Cali Paddler is stoked to be able to share this story from Maggie Adams of Blue Paddle SUP who recently went up to Big Bear PaddleFest and got to enjoy the race and the surrounding package. Check it out!
We don’t live that far from Big Bear Lake. It is about a 2.5hr. drive for most of us coming from Southern California. So when I decided I was going to do the race, I also decided to camp! Why not it’s an inexpensive way to travel, and an awesome way to be with nature. Of course I didn’t want to go by myself, so I reached out to my Performance Paddling teammates to see if anyone else would like to go on this little adventure! Within a few days there were four other girls ready to head to the mountains with me, and do a little camping and SUPing!
Big Bear Lake is beautiful! The lake is located at 6,752 feet, and surrounded by the San Bernardino Mountains. Due to several years of drought, the lake is at low levels-maximum water depth is 72’4”, & currently the water depth is 57’7”.
The Big Bear PaddleFest is open to all types of watercraft-outrigger, canoe, kayak, SUP, standamaran, & etc. So if you paddle it you can race it! The race directors do a great job offering a little bit of something for everyone. The main races were a 5K technical course, a 10K race, and 20k race. We all had to deal with headwinds during some of our race! I did the 10k race, and it was more like an ocean race. On the way out we had approximately 3 miles of headwinds, and side chop. On the way back we caught some down wind bumps mixed in with some side chop and boat wake! Super stoked to see so many from our paddle community at this race. Thank you to the race directors for dedicating the 20K race to our good friend Ray Noose. Thank you to all the sponsors for making this race so much fun!
Team Writer Maggie Adams - Maggie Adams is owner of Blue Paddle SUP in North County San Diego. She and her team of certified instructors offer lessons for individuals or groups, beginner to advanced. She is a great ambassador of paddling, and always excited to share and learn. Be sure to visit her website at www.bluepaddlesup.com and say hi at the next race.
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