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COUNTRY ROADS

SUP with Your Pup:

VIRGINIA OUTFITTER OFFERS PADDLEBOARDING FOR DOGS

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n a hot afternoon at Claytor
Lake Marina near Pulaski, Virginia, you'll likely see evidence
of a trend that gives new meaning to the
term, "dog paddling." SUP paddlers glide
over the water with their four-legged
companions on board. Some dogs stand
regally at the prow like figureheads; others sit protectively between their owner's
legs. Some brave souls sport two small
dogs on one paddleboard.
Mike Valach, owner of Mountain 2
Island Paddleboard & Boat Rentals on
Claytor Lake, has been teaching folks and
their dogs how to do stand-up paddleboard for a couple of years.
"Any dog can do it," says Valach.
"Ninety-five percent of the dogs we train
get on the paddleboard within a few minutes."
Dogs are, well-dogged-and they'll
try hard to please you.

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Although Valach has taught his own
dogs to ride paddleboards when they
were four months old, paddleboarding
dogs don't need to start as puppies.
"They can be any age, any breed, even
any size," he says. "You just need a big
enough board for them to balance on.
All Island 2 Mountain's paddleboards are
covered with deck pads to give the dogs
traction."
SUP, an ancient form of surfing, began
in the legendary waves of Hawaii. Paddlers move through the water with a single long paddle. Stand-up paddleboards
extend 9 to 14 feet and are geared more
toward balance than speed. The sport is
not overly technical and doesn't require
great fitness levels.
While Valach estimates he introduces
700 people to the sport each year, he says
SUP with dogs is still catching on.
-SU CLAUSON-WICKER

Even the smallest of us
can be part of something very big.

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The grown-up sense of discovery at every turn
around the mountain will only be surpassed by the
childlike wonder our natural playground evokes.
w w w. g ra n d f a t h e r. c o m

VERY BIG
Grandfather Mountain
Blue Ridge Country

Dogs can stand even when other paddlers are
not quite ready for the full SUP experience.

GRANDFATHER®
MOUNTAIN
WONDERS NEVER CEASE

Half-page ad March-April 2019
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frank@grandfather.com

JULY/AUGUST 2019

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