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Published December 11th 2012
Test the waters with these fun new activities
Yoga on the water
As the long summer stretches ahead it is worth knowing about a few new activities you can try out at the beach. Because anything fun is doubly fun on the water.
Take yoga for example. Of course you could always do your yoga on a quiet spot on the sand. But there is a bit more space on the water. Plus the deck of a board makes the perfect non-slip yoga mat and it is so tranquil exercising when you are surrounded by water. Stand Up Paddle Yoga classes are run by the Peninsula Stand Up Paddle School and run throughout summer on the Sorrento foreshore. All equipment including mats and boards provided.
Something a whole lot less sedate but a lot of frothy fun is Kite Surfing down at St Kilda beach. Kiteboarding is a mix of windsurfing, surfing and wakeboarding but you use large highly controllable kites which blast you along with the power of the wind. Compared to windsurfing and surfing, kiteboarding is a fairly easy sport to learn. It usually take about two or three lessons from instructors before you are up, up and away. Kite Republic has lessons for beginners right through to experienced surfers who wish to taken their board riding to a whole new high.
Back to the sedate again with kayaking. But this is kayaking with a fascinating outcome. A two hour tour with Apollo Bay Surf & Kayak will take you out to visit the seal colony. See these fun creatures frolic and play. One might even mosey over to see you or perhaps even catch a wave back to shore with you. In the distance you can see the beautiful green hills surrounding Apollo Bay where the country meets the sea in some startling scenery.
This is probably as close as you will get to walking on water. Aqua orbs are huge inflatable see-through balls. They float on shallow water with you inside. You can walk, run, perform tricks and even harmlessly crash into your fellow zorbers without getting wet. These operate from Eastern beach along the Geelong foreshore which is always a fun family place to visit.