Photo Courtesy: OnTarget Photography
When you imagine a vacation, do you imagine watching the sunrise over a beautiful body of water, enjoying an uncrowded morning SUP session, spending your days relaxing lakeside and within walking distance to one of the coolest towns in New York? Well, good. So do we, and Otsega Lake is that destination. With 10 miles of clean, placid waters, awesome surrounding parks, and endless on the water fun, you may never want to leave. The drive through Cooperstown to Otsego Lake is beautiful enough that you may be convinced to up and move there before you even hit the water.
The 10-mile stretch of water can be a perfect paddle workout or scenic tour. Spots like the Clinton Dam by Lakefront Park are secluded, picnic appealing and the water is glassy, making it a prime destination for SUP Yoga. Paddle over to the opposite end of the lake to Glimmerglass State Park, the aptly-named retreat shielded from wind to provide consistently calm surface waters. On land the park is well-kept, with playgrounds for the kiddos, picnic benches for grubbing and plenty of space for recreational activities.
Cooperstown has one of the most appealing Main Streets in America. Shopping, hole-in-the-wall dining, American history, beautiful homes and refreshing mountain air. The combination between Otsega Lake and Cooperstown is unbeatable.
America is riddled with countless unsung watering holes ideal for your next SUP adventure. To highlight some of our favorite freshwater paddling locales, we’re profiling 30 lakes in 30 days for the entire month of July. We’ll give you the lake’s local rundown, outfitting options in the area and we’ll even tell you where to find the best bite and beer post-paddle. It’s a resource just for you and it’s brought to you by Tahoe SUP.
New York lakes state of mind.
Lina Augaitis is an outdoor renaissance woman. The Canadian’s path includes time as an adventure racer, skier, mountain biker, wilderness guide and, more recently, one of the world’s top female SUP racers. With a custom, built-in bed, a locally designed bike rack and all the amenities she needs, Lina’s ride is almost as versatile as she is.
Race Board.SIC X 12’6” Pro Lite. It was designed by Mark Raaphorst, who is an amazing shaper, and it’s my go-to race board for flatwater and small chop.
Fin.The SUP Gladiator fin designed and built by Larry Allison. Great in all conditions, and it’s my lucky fin.
Bed. My husband built a bed by taking out the back seats and welding in a custom frame. Underneath is just the right height to fit milk crates for storage and above is just enough room to sit up comfortably. Perfect.
Skis. These are my backcountry touring skis with Dynafit bindings, which is what I normally use. In the winter, skiing is my main outdoor sport. Around here, especially in the spring, you can ski tour, mountain bike and paddleboard all in one day.
iSUP. Inflatable SIC X 12’6”. This is the best for traveling. It’s perfect for planes or car trips where I don’t want to put boards on the roof. It hangs out in the car a lot.
Paddle. The Werner Grand Prix is my go-to race paddle. I like Werner because they’re a family organization, they’re well-built paddles and they make their products in the U.S.
Drysuit. My Supskin drysuit saves me in the winter. It’s super lightweight and has little booties and a hood attached for the many cold, rainy days we have here.
Running Gear. I used to be a big adventure racer, and I still really enjoy trail running.
Mountain Bike. This is my favorite mountain bike for North Vancouver, which is known for having really technical trails. It’s a Titus, but my husband put it together from a bunch of different parts. And I love the color. Orange makes me look hardcore.
Bike Rack. This is called the North Shore rack, and it was created and made by a couple from North Vancouver. They were annoyed with how complicated and cumbersome most racks are, so they made a simple, tough rack that’s easy to use. All it takes is one rope to secure the bikes, and you can put up to four bikes on it.
Get inside the radical rides of many more SUP athletes.
This feature originally ran in our 2015 Summer Issue.
You know the saying; “The bigger they are, the harder they fall.” Well, that sorta applies here. You see, no matter how much time you spend pumping iron and puckering pectorals at Muscle Beach, the truth is, muscle mass does not equate to paddling prowess.
Beyond the laughs and teases, we salute these two. After all, the underlying theme of this video is one we preach with every day: Paddling is all about having fun. Mission accomplished.
More paddling laughs.
In a few short months, $55,000—the largest prize purse in SUP history—will be doled out among elite finishers at the inaugural Pacific Paddle Games at Doheny State Beach. Photo: Aaron Black-Schmidt
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., July 27, 2015 – SUP magazine is pleased to announce the inaugural 2015 Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life will offer a groundbreaking $55,000 prize purse. The richest prize money ever offered in the sport of SUP racing is possible thanks to the generous support of presenting sponsor Salt Life, as well as supporting sponsors OluKai, GoPro and West Marine. The Pacific Paddle Games, which will be held on October 10-11 at Doheny State Beach, a California State Park in Dana Point, is destined to be the world’s preeminent SUP race and draw all of the top racers to Southern California.
“We are thrilled to be a sponsor of this year’s Pacific Paddle Games that will feature the top elite athletes in the field,” says Salt Life President Jeff Stillwell. “Watching this sport grow as it has over the past few years plays right into what our brand is all about.”
The Pacific Paddle Games will draw racers from around the globe for an exciting weekend of innovative surf race formats and big prizes. But there will be something for everyone, with divisions for open, junior and advanced paddlers.
The Pacific Paddle Games festival area will feature the West Marine Demo Zone, the largest SUP demo area in the country, offering opportunities to trial SUP boards and gear, learn tips and tricks from the pros, and meet your favorite athletes in a fun and festive atmosphere for the whole family.
The 2015 Pacific Paddle Games wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and partners. Big thanks to Salt Life, OluKai, GoPro, West Marine and California State Parks.
Stay tuned to PacificPaddleGames.com for more information on courses, athletes, registration and more, coming soon. #PPG2015
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A Lake Erie paddler rounds the point off Point Abino Lighthouse, Lake Erie. Photo: Lake Erie North Shore SUP
If you’re American or Canadian, you’ve heard of Lake Erie. The fourth largest of five Great Lakes, Erie’s a favorite recreational getaway among paddlers, boaters, divers, fishermen and even some surfers (sure, the waves are fickle, frigid, few and far between, but the small community that chases them is as stoked as any). But it’s not the shipwreck diving or impressive sightseeing—as the pictured paddler is seen doing at the historic Abino Lighthouse—that landed Lake Erie on the 30 Lakes list. What we’re fired up about is the fact that Lake Erie is the hub of four different states, and two different countries. Meaning, a circumnavigation of Lake Erie travels paddlers through the coasts of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Canada. How many other paddling lakes allow for international travel?
A circumnavigation sounds great in theory, the 871 miles of shoreline is be a bit much for the average paddler. Luckily, there are endless routes and community areas for day paddlers, weekend warriors and family vacationers alike. And there’s no time like the present–summertime on Lake Erie is as paradisaical as the northeast gets.
A few facts:
-The five Great Lakes together make up 21% of earth’s total freshwater surface area.
-Point Pelee National Park in Lake Erie is the southernmost point on Canada’s mainland.
-Lake Erie is the warmest and most biologically productive of the Great Lakes. Take that, Lake Michigan.
Find the perfect lake for your next vacation in our 30 Lakes in 30 Days resource page.
Travis Grant on his way to a solid win at the 2015 M2O. Photo: Blair Grant
Travis Grant and Sonni Hönscheid have crossed a relatively calm Ka’iwi Channel to claim their respective 2015 titles at the Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships today.
Grant once again proved his prowess across the Channel of Bones after a runner up finish last year and a win in 2013. He’s easily one of the best downwind paddlers on the planet and was able to pick up tiny runners during the race. But the fact that Grant won so handily in very light wind conditions also means that this guy is still only getting faster. An extremely impressive performance by Grant in an extremely impressive year (he won the Carolina Cup against the world’s best in April). He finished only 22 seconds short of five hours, about 50 minutes longer than last year.
“It doesn’t get much flatter than that,” he said at the finish. “It was a grind. I wanted to pull out multiple times.”
Kai Lenny put on a strong second place performance, separating himself from the pack but never getting within striking distance of Grant. Relative newcomer Lincoln Dews rounded out the top three with Brazilian Vinnicius Martins in fourth. Travis Baptiste continued his winning ways in the stock category, with his third win in as many years (he took fifth overall on a stock—extremely impressive).
2014 champ Hönscheid made it a two-year reign, proving again that she is going to be a contender in open ocean paddling for years to come. This comes on the tail of an impressive run in Europe this summer, with multiple wins. Hönscheid is on her way to her best year to date.
In one of the performances of the event, Annabel Anderson came in second on a 14-foot stock board (no rudder). She honestly could have won it all. But even a second is a huge feat from the Kiwi, though not especially surprising considering Anderson’s race résumé and sheer tenacity on a SUP. If you read Anderson’s pre-race essay on our site, you know that she was stoked.
Fellow Kiwi Penelope Strickland took third for the second year running.
The nearly windless and hot conditions saw multiple withdrawals from the race, including perennial contender and 2014 champion Connor Baxter, who pulled out, citing stomach cramps and back pain.
On the men’s side, SUP line honors went to stock team of Danny Ching and Kai Chong.
Look for our full recap and results with an exclusive gallery from Erik Aeder tomorrow.
1. Travis Grant (04:59:38)
2. Kai Lenny (05:15:59)
3. Lincoln Dews (05:19:18)
4. Vinnicius Martins (05:25:14)
5. Travis Baptiste (14′) (05:26:47)
1. Sonni Hönscheid
2. Annabel Anderson (14′)
3. Penelope Strickland
Competitors line up for a (uncancelled) event on the Standup World Series schedule. They won’t be doing the same in Brazil. Photo: Standup World Series
Events have been dropping like flies from the ever-evolving agenda of competitive standup paddling. Between the loss of the BOP and the cancellation of the SUP World Cup in Germany, we’ve seen an unprecedented amount of last-minute schedule modifications in the world of elite SUP competition in 2015. And when schedules change last minutes, athletes and industry folk who plan their year banking on event stability suffer the immediate effects. How many fees from cancelled plane flights and hotel bookings, support crews and board shipments would you tolerate before losing faith in the system?
“When events are cancelled last minute, it really makes things difficult for us,” champion competitor Annabel Anderson told SUP mag in a recent phone interview. “My year is planned out well in advance due to operating in two hemispheres.”
And now, to make matters worse for Anderson and her fellow competitors, the Brazilian Grand Slam—a favored event in both surfing and racing put on by the Standup World Tour (surfing) and Standup World Series (racing)—two of the most established circuits in standup paddling—has been cancelled.
The Brazilian stop was originally intended to be the opening event on the Standup World Series calendar. When it was rescheduled to run mid-season, August 14 through 23, after the Brazilian government modified the terms of their financial support, Tour/Series coordinators and athletes alike were scrambling to make adjustments.
“It was either move the date of the Brazilian event, or the event gets canceled,” Tristan Boxford, chief operator of the SUWT/S, told SUP the mag. “The Brazilian government, which is providing 100 percent support for this event, told us super late in the game that we needed to move the event to August if they are going to fund it.”
But today we heard from Waterman League athletes that the Brazilian event is now completely done for. In other words, athletes, sponsors, fans, media outlets and event coordinators, all of whom already shuffled schedules and paid extra fees by modifying their calendars to accommodate the event change, must now cancel their plans entirely. Needless to say, everyone involved is bummed.
This unpredictability stems specifically from a lack of cooperation from the Brazilian government, which the Waterman League was counting on to sanction and fund the event in order for it to take place. Until now, World Tour/Series orchestrators have been able to put on great events in Brazil despite the hardships of running events in country. Unfortunately, a major curve ball hit the SUP world today and the Grand Slam was officially cancelled for the year.
Waterman League director Tristan Boxford could not be reached for comment at the time of this story, so stay tuned for updates as it develops.
SUWS competitors Zane Schweitzer and Casper “The Viking” Steinfath, expressing their stoke after the last SUWS event in Italy. Something tells us they’re making similar expressions about the cancellation of Brazil, this time in sorrow and disbelief. Photo: Standup World Series
Look for Anderson tomorrow in the stock 14′ class at the 2015 M2O.
It happens every year and it’s one of the few events you can set your annual calendar by.
The final Sunday of every July, prone and standup paddlers make the journey to the island of Molokai for the crossing back to the island of Oahu. This will be the 19th year in which hardy souls both young and old come from near and far to navigate the Ka’iwi Channel in an attempt to take the fastest line back to the neighboring island.
For some it’s a right of passage, a heritage of inter-island travel that they are born and raised with. For others it’s a personal journey representing months of dedication, training, planning and coordination of logistics.
Steeped in history and the pinnacle of ocean and channel crossings, the roots of M2O began lying down. The windy summer months and lack of swell provided the perfect opportunity for the surfers and lifeguards to hone the critical fitness and prepare themselves for the big swells of the winter season ahead. Prone boards were the perfect tool.
While some years were bigger than others, the group of paddlers from the Hawaiian Islands, California, Australia and beyond held to their annual date with the Channel, which continues today.
As the popularity of SUP kicked off, the prone paddlers welcomed these newcomers. SUP became the new kid on the block in the Channel.
The metamorphosis of standup has brought major attention to this weekend, but the roots of prone paddling extend far into the heart of the newcomer.
With the popularity of the event reaching gargantuan proportions in recent years, registration fever hits every March. Priority is given to those who have crossed before, and with more and more people wanting to participate, an entry lottery was introduced for those wanting to pull off the trifecta of training, travel and logistics.
While this year I had no intention of making the crossing (having crossed in 2011 on a whim) other years I have made entries only for plans to be upended with circumstances beyond my control.
In 2012, two days before leaving New Zealand for Hawaii to make the M2O, I slipped down some stairs on the way home from dinner. A torn MCL and a cancelled race followed.
In 2013, ‘sticker’ wars hit their peak. The prominent flavor of unlimited downwind boards had been sold and the new corporate owners weren’t too fussed on having the stickers of competition gracing their gel coats. It would be fair to say that some ugly exchanges affected a couple well-known athletes and rather than step into the firing line for the same round of public target practice, for me, the lure of Tahitian downwind paradise beckoned and I accepted.
In 2014, the lure of warm Costa Rican waves overpowered the stress of pulling off the logistics of the channel.
Then, 2015 hit and with no intention other than having a clear diary for the month of July, I was set to take things as they came and make the most of the freedom of a couple of open weeks in my schedule.
You see, that’s the funny thing about M2O, it’s not just signing up that guarantees you’re going to cross the channel.
First up, the challenge of boards and equipment runs far deeper than people realize. Downwind boards (unlimited or stock) are unique shapes, which only work in the waters of the Kai’wi Channel (it’s not unusual for people to have different boards for different downwind runs around the Hawaiian Islands and further afield. Such is the specificity of each stretch of water and the conditions each holds).
Then you have to factor of getting a board: ship one in, try to buy locally or get something made there. None of these options are a home run.
The waters of Hawaii are unique as are the trade winds which generate the big rolling ocean swells that make downwind paddling here unparalleled. The same goes for the currents and climate that go with them. Only a fool would turn up unprepared to cross the channel having not experienced it prior.
So, now you’ve got your entry, you’ve got your board, you’ve figured out if and where you’re going to spend time beforehand. Then, you’ve got the nitty gritty of the critical logistics to get your head around.
More akin to a Rubik’s Cube, some people (most likely local) have the magic code for M2O. For anyone outside, it quickly becomes a cryptic jigsaw of trying to work out how it may possibly come together to make it to the start line.
A couple of weeks ago, I found myself at home (winter, in Wanaka, New Zealand – my first winter visit home in six years) and I wondered if there might be the smallest chance of the planets aligning to make the 2015 M2O crossing. It would be dependent on two critical factors first up – was there a board I could use and could I secure an entry?
A couple of emails later, confirmation was through. Brian Szymanski of Lahui Kai—a board brand that has been shaping for M2O virtually since its inception—had shaped a third 14-foot stock board and it was being shipping to Oahu. And, receipt of an email gave me the go ahead—I was lucky enough to secure a late entry.
Once the tickets are booked, teamwork comes into play. Anything to do with a Channel crossing is a complicated maze of teamwork. The transfers, carting of equipment, places to stay, where to train, downwind shuttles and more – none of it is possible without the goodwill and team work of locals and others.
Maybe it’s this logistical nightmare and shared experience that makes the M2O the event that it is. The camaraderie shared from the sheer achievement of making it to the start line and then across the channel to the finish line is phenomenal.
There is no massive prize purse, just the satisfaction of pulling off a monumental effort that was months in the planning and preparation. The expense (yes – this comes with a high price tag attached) and the sacrifices you make are outweighed by personal achievement.
In the few days since I arrived on Molokai, I’ve had a few surprised looks when bumping into some familiar faces.
“Yes, I’m doing the race.”
“No I’m doing it Stock – the hard way, on a 14’ with no rudder.”
You see, when the planets align to have the opportunity to tow the start line of an M2O, why not?
Sure there is the glory of the Unlimited class – all board and the forgiveness of a rudder to help you paddle and surf your way against the prevailing right shouldered breeze that tries to push you south of the rum line.
But for those that line up without a rudder on a shorter board – either individual or in the team’s event, the reasons for participating are the same – to cross the Channel of Bones and to make the best crossing you are capable of that day.
You may beat your buddies, they may beat you. The trash talk between the teams may have been going on for months, but in the end you’re all winners when you hit the finish line bursting with stories to share.
This week, I have no expectations; only gratification for the teamwork that has allowed me to make it to the start.
I will do my best to make it from the start to the finish with power, poise, grace and strength.
I will endeavor to call upon my mental strength when I find myself hitting a tough spot mid-channel.
I will channel the strength of those who have come before me and the team that has made all this crossing possible.
I will go through a raft of emotions and have to face some deep dark places in my head.
I go … because I can. See you at the finish.
Complete rundown for Molokai 2 Oahu 2015.
For racers in the M2O, tomorrow’s event represents the pinnacle of months of planning, preparation and dedicated training efforts. When the day finally arrives, the combined effect is pretty surreal. Here, the community rejoices and reflects with respect and good blessings for the crossing to come. Photo: Eric Aeder.
Industry leaders refer to it as “the closest thing to a world championship in SUP.” Earth’s most accomplished racers consider it the ultimate challenge in paddling. It’s the sport’s definitive race event, taking place on the world’s most revered paddle crossing, between two islands that once set and continue to uphold a standard by which all standup racers gauge their abilities. It’s the holy grail of downwind racing; the Mecca of ocean paddling. It’s Molokai 2 Oahu (M2O) and it’s happening again tomorrow.
Nearly two decades ago, a group of dedicated Hawaiian paddlers officiated the first-ever paddle race across the Ka’iwi Channel—also known as the Channel of Bones—a 32-mile crossing from Molokai to Oahu commonly referred to as “the most grueling paddle crossing on earth.” In founding M2O, these pioneering racers were emulating what their Hawaiian ancestors had done for countless years prior—harnessing the region’s annual mid-summer trade winds and riding the freight train-sized bumps those winds create across the great Pacific channel from island to island. Tomorrow, the tradition continues with the 19th annual Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard Championships.
The promise of excitement, adventure, challenge and carnage inherent to the most demanding event on the race calendar is as apparent as ever this year. So is the likelihood that a handful of the world’s top champions—Connor Baxter, Kai Lenny, Travis Baptiste, Andrea Moller, Annabel Anderson, Candice Appleby, to name some—will toe the rum line across the channel to Oahu. Similarly reliable is the advantage possessed by veteran legends like Jeremy Riggs when it comes to navigating the intricacies and nuances featured in the Channel of Bones. Safe to say—these components will play out in conventional style for tomorrow’s race.
The trade winds that traditionally grace the Ka’iwi Channel this time of year are quite literally the driving force behind the M2O. With them, paddlers have been known to cross the 32-mile wide channel in just over four hours (last year, Connor Baxter set a new record in the unlimited class with a time of 4:08:08). Without these winds, the crossing can take double that time, even for the most conditioned paddlers.
This year, to the most extreme extent in recollected history, the winds are virtually nonexistent.
“We’ve had a windless Hawaiian summer,” Suzie Cooney, veteran Maui downwind racer and coach to some of the world’s top paddlers, told SUP mag. “The trades that normally grace our predicted courses are just not cooperating this year. Tomorrow’s race is going to be a showdown of those who have been training in all elements and are in the best physical condition.”
The prospect of no wind is magnified by the passing of Tropical Storm Enrique, expected to track near the islands tomorrow with potential to shut down the wind altogether. Pair that factor with two major swells that are currently running their course through the channel—an east and a south—and conditions for tomorrow’s race are expected to be entirely unique to the status quo for the Ka’iwi Channel.
See the full start-list of registered racers for tomorrow’s M2O.
Tune in to the live webcast tomorrow to witness the epic event in real time!
Check out the below videos for even more in-depth insight into the year’s most prestigious race event.
Read the insightful essay on M2O from world champion racer, Annabel Anderson.
Check back with SUPthemag.com for live updates, exclusive analysis, and a full gallery recap of the 2015 Molokai 2 Oahu World Championships.
Board classes coming in hot at Doheny. Photo: Aaron Schmidt
Here at SUP magazine, we’ve been involved in multiple bouts of the board class debate that rages on in the standup paddling community. Alas, we don’t have all the answers.
What we do have is the Pacific Paddle Games, to be held at Doheny State Park on October 10 and 11. And what we’re doing is simplifying.
The inaugural PPG board classes are as follows. Make your plans accordingly.
All Men’s divisions, including Pro Technical, Pro Distance, Open Technical and Open Distance will be 14-foot or smaller. One class.
All Women’s divisions, including Pro Technical, Pro Distance, Open Technical and Open Distance will be 12’6″.
All Juniors, from Pro and Open will be 12’6” for both males and females. There will be an Open Unlimited class in the Distance for SUP and Prone. Prone Technical will be 12’ stock and 10’6″ surf race.
Age groups will apply to the open classes only.
Stay tuned for more info on registration, prize purse and courses.
See the full event announcement.
Champion racer and big wave surfer Andrea Moller shares her thoughts on the upcoming race across the Channel of Bones, the M2O from Molokai 2 Oahu.
Kai Lenny cranks in his fourth training stint of the day. Photo: Kai Lenny
Kai Lenny spends all day on the water. Literally. And he has to, if he’s going to keep up with the impressive resume he’s stacked for himself. If you’re unfamiliar, it goes something like this:
Lenny’s won four world champion titles on the Standup World Tour. He championed the Standup World Series twice, and won the Elite Race at the Battle of the Paddle the past two years straight. He surfed Jaws when he was 16 and continues to charge massive waves on his surfboard and SUP. He’s won countless SUP events, but he also competes in surfing, kiting and windsurfing. And did we mention he’s only 22?
About the only race Lenny has yet to champion is the daunting jaunt across the Channel of Bones, the revered downwinding race crossing known as the Molokai 2 Oahu. But tomorrow, he’ll have another chance. As the elite race community gathers on Molokai, Lenny prepares to toe up against fellow champions Travis Grant, Connor Baxter and Travis Baptiste and once again race the grueling 32-mile channel crossing from Molokai to Oahu this Saturday. In preparation, Lenny has been training (and playing) harder than most people believe possible.
Kai’s been training with friend and fellow SUP competitor, Slater Trout, a lot lately. As you can see, there’s no friendly rivalry there… Photo: Kai Lenny
An average day for the world champ goes something like this: If the waves are breaking early on his home island of Maui, Lenny gets up between 6 and 6:30 a.m. Instead of snacking throughout the day, he prefers to load up on high-protein, calorie-dense meals, and that starts with a breakfast of four eggs smothered in pesto, Tabasco and ketchup.
Then it’s straight to the water for two hours of shortboarding, followed by two hours of SUP surfing, often at Ho’okipa. To stay hydrated during his monster morning sessions, Lenny drinks “a ton of water with electrolytes.” When hunger kicks in, Lenny goes to Taco Bell and loads up on bean and cheese burritos. “He tries to eat really clean but has such a fast metabolism and burns so many calories in the water that he can get away with a few things,” Martin Lenny said. “We even cut the Taco Bell burritos into quarters for the Molokai support boat, so he can keep a little something in his stomach.”
Once his food has settled, Kai heads back to the water to windsurf. “If there’s enough of a breeze, I’ll put a kite up.” Cue another few hours of deep practice, followed by training session number four. On afternoons when he’s feeling fatigued, Lenny takes a brief detour to a juice bar to get a smoothie. “I just pick a different number on the menu each time, but my favorite is banana and almond butter.”
Lenny changes up his routine with some kiting when the wind’s out. Photo: Kai Lenny
Throw down the smoothie, get back to business. Lenny switches boards again and heads out for a downwinder, often from Maliko Gulch to Kahului Harbor or, if time is short, the five miles from Maliko to the family’s home in Paia. Two or three days a week he also fits in an hour-long gym session “after I’ve had a Red Bull to keep me going.” A lot of Lenny’s gym time involves “working on my weaknesses and making sure my body can handle wiping out without me blowing out a knee or shoulder.”
While his regimen is “a moving target,” one of his go-to exercises is what his coach calls Kaiser Toe Taps. As the name suggests, this involves Lenny tapping the toes of each foot 25 times as he balances on one leg. The catch? The active leg is attached to a bungee cord that forces him to stabilize himself as he reaches for his foot.
Suddenly, the whole day has flown by in a blur of spray, sand and sweat. Now it’s time for Lenny to refuel and reconnect with his younger brother, Ridge, and his parents, Martin and Paula. Though he owns a cottage in Spreckelsville, Lenny often returns to the family home after his long days in the water.
The Lennys like to go for a communal surf before enjoying a homemade dinner. Lenny’s favorites include “my mom’s big salads, my grandma’s chicken and pasta recipes, and my dad’s steaks with vegetables, brown rice or quinoa.” By the time 9 p.m. rolls around, Kai is wiped. “Sleep is so huge for me because of how hard I push myself,” he said.
And yet Lenny’s coach has to force him to take occasional days off. If he has just come back from racing or surfing overseas, Lenny might “just go out and surf for a couple of hours the next day. If I take a full day off, I feel sluggish for several days because my body just expects me to be out on the water. I need it.”
With such an intense program, it’s no wonder Lenny has achieved so much, so young. Yet it’s his sheer versatility that means we shouldn’t take his presence in the standup scene for granted. “I’m focusing on SUP right now because it’s my passion,” Lenny said. “But I feel like I can compete in four sports, so I can’t say what the future holds.”
Regardless of whether he keeps SUP first or takes a break to add to his junior titles in surfing, kiting or windsurfing, it’s clear that Kai Lenny is just getting started.
Kai starts a downwinder in preparation for M2O 2015. Photo: Kai Lenny
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New World-Class Paddle Event Will See an International Field of Athletes
Competing for Cash and Prizes
SAN CLEMENTE, CA (July 15, 2015) — SUP magazine is proud to announce the Pacific Paddle Games, a premiere race event to be held on October 10 and 11 at Doheny State Beach, a California State Park, in Dana Point, California. The weekend will feature elite, open, prone, distance and junior races with major cash and prizes on the line as well as an expansive demo zone.
“This is a SUP weekend for everyone, from the best paddlers in the world to the first-timer,” saysSUP Editor-in-Chief Will Taylor. “We’re beyond excited to bring an all-inclusive SUP event back to Doheny.”
The Pacific Paddle Games will offer elite racers an exciting and innovative surf race format with heats on Saturday and Sunday, with the option of participation in a distance race on Sunday as well. Less experienced racers will get their chance to compete on a similar course, in the open race, as well as junior divisions for both advanced and beginning paddlers.
“We are building a world-class event on the history of fantastic competition at Doheny,” says SUPSales and Marketing Manager Andrew Mencinsky. “The team at TEN has a great deal of event experience working on major events with California State Parks. I’m excited to leverage all of my knowledge to help facilitate an unforgettable experience for the athletes, spectators and brand partners.”
The Pacific Paddle Games festival area will also offer the largest SUP demo weekend in the country in a fun and festive atmosphere for the whole family. Participants will have the opportunity to trial SUP boards, learn about stroke technique from a pro, or sample the latest paddles in a designated demo area right near all the racing action.
The Pacific Paddle Games begin just two days after the fifth annual SUP Awards, the yearly celebration of the best paddlers in the world and their accomplishments. The star-studded event is held just down the road from Doheny at the historic San Clemente Casino. The combination of these two events will make it the year’s most exciting week in SUP!
Stay tuned to SUPthemag.com for more information on courses, prizes, registration and more, coming soon. #PPG2015
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As a waterman, a surfer, a standup paddler or an enthusiast of any activity involving riding boards on water, it is your duty to understand and share the legend of King Duke Kahanamoku. As a Hawaiian citizen, The Duke was long the sheriff of Honolulu, re-elected 12 times between 1934 and 1960 by a community who adored him. As an athlete, The Duke was an outstanding waterman—an Olympic swimmer and water polo player. As a pop star, The Duke was also a Hollywood actor. But how The Duke earned ultimate reverence among his fellow Hawaiians and generations of surfers to follow—reverence still upheld and respected with the utmost regard to this day—boils down to his contribution to the surfing world and his mission to spread the Aloha spirit across the globe. The ultimate Hawaiian legend, The Duke, along with friend and fellow pioneering Hawaiian surfer/standup paddler, George Freeth, is credited as the original godfather of surfing. He dedicated his life to being the pioneering ambassador of surfing and standup paddling, traveling the world, spreading the aloha spirit and giving the gift of wave riding to generations to follow.
This rare, recently discovered footage of Duke Kahanamoku performing what may well have been the first true recreational SUP surfing with friends at Waikiki Beach is a privilege for us modern day paddle surfers to marvel at, appreciate, and share with generations to come. All hail The Duke.
Check out Duke’s Oceanfest, a festival dedicated to the godfather of surfing and standup paddling.
Photo Courtesy: DDS Photography via Lake Pend Oreille Facebook
Usually when you hear about something being the biggest or the baddest, you’re told to steer clear, but not this time. Lake Pend Oreille is a whopping 43 miles long and an impressive 1,158 feet deep, and it has some of the clearest water, best fishing and greatest scenery Idaho has to offer. And seeing as Idaho has some of the most spectacular scenery in the US, Lake Pend Oreille is right up there with the nation’s most scenic locales. In other words, you don’t want to steer clear of this paddling wonderland.
Lake Pend Oreille is in Northern Idaho, right on the outskirts of the city Sandpoint. With 111 miles of shoreline, there are plenty of paddling routes to explore from its mountain heights to its watery depths, from its hidden coves to its open expanses, the opportunities really are endless.
Mountain goats, eagles and Ospreys are the locals around Lake Pend Oreille. Their presence can’t be missed — depending where you are on the lake. Rental shops and boat launches surround the entire lake, making it very convenient to get out on the water.
With so many paddling routes, it’s possible you may need a day to rest your shoulders somewhere in between. But the land surrounding Lake Pend Oreille offers an abundance of hiking options to explore Idaho’s beauty from a different perspective. Pedestrian Long Bridge is the most popular and leisurely walk to go on. For something more intense, there is Mickinnick trail No. 13 it raises high above the lake just north of Sandport (serious photo opportunities).
Another amazing Idaho Lake.
Minerals are fundamental to life. Don’t forget to get your fill. Photo: Rocks and minerals
When it comes to minerals, what’s top of mind is usually questions about macro nutrients: Am I eating too many carbs? How much fat is in this burrito? Am I getting enough protein? While we certainly need to take care of the Big Three, it shouldn’t be at the expense of micro nutrients. Most of us are paying more attention to vitamins these days, but minerals usually get lost in the shuffle. In this Paddle Healthy piece, we’ll look at four minerals you need to start paying attention to:
Magnesium is the Mac Daddy of minerals. It contributes to more than 300 body processes, and without enough you increase the risk of migraines, diabetes and even cardiovascular disease. Magnesium is also crucial if you want to get a good night’s sleep and combat stress. That’s why in addition to getting plenty of magnesium rich foods like nuts, seeds and legumes, you should consider taking the supplement ZMA. This blend of magnesium, zinc and vitamin B6 has been shown to improve restfulness and aid exercise recovery.
For the longest time, the medical community has been pushing vitamin C to ward off and shorten colds. But it turns out that it’s another component of many C-rich foods such as grapefruit and oranges that has disease-fighting power: zinc. This mighty mineral also boosts testosterone production after exercise, stimulating muscle growth and recovery. Plus, getting enough zinc can help boost cognition and mental focus, as it helps regulate the neurotransmitter dopamine. In addition to loading up on citrus fruits, get your zinc fix from beef, mushrooms and dark chocolate (like we need an excuse!)
Traditionally sodium has gotten a bad rap. Headlines like “Sodium causes high blood pressure!” were plastered on magazine and newspaper covers for years, but recently sports nutritionists have started acknowledging that most athletes aren’t getting too much sodium. In fact, we’re not consuming enough or at the right times. When you sweat, you excrete all manner of electrolytes, and the one that has the greatest impact on hydration, and therefore performance, is sodium. That’s why it’s vital to consume replenish sodium when we paddle or work out, and once we get off the water. If you can’t afford a sport nutrition drink, simply put a pinch of iodized sea salt into every 12 ounces of water. Leading performance experts like Dr. Stacy Sims recommend also doing this throughout the day to ensure your body is uptaking water optimally.
Calcium isn’t just for growing kids. It’s the main mineral involved in muscle contraction, and is essential in preserving bone density as we age. When we push it on our boards and in the gym, we’re encouraging our bodies to build up our bones, and this can’t happen without more calcium. Physical activity also inflicts structural stress, and once again calcium is called into action to aid repair. So make sure you’re getting enough dairy, and if you’re allergic or exclude it, load up on dark leafy greens, sardines and salmon, figs and tofu.
Want more dietary advice? Check out these pre- and post-paddle nutrition tips.
Photo Courtesy: Kari Yearous Photography via Only in Minnesota Facebook
They call it Deer Lake, but a more apt name might be “Fish Lake.” Care to guess why? You called it, savvy paddler. This Minnesota fishery, resting around 195 miles north of Minneapolis, is home to an impressive variety of fish, including Black Crappie, Bluegill, Walleye, a variety of Bass species, and, last but definitely not least—one of the largest and most elusive fish in Minnesota—the Muskellunge, a cannibalistic species that also preys on ducks and small muskrats. Weighing in at an average of 17 pounds, the Muskellunge will give you a run for your money if you hook one from a SUP. Bottom line, if you’re a freshwater SUP fisherman, Deer Lake is among the best locations Minnesota has to offer.
Perhaps the fish are so fond of Deer Lake because of its water. That’s right, the water alone is an attraction. Due to its mineral content and unusual clarity, the spring-fed water turns into a prism of blues and greens, earning Deer Lake the endearment, “Lake of Changing Colors.” Paired the Lake of Changing Colors with a sky that radiates with some of Minnesota’s most phenomenal sunsets, and you’ve got yourself a must-see vacation destination for the bucket list.
No lies, no exaggeration—the above is a very valid question. We won’t focus on the fact that Kealii Mamala enjoys top-tier pecking order in the strictly regulated hierarchy at the infamously heavy, notoriously crowded lineup at Teahupoo among a dominant population of prone surfers. Or the fact that this entire edit goes down in one session. Or the fact that his uncanny backside skills find him practically lying down in most of these barrels.
While all those feats are impressive in themselves, we’re fixated on the final clip—the masterfully threaded gaper Mamala strokes into at the 2:20 mark. There, Mamala finds himself mounting the foam ball (that turbulently churning, hectic ball of whitewater lodged way back inside the tube’s throat) so deep in the barrel that he disappears from view, only to be puffed out well after the wave spits. If we were judging, we’d call that a 10. But we’re not judging, just admiring and living vicariously. Good on ya, Mr. Mamala. And, good on SUP.
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Photo courtesy of Pete McBride
By Eugene Buchanan
Funny, but at birth, we’re not given much actual substance. Sure we receive a few treasures, like our parents and their DNA, if we’re lucky, and siblings and grandmas and grandpas. But mostly, we’re given things. Disposable possessions like baby pajamas and boxes of diapers and pacifiers and cute plastic objects that make cute sounds.
Often overlooked is one of the greatest gifts of all, given to each human the moment they enter the world: Earth. It’s rivers and oceans and lakes are something we all share, as is the health of those waterways.
None of us can solve all of Mother Earth’s problems in one sitting. But the following seven paddlers are thinking globally, and acting locally, to bring awareness to important water problems in their areas.
American Photo magazine lists Colorado native Pete McBride as “one of the top five water photographers” in the nation. Indeed, he’s used his lens and critical eye to document waterways around the world for such magazines as Esquire, National Geographic and Smithsonian.
But it’s a waterway close to his heart, the Colorado River, that he trained his camera on for a cause. Following the irrigation water that sustains his family’s Colorado ranch, McBride and author Jonathan Waterman spent two years running the entire Colorado, piecing together from source to sea to document the problems it faces. The result is the acclaimed coffee table book The Colorado River, Flowing Through Conflict, as well as McBride’s award-winning film Chasing Water, which has won over 20 film festival awards including “Best Short Documentary” at Canada’s Banff Mountain Film Festival.
On many of the river sections, especially the flatwater portions in Colorado, Utah and on the delta, he relied on his standup to help with the mission.
“On the first 30 miles we were supported by canoe, and on the last 70 miles we went self-support on SUPs,” he says. “We even slept on them. They enabled us to move light and fast and get through tough bushwhacking terrain that no other watercraft that I know of could’ve managed.”
It was all done to help document the river’s plight. “I’m trying to get people to wake up to the fact that we have limited water in the West,” he says. “Few people seem to realize that. Rivers are running dry beneath our noses and yet business continues as usual. There are too many straws in the drink and folks still want to build more. People out West need to realize that the water in their taps is Colorado River water.”
And those people can help, he adds, by becoming aware of how limited the resource is and by visiting Raisetheriver.org, a collaboration of non-profits working to preserve and protect the Colorado.
This Water Warrior feature originally ran in the Spring 2015 issue.
Water Warriors are everywhere.
Photo: Finn Mullen
Katie McAnena doesn’t just paddle standup boards. She competes on the American Windsurfing Tour, surfs big waves and is a practicing doctor. She’s also very Irish. – Will Taylor
Sorry we missed each other yesterday.
I had to cover someone and it was a nightmare 24-hour shift but it’s just part of my crazy life. I’m lucky I live right on the water so I just got out for a surf. It takes a lot of bullshit out of the equation. It’s a small village with one pub, one church, one shop. And everyone surfs. I moved here from Galway, where I grew up, a year-and-a-half ago and it’s littered with the best waves imaginable.
What are the seasons like?
The waves are best during the Caribbean hurricane season. Fall is the perfect time, while summer heats up and is more inconsistent. But the days are long, it’s bright until 11 o’clock at night so we get lots and lots of water time. We keep going all through winter, just suit up and wear hoods and gloves.
Your accent is pretty easy to understand.
I’ve really learned how to tone it down. Wherever I go on the AWT people can understand me. I just know my audience.
How long have you been a doctor for?
I graduated in 2011. In 2008-9 I took a sabbatical from school. I just really, really wanted to push it on the AWT, in Australia, Maui, etc. I started standup paddling then. Windsurfing really embraced SUP and they have many dual events. That was always fun. I burnt a major hole in my school loan.
You seem to have different SUP goals than other women.
I’ve won the Irish national title the last three years and even won the ladies racing last year. I got into Sayulita (for ISA Worlds) but I can’t swing it with work. Really though, I’m addicted to massive waves. That’s my plan for next winter: Jaws, Aileen’s, Mullaghmore. I windsurfed Jaws two years ago and I think I’m ready (for SUP) now. It’s easy to say it’s a guy’s world but you have to stop listening to nay and go for it.
What’s it like to be a paddler there?
My mom grew up in a small seaside village and everyone was in awe of the ocean. A great amount of fisherman don’t know how to swim. It’s taken people a long time for the sea change toward water sports. SUP has given them access like they haven’t had before. Most people can just stand on a board on any waterway. That’s the reason it’s taken off in Ireland. It’s a really happy scene.
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Photo: Douglas Lake Facebook
If you’re into SUP fishing, or looking to get into SUP fishing, Douglas Lake, Tennessee, is an ideal place to get your lures wet. Renowned for its population of Crappie and Large Mouth Bass, the fishing in Douglas Lake is suited for beginner SUP fisherman and experienced anglers alike. With more than 550 miles of shoreline and a surface area of around 30,000 acres at full pool, paddlers are guaranteed to find areas of isolation, even in summertime, when the lake experiences its most abundant influx of visitors. While much of the lake’s shoreline is privately owned, public recreation facilities are provided at Douglas Dam. There, visitors can enjoy a campground complete with hookups and showers, a picnic area, an all-seasons launch ramp and a swimming beach.
If you haven’t checked in with the state of professional SUP surfing lately, this edit will bring you up to speed. It’s a fine display of where we stand progression-wise in 2015. If your reaction is, “Holy s**t, they’re doing that on SUP these days?!” the answer is, yes. Hell yes. And chances are, with the rapid rate of progression we’re seeing among today’s top athletes, plenty of new feats have been conquered since the release of this edit (Hence the “Part 1″ in the title…the sequel promises to be even more impressive).
This craftfully cut edit by Forrest Ladkin, personal filmer for Kai Bates and a handful of other young surfers on the Standup World Tour, includes footage from Oahu, Maui and Sumbawa, Indonesia, with SUP surfers the likes of Bates, Bernd Roediger, Giorgio Gomez, the Vaz brothers and a slew of other shredders from the big happy family of SUP surfing’s elite. It’s supported by Ladkin’s family shop, Natural Necessity Surf Shop, and it’s a perfect example of the type of edit we hope to see much more of as SUP’s niche in surfing continues to spread, prosper and evolve.
Got an outstanding SUP edit to share? Send them to our online editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another classy SUP surfing edit, this time with Sean Poynter.
Photo Credit: Innay Gnitto, via Kangaroo Lake Facebook
The quaintest lake you ever did see. Kangaroo Lake has a small 9 miles of shoreline and no motor boats are allowed on the water, giving you the perfect opportunity to enjoy paddling in peace and quiet.
Legend has it, Kangaroo Lake has the clearest and cleanest water in all of Wisconsin. Thatmight have something to do with the average depth of six feet, but none the less, it makes it one of a kind.
On the North end of the lake, known as the “Gem” of Wisconsin, you will find Kangaroo Lake Resort. Arps and Pat Horvath have owned, ran and hosted the resort for more than 30 years, opening their doors to tourists from all over the world. All seven cottages offered at the Resort are waterfront. What could be better then waking up, stepping outside and walking straight into the water for a smooth, secluded and scenic paddle?
Campsites, gear rentals, sandy beaches, and hiking trails surround the kangaroo shaped lake, so finding something to do while visiting will not be a problem whatsoever.
Slater Trout “paddled one of the most crazy places of (his) life” at Godafoss Waterfalls during his Icelandic journey. The shot from the session made the gallery in SUP’s 2015 Gear Guide, and the cover of Slater’s new book, Northern Waters. Photo: Slater Trout
Slater Trout is one ambitious dude. He’s spent his young career steadily climbing into the upper echelon of standup paddling, making the podium at the Battle of the Paddle six times (including a second-place finish in 2014), competing for the US team at the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships and progressing the sport and image of SUP through free-paddling. Along the way, he’s won over the hearts of teenage girls, fellow athletes and paddling fans alike, as evidenced by the whopping 55,000+ followers he hosts on Instagram. But beyond the glamor and glory of Slater’s professional SUP career, the guy’s as keen behind a lens as he is behind a paddle. He’s a gifted photographer, and now, after compiling imagery from his recent paddling trip to Iceland with friend and contributing wordsmith Connor Davidge, he’s self-publishing his very own photo book, Northern Waters.
You know the feelings of pity, embarrassment and disapproval you get when one of your favorite athletes (unsuccessfully) tries their hand at an artistic endeavor? Like Shaq trying to rap, or Laird Hamilton trying to act? None of those feelings arise with Slater’s pursuit of photography. The imagery in this book is compelling, moving and awe-striking to say the least. His eye is tasteful and intuitive. His subjects, graceful and provocative. In fact, we loved the shot above so much, we gave it a full spread in our special issue, the 2015 Gear Guide. That same shot made the cover of Slater’s book.
The shots below aren’t in our magazine, but they are in Slater’s book, which he hopes to mass publish upon the successful completion of his fundraising campaign. Check out Slater’s Kickstarter page to learn more about the book, secure yourself an order and support his self-publishing efforts. It’s a coffee table piece any paddler could proudly flaunt.
Don’t miss our feature story all about Slater Trout in SUP’s Fall issue, on newsstands September 4th!
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Wow. Red Bull’s done it again. Another outstanding event in action sports, and this time, in our favored sector—standup paddling, ooorrr, something along those lines…To think, there must be a team out there on the Red Bull payroll whose sole job it is to come up with the most ridiculously radical, famously far flung, awesomely outlandish action sports events possible. Who the heck are these people? After witnessing the recent Red Bull Party Wave event at Waikiki Beach, Hawaii—where Kai Lenny and a hand full of other Red Bull athletes judged as teams of raucous seamen and women took to the surf in extremely unconventional standup paddle crafts—we really want to meet Red Bull’s team of event innovators. Heck, maybe they’d be interested in helping us throw the upcoming SUP Awards 2015? Regardless, we’ll take notes of inspiration from Red Bull’s ability to organize chaos in their paddling events. We might even have a Jamaican bobsled standup event (see 0:23) at our massively monumental new event—Pacific Paddle Games—all set to bring elite racing, and the elite racing community, back to Doheny State Beach this coming October.
That’s right, we said it. We’re hosting the hottest new elite race event on the calendar—Pacific Paddle Games—this October at the beloved Dohney State Beach.
Want more awesome paddling events from Red Bull? Look no further than the 2015 Ultimate Waterman Challenge.
Fitness magazines are always trying to sell us gimmicky, time saving workouts, but to be real, most of them are just far-fetched and ridiculous. That said, there are certain compound movements that can help develop total-body power in just minutes. For paddling, the kettlebell snatch is king.
When comparing all Olympic sports, physical tests show that Olympic weightlifters are at the top of the pile in almost every category. Why? Because they move heavy weights explosively, challenging not only their musculature but also placing heavy demands on the cardiovascular system. Who has the best vertical jump? It’s weightlifters, not basketball players. Who’s the strongest? Chalk another one up for the men and women of the lifting platform. And, it’s not just for the pros. One study found that those who did Olympic lifts for eight weeks cut the body fat six percent, lowered their resting heart rate by eight percent and reduced their systolic blood pressure by six percent.
The challenge for standup paddlers is that the main weightlifting movements – the snatch and clean and jerk – are tremendously technical and take months to master. If you want to start incorporating them into your routine, you’re best off going to your local CrossFit affiliate, like world champion paddlers Lina Augaitis and Travis Baptiste, or finding a local gym that has USA Weightlifting’s stamp of approval. That way you can get quality instruction from coaches who know their stuff.
But if you’re the type of person who just can’t wait for results, the kettlebell snatch is a go-to solution. Just ask accomplished paddler and 2008 Olympian Sean Pangelinan of San Diego’s The FitLab (the man in the video above). The variation Pangelinan promotes is easier to learn than its barbell-based big brother, and will give you 90 percent of the benefits.
In addition to building overall muscle mass, developing floor-up explosiveness and boosting your vertical jump, the kettlebell snatch is SUP-specific. It reinforces the hip hinge you need to paddle powerfully and safely, and teaches you to quickly transition between two fundamental movement shapes – the hang and overhead archetypes. Before doing this movement, jog, row or jump rope for five to 10 minutes. Then, add in some bodyweight movements like air squats or mountain climbers.
Next, grab your paddle and do the Burgener warm-up. After that, perform five sets of five reps of the kettlebell snatch, resting for 90 seconds in between sets. Use a dumbbell if you don’t have a kettlebell. You can also play with adding more reps in a 21-15-9 pattern, or more sets of fewer reps. Have a friend watch you and check your form against Pengalinan’s video. Walk or row slowly for five to 10 minutes to cool down, then pick two of the movements from Dr. Kelly Starrett’s post training mobility exercises. In 30 minutes or less you’ll have completed a power building, paddle boosting, lung-busting workout.
Pair your power building workout with these mobility exercises for a well-rounded routine.
Learn more about Sean and his facility here.
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Photo Courtesy: R Digital Design via Lake Crescent Facebook
Deep within Olympic National Park, fringing the twists of the northernmost segment of the Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 101), Lake Crescent is an 8.5-mile stretch of translucent, azure water running 624 feet deep—the second deepest lake in Washington. Crescent is surrounded on all sides by the rich greenery of the Hoh Rainforest, which receives more than 140 inches of rainfall per year, making it one of the wettest and lushest temperate rainforests on earth. To get an idea of the type of scenery the region has to offer, check out the 2008 vampire blockbuster, Twilight, which was filmed in the forest not far from Lake Crescent. Lake Crescent is opend to all motorized boats and fishing, but don’t let the boats scare you away, as most visitors choose a paddling mechanism over a motorized one to explore all the lake’s many hidden coves. Early mornings are the best bet for smooth paddling since the wind tends to increase throughout the day, but then you can easily turn the leisure paddle into a downwinder and still have a blast. Take some time off the water to walk down the Spruce Railroad Trail to the footbridge where you can find an old railroad tunnel and popular swimming hole known as Devil’s Punch Bowl, complete with an impressive 40+-foot cliff jump.
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Photo: Char Uppal
When you think of Las Vegas, paddling probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. In fact, it may be the last. Short of sneaking some strokes in at the Bellagio fountain or soloing the pool at the Hard Rock (not an easy feat amid endless pool-party debauchery), standup paddling options are pretty much nil in the City of Lights.
But if you are headed to Sin City, and you do want to paddle while you’re there, you’re not entirely out of luck. Lake Mead rests just 24 miles from Vegas’ main drag on the Colorado River, and offers 247 square miles of freshwater paddling glory, sprawling from Nevada across the border into Arizona.
Lake Mead formed in 1936 upon the construction of the Hoover Dam. The dam was built during the Great Depression as one of America’s early attempts to utilize hydroelectric power, and when it was finished, Lake Mead (formerly known as Boulder Dam Recreation Area) was born. At maximum water capacity, Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the United States, boasting 759 miles of shoreline, a maximum depth of 532 feet and a volume of 28 million acre-feet of water. Currently, however, Lake Mead is at its lowest level in history due to prolonged drought in the areas that feed Lake Mead.
Luckily, Lake Mead is beautiful at any depth, and low water levels actually lead to more opportunity for exploration, especially for those interested in archeology and history. When the Hoover Dam was first built in the early 20th century, its reservoir grew to displace multiple communities in the area. Now, when the reservoir is low, remnants of old townships like St. Thomas can be observed below the high-water line. Pair that with the transparent, turquoise water and the variety of canyons that finger into coves and isolated bays throughout, and it’s easy to see why there’s a growing paddling community forming in the areas around Lake Mead. and Lake Mead is a paddling destination you don’t want to skip, whether or not you decide to try your luck in Vegas.
Plenty more where this came from our #30Lakesin30Days project.
A mother and her son join the paddling community on Lake Mead. Photo: Kathy Paddletothecore
Everglades National Park is a vast and deserted waterway, stretching over 734-square miles of Southern Florida. A tapestry of mangroves, small islands, rivers and deltas create a maze of exploration opportunities. But the abundant—and sometimes dangerous—wildlife can make for a downright challenging traverse via standup board.
Late last fall, Corey Cooper, Sean Murphy, Clint Brown and Ethan Luppert hatched what the casual observer might kindly call a spur-of-the-moment plan to paddle 100 miles of the Everglades Wilderness Waterway in seven days through river, swamp and open ocean. But unexpected cold weather kicked their schedule into overdrive, as they pushed through in a soul-crushing four. Despite the lack of preparation, the paddlers endured a test of mental—and physical—stability to become perhaps the first group to tackle the water trail. This is the story of their self-inflicted suffering.
“I got a call from Sean Murphy, a photographer friend, in early July of last year. He’s like, ‘Dude, let’s go do the Everglades, self-support, no food.’ I’m thinking, ‘I don’t have time for that.’ To go get stranded in the middle of the Everglades? He convinced me. Peer pressure is real.” —Corey Cooper
“We went shopping that morning. I had some boardshorts, some Under Armor gear, seven gallons of water and that’s about it. We drove south, slept in the van, drove into the Everglades and started paddling. We had a plan, which was pretty much abandoned the moment we hit the water.” —CC
“We were staying on old floating docks and empty beaches, amazing spots. But that first night, a cold front came through. It got down to 38 degrees. Sean and I didn’t bring sleeping bags. We almost died. We couldn’t start a fire, we were on a dock and had to move around and stay warm. The next morning I was like, ‘We got to get through this fast.’” —CC
“We stayed a night out on the Gulf on this island called Mormon Key. The place hadn’t seen humans in forever. We ate what we could catch and cooked a bunch of Redfish. Ethan had brought rice so we rationed it out to four days. There’s raccoons and rats and all sorts of animals all over the place.” —CC
“My favorite part was the paddle in the Gulf, which was way off the route. The wind and current made it a lot more difficult and burned up a lot of our energy. We weren’t expecting that and got into some wave action. Plus, we saw a lot of sharks, which was good incentive not to fall in.” –Clint Brown
“We were traipsing around, not worried about snakes. When we were done we heard how many poisonous snakes there were out there. The cold might have been a blessing. If we would have gotten bit, we were six to 12 hours from getting out of there.”—Ethan Luppert
“That last 35-mile day it was downwind for the first 12 miles in the Gulf. We hit Shark River (Slough), up into the Everglades and the tide was flowing out full, so we had to paddle against current entire way. We were beat, no food, no energy. We had some little goo packs. Sean loved them then crashed immediately. He’d never paddled before, and we were on a long, torturous paddle. There are giant sharks, gators everywhere. And we couldn’t stop.” —CC
“We were so far away from civilization that it really made me realize how fragile and dependent we were on every little piece of gear. If you broke your paddle you’d be in trouble. We didn’t use anything that started with a motor for four days. It’s all the stuff you take for granted.” —EL
“We got up early to start paddling, and there were sharks all over the place, coming out of the water trying to get shit. These weren’t little babies, but huge Bull sharks, Tiger sharks, Black Tips, fins all over the place. Plus, the water is silty grey. You can’t see your paddle blades, it’s that dark.”—CC
“So the final two hours, our LED lights had been on for hours and are burning out. I’m hearing stuff splash in the dark. My anxiety level has never been higher. We’re scared of crocodiles more than sharks now and I finally make it to the end, paddling as hard as I can and I see this car on the boat ramp with its lights on. It’s 40 miles from the closest city. I get closer and they start yelling, ‘There’s a giant crocodile trying to get us on the boat ramp.’ I’d just paddled four days with no food, I’m tripping out. So I paddle over to this finger dock down from the boat launch, get off the board and a 14-foot crocodile is lying on the boat ramp. I would have run up on it if those people hadn’t been there.” —CC
This feature originally ran in the 2015 Gear Guide
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