The holiday madness has begun. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I, tadalafil for one, haven’t even found a good sweet potato recipe.
We’re also staring straight into the face of the biggest storm of the season, so far. If you’re looking to get any paddling in, I’d shoot for today, tomorrow or just before your turkey dinner. The potential for snow is predicted to roll in around Friday and not let up until the week following. We’re looking at temps near freezing, wind gusts up to 10 mph or more and possibly a foot of snow or more.
Hopefully, this upcoming storm will jump-start the ski and snowboard season. Of course, the Friday after Thanksgiving typically marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season. South Tahoe Standup Paddle will be open on Black Friday and the following Saturday from 9 a.m. to to 6 p.m. We’ve got plenty of great gifts for everyone in the family. Shop local!
As for news this week, there isn’t much. A lot of the paddling publications are starting to focus on fitness. I guess that’s what we’re supposed to do in winter: practice and perfect our strokes, keep our bodies prepared and watch a ton of paddling videos.
Again this week, standup paddling shows its international appeal. There will be races in Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and Europe. SUPracer.com’s Rogue Race Calendar, the best listing of standup paddle events, doesn’t show a single race in the United States. At some point, I think we should start a winter race in Lake Tahoe, but that’s another story.
This week there has been quite a few cool features in the paddling media. I really enjoyed Brittany Parker’s essay on whitewater paddling. SUPthemag.com also covered a firing surf competition in Morocco. SUPracer.com has a bunch of great photos from Battle of the Paddle Brazil. South Tahoe local, Rob Guistina was a participant in the open race while South Tahoe’s, Dreu Murin, announced the event. But the hands-down Internet favorite this week is the video of Kai Lenny’s ride at Jaws. Check out the video of the massive wave below.
We hope you have a wonderful week out there. Please feel free to drop us a line on South Tahoe Standup Paddle’s Facebook Page or feel free to email me at Tahoepaddling@gmail.com. You’re welcome to stop by the shop, though hours vary. You can always call (530-416-4829) beforehand. Happy Thanksgiving!