Simple Boating: Which is More Fun, Kayak or SUP? is a dear John letter to the sport of boating. “It’s complicated,” Jane Doe explains as the reason for her proposed breakup with the sport. As a solution, the sport suggests SUP (stand up paddling) or kayak.
Although I wish I’d made the headline more alluring, I’m proud of this story—and really psyched that it was recognized with a second place finish in the Boating Lifestyles category. It’s rare for me to be able to tie together two seemingly unrelated ideas (generic Dear John letter breakups and simplifying our complicated sport) into a single cohesive post; I wish I could do it more often. But that’s the thing about “stories from the heart” — they can be quite light-hearted, but they can’t be churned out on demand.
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