Happy Fourth of July

golden gate_windy waters copyHappy Fourth of July

Cheers, ‘merica.

America. What's like it?

From Puget Sound, where you can SUP surf a freighter wake, paddle with orcas and ski in the same day, to the Florida Keys, where you can paddle with manatees in the morning, shelter a squall for lunch and beach for sundown between mangroves, America is truly the land, and water, of opportunity.

Today we celebrate the freedom to explore that opportunity. We celebrate by running rivers, lounging around lakes and harnessing oceans. We celebrate with road trips down well-paved highways, rock tunes on truck radios, boards on racks and beds full of camping gear (don't forget the paddles and pooches). We celebrate federal holidays on long weekends, barbequed food, beach bonfires and—don't mind if I do—ice cold Bud Lights. We celebrate paddling in some of earth's most magnificent marvels, without ever leaving our backyard.

This is a great lifestyle in a great sport in a great country in a great world. What’s more to celebrate?