July 10, 2017

Narwhals on the Water

Dot Meyers

The sun was shining bright on Sunday July 9, and The New School’s Athletics and Recreation Department took full advantage! We met on Pier 84 just beside the mighty Intrepid and spent an hour kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). If you are unfamiliar with the latter sport: SUP is a cross between surfing and kayaking. You’re standing on a board similar to a surfboard, but you are powered by a single-bladed paddle. If you feel intimidated by that concept or you’re doubting your ability to balance on anything skinnier than the Brooklyn Bridge, don’t worry, many of the students who participated had never tried it either. As tricky as it is, however, there seems to be a valuable payoff. “The first time I got on, I was so scared, and I didn’t want to do it,” says graduate student Yukari Honda. “But after a few minutes, I felt so much better and was so excited! It’s very scary, but it’s very energizing.” Fellow stand-up paddleboarder Wen-Shin had a similar experience. “It is hard to stand up and balance the first time, but I did it. I really enjoyed it, and the weather, and the sun.”

And let’s not forget about our kayakers! These guys were absolute superstars. Again, many of them had never set foot into kayak before, but they picked it up quickly and had it down in no time. Peter Dreux said, “it’s such a nice escape from the city. I’m a musician so I’m even more isolated within the practice rooms in Mannes and all of that, so this is just such a relief from the go-go-go of the city and everything.”

We couldn’t agree more. It’s great to take a break from the standard hustle of NYC every once in awhile, so if you’re interested in joining us on our next outing, be sure to check our website and your emails! We hope to see you out there.