“Always behave like a duck. Keep calm and unruffled on the surface, but paddle like hell underwater.”
San Diego is a dream for water sports lovers: the warm weather makes it possible to enjoy the water longer than other parts of the U.S., and the city’s many beaches provide the perfect places to surf, bodysurf, kayak, swim, snorkel, kitesurf, and sail! (Don’t know all of those vocabulary words? Check out our article on Beach Vocabulary and Activities to learn more!)
Stand up paddleboarding (also known as SUP) is a Hawaiian sport that has become popular for many San Diegans. With this fun water activity, you stand on a large flat board and use a paddle to move. Many variations have been created, like SUP yoga, SUP while surfing small waves, and SUP with fishing. Creative!
Paddleboarding in Mission Beach
Mission Bay is an excellent place to try SUP: the protected waters of the bay are calmer than other areas. Rent a paddleboard at one of the local shops and give it a try! (Click on this link for a list of all the places you can rent SUPs in Mission Beach and Mission Bay.)
English Expressions with “Paddle”
Before trying SUP, check out these idioms with “paddle.”
Paddle one’s own canoe
Definition: To be independent and self-sufficient.
Example: After a month of training, it’s time for you to paddle your own canoe. Good luck!
Definition: An elementary swimming stroke in which the swimmer uses his/her hands to swim in a manner resembling a swimming dog.
Example: Last year I could only doggy paddle: this year, I can finally swim!
Example: The kids can doggy paddle, but they can’t really swim.
Up the creek without a paddle
Definition: To be in a difficult situation with no apparent solution.
Example: I lost my cell phone and my wallet, and I was in a strange part of town. I was up the creek without a paddle.
Example: When the presentation began, his computer froze. He was up the creek without a paddle!
Note: this expression can be shortened to “up the creek.”
Example: You’re going to be up the creek if you don’t start saving your money now!
Keep (on) paddling
Definition: To continue something that is difficult; to persevere and not give up.
Example: I know studying for this test is hard. You just have to keep on paddling. You’ll pass!
Example: It took weeks to finish the project. They just kept on paddling, and eventually, they finished.