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Ben Magnuson opened his SOL (Stand On Lakes) Surf Co. shop this spring on West Lake Avenue, across from the DL Pavilion and next to the Lakeshirts shop. The new business will offer paddle board rentals, concessions, guided tours, exercise and yoga opportunities, along with a venue for DL's youth to just hang out.

Two businesses open to host new lake activity in town: Paddle boarding

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When Detroit Lakes graduate Ben Magnuson was taking classes at the University of Hawaii through the national student exchange program, he picked up more than a good tan and college credits.

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He opened his SOL (Stand On Lakes) Surf Co. shop this spring on West Lake Avenue, across from the DL Pavilion and next to the Lakeshirts shop. The new business will offer paddle board rentals, concessions, guided tours, exercise and yoga opportunities, along with a venue for DL's youth to just hang out.

"Paddle boarding is so big in Hawaii and it's taking over the Twin Cities area, but nobody has made an impact here in this area," Magnuson said. "It's something I am very passionate about and once you try it, you will be glued to it."

Jess Stuewe opened Lake Pace, LLC and is giving lessons, renting out equipment and selling equipment. She is also giving lessons through both Detroit Lakes and Frazee Community Education.

"There's a five-minute learning curve," Stuewe said for getting used to being on the boards.

"I always tell people, if you can stand on the sidewalk and hold a broom at the same time, you can paddle board," Magnuson said.

Paddlers can sit, kneel or stand on the boards, finding the "sweet spot" where they are comfortable. From there, they use a paddle much like one from a canoe with the "T" on the top of it to "walk" on water.

Stuewe has been certified for five years and been teaching classes for four years.

This summer she is teaching a basic walking on water class, a boot camp class and yoga on the paddle boards.

"I take what I do on a mat out on the water," she said of yoga. "There's nothing like doing yoga completely surrounded by nature. It's the best yoga studio ever."

During the boot camp classes, Stuewe will mix speed intervals and ab workouts on the paddle board with beach workouts, sprints on the beach and lunges both on and off the board.

Magnuson will hold 20-minute training sessions on the water and once his clients are comfortable with the paddle board, the lakes and rivers of the area are open to them.

He will also be holding yoga and exercise classes on the paddle boards, which will put the individual through a variety of training techniques -- all on the water of Little Detroit Lake.

"There are just a bunch of different exercises you can do on the paddle boards, because they are so stable on the water," Magnuson stated. "It adds a different element of working out."

To sign up for paddle boarding classes with Jess Stuewe through Detroit Lakes Community Education, call 847-4418.

Through Frazee Community Education, call 334-3181, Option 3 or emailing commed@frazee.k12.mn.us.

Drop-ins are welcome at any of the classes in Detroit Lakes or Frazee as space allows. Lifejackets and signed waivers will be required at Stuewe's classes.

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