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Stand-up paddleboarding makes a splash in Vt.

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Jeremiah Johnson and Erin Egbert are suiting up to go down the Winooski River. But this isn't just a little paddling on a nice day.

"We're a bit crazy, but it's all fun," Egbert said.

This is a five-day experience.

"It's about 72 miles total. We're doing 60-65 miles in the next five days," Johnson said. "It's an adventure."

"I've never done a multiday paddling adventure," Egbert said.

It's an adventure on stand-up paddleboards. It's a blend of kayaking, canoeing and surfing, also known as SUPing.

"I didn't see the draw of stand-up paddling until I tried it. And it's more involved; it's a full body workout. It's a different perspective of being on the water," Johnson said.

Calm, deep water is usually ideal, but that's not exactly what the Winooski River is about-- as the two have already found out on the boards they made themselves.

Reporter Gina Bullard: Do you think it's going to stand up to the Winooski River?

Jeremiah Johnson: I already have two gashes in my board from the last three hours.

"I'm enjoying going around rocks and having something to challenge me," Egbert said.

Hoping to average 2-3 mph, they will try to paddle up to 15 miles a day, only breaking to camp at night. All their gear is strapped to their boards.

"We've already portaged two dams and we have two more to go today," Johnson said.

With rapids, shallow water and lots of rocks, the Winooski River will be nothing short of an adventure.

"It's just another adventure to tell tales about, I guess," Egbert said.

The two will also have two more friends joining them Monday to finish off their adventure. They will also be blogging about it. Click here for their blog.

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