The shoulder season rolls on. The weather this week will drop to fall norms. Expect temperatures in the low 60s to mid 50s. Winds will be gusty through Wednesday before dropping to around 10 mph through the weekend. Mornings have been glassy, so get out there early.
I think most of the crew is still recovering from Battle of the Paddle. When you surf for 12 hours straight, it’s hard to jump back into work. At least there are plenty of videos to relive the chaos, carnage and competition of the world’s biggest SUP event.
Now, with racing mostly over, it’s a great time to go check out new spots. There is still a lot of great touring to be done. If you need ideas close to Tahoe, the roads to Blue Lakes and Echo Lakes are still open. There’s always Topaz, Indian Creek and Fallen Leaf. Or you could grab an inflatable and hike up to one of the alpine lakes, too.
Of course, if you’re still dying for competition there are a few exciting races left in the year. The 100-mile Paddle is Southern California’s longest race. The course runs from Los Angeles to San Diego with a handful of checkpoints along the way. There are also races in Georgia, Florida and Australia.
I love following the standup paddle media. The many magazines and websites do a great job covering the sport and dig up a too many features to mention in a weekly blog post. Every week I like to highlight something I’ve found. This week it has to be the painfully adorable SUP lesson from 4-year-old Kiara Goold. “ARE YOU READY?”