With the sun shining, the waves peaking at 2 ft, and a group full of stoked paddlers- the 1st Annual Atlantic Paddle Games: The Gathering of the Tribe, was unanimously a great time for everyone involved. 

The purpose of the Atlantic Paddle Games was to bring together a community of people who have integrated the sport of SUP into their lives through their love of the water, the activity, and the fellow paddlers befriended along the way. With this in mind Walk on Water working with Mantra Fit and Capital SUP as well as an array of sponsors created the games in order to progress the sport and to teach paddlers of all levels in order to expand their understanding of the ocean and how to adequately paddle in the moving waters. 

The weekend consisted of all-encompassing clinics ranging from aerial yoga, to sup yoga, to beach boot-camps, in and out of the surf race starts, and a detailed talk and demonstration on all things SUP surfing given by talented and experienced SUP ambassadors April Zilg, Chris Norman, and Brian Meyer. 

After each instruction, paddlers were given the opportunity to practice in the surf- whether it be race starts and buoy turns or surfing the manageable waves at the State Park on Assateague.

Through this personal instruction and hands on practice, most paddlers were able to catch their first waves within an hour or so. This opportunity- not readily available for most paddlers not living directly on the coast, resulted in many smiles, laughs, and general feelings of stoke.

As the day turned into night, paddlers were given the chance to camp on the State Park at Assateague and share in their triumphs and failures of their time in the ocean around a camp fire, underneath the stars, listening serenely to the sounds of the crashing waves just past the dunes. 

The weekend spent at the Atlantic Paddles Games was both fun and informative. For those looking to expand their knowledge of the ocean, practice yoga on the beach, and spend some time with their friends at a beautiful place, there couldn’t be a better time or location. We would like to thank everyone who came out and shared in the festivities, the instructors for taking their time teaching, and we sincerely hope to see the games grow within the years ahead. 

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