My friends would call me an athlete. In fact, I spent my youth dedicated to sports. I love racing but I also transition every couple of years to other types of sports so I don’t get tired of being dedicated to just one. I love snowboarding, skateboarding, and about five years ago, “got into” surfing. Along with surfing came canoeing and kayaking.
Since I used to live 10 minutes away from a lake and 25 minutes from the ocean, I had some amazing choices. I would spend most weekends witnessing sunrise from my surfboard which is one of the Godliest experiences you can have while alive. I recommend it to everyone.
If it wasn’t surfing, then I would join my friends boating or kayaking in the lake which is a lot of fun as well. In fact, one of my friends who recently purchased the folding, origami Oru Bay Kayak, got me into it. I remember the first time I got into a canoe with him, in fact.
My Intro To Boating
My buddy had invited me a handful of other guys (our typical basketball crew) for a picnic at his house. We were fully stocked with drinks, we prepped the grill and slapped some burgers on it, and his girlfriend was helping us all set things up. We had a delicious meal, cracked a few jokes, packed up his jeep with the Oru and a couple of other kayaks and headed to the nearby lake I mentioned before.
I used to have a great fear of water (I should have mentioned this earlier) and while I have become comfortable with being in the water, the fear has me on edge at times. When my friend, Chris, encouraged me to get into his Oru and to “take it for a spin”, I was reluctant.
But before I get into that, I found it fascinated that this thing can be literally folded and unfolded within minutes. When Chris told me how much it cost, I sort of understood why. Just really cool stuff!
Anyway, I got in; I’m a tall enough guy around six feet. I felt comfortable in it and once I got situated, it was pretty neat! After ten minutes of fussing around, I was able to steer the kayak very rhythmically. In fact, my buddies gave me a hard time because they wanted to try the Oru for themselves (even though we came with two other inflatable boat options).
I still remember that day fondly because my friend sold his place. We are still in touch with each other and hang out a couple of times a year but I am also involved in a start-up which takes a lot of my time. Soon, he is getting married so we are all looking forward to the bachelor party that I am in charge of, as well as the wedding itself.
Anyway, I am still afraid of the water but the thrill of water sports keeps me going during the summer months. Nothing is as cool as catching a surf with dolphins swimming within 30 feet of you.