People Who SUP
SUP magazine caught up with six people who SUP to talk standup paddling. We asked the six everyday paddlers to tell us what their favorite paddling season is and here's what they said:
OCCUPATION: Employee, Liquid Dreams
HOMETOWN: Cape Coral, Florida
I like to go year-round, mainly because I use a surf SUP and I like to surf as much as possible. Waves are mostly better in the winter and it's usually when it's the biggest and summer's a little flatter, but it's still SUP-able.
OCCUPATION: Owner, New York Kayak Company, Inc.
HOMETOWN: New York, New York
In New York it has to be September, early fall. Water temperatures are high and air temperatures and humidity are moderate. But I seize every opportunity to paddle so I don't really care if it's fall or summer or dark or light. If I have an opportunity to paddle I take it.
OCCUPATION: Owner, Hayward Outfitters
HOMETOWN: Hayward, Wisconsin
Hands down, late winter is my favorite time to paddle. We live on a section of the Chippewa River in Northern Wisconsin, which stays open year-round. With my wetsuit, booties and neoprene rubber gloves in tow, I SUP the river on its most sunny days. It's incredibly peaceful: eagles flying overhead, river otters popping up to say hello right next to my board. Other than the wildlife, I have it all to myself.
OCCUPATION: Professional Ocean Athlete
HOMETOWN: Kuau (Maui), Hawaii
I love to paddle during winter in warm places like Maui and New Caledonia, because winter promises swell! Perfectly glassy, sunny, not too crowded, only a couple of friends, everyone catching waves, just wearing a bikini because it's not cold, but without caring about sunburns because the winter sun is nicer.
OCCUPATION: Owner, SUP NTX
HOMETOWN: Roanoke, Texas
All year round, 365, 24-7. There is no season, SUP is all year round.
OCCUPATION: Owner, Wut SUP
HOMETOWN: Gulfport, Mississippi
My favorite season to paddle is the springtime because the heat and humidity isn't as bad. We typically get dolphins in our area and we get a lot of wildlife sightings.
This article originally ran in our Fall 2014 issue as "Word on the Water" by Rebecca Parsons.