This year’s Vatten Paddlar canoe, kayak, and SUP race had its biggest turnout ever. Some paddlers, like those in the photo above, took the “race” part very seriously.  Others, less so.

The Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) trend is fairly new, but maybe it’s more than a fad.  I have no experience with them, but I am curious.  And I’d like to think I’m not too old to learn new tricks.  (By the way, the SUP paddler in the third photo is 80 years old.)

One of the race’s major sponsors was my wife, Jean Hedren.  You can visit her online at . Or, visit her Edina Realty page here.  Her YouTube channel is at Jean Hedren, Your NW WI Realtor.

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