We hear there was some great paddling weather while we were gone, but it looks like winter came back just as we were driving home from the airport Thursday afternoon. Yes, we are back from our "lovely holiday" to Australia. We had a great time although we are feeling jet lagged and still trying to adjust to being right side up again. We trekked the bush, rode the ferries, fed the wallabies, paddled bay side and beach side, and SUP surfed Manly Beach. There is so much water to paddle in the Sydney area. We highly recommend it for a great SUP travel destination.
Back in Colorado the 2017 SUP season is just about to get going. Thanks to the mid-February thaw, the Denver metro lakes are now free of ice and should remain so if the current cold spell doesn't last too long. Lakewood's Big Soda Lake has been an early season favorite for Front Range SUP. New SUP boards and other gear are arriving in March. We need to make some room in our board racks for the 2017's so come in to the SUP Shop now and score a deal on all remaining 2016 boards.
February/March SUP Shop Hours:
Feb 25: Open 10-5
Feb 26-27: Closed
Feb 28: Open 10-5
March 1-4: Open 10-5
John paddles into a nice, fun sized, wave at Manly Beach, Australia, 2/21/17, on an BIC ACE-TEC 10'6".
(Small, but clean, and a whole lot of fun)
The "Board Room" at Surf'SUP Colorado's SUP Shop. Come check out your new SUP.
Your SUP board, paddle, and pfd are probably still put away for the winter. And what a winter the Colorado mountains are having. So get out there and grab your other board(s) and hit the slopes for some ride time in the powder. There is still time to think about how last year's SUP season went and what you would like to do SUP-wise in 2017. Is a trip to the ocean to try some SUP surfing or adventure paddling on your schedule? Perhaps you want to try a SUP float trip through Moab or a paddle through a mangrove swamp. How about trying a SUP race event, a tour of Grand Lake or Dillon Reservoir, or even some SUP whitewater at one of the growing number of white water parks in Colorado. Stop in at the SUP Shop to talk story about your past adventures and your future plans. We can help you get ready for your next trip or the upcoming 2017 SUP season.
Don't forget to take care of yourself and your body during the off-season. Take a short break from the demands of the somewhat repetitive SUP movement and re-balance your body so that you're ready to rip when the ice comes off Big Soda Lake. Get to the pool to work on your swimming. Improve your balance with yoga. We love the Indo Board for off-season workouts. We always have one set up at the SUP Shop our own use and for you to try.
Do something different physically and mentally every day to re-fresh and re-new your inner and outer being. Be thankful to God for the abundance you have and what you can do. Don't focus on what you think you lack and what you can't do. Remember to always share the Aloha spirit with your family, friends, co-workers, and even with the guy who just cut in front of you in a endlessly long lift line.
Don't just dream about a SUP trip, plan it and make it happen. We are going to Australia for two weeks in February. It's been way too long since we caught our last waves at Hanalei Bay, Kauai. Would you like to join us in Costa Rica this Spring for a week of SUP surfing and adventure? Let us know if you are interested as we are making plans now. And we are only a 16 hour non-stop drive to San Onofre if the urge for some wave time simply becomes unbearable. We might even hang a "gone surfing" sign in the SUP Shop window and join you.