Drew Eastman’s been staying busy these days, here’s a bit from him about what he’s been up to!
The northwest had an extremely dry fall this year. In fact Oregon had the least amount of precipitation in a three month period ever recorded in the state’s history! All of this meant that the rivers were drying up and the whitewater kayakers were looking for other forms of entertainment. I decided to check out the growing sport of Stand Up Paddling. After taking a SUP board out on the calm waters of the Columbia River I decided I was ready for a little more action. I headed to the White Salmon river in Washington to try my hand at whitewater Stand Up Paddling. Here’s a quick headcam video of my experience including a fun surf at a small wave as well as a bit of a mishap at the end.
Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is still garnering lots of attention in the paddling industry and generating most of the buzz but does that actually mean more people are out there doing it?
We hear from some of the industry experts on where they think SUP might lead, the pitfalls that it needs to avoid, and ultimately what it will take to stick around. While other paddling markets like whitewater, touring, and canoeing have already been established, SUP is dynamic right now and people are trying to figure out what exactly it’s going to be. Have you jumped on board? Read the rest of this entry →
Congratulations to this week’s PFTS Photo of the Week Winner, Julie Akyol (@jbafl). She will be receiving her very own Sperry hat for sharing this gorgeous picture, “Sunset on Lake Osceola, Winter Park, FL. Taken from kayak of SOT being used as SUP.”
The 14th Annual East Coast Paddleboard Championship was held at Ponce Inlet, Florida June 18th with over 150 participants vying for the right to be called the East Coast Paddleboard Champ! Sperry was there to cheer on several members of the Sperry team in the 6.4 mile race.