WESTBROOK, Conn. (WTNH)-- Summer time leaves people looking for ways to beat the heat. Living on the shoreline offers many options.
"We've tried it all but this is my favorite so far, this is my speed," said Gail Kotowski.
Standup paddle boarding is the fastest growing water sport around and once you get on board you just might get hooked.
"It's great, it's a sport any age can do," said Kotowski.
Guilford's Gail Kotowski calls herself an old surfer. She grew up on the water and now in her 60s, this paddle boarding craze has really grown on her.
"Actually the best paddle boarders are people in their 60s now, and I've gotten into it, this is my third season. I've got into racing and I'm always like trying different boards," said Kotowski.
Dave Segal is the manager of Action Sports in Old Saybrook and he believes paddle boarding is here to stay.
"Paddle boards, you know it's great for the whole family. It's the fastest growing sport right now, more so than when kayaks had their phase, paddle boards just blowing up with the amount of interest," said Segal.
At a recent demonstration in Westbrook, dozens of people tried their luck on the boards.
Some had better success than others, but everyone who tried it seemed to like it.
"It was a little scary at first but once you get on the board and you find your balance, it's fine, I'm the most un-athletic person in the world," said Melissa Ernst, Pittsburgh.
"Fantastic, we had a blast. What a great day for this event, and I think we're gonna get a paddle board," said Lynn Cyr, Westbrook.
Paddle boards come in all kinds of sizes, colors, and shapes. You can rent them for about $50 a day, but if you decide to buy one...
"The paddle boards start at roughly about $699, there's different materials that make up different price points for the boards," said Segal.
With all this paddle board hoopla, even News 8's Erik Dobratz decided to give it a whirl.
And once you find your comfort zone, it is a lot of fun.
"Anybody can do it, if I can do it, anybody can do it," said Cyr.
And it really doesn't get much better than that.
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