I admit, I’m a bit of a DIY junkie…every time I see a beautiful table from pallet wood, or some other sweet contraption on Pinterest I think to myself “I could totally make that!”. And it’s never as easy as it looks. This is how I felt whenever I saw amazing photos of the Otentik sunshade in the water, like this one. Which is perhaps why it took me so long to actually try it myself…I’m such a huge fan of this product, hence us opening up a business to import them to the US, and yet I’d never actually used it IN the water. So…challenge accepted!
This past weekend we were testing out our new toys, the waterproof Polar Bear Cooler and our new inflatable paddle board from Isle Surf and SUP. We’d been paddling for more than 2 hours on the Intracoastal waterways looking for a nice disappearing island and desperately in need of a reprieve from the sun and to cool off for a while.
My husband and I started filling the four sandbags with sand, which was actually more like a muddy sludge. After a couple of minutes, my hubby came to check the progress I’d made. In my defense, his hands are much larger and can shovel sand more quickly! =) (I’m tempted to add a photo of his ginormous man hands for proof…but let’s stay focused here). So we established that my bags needed much more sand…a couple more minutes of scooping and we put the poles up.
It was rather windy, and it took a bit of figuring out which angle to place the poles at. Little tip: USE THE POLE SLEEVES! This brilliant little trick really keeps them in place. I’ve seen people wrapping them around the top of the poles, but never actually did it myself. I thought it was maybe just a good way to not misplace them. Anyways, even though it was a really windy day, the sunshade was totally solid and provided lots of shade for us while we chilled in the water.
I will definitely be bringing it on many more paddle adventures! As you can see…I kind of enjoyed myself! 😉
Oh – and whether you have giant man hands or not, on windy days just keep filling those bags till they’re full, full, FULL! If you’re doing it right, it should look something like this.