August 15th, 2015 is a historical day for the sport of stand up paddle boarding, DFW Surf and Girl Scout troops around North Texas. Girl Scouts from around the area were excited to get the chance to not only learn how to paddle board, but to ultimately receive the first of its kind- a paddle board badge. “This is a great opportunity for Girl Scouts to get involved in the sport and now with a badge there is more incentive to learn something new” says DFW Surf’s Danny Braught.
North Texas Girl Scout groups gathered at DFW Surf’s location in Frisco at Hidden Cove Park and Marina where they were divided into groups and rotated between 3 stations. Station 1- The Classroom- Here they learned about the history and roots of paddleboarding from the Hawaiians to Laird Hamilton to California to Texas. Next they learned about the different ways to paddle along with the many benefits of the sport followed by a briefing about safety and rules and regulations from the ocean to the lakes. Station 2- Learn to Paddle- Here the Scouts learned about SUP basics and board/ paddle terminology and then they hit the water. By the time they were finished they new how to apply a “reverse” and a “sweep” turn. Station 3- Fitness/Yoga/Prone- Here students learned about popular activities like fitness and yoga on the boards. The important part here was knowing how to paddle and maneuver without a paddle, on your knee or your stomach. Students learned basic fitness and yoga moves and terminology like “plank” and “prone.” Station 4- Paddleboard Badge Test- Here students answered many of the same questions featured in the WPA (World Paddle Association) Test that they had learned throughout the day.
“All of the girls learned how to paddle, to have fun and be safe, then they all passed their tests and received a one of a kind paddle badge. We hope to take these programs and incorporate a national badge for both Girl and Boy Scouts,” says DFW Surf founder and Yolo Board Team Rider Tyler Marshall. “As I was teaching in the classroom and showing river surfing and SUP Yoga videos and one of our new SUP wake surfing videos I could see the excitement on each of their faces and knew that we had created something special.”