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SUPLBK offers a socially distanced summer activity

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

It can be hard to find safe summer activities during the pandemic, and that's where Brent and Velvet Hodges step in.

As the owners of SUPLBK, a stand up paddle boarding business, they are offering socially distanced and safe way to get outside this summer.

"We're one of the few activities that you can get out to do," Brent Hodges said. "So we've had a lot of families out, enjoying time together paddle boarding."

The Hodges said Dunbar Historical Lake was perfect spot to dive into the paddle boarding business in Lubbock.

"This lake was 78 acres of water, right here within the city of Lubbock and in the park so there's no fee to get in," Brent explained. "Also, there's no motorized boat traffic here, so safety wise you don't have to deal with boats and jet skis and wakes and those things, so it really works out well for the public."

Although they've seen a spike in sales this summer, there was some concern and confusion about Governor Abbott's order that required rafting and tubing businesses to close.

"It's because they have to transport people in a vehicle," Velvet Hodges said. "But we don't do that out here, everybody comes in their own vehicle and they get on their own board and it's all good."

Rentals are first come, first served and SUPLBK provides life jackets and a quick lesson for first-timers.

"It's just so cool to watch the smiles as they come back in and they're so excited," Velvet said. "They're like, this is just so much fun, the most fun I've ever had in Lubbock."

SUPLBK is open Friday through Sunday all the way until October. 

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