It was another gorgeous morning. I paddled through what remained of the harbor feeling strong. The tide was rushing out, and it felt like I was paddling down a fast moving river. Underneath me, I could see kelp stalks bending under the powerful sway of the current. I was making record time out of the … Continue reading The Mysterious Fin
I had not been on the water for a few weeks and it felt good to put my body into the old familiar stretches. I leaned out with the paddle so far that it felt like I would fall forward, but then the blade hit the water and stabilized me. The stroke, which had been … Continue reading What the Fog?
You’ve seen people standup paddling as you sip your margarita at your waterfront restaurant table. You‘ve said to yourself, “Hey that looks like fun. I’d like to try that.” If you’re finally going to try it for the first time, here are some tips: Do not take your maiden voyage on a SUP in the … Continue reading Top Ten Tips for First Timers
The sea had been flattened and becalmed, with only gentle undulations of mild swells on the surface. With virtually nothing to check my progress, the board paddled smooth and therefore fast across the water. A long straight-armed stretch, a twist of my torso, a long lean forward, and the plunge of the paddle’s blade made … Continue reading Dolphin Rescue
It was a warm day, flat and calm on the open ocean, a perfect day to look for whales. The visibility, both in and out of the water was phenomenal. Catalina Island’s features, although 26 miles away, were easily seen. Any anomaly on the surface of the water could be spotted from miles away, and … Continue reading The Finback Whale Encounter
If you have an inflatable SUP and an Uber app on your phone, then I have a mission for you. I have completed this mission on several occasions from Newport Beach Harbor to Laguna Beach, and this is seriously fun. When you’re done, I guarantee you will walk into work feeling freekin’ fantastic. Here’s what … Continue reading Uber Paddling