We completed our first iSUPcore! fitness session on our Standup Paddle Boards today! We set off from the the boat ramp near the Bangrak Seatran ferry pier and headed west into a 5 knot headwind, resulting in great workout conditions with the wind in our faces keeping us cool and invigorated as we powered through the smallish chop and occasional boat wash.
After about about 2.4 kms we reached the headland between Bangrak and Bophut beaches, on the north coast of Koh Samui. There was a yellow marker flag which provided a convenient turning point (We may also use this as part of our SUP 5.0 SUP race on Sunday morning).
As this was our first session we decided that a quick dip was appropriate to cool off before pointing ourselves east and enjoying a light-downwinder back to the boat ramp.
On our way back we were waved at by several of the passengers and crew of the speedboats that were making their way across to Koh Phangnan and day tours to the Angthong Marine Park. Navigating the wash from speed boats can be a bit daunting for beginners, in our case it definitely tested our core strength as we bounced through the waves (nobody fell in).
Therefore we have decided that going forward we will run the iSUPcore sessions at 7:00am on Thursdays, to avoid the speedboat rush hour and it will also be a bit cooler.
See you on the water next week!