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A woman who took up paddleboarding to become more independent said it also helped her "fall in love" with her hometown again. Melanie Miller discovered a passion for kayaking in but moved on to paddleboarding because the inflatable equipment was easier to transport and gave her more freedom. She said it has also helped her see Harwich in Essex from a "different perspective", taking photos of the things she sees from the water. It makes you see things differently. The year-old said going kayaking in Devon with her husband, Richard, made them realise they could do the same back home.
But she said she was reliant on him to put the kayak on the roof of their van - prompting her to give paddleboarding a go instead. She said not only did the inflatable paddleboard make things "easier and quicker" but the surroundings looked different depending on whether she was standing up or sitting down. The mother-of-two said it was "amazing" to take photographs around the Dovercourt lighthouses. The two iron-framed towers off the Essex coast, believed to be unique examples of 19th Century prefabricated lighthouses, are a "well-regarded" feature of the deep water harbour and were added to Historic England's At Risk Register in October.
The former Office for National Statistics ONS worker said a recent highlight was paddling the nine miles 14km from Wrabness - one of her favourite places - back home, describing the journey as "amazing". I've never felt happier with my life than I have at the moment. East of England Paddlesports said it had seen its membership increase to almost 5, people compared to 1, a year ago. It said although anyone was able to buy a board and use it, they advised newcomers to have lessons before venturing out and to learn about river licences and safety precautions.
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