“The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love.”
― John Muir
I recently went on a SUP camping 🏕 adventure with Sunset Stand Up Paddle and Maine Standup Paddling. We paddled up the Colorado river in Black Canyon to Arizona Hot Springs, Hoover Dam, and Boy Scout Canyon. We set up base camp at the Arizona Hot Springs. This is a great place to camp because you have access to the cool waters of the Colorado River (great for purifying and drinking), hot springs (morning or evening soak), hiking, & cliff jumping. Our guides provided our morning coffee and evening happy hour! We had to bring all our camping gear, and food on our SUPs. You could bring your own sup or rent one from Erin at Sunset Stand Up Paddle.
Arizona Hot Springs
I purchased an inflatable SUP about 4 yrs. ago. It's a 12'6"x29 JP Australia. I've used it a few times, and tested it out prior to our trip. We all met at Willow Beach Marina in Arizona. Pumped up our boards and loaded our gear. Lucky for me before we started up river Sarah heard a hissing sound! Ugh, my inflatable had a small leak! Erin and Matt quickly patched it up and we waited about 20 min. We pumped it up to only about 5psi. I had a piece of duct tape so I put that over the patch and off we paddled! We meandered up river, stopping for lunch, jumping in the 53 degree water, and enjoying the river and canyons. As we got closer to the dam or more up river you could feel the current getting stronger. The hardest part was paddling into shore at Arizona Hot Springs. There was a fast current coming down the river that you had to maneuver through.
Setting up camp wasn't too difficult. We stayed close to the river which was an entertaining and fun place to be. We were able to see paddlers coming in and out throughout the morning and evening. Some campers brought 1-2 person tents, but I decided I was just going to sleep on my inflatable. We found a nice little spot to make our campsite. I brought LUCI lights and hung them up.
Did someone say Happy Hour?!
Once we got our campsites ready we gathered around the paddle table for appetizers and drinks. This was definitely one of the highlights of the trip! Our first night we celebrated Cinco de Mayo-margaritas, chips and salsa, and Matt's famous bean dip! I bought a six pack of beer in Boulder City, NV before we left. I was cooling it in the river while we set up camp. Well remember the strong current we had to cross to get to shore-it got stronger as the evening progressed! When I went to retrieve my beer, it was gone! The river taketh away! Later that evening we went up to the soak in the hot springs. They are only about a 5 min walk from our campsite. What a wonderful way to spend the evening under the stars and the light of the moon.
Hoover Dam and Sauna Cave
Camping and sleeping they don't really go together-at least for me! So I was up early and headed back to the hot springs before everyone else woke up! What a fantastic way to start your morning! Next coffee! Matt is the camp coffee barista aficionado! He makes a mean cup of joe with his aeropress & Kicking Horse Coffee! ☕️❤️ Morning breakfast consisted of a bar, oatmeal, or a freeze dried packet of biscuits and gravy or breakfast skillet. I stuck with oatmeal and dried fruit. But several of the campers enjoyed their freeze dried foods. Today we were headed to the Hoover Dam! It was a 4 mile up river paddle. Today was a lot hotter than the first day. I think it was around 95 degrees. Matt made sure we had plenty of purified water! We all brought hydration and lunch with us. I do a lot of ocean and bay paddling,but not too much river paddling. Heading up to the dam the current get's a lot stronger, and there were more eddies (swirling reverse current) to play in. We also stopped and played in the waterfalls, and learned how to ferry SUP across river current. This was my first time to the Hoover Dam. It is big, but not the biggest according to Hoover Dam history! It is still really amazing. We stopped at Sauna Cave on the way back down river. It was dark and steamy! Going back down river was a blast. The current was moving at a nice pace. There was never any white water, maybe a little boat wake to surf once in awhile. Overall the boat traffic was not too bad.
We got back before dark and time for happy hour or now what had become known as dinner! We had a campers charcuterie spread and drinks. We built a fire and enjoyed the canyon sites and sounds!
Boyscout Canyon & Cliff Jumping
Another restless night of sleeping! Blame it on the field mice and the snoring! Today we were free to explore on our own. Soft schedule later for yoga, hike, & cliff jumping! A small group of us set out for Boy Scott Canyon (BSC). We packed water and a snack. BSC is located about 2 miles up river right of Arizona Hot Springs. This is a really cool place to hike, but not easy! You have to climb up ropes hanging down from the sides of the canyon to continue up to the springs. We made it to the third one and it was super steep. Only one of us was brave enough to make it up. Our crew was so encouraging of each other it was really such a great experience. Once we got back down, we headed back to our campsite to chill! Erin, Matt and Sarah went for a hike and did some cliff jumping. The rest of us were pretty wiped from our earlier adventure! Happy hour/dinner was quesadillas, salsa, & avocado. Matt cooked a little red pepper and onion to put in the quesadilla. They were delicious! We built a fire and attempted to make jiffy pop!
We are headed home today! Our hearts and souls are filled with love for the river, the canyons, the beauty, and each other. This really was a cool trip. I can't wait to make the journey again! You don't have to be an expert paddler to do this trip! You just have to have the desire to go and explore! ADVENTURE IS WAITING FOR YOU!
Feel free to email me or message me any questions about this trip!
Peace, Love, & Hoppiness
* Be careful of obstacles -dock railings, cleats, boats, bird poop.
* Stay low when getting on/off your SUP.
* Paddle to and from the dock on your knees.
* Stand Up when you are away from the dock
What do you get when you know 6 girlfriends who love to paddle board as much as you, and an XL Red Paddle Inflatable SUP?
A whole lot of FUN, LAUGHS, & SCREAMS!
Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge is a fantastic way to have fun and race with family and friends from all over the world! This year there were over 600 participants from North America and as far away as Hawaii, Peru, & Australia. Some paddlers I haven’t seen since the last Hanohano. It’s like we are all coming out of hibernation for The Race! Hanohano has many pros, first timers, and everything in between. This event brings together everyone in the paddle community-SUP, Prone, Outrigger, and surfski. It's great for beginner to elite racers.
Feels like family!
Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge is a great race for beginners. For $25 dollars you get a t-shirt and a whole bunch of new friends! It’s a flat water course-no surf & no sharks. It's a roughly 4.5-5.0 mile race. You don’t even need to own a race board. You can race it on any size SUP board or watercraft of your choice. If you are on a smaller board or just doing it for fun, it will take you a little longer. You just have to keep paddling! Oh and don’t be surprised from all the encouragement on the water from paddlers you don’t even know!
The weather and conditions in January are usually awesome! This year the race temperatures were a bit cooler than usual, but it was a perfect day for racing. We had lot’s of sunshine and little to no wind. The tide was going out, so we had a little push at the beginning of the race. This is my 5th year doing this race, and I have to say it was the cleanest race start yet. A little bumpy, but nothing compared to past years.
One little mishap happened at this years race! The lead paddlers took us around Government Island which added an extra 1/2 a mile to our race. WAIT WHAT, what are we doing going around this island! I didn’t go to the race meeting-did they change it! What is going on! Note to self-don’t miss the race meetings! So since the majority of us went the wrong way should we all be disqualified-something to ponder!
AWESOME AWARDS & RAFFLE PRIZES-Almost everyone is a winner! There are so many age divisions that the majority of participants get the coveted beer glass. This year the glasses were designed by local artist ArtSea, Inc. www.artseainc.com. There are some amazing raffle prizes at Hanohano with this years grand prize being an Outrigger 2 (OC-2) designed and made by Jude Turczynski of HUKI Outrigger and Surfskis at http://www.huki.com/
So here’s to 2018 and may everyone have an amazing race season!
For further reading about the Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge 2018 check out the article by STANDUP JOURNAL.
For more information check out the ACA Safety Series-Infographics:
By Adam Eyal
Paddleboarding is quickly becoming one of America's favorite pastimes, but time and time again, beginners are falling for the same old traps. Before getting out on the water, save yourself some time (and potential
embarrassment) by reading through these 5 most common beginner mistakes.
Facing the Wrong Way:
Don't be too quick skipping over this one, no matter how obvious it might sound. The truth is, when you don't know what to look for, the generic paddleboard might look like it doesn't really have a front or back; certainly if you're only just getting into water sports. A long, oval-shaped board with rounded edges—it's like trying to find the beginning of a circle. Okay, it isn't really that difficult, but you wouldn't be the first to make this common mistake. And while paddleboards come in many shapes and designs (check out inflatable boards here), there are two simple keys to recognizing the stern (back-end) of your board: Fin on the bottom and ankle leash on top.
Not Knowing Your Paddle:
It isn't only your board that might seem ambiguous, at first glance. Incorrect paddle usage is perhaps the most common mistake of all beginners. I say, 'incorrect paddle usage' with no reference to special technique or form… I'm just talking about the basics, here: Make sure your blade is facing the right way. Paddleboarding paddles are angled slightly from the shaft to ensure a smoother stroke. The only problem is, many beginners are tempted to angle the blade in toward their body—as though they were scooping the water with a spoon. What you want, in fact, is the opposite. The blade should be angled away from you. It should be pointing toward the front of your board. This is the one of the easiest ways to spot a beginner, so make sure you don't stand out with this one!
Forgetting Your Leash:
This goes for all paddleboarders, really, but beginners are especially vulnerable. You might think that only beginners need a leash, and so if you don't wear your leash then people will think you know what you're doing. Wrong. The leash is an essential piece of safety equipment for both you and other people out on the water. By wearing your leash you're actually paying other water-goers a kind respect. How? Well, there are a couple of reasons. For your own safety, it's simple: your paddle board is a large, buoyant lifeboat that you want to keep with you while out on the water (Wikipedia, 2017). Even in the mildest conditions, without a leash your board can slip away from reach within a matter of seconds. Which brings me to my next point. The last thing that a fellow surfer wants to see, just as he's about to catch that perfect wave, is your rogue paddleboard coming straight for his head! So don't be 'that guy', and be sure to wear your leash.
Don't Look Down!
Balance is the key while learning to paddleboard. It's the first and largest obstacle to overcome, and until you feel balanced you'll never feel comfortable out on the water. This is where beginners make another common mistake. The fear of falling (or the determination to stay upright) can often tempt you to look down at your feet—as if by watching the waves and your board closely enough, you might avoid some silly error of balance. The truth is, looking down is the quickest way to lose your balance and orientation. The best thing you can do is look toward the horizon; or to find a stable object in the distance which you can focus on for orientation. By watching the wobbly rhythm of the board beneath your feet, you will only make things more difficult for yourself!
Check the Forecast:
Only, don't simply take note of the temperature. You'll want to find a trusted surf weather website, with accurate readings for local wind speeds and surf conditions. Too many beginners either neglect or ignore these factors and they pay the price. The ocean isn't a consistent beast, and the difference between a good day and a bad one can be miserable. Perhaps the largest factor you'll want to take note of is wind speed and direction. Wind speeds between 29-38km/h are considered a 'fresh breeze' on the Beaufort scale, which doesn't sound so bad, right? Well, with such wind speeds, as a beginner, you might as well cancel your plans. You'll be looking at 'moderate waves' with 'many whitecaps', which is a disaster for paddleboarding (look here for definitions). Learning to paddleboard in windy conditions is more than challenging—it can be downright disheartening. Save yourself a lot of time and frustration by taking the warning, rather than learning the hard way.
Take note of these simple points and people will be amazed to learn it's your first time out on the water!
So, Pacific Paddle Games 2017 are over now what do we do? In Southern California we are very fortunate that the outrigger clubs start their winter series races, and they have added SUP to these races. They are a great community venue, and you may get the opportunity to demo or race an outrigger canoe.
See you on the water!
Summertime is the perfect opportunity to get out on the open water for a fun fitness experience that will strengthen your body and challenge your balance—no instructor needed. Soak up some sun and try out this total-body workout, which combines the research-supported benefits of standup paddleboarding (SUP) with a few easy-to-follow bodyweight exercises.
Stand at the center of the board, parting the feet just a bit wider than hip-width, with toes angled out slightly. Hold the paddle with the hands about hip-width apart, arms extended in front of the thighs. Hinge at the hips and bend the knees, lowering to a squat position, while raising the paddle up to shoulder height and keeping the arms extended. Slowly lower the arms and extend the hips and knees to return to the starting position and repeat.
Begin in a split-stance position with the left foot forward and the right foot back. Hold the paddle in front of the body at shoulder height. Keeping the arms extended, bend both knees, lowering into a lunge position. Draw the paddle across the body until the hands are outside the right hip. Slowly extend both knees, rising to standing while drawing the paddle diagonally across the body with the arms extended and the hands above the left shoulder. Repeat the sequence, completing the desired number of repetitions before switching sides and repeating.
Lie on your stomach with the elbows bent and the hands in line with he chest; position your naval over the center of the board. Tuck the toes under and press into the palms, lifting the chest off the board. Next, extend the elbows to lift your entire torso up along with the knees and shins. Reverse the movement, releasing the knees and shins to the board before slowly lowering your stomach and then your chest back down to the starting position; repeat the sequence.
WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE
Lie on your back with the knees bent and feet flat on the board, positioned hip-width apart. With the arms extended and the hands hip-width apart, draw the paddle to rest across the hips. Keeping the back of your head and shoulders in contact with the board, gently press through the feet to extend the hips and lift the glutes (buttocks). Slowly lower your body back to the starting position and repeat.
Sit over the center of the board with the knees bent and the feet flat. Hold a paddle in front of the shins with the arms extended. Pick up both feet, keeping the knees bent 90 degrees and the paddle in front of the shins for high boat. Inhale and recline the torso back slightly while maintaining length in the spine as you lower back to low boat, hovering the torso close to the board while simultaneously reaching the paddle overhead. As you exhale, rise back up to high boat and repeat the sequence.
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About the Author:
Jessica MatthewsHealth and Fitness ExpertJessica Matthews, MS, E-RYT500, is a well-known blogger and kinesiology professor at Point Loma Nazarene University. In addition to holding ACE Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Health Coach certifications, she is an experienced registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. Jessica is regularly cited as a wellness expert by outlets such as CNN, Shape, Self and The Washington Post.
Summer’s here and it’s time to get out on the water, but many paddleboarding parents haven’t been properly educated on the important topic of water safety for kids. Stand up paddleboarding is the fastest-growing watersport in the world and while it’s a wonderful family activity, there are a few important things to keep in mind before paddling out with your children.
To help educate parents and children on the importance of SUP safety, we’ve put together this fun infographic which lists an easy, 7-step water safety checklist for paddleboarding parents. Please help us get the word out by sharing it — thanks!
#1: Avoid Spots with Waves and Strong Currents
When preparing to paddle out with your children, it’s important to avoid areas with rough water, waves, and strong currents. Calm lakes and bays are the safest places to paddle board with your kids, and they’re also more enjoyable.
It’s also a good idea to look for spots that offer plenty of places to get in and out of the water, and you need to make sure that there isn’t a lot of motorized boat and personal watercraft traffic.
#2: Make Sure Your Child is Accompanied by an AdultIf your child is old enough to paddle their own SUP, it’s important to make sure that they are always accompanied by an adult. Unfortunately accidents do happen, and having an experienced adult present at all times will help to ensure your child’s safety while on the water.
#3: Wear a PFD (Personal Flotation Device)Wearing a SUP PFD is a must anytime you and your child are out on the water. While adults have the option of wearing a belt-style PFD, children under the age of 12* must wear a USCG-approved life jacket.
*California state law requires all children under 13 years old to wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket while on board a vessel that is 26ft or less while underway.
#4: Use a SUP LeashA paddle board leash is another must-have SUP accessory. SUP leashes ensure that paddlers won’t get separated from their boards if they happen to fall off. Strong winds and currents can quickly move a board out of reach, so a SUP leash is an important safety accessory that can literally save lives.
#5: Review Proper Paddling TechniqueIf you’re going to bring your child along on your SUP, it’s important that they know where and how to sit. Since your SUP will be more unstable in the water with two people onboard, it’s best if your child sits in a stationary position toward the front of the board.
Older children who are able to paddle their own board should be taught proper paddling technique.
#6: Don’t Forget the Sun ProtectionOverexposure to the sun is dangerous for kids and adults alike, so it’s always important to exercise caution while on the water. Sunscreen and proper attire (sun hats, swim shirts with SPF protection, etc.) can greatly reduce the risks associated with sun exposure.
#7: Bring Along Plenty of Water and SnacksPaddleboarding is great exercise and a super fun way to experience the outdoors, but it’s important to give your body the fuel it needs. Staying hydrated and bringing along some healthy snacks will ensure that you and your kids are up to the challenge!
Thank you Jason from Inflatableboader.com
Sharing the limelight with some friends in the Summer 2017 edition of SUPTHEMAG!