Q. Bobbi, how long have you been kayaking? “I’ve been kayaking since 2011, this will be my ninth summer paddling”.
Q. How old were you when you first tried kayaking? “I was 71. I wish I had started years ago”.
Q. What attracted you to the sport? “My daughters started kayaking and it looked like so much fun I thought I would give it a try. Once I did, I loved it. I love getting out on the water and paddling with my children and grandchildren, I’ve even paddled with my great-grandchildren! Kayaking is such a great activity that family members of all ages can experience together”.
Q. Is it hard to kayak and are your muscles sore afterward? “Kayaking is not hard, anybody can do it. The hardest part about kayaking is moving the boats around. The only time my muscles are sore is if I paddle too long in one outing. I usually try not to overdo it, and like any other person, you have to know your own physical limitations. I pick and choose which trips and bodies of water I paddle”.
Q. Are you able to keep up with the younger paddlers in your group? “Yes, I can keep up with everybody I paddle with, we are never in a rush and we usually paddle together in small groups. We keep a comfortable pace, and rest often. It’s not a race, it’s just about spending time together and enjoying nature”.
Q. You look much younger than your age, how do you stay so fit? “Thank you, you’re so sweet. I try to stay fit by walking one hour per day on my treadmill, it keeps me energized for my busy life!”.
Q. Can you share with us any items that you’ve come to rely on to make your paddling experiences more comfortable? “I often wear gloves when paddling so my hands don’t get sore. Oh, and a nice post-paddle glass of Chardonnay doesn’t hurt either”.
Q. Do you have any advice for other seniors who are considering kayaking for the first time? “Make sure you choose a kayak that has a wide enough opening that you can easily get in and out of. Go to a kayak shop or paddle show and talk to the experts before buying a kayak. Lastly, don’t be afraid of trying new things!