The first few non-green maple leaves are showing up in my yard this week. Already? It seems like I barely paddled this summer. The usual suspects popped up and robbed me of my time. However, there was some paddling. Seems like most often the paddling I do tends to be with people that have never been on a paddle board before, or with people that … Continue reading Summer 2017 in the books
We decided to take advantage of the last night before Daylight Savings Time ends and it starts getting dark after lunch here in northern flyover country 🙂 We loaded and scurried and arrived at the newly redone haunted old Dyreson Bridge with the sun still in the sky. Just barely. For once, there were others on my favorite stretch of the Yahara, in fact there … Continue reading Sunset paddling in magic light
Out on the edge of the continent, in that tiny little 100 yard strip of water in the surf zone there’s usually plenty of action with paddles and sup, etc. It’s easy to assume that because we see so much of that little tiny 100 yard strip that everything in SUP must be like that. Young blond women in bikinis, paddling hard to catch the … Continue reading Taking Time to Enjoy the Water. Simple.
It’s been awhile since I surveyed the “industry” that wavetrainSUP seems to be in. In this case, I searched Twitter for the keyword “paddleboard”. Wow. Either wavetrainSUP is an outlier or…I don’t know. I found nothing about the simple pleasure of paddleboarding. It’s not all surfing and racing after all. There’s plenty of space for getting out on a nice summer day. Of course it’s … Continue reading SUP in a lake, simple paddleboarding
Resin is the other half of the epoxy (along with hardener) that makes such a fabulous dance partner for the soft limp cloth that is fiberglass cloth when dry. It’s industrial. It is chemical. It sticks stuff together even better than glue. I use West Systems GFlex for the paddle shaft and MAS epoxy for the blade. Both are quite good for the purposes in … Continue reading R is for resin
Fun article in the Character Study section of the New York Times. Love this section of that paper. Great paper too. Anyway, Corey Kilgannon hooked up with (no pun intended) a flyfishing SUP’er named Pierre Champion. He’s all about using a SUP as a fishing platform in New York City waterways. Good stuff. Here’s the article – Stand Up, Cast Off, Reel In Continue reading fly fishing on a SUP in New York City waterways
Living in Stoughton, WI., I am happily situated just minutes away from lots of paddling water. My favorite stretch is on the Yahara River, putting in at Fish Camp Park and going up to Mud Lake and then back. This put-in is minutes away from McFarland and just a few more minutes from Madison itself. Downstream takes you out into the lake, upstream takes you … Continue reading Yahara River on a Standup Paddleboard