If you’ve ever made it to the water by first light, you know: sunrise is among the best times of day for a paddle. The colors are cosmic, the water is tranquil and the paddler is free from the bustle of a day in full bore, free to explore both empty water and fresh head space. This peaceful edit from a sunrise paddle at the Rock of Gibraltar is enough to make even the most stubborn sleeper forget the snooze button and get out there. A little dose of inspiration to carry us through the weekend.

For another pleasurable paddling experience, try being the only SUP out with three whales.