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Our B.V.I. Adventure is designed to give our family, friends and any other interested followers a look into the life of two expatriates making their way on the island of Tortola. Tortola is the largest island in the British Virgin Islands.

So, why did we move 2,000 miles away from our home in Knoxville, Tennessee? Michael accepted a position as the director of retail and international sales for a Caribbean clothing brand.



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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Weekend of SUPing

We joined the BVI SUP Club for a Saturday morning hike on the water.  I must admit, only having paddled once before I was a little nervous to paddle side-by-side with avid SUPers.  But we put in underneath the Beef Island Bridge and it was very calm, which made getting up and staying up really easy.

 Michael wore his new lycra HiHo shirt.  You like?

After an extremely pleasurable SUP experience, Andy put the boards on top of our car to use again on Sunday!  We wanted to come back to some of the same spots, but this time with our camera!

Check out what has to be one of the coolest things I've seen in the BVI since moving here in December...  A conch mound, tucked away in the back of a bay on Beef Island:

Andy told us this mound has been here for 20+ years.  Locals (and I imagine a few gutsy tourists) would dive for conch, then leave the shell on this pile after removing the meat.
We were able to get our boards right up to the edge of the mound.  And since my board had a window in it, I was able to see straight to the bottom!

I saw a stingray on Saturday then on Sunday, two small barracudas swam beneath me.  They were probably no longer than two feet each.
SUPing the Beef Island Bridge area was only the beginning of our adventure on Sunday.  We headed to Smuggler's Cove where conditions were perfect!  We were able to go long distances and neither of us fell off the board!  Dare I say, we looked liked the avid SUPers from Saturday???

A huge thank you to Andy at HiHo for teaching us and allowing us to use the boards on Sunday.  I highly recommend renting a board for the weekend!

EDITOR'S NOTE:  SUPing is pronounced "supping" like "cupping."


Lily's Laundry Boutique said...

I love this. Walter and Lily did this, this summer in the freezing Pacific. Out here they call it Paddle Boarding. Think I like Supping better. Hope ur well. :)