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Stand Up Paddleboard tours, accessing a calm section of the Colorado river, include transportation to the put-in and back from the take-out, board rental (long, 10 to 12-feet Surftech paddleboards), adjustable paddle, personal flotation device, instruction on beach and water, guide, water and snacks. The 2 to 2.5-hour excursions depart mornings and at sunset. Special introductory packages available from now into October are $75 ages 16 and up and $55 ages 10 to 15 (regularly $95 and $75 respectively). See: http://moabadventurecenter.com/trips/moab-stand-up-paddle-board-tours/

 

This sport that began in Hawaii is “easy to master for just about any age, and provides an excellent full-body workout,” said Brandon Lake, co-founder of Moab Adventure Center. He added that after just a short orientation, guests can stand up on the boards and paddle away. “With the breathtaking scenery of the Colorado River’s canyons, spires and mesas taking center stage, we even see people lying down on their backs, snapping photos and watching the clouds and cliffs drift by. It’s very different than paddling on the ocean or a lake where the scenery is more static,” added Lake.  (See the Moab stand up paddleboard pictures online).

 

Lake points out, “If a member of your party does not wish to paddleboard, but still wants to float along, we will be happy to provide an inflatable kayak (duckie) to play in.”

 

According to industry insider, Don Keith, “the sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding is riding a huge wave of popularity across the U.S. and it isn’t likely to crest any time soon. People who wouldn’t climb on a surfboard to save their lives in the past are flocking to the sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding in droves.”

 

“Virtually anybody can SUP, and the learning curve is very short,” said fitness expert Rod Edmonson. “If a person can stand, they can probably learn to Stand Up Paddleboard. Plus, you’re getting an excellent full-body workout for the abdomen, back, arms and legs, as you have fun.”

 

SUP burns more calories than many other activities, although to the casual observer it looks calm and relaxing. Experts report that women can burn 500 to 700 calories/hour and men, 800 to 1000 calories/hour while engaged in SUP.

 

Moab Adventure Center is a division of Western River Expeditions , an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona.  The company is the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT. Its programs are available from March through October. Moab Adventure Center was once again in 2012 honored "Best of State" in the category of adventure travel through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program. Western River Expeditions has also won this coveted award for nine consecutive years.

 

Established in 2004, the Moab Adventure Center offers visitors whitewater rafting in Moab, Hummer tours, Jeep rentals, guided hiking in Arches National Park, horseback riding, mountain biking, scenic flights, rock climbing and  canyoneering, jet boat tours, hot air ballooning, stand up paddleboarding and more.  The center also has a 2,000-square-foot retail space selling adventure related gear and clothing as well as souvenirs.

 

The Moab Adventure Center is located at 225 South Main Street, Moab, Utah 84532. For information and reservations please call (435) 259-7019 or (866) 904-1163.

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