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Congrats to Annabel Anderson and Connor Baxter for their big wins today at the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge! This is the first of two race days with winds predicted to be race worthy tomorrow for the second leg of the competition.

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SUPers relaxing in the warm sands of Ross Island

Tomorrow, Friday June 3: Ross Island Happy Hour! I’m bringing a newbie paddler with me tomorrow and we’ll be touching down on the tropicalesque sands of South Ross Island hopefully around 5:30pm (ish). Bringing (at least) one beverage for me and one for a new friend, please do the same and we’ll all get along just fine =) The weather is supposed to be amazing and it sounds like a perfect day to kick off a warm, friendly SUP season!

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SUPers relaxing in the warm sands of Ross Island

If you’ve paddled with me in the Summertime then you probably know I created and love attending a little event called “The Ross Island Happy Hour”. This is late afternoon or early evening casual paddle to the south tip of Ross Island where friends join together for a beverage, to socialize in late afternoon sun, smoke a little something if that’s what you’re into, play on each other’s SUPs, and generally have a really fun time. I’ve been chomping at the bit to announce the first RIHH of the season but the weather is NOT cooperating as it should! It’s coming though, I can feel it in my bones! 

There’s only one rule to Ross Island Happy Hour: Bring one for you and one for a friend, whether you’ve met them yet or not!

Last year’s happy hours were a lot of fun and I met a ton of new paddling friends; I’m really looking forward to another Summer on the river meeting new folks and paddling with friends again! All Ross Island Happy Hours will be announced right here at least a few days in advance (or more) so you know when to hustle home after work and hustle on down to a put in spot ASAP!

See you on the water!

Tonight we added a SUP PDX Group on Facebook so anyone can contribute their stories, photos, videos, and adventures! I’ll hopefully pluck some of those stories off Facebook and feature them here on suppdx.com as well! Please search for the SUP PDX Group and join us!

(there is also a SUP PDX Community page that will be deactivated to make way for a more socially accessible Group page, so please make sure you’re joining the Group!)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/suppdx/

Yet another tragic death this past weekend because a paddler didn’t think they’d need safety gear on the Columbia River. The water temp of the Columbia is hovering around 50 degrees fahrenheit. That’s cold enough to make the body involuntarily panic when the bitter chill hits the skin. Muscles can cramp and judgment can waiver long enough to let your board escape with the current while you flail around and attempt to get your bearings. Please don’t die for a stupid reason like deciding not to use safety equipment.

Torturing myself on a Monday morning by checking the Pacific City webcam. It’s a beautiful day on the coast with a mild breeze at best and what looks to be overhead sets. But you know, jobs are fun too, right? Right???

 

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Hi all. This is just a friendly PSA to let you know that unless you have a car waiting for your downriver, this is about the time of year when finding a friendly lake to paddle on is a far safer bet. The Willamette River has been regularly flowing over 3ft/second which is faster than most average paddlers can possibly paddle against the current so unless you’re going for a one way paddle, and if you are please let me know because I’ll try to join you, play it safe. Please see the post here about safer destinations in the local Portland area you might want to consider when the rivers are moving fast.

Be safe out there!