Stand-up Paddleboarding on the Connecticut shoreline

Stand-up paddleboarding. It’s the fastest-growing water sport around, and once you get on a board, you just might get hooked.

Guilford’s Gail Kotowski calls herself an old surfer. She grew up on the water and now in her 60’s, this paddleboarding craze has really grown on her.

“It’s great, it’s a sport any age can do,” Kotowski said. “Actually the best paddleboarders now are people in their 60’s. I’ve gotten into it, it’s my third season, I’ve gotten into racing and I’m always trying different boards.”

Dave Segal is the manager of Action Sports in Old Saybrook and he believes Paddleboarding is here to stay.

“It’s great for the whole family,” Segal said. “It’s great for the whole family. Paddleboards are just blowing up with the amount of interest.”

At a recent demonstration in Westbrook dozens of people tried their luck on the boards. Some had better success than others, but everyone who tried it seemed to like it.

“It was a little scary at first, but once you get on the board and find your balance it’s fine,” said Melissa Ernst, who hails from Pittsburgh. “I’m the most unathletic person in the world.”

Paddleboards come in all kinds of sizes colors and shapes. You can rent them for about 50 bucks a day but if you decide to buy one, it can cost almost $700.

With all this paddleboard hoopla, even this reporter decided to give it a whirl. And once you find your comfort zone, it’s a lot of fun/

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