I have been paddle boarding for nearly 10 years now. In fact, I remember the exact day I started as I was on my honeymoon with my beautiful wife in Barbados. Needless to say I was horrible and after struggling to stand on the board I ended up just trying to surf it proner-style. I wear an inflatable PFD belt when paddling outside the surf zone. The two I have been using this year is the ONYX M-16 and the MTI Fluid 2.0. The primary reason I wear a PFD is the fact I run a paddl
With temperatures in the mid 90s and humidity near 100%, summers can be brutal. Being on the water is the best place to be for sure. The wind coming off the ocean makes for a cool and refreshing breeze along the shore. At the same time these conditions serve as a breeding ground for afternoon thunderstorms. Some of these thunder storms can generate some nasty winds and lightning. I have seen conditions go from a light southeast breeze to a 20 mph west wind and major chop. And
I profoundly love being in and on the water. Whether it be kite surfing, paddle surfing, or freediving, I tend to find a way to be on the water regardless of the weather. Rather, the weather dictates what I will be doing on the water. And, even though it never does it justice I usually document my sessions with my GoPro or iPhone. I do this because next to actually being on the water I enjoy watching and reminiscing about my sessions. Yes, it should be clear by now I am truly
Anyone who spends time outside knows Mother Nature has a way of humbling even the most experienced waterman. In an odd way, I think it is one of the things that attracts us to the great outdoors. The key is to minimize the damage by being prepared. Filing a float plan is a great way to ensure a prompt and efficient rescue should your SUP session turn into a nightmare. I have been experimenting with two iPhone apps for filing float plans - the ACA's Paddle Ready and the USCG'