CRUISING: Yenny Stromgren doing a spot of land paddling or street SUP beside the Noosa River.
CRUISING: Yenny Stromgren doing a spot of land paddling or street SUP beside the Noosa River. John Mccutcheon

What’s up with that woman and the pole?

YENNY Stromgren drives down with the pole in her hands and glides along the path as if she is steering a gondola on dry land

What is under her feet is not a boat, it's a skateboard.

The 43-year-old Noosa mum has taken up land paddling or street SUP - the skaters' version of stand-up paddling.

Yenny has become of the country's early adopters of the sport.

She got into it a couple of years ago when she was looking for an activity to strengthen her core muscles.

"I always wanted to skateboard but I was never that adventurous," Yenny said.

"But one day, I went to a friend's place and they had a friend my age, and he came over with a very long board and was talking about the sport

"I had a bad back and wanted to build up my core muscles. This was something I found was really good for me."

Yenny uses a paddle homemade from a bamboo pole tipped with a rubber dog ball and rides a longboard skateboard but is awaiting the arrival of a new 150cm board.

Her quest to learn more about equipment and the sport led her to write an e-book, Land Paddling Street SUP - The new fun core fitness sport to hit the streets.

"When I started, there were only brands (putting out information) that tried to get you to buy stuff, and for me, I wanted to find out from riders what was good and I wanted to know why they do it and connect with more people."

Yenny has never written a book before. Originally from Sweden, she came to Australia in the late 1990s to study photography and stayed.

When she is not busy with her two sons, she runs a homewares business, Dirt by Earth.

And she street SUPs.

Yenny has tried lots of different sports - soccer, hockey, tennis and slalom skiing - but has found her niche with street SUP.

"There's something about this. You can go very fast, or slow, and you can go anywhere," she said.

"I can go out my door and ride. I don't have to carry anything to my car and drive to the water."

Yenny tries to street SUP every day but is still a little shy about it.

"I try to go early in the mornings so no-one looks at me," she said.

Yenny's only problem with street SUP is that there are not more people doing it. If you are interested in joining her, phone 0419 642 705.


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