Rollin’ Down the River

July 17th, 2013 | By Lindsey Ebert No Comments

Well, now you can! If you are looking for a fun new way to get the whole family moving this summer, then look no further than stand up paddle boarding (SUP), a sport that is quickly gaining popularity everywhere.

Paddle boarding can be done on just about any body of water. All you need is a paddleboard, a paddle, and life jacket. However, paddleboards can be fairly expensive. Troy Gossard and Kevin Kearney, two Athens Clarke County firefighters, established Floating Peach Paddle Company to share their passion and make paddle boarding more accessible to the community.

Troy and Kevin developed a love for paddle boarding separately. When they discovered their common interest, they decided to partner up and bring their passion to Athens.

Through Floating Peach Paddle Company, you can rent paddleboard equipment by the hour or day, and receive basic instruction on how to stand and stay balanced on the board. Since there are no beaches near the Athens area, rivers and lakes serve as the primary location to get started. These locations have still water, which is ideal for beginners.

Some places in the area that you can learn SUP are Lake Oconee, Lake Hartwell and Sandy Creek Park. However, Floating Peach will deliver anywhere from Athens to Stone Mountain, which saves you the trouble of transporting the large boards. Troy and Kevin are even hoping to have official classes set up through Sandy Creek Park in the near future.

Paddle boarding is a fun and easy sport or pastime for a broad range of ages from kids to adults. It is beneficial because it provides an excellent core workout with low impact. You can paddle long distances down a river or float and enjoy the views as you essentially walk across water.

To learn how to paddleboard with Floating Peach, all you need to bring is sunscreen and a bathing suit or comfortable clothing that moves with you and can get wet.

Paddleboards come in different sizes. The best board for you is based on your weight or skill level. Floating Peach has boards of different sizes so you are sure to find the perfect fit for you. Shorter boards are more suitable for higher skill levels, while longer boards provide more stability. Floating Peach even teaches yoga on the more stable boards.

Don’t leave your dog behind! This is a pet-friendly sport, so if your pet is willing, he can enjoy a relaxing day on the river with you. For more information on renting SUP board equipment, visit the Floating Peach Paddle Company’s website,

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