Paddle Articles

CP Exploration - The Gorge - Columbia River

While we love to focus attention on local California waters, we are equally excited when Cali Paddlers breach the borders of other states and explore. Thank you Maggie Adams of Blue Paddle SUP for sharing with us your recent experience paddling the Gorge on the Columbia River! time to add this experience to our bucket list!

Is the Wind Blowing?

Is it going to be windy tomorrow? That seems to be the question of the day when you are in Hood River, OR. On our first trek down to the river it was blowing, or “nuking.” Nuking = A very windy day! There were at least a 100 kiteboarders & windsurfers on the water. Usually when I paddle board, I don’t want it to be windy. It makes the water choppy, and I get tired when I have to paddle against it. But we were at the Columbia River to learn how to downwind on our stand up paddle boards, and compete in the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge. For a downwinder on the Columbia River you need a West wind. Conditions are best when wind gusts are 20-30 kts.


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Race Recap - Big Bear PaddleFest - Girls-SUPing & Camping!

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!

How many girls do you know want to go camping and SUP racing?! Well I know several who did at the Big Bear PaddleFest.  This race is held annually on Big Bear Lake in Big Bear Lake, California. This year was a very meaningful & emotional race for several of us because we had recently lost our good paddle friend Ray Noose to cancer. He attempted to do the 20K race last year, but they had to cancel it do to stormy conditions. 

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The 24 Hour California Teams

24 Hour Relay Padlde Monster and SeaSometimes, we come across a cause and organization that makes us go beyond our comfort zones, and bite off something more than we normally might not do. This weekend, two teams in California will be paddling a 24hour relay. One in Morro Bay, and one in Newport as part of the Monster and Sea Paddle for Cancer cause happening across the nation. We wanted to take a moment to shine some light on these awesome Cali Paddlers and the adventure they will be embarking on. Have fun our there!

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Pacific Paddle Games - What was it like for the rest of us?

Pacific Paddle Games 2015- Start of Women's Prone
By now you have seen recaps of the elite races. Looked at photos of the most crazy wipe-outs, and we have heard about how the pros came to play (and did not disappoint in the least). But our mantra at Cali Paddler is to Be EPIC (Every Paddler in California). And so we took the chance to get a recap from 'one of us' for this years Pacific Paddle Games. Read first hand from Maggie Adams, founder of Blue Paddle SUP, about California's new world stage race in Dana Point.

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