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Learning to paddle board in central Vermont

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You're never too old to take on a new sport.  Sunday at the Waterbury Center State Park, the 3rd annual Standup Paddle Board Festival gave first timers the chance to learn some new skills.

"I was scared I was gonna fall. I almost did but I caught myself," says Sydnie Luyando of Ohio.

"It's a new experience and you learn different things and talk to different people," says Shane Borger of South Burlington.

"Today we've got instructional classes going, some yoga demonstration and opportunities for people who have never standup paddle boarding to try it for the first time," says Steven Brownlee, organizer of the event.

For 5 bucks, visitors got a chance to try out more than 50 different boards.

"Some are made wide and thick so that they're very, very stable for the first time paddler to get out. others are long and narrow adn very swift in the water," says Brownlee.

All of the money raised Sunday will go to Friends of Waterbury Reservoir. And you're sure to get your money's worth of advice before hitting the water.

"When you first start out, you might want to stay on your knees until you feel more comfortable with paddling and then, once you get used to it, you might want to stand up," says Luyando.  

"If you fall in the water just get right back up," says Sarah Evans.

Reporter: "Did you fall out there today?" Shane Borger: "No, I didn't fall but I saw somebody else out there but you know, it's kind of tempting to jump in, the water is really nice and cool."

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