Hello Paddlers, thumb
We’re finally start to see winter show up. I saw one forecaster write something like, “Winter is here just in time for spring.” This week will be windy, stormy and cold. We do have some snow in the forecast, but we won’t curse it by guessing at amounts.
If you must paddle this week, I’d try to get out Wednesday morning or Sunday and Monday look like they’ll be clear. Winds will be variable, topping out at around 15 mph just before the storm hits Friday. Temperatures will drop into the 30s with lows below 20. Burrr, finally.
We have a few cool local announcements this week. Our friends over at Watermans Landing are launching a winter race, called the Arctic Paddle. The 1-, 2-, or 3-mile paddle will take place March 1 in Carnelian Bay. You can find more information and register on their website.
It’s great to see the new Race the Lake of the Sky website launch. Chris and his developer spent a lot of time choosing images, deciding on the layout and adding content. Results, photos and video from all three years are now available. Registration for the 2015 event will kick off soon.
Speaking of this year’s races, I hope everyone is out there training. It’s going to be tough keeping up with what EpicTV is calling “The New Generation of SUP Racers.” Pro paddler Candice Appleby named South Tahoe SUP’s own Josiah and Joshua Brackett among the youngsters that have a huge future in the sport.
On the national front, we’ve seen some amazing news this week. In France, 77 standup paddlers caught the same wave. Aptly titled, “The Bat Race,” a paddling event in one of Switzerland’s giant water-filled caves was announced. And in Hawaii, surfer Jamie O’Brien and crew rode what is probably the largest wave ever ridden by six people on the same board.
The shop is open various hours on the weekends. Give us a call or shoot us an email if there’s something specific you’re looking for. Or you can always post on the Facebook page. We hope you have a wonderful week out there.