- Surfing the Canvas: A Q&A with Todd Fischer - Todd Fischer calls himself a surf artist. Inspired by the three-dimensional and dynamic nature of waves, his paintings often depict surf in a colorful and surreal manner. If one was to pigeonhole Fischer’s art, one might say it’s informed by his home on the Olympic Peninsula, where mountains and forest are a constant backdrop to […]
- The quest to paddleboard from Port Townsend to Alaska - By Oliver Lazenby The closer you get to Karl Kruger, the more realistic it seems that someone could ride a stand-up paddle board unsupported from Port Townsend, Washington, to Ketchikan, Alaska, as he’s trying to do. Hours before his first attempt, he spoke with calm conviction about the journey, revealing deep knowledge of the route, […]
- Close to home - Sail and SUP on the B.C. coast By Karl and Jess Kruger With clenched hands, constricted throats and nerves stretched piano wire tight, we navigate the most difficult territory of our three-week journey. Our unwieldy vessel teeters under its loaded weight, creaking to a crooked stop. “Are you having a party?” asks the checkout lady […]
- Surfing Northwest - How to get started surfing in the northwest. Because everyone was a kook once.
- What’s SUP? - I drag my fingers through the cool water of Bellingham Bay as the sun beats down on me. I’m lying on my stand up paddleboard, enjoying a warm, sunny afternoon. I roll over, grab my paddle and pop up onto my feet. With knees slightly bent and my back straight, I paddle toward my friend, looking forward to today’s adventure...
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- Hiking, biking, running and paddling at B.C.’s Lake of 1,000 Colors - Story and photos by Craig Romano I’m not sure if it’s the ample sunshine, pine-scented golden hills adorned in wildflowers, wide-open spaces, or the immense 80-mile long sparkling Okanagan Lake that draws me to British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley every year. Probably a combination of them all, coupled with the region’s miles of excellent hiking trails, […]
- Survive your first Tofino surf trip - Photos and tips by Marcus Paladino Tofino-based photographer Marcus Paladino isn’t giving away his spots, but he has some helpful tips for a first trip to the world-renowned surf destination on the west coast of Vancouver Island. 1. Know before you go If you’re new to surfing, take a lesson. There’s a bunch of great […]
- New access for the Nooksack? - By Wendy McDermott American Rivers director for Rivers of Puget Sound and Columbia Basin The Nooksack River is one of the only rivers in Washington that offers year-round whitewater boating. The glacier-melt from Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan feeds the Nooksack through the summer season, attracting boaters to the area when other rivers become too […]
- Race to Alaska Strategy: Sails vs human power, speed vs survivability - By Oliver Lazenby A self-proclaimed “shop rat” from a Port Townsend boat shop told me the key to quickly making it up the Inside Channel to Alaska without a motor is having the right combination of human power and sailing ability. Common sense suggests a high performance (i.e. expensive) catamaran or trimaran would be the […]
- Paddleboard Building Class Offered at the Community Boating Center - Build your own SUP using inexpensive materials If you’ve ever wanted to build your own watercraft, the Community Boating Center in Bellingham is offering a great opportunity to learn the basics. Class participants will be taught how to build a paddleboard while constructing one together as a group. The finished board will be available for […]
- Paddlesport rentals at Lake Padden - Paddlesport rentals at Lake Padden Lake Padden is a tranquil body of water nestled in the wooded hills above Bellingham. It’s a great place to fish or picnic, and the trails around it are perfect for mountain biking. Soon visitors to Lake Padden Park will be able to rent watercraft to explore the shores and […]
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