Winter is on its way. We are nearing Halloween, daylight savings time, and— knock on wood— snow, lots and lots of snow. But, first, we have to get through the windy and gray days of October. Temperatures this week will hover in the low 60s before dropping to low 40s and even 30s at night. A small rainstorm may roll through this weekend. Keep an eye on our web cam for those small windows when you can get out and paddle. Otherwise, you might need a hover board to get over those waves.
I’ve spent the week at my parents’ home on the North Coast. We’ve had a few fun days of paddling on the Eel River. Unfortunately the river is too low for much distance and the dismal water level is keeping the salmon from their fall run. Hopefully, we’ll get a lot of water this season. California and Lake Tahoe— now below its natural rim— needs it.
In the greater SUP world, paddlers are claiming Japan as the next big standup paddling destination. According to pro paddler Travis Grant, the place has a lot of potential for racing. From the photos, it looks like there would be a lot of awesome touring as well. Not to mention, the cuisine is legendary.
As far as events go, you’re going to have to travel to get to anything substantial. Tennessee has a cool race coming up called the Chattajack 31, a 31-mile downstream trip on the Tennessee River to Nickajack Lake. Oahu will be hosting a Halloween Race. And the WPA Championship Races will be held in St. Petersburg, Florida on Oct. 25.
During the shoulder seasons, I find myself watching a ton of videos. I think it helps me visualize the way I’d like to surf, snowboard, fly fish and paddle. This week’s embed is a lesson in stylish paddle surfing on long Peruvian lefts— I am a goofy footer after all. Enjoy!
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.