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One of the fastest growing water sports in the country is paddleboarding and now a new book by Skipton-based author Jo Moseley has lifted the lid on how to get started and the best places across the country to stand-up and take to the water.

When Jo Moseley was recuperating from a painful knee injury in 2016, she read that stand-up paddleboarding was a great way to improve your fitness and build up core strength.

By September of that year she had taken her first paddleboarding lesson on Derwent Water in the Lake District and it was a moment that would change her life forever.

Six years on and the 57-year-old wants to spread the joy of a sport that has opened up a whole new world of excitement, adventure and happiness for her.

So much so that she went on to become the first woman to stand-up paddleboard coast to coast. It was an incredible achievement and one which was made into a film Brave Enough – A Journey Home to Joy, as she embarked on the 162-mile journey from Liverpool to Goole via the Leeds-Liverpool canal and Aire and Calder Navigation.

Now the intrepid boarder has brought out a new book called Stand-up Paddleboarding in Great Britain, a beautiful publication which explains how to get started in the sport of SUP and is filled with over 30 places across the UK where both enthusiasts and beginners can take to the waters.

Alongside some breathtaking photography of some of the most idyllic waterways in the country, Jo says her mission was to help people of all ages get involved in an activity that has brought her so much joy.

She said: “I wanted to take readers to beautiful places around the country that lift our soul and introduce them to the sport and the wonderful paddleboarding community that makes it so special.

The book includes many of Jo’s own experiences on the water, her tips on getting started, where to get lessons and the different types of equipment needed.

In it she also highlights some of her stand-out locations across the UK which includes Yorkshire hotspots Runswick Bay, the Rochdale canal in Hebden Bridge and Semerwater in the Dales.

Stand-up Paddleboarding in Great Britain is published by Vertebrate Publishing and is available at all good bookshops priced £20.

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