Reposted from the Biophilic Cities blog with permission. Years ago I attended the Congress of the New Urbanism annual conference in Chicago, where I met Katie Selby (now Katie Selby Urban). She and her brother Jed had just embarked on an ambitious plan to develop a new neighborhood in their home city of Buena Vista, Colorado. That development, called South Main, designed around the principles of New Urbanism, is now a reality. As Katie and Jed (and Katie’s husband Dustin) are all competitive freestyle kayakers, it is not surprising that a key and distinctive feature of South Main is its connection to the Arkansas River. South Main includes a whitewater park complete with a series of surf waves, extensive hiking trails, and even a climbing boulder. a remarkable increase in participation of 47% between 2011 and 2013 alone). Aqua Vida). In the Netherlands, a country known for its canal-skating heritage and culture, there is now even an 11-city SUP Tour, building on the tradition of winter city-to-city skating tours, complete with stamps at each stop (the shift to a SUP event may be a very smart move in a climate where the canals haven’t fully frozen for some fifteen years). Started by Dutch champion windsurfer Anne-Marie Valeria Reichman, this coming September will see the seventh year of the tour (and race). There are clinics each day for learning SUP, and live-streaming and live-tracking of the tour.