Article by Angela Yakonich: A few weeks ago, I packed up the kids and headed over to the grand opening of what is sure to be Windsor/Essex County’s newest hot spot. Located at the historic Ted Dudley’s Marina on East Pike Creek Road in Lakeshore, Urban Surf Company is owned and operated by Danielle Chevalier and Chris Mingay of Adrenaline Extreme Fitness. There are big plans to bring a different kind of fun to the area this summer.
The day was fantastic with live music, vendors showcasing their handmade artistry, a bouncy castle for the kids, frozen and healthy treats and a 519 SUP race. Since then, I have headed back to try out the boards twice! It is so much fun! I may or may not have fallen in more than once. (I did)
Stand Up Paddle Boards AKA SUP
SUP is a rapidly growing sport all over the globe. It is not only fun, but an easy way to get out into the water. While I was there, I saw people of all ages on the boards, including a toddler sitting on the front wearing a life jacket, while mom did the paddling. There is very little equipment required and this fun sport also offers an amazing workout.
Those who know Danielle will probably not be surprised to hear that she will be incorporating her hard core, boot camp style fitness classes into her SUP schedule. From SUP Fitness, to Flex H2O, a Yoga/Pilates style workout on the water, to relaxing sunrise and sunset paddles with meditation, there is something for everyone.
The boards will also be available for personal rental 7 days a week. The prices are $20 an hour for the first hour, and $10 each hour after. Each rental includes the use of the board, introductory instructions, a paddle, leash and a personal flotation device. If you aren’t into SUP racing yet, there is the option of renting canoes and kayaks as well.
Frozen Yogurt and Smoothies
There is an amazing selection of treats. I tried the Green Smoothie which is exactly that. Composed of several green fruits and vegetables it packs a couple servings into the regular sized portion! With any of the smoothies, you can add healthy additives like protein powder, bee pollen, hemp hearts and more.
The yogurt is to die for. It is a vanilla flavoured base and you choose up to three add ins. There is a wide selection of fruits, candy and chocolate. I highly recommend pineapple, strawberry and coconut.
Friday Night Family Fun and Entertainment at Urban Surf Company
On Friday nights, Urban Surf hosts family entertainment as well. My husband and I were able to head back with the kids, last Friday night. It is a relaxed setting with an acoustic guitar. The property is large enough for the kids to run around and burn off their ice cream energy. There is also a slack line for them to attempt, and as always there are paddle boards available for rental.
Urban Surf Company Offers Lots More Fun Things To Do in Lakeshore
Danielle and Chris have big plans for this summer. This Saturday they will be hosting a 3 Hour Bootcamp on the property where participants will compete in a variety of tasks to win prizes. There will be eco tours, the first one was a paddle to Peche Island. There is also consideration of an active summer kids’ camp, my son cannot wait! On August 11th there will be a Family Fun Day hosted by Life With a Baby. The property is conducive to private parties, bonfires and more! Danielle and Chris are looking forward to sharing the entire Dudley’s experience with Windsor and Essex County.
For more information about Urban Surf Company you can visit http://www.urbansurf.ca where you will find information about the sport of SUP as well as a schedule of classes and events.
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