Essential Paddling: SUP Isn’t Dead…It’s Just on Vacation

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Photo: Chris Silvester

Here’s what you need to know

Molokai to Oahu 2.0, aka the Surfski World Championships

The fabled Molokai to Oahu OC-1 Solo paddling race may have been blown out earlier in May, but conditions are looking favorable for the Maui Jim Molokai Challenge Presented by Shaw and Partners coming up on May 26, 2019. Looking for insights to the action, a few social media accounts we recommend following are @_michaelbooth, @vaikobi, and @oscarchalupsky

APP World Tour Hits London

The Association of Paddlesurf Professionals (APP) world tour swept through London, England this past week. For the uninitiated, the APP world tour is the official professional tour for standup paddle racers. Athletes took part in a range of completions on and around the historic Thames River in the heart of London. SUP racing may be dying out in the United States, but American women are keeping the sport alive overseas and put on a dominating performance on the Thames.

Overall women’s results – APP World Tour, London (APP World Tour)
Overall men’s results – APP World Tour, London (APP World Tour)

Bring your own context

SUP racing is tough business. Traveling overseas to a SUP race is even tougher.

DON’T USE YOUR ENERGY TO WORRY.⠀
USE YOUR ENERGY TO BELIEVE.⠀
Its a #WishfulWednesday… sometimes trying to go after goals and dreams is challenging due to forces outside of our control. I’m having to make a last minute choice to try and fly with my #SUP to London for the @APPWorldTour. The airline might not take it. I have an inflatable packed as a backup 😉 Because, hell, I’ll race no matter what.⠀
In the mean time…⠀
I’m trying REALLY HARD to not focus on what could happen if they don’t take it, and instead focusing all of my energy and intention on believing that things could go right. I’m visualizing a smooth flowing process where I arrive with the board in one piece. 🤑 We’ll see how that goes! PLEASE TAKE MY BOARD TODAY @AMERICANAIR, I’ll be forever grateful.

April Zilg on Instagram – May 15, 2019

April and her board made it to the APP event in London, finishing second overall.

Ballona Wetlands Habitat Restoration

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Ballona Wetlands – Los Angeles, California

Three Weavers Brewing, Parks Project, and Friends of Ballona Wetlands have teamed up and want you to come join us for the cause! Give the environment a helping hand, then raise a glass to the Ballona Wetlands at a special discounted volunteer happy hour.

Habitat Restoration, 9:30am-12pm
Meet us in the dirt parking lot behind Gordon’s Market/Alka Water: 303 Culver Boulevard, Playa del Rey, CA 90293

Afterparty, 12-2pm
Three Weavers Brewing: 1031 W Manchester Blvd A-B, Inglewood, CA 90301
First pints for just $1, and 50% off additional drinks until 2pm!

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What to wear:
Close-toed shoes are required! We recommend dressing in weather-appropriate layers that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty, along with a hat. Long pants are also recommended to protect against occasional prickly plants.

What to bring:
Bring a full water bottle to stay hydrated. There are no water fountains on site. We will provide all other tools and supplies. Energy bars have been kindly donated by GoMacro for volunteers!

Arrive on time:
Safety brief and restoration instructions at the beginning are required to volunteer.

For more information visit:
https://www.ballonafriends.org/
https://www.parksproject.us/
http://www.threeweavers.la

Michael Booth for Paddler of the Year?

It may be too early to make that call. Regardless, I not sure anyone can match Booth’s accomplishments for the year to date.

Let’s go Paddling! Free Outrigger Canoe Rides in Hermosa Beach, California This Weekend

The Lanakila Outrigger Canoe Club has teamed up with the SoCal Toyota dealers to provide the public with free outrigger canoe rides this Saturday – Monday. Head over to the Hermosa Beach Pier from 11 – 5 pm each day to sign up and be whisked away to King Harbor for your outrigger canoe experience.

Standup Paddling Featured on the Cover of the New Yorker!

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Here’s an excerpt from the cover story in the May edition of the New Yorker by Françoise Mouly.

With the arrival of Memorial Day, New Yorkers look forward to spending more time outdoors, even if only during their commutes. This week’s cover, by Malika Favre, shows an unusual twist to the daily grind. Under the Brooklyn Bridge, a lone figure on a standup paddle board travels between Brooklyn and Manhattan. We talked to the artist about how the image came to life.

Have you ever tried a standup paddle board?

It’s something that I have been seeing more and more when I go on holiday. There’s something very peaceful and calming in watching someone on a standup board. I have tried it myself, and once I got the balance right I was actually surprised by how relaxing it was—almost meditative.

What’s the genesis of this image? Did you walk on the Brooklyn Bridge and thought it would be nice to take a shortcut on the water?

I remember reading about a man paddling on the Hudson River last summer while wearing a suit, and the image stayed with me. It somehow feels like the perfect way to avoid the hassle and stress of the usual commute on a bright summer day. When someone does something unexpected like this, it’s a breath of fresh air and ingenuity that is worth celebrating.

Click here to read the full story.

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