (SUP) board race on Saturday morning, we made sure to get going on Sunday. The morning was just perfect! The water was sparkling in the sun and the temperature was mild.
We got to watch a 6km technical race with at least 100 participants! They started at 10:30am with the first place person completing the race right around 12:30pm! They just kept going!! 6km is a lot of paddle boarding! The course had the participants zigzagging in and out and at one point of the course, they had to get out of the water, grab their boards and run across a small peninsula and then jump back in the water to complete the course. There were lots of people cheering and taking pictures. It really was fun to watch! (Here are some pictures that I took…Mike will post his pictures soon… 🙂 )
ABOVE: Guys heading out of the water from one side of the course and then back into the water to the other side.
BELOW: This guy is doing a “pop-a-wheelie” with his board to make a tight turn around the marker!
Later in the afternoon, we headed back to the lake…this time with our swimming suits. Well, some of us had swimming suits. One of us forgot to pack a suit, so went with the athletic wear instead…We decided we should take advantage of the beautiful weather and seize the opportunity for swimming and time in the lake before it cools off too much.
Some of the sponsors of the race had SUP boards that anyone could try, so the kids and I tried out one of the big (catamaran-like) boards. They take a little getting used to, as you have to worry about balancing yourself and reacting to the movements of at least two other people…including some who didn’t care if they fell in…
In addition to lots of swimmers, sunbathers, sandcastle makers, and SUP boarders, there was a guy biking around selling coffee, etc. It was a cool setup, so G ran and snapped a picture. 🙂 I think this would be lovely around Como Lake!! 🙂
We ended the evening by making a batch of riz au lait (rice pudding). C’etait parfait! 🙂