Raleigh, NC, May 28, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- The newest trend to captivate the North Carolina Triangle is stand up paddleboarding, or SUP for short. Triangle Glides, formerly Triangle Segway, has partnered with the City of Raleigh to offer stand up paddleboarding lessons on Raleigh's Lake Wheeler. The SUP classes are currently underway and will continue through October.
SUP is a fun activity with a quick learning curve. It has its origins in Hawaii and has seen a booming growth in recent years throughout the world. Triangle Glides will teach the fundamental skills needed to get started in this popular sport, including proper paddling technique, stance on the board, and essential turning techniques. All stand up paddling equipment is provided in the 90-minute class priced at $60 per person; advance purchase required. Lessons can be booked by phone (800) 979-3370 or 919-828-1988, or online at www.zerve.com/TriGlides/SUP.
Private lessons can also be arranged. Lake Wheeler offers an idyllic setting, with plenty of parking, a concession stand and public restrooms.
Stand up paddleboarding involves standing on what looks like an oversized surfboard and using a long paddle to propel the board across the water. As a spectator, it has the look of “walking on water.” SUP is adaptable to any location, from ocean surf and whitewater to quiet lakes. It also offers a great full body workout that tones core muscles and strengthens and tones arms and legs.
“When we move into our new store in City Market in downtown Raleigh in a few months, we’ll have room to display our full line of SUP boards and accessories, and it will also be home to our Segway touring fleet,” says Triangle Glides owner Todd Masinter.
“We’re excited about offering stand up paddleboarding here in the Triangle,” adds Masinter. “We have all these wonderful lakes right here in our backyard, so you don’t have to take a vacation someplace else to enjoy this great outdoor sport. SUP can be an all-year pastime here, and Triangle Glides is the first in the Triangle to specialize in stand up paddleboarding.”
After three years of solid growth with its popular Segway tours, which have provided sightseeing experiences to more than 10,000 guests in three years, Raleigh-based Triangle Segway changed its name to Triangle Glides to reflect its expanding business line that now features stand up paddleboarding lessons and rentals, Segway tours, and a growing line of retail that will offer SUP enthusiasts a wide range of stand up paddleboards and accessories that specialize in flatwater paddling, to take advantage of the Triangle's many local lakes and rivers.