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Originally published June 20, 2013 at 5:30 AM | Page modified June 23, 2013 at 9:18 AM

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Challenge yourself with paddleboarding

There are several locations to check out paddleboarding, including the Monday night races hosted by Salmon Bay Paddle in Ballard.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Fit & Fun

Summer is here, so get out and soak it up while it’s here. One method to consider: SUPing.

That’s stand-up paddleboarding, an activity enjoyed in Hawaii for many years and that has been growing — from surf to rivers and lakes — around here.

Fans say it combines special views with good core and balance work.

Each Monday, Salmon Bay Paddle in Ballard hosts races. They begin at 7 p.m. (come early to warm up and register). Race entry is $5. For details, including where and where not to park, go to www.salmonbaypaddle.com/index.php/events/

“Our races have a mixture of newish paddlers, those wanting to just complete it, and a few sponsored professional paddlers,” said Rob Casey of Salmon Bay Paddle. “Overall laid-back atmosphere.”

And there are plenty of opportunities to learn the sport from Salmon Bay Paddle or any of several other paddle outlets in the area. Another resource: http://team206.org/

Fit & Fun is a weekly notice about active recreational opportunities in the Greater Seattle area. To suggest a future item, contact Richard Seven: rseven@seattletimes.com

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