Paddleboard on the Mighty Clarence

“I love the paddle board. It’s just a really good way to recenter. Being on the water is really peaceful, and you have to focus on your balance and holding yourself up. Doing a little bit of yoga under the sun on the water is really magical.”

Jamie Anderson

It’s a huge river; long,sinuous and wide in parts. The mighty Clarence flows throughout the green heartland of Northern NSW . On a perfect (almost) windless day, I set out with my friends to do stand up paddleboarding (also known as SUPPing) at Copmanhurst near Grafton.

“May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

It’s the perfect spot for a tranquil paddle; a gentle current, deep, clear green water, small sandy beaches flanked by majestic, ancient cliffs.

I’ve only paddleboarded a few times but I’ve come to love the experience-so tranquil and meditative and I can’t help but think of the Indigenous peoples who moved along the waterways in this fashion. The trick to maintaining balance is to keep your eyes firmly fixed on the horizon however I forgot the rule when looking down at the fish in the dark clear water. A moment later I felt a wobble and splash! I fell off the board and into the river. Fortunately I kept hold of my sunnies as I paddled back to land. Also fortunate was the lack of photographic evidence revealing my inelegant fall from grace.

After recovering, I jumped back on and kept paddling, determined to make the most of a corker of a day!

2 thoughts on “Paddleboard on the Mighty Clarence

  1. Kate, I am enchanted to read and see some of your journeys and can’t but think you have chosen
    a wonderful way to experience our planer.
    I love canoeing but have done little paddling. The sea is too choppy to make it easy.
    You do so well and I understand the concentration and balance it takes.

    Wonderful treat


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