My Useful Tools/Resources: Update

Here is a list of different websites, applications, tools, and tutorials that I have found useful for my SUP adventures. This page will be an ongoing project as I learn more.

Trip Planning

Starboard’s five-step guide to trip planning. This is an invaluable resource on things to consider when heading out on your SUP.

A useful tool for local British Columbian paddlers venturing into the Howe Sound and/or Strait of Georgia is this BC Ferries tracking site which shows where ferries are real-time if you have access to mobile data or Wi-Fi.

Weather Forecasts

Environment Canada’s Marine Forecast. I often use this to check for specific weather warnings. I just Google the area that I am interested in. Though lately, I have been using Windy.com more to make my call on the weather. Just remember a forecast is a modelled prediction of what the weather will be. It does not always pan out and this can be for better or for worse.

Windy.com. I use the application on my phone but the website works well too. Initially I used to use it for rain generally and then wind specifically for SUP. Recently, I have discovered all the other weather capabilities available in the settings (e.g. swells, tides, currents, etc.). And best yet for my foray into downwinding is the weather alerts. You can set up an alert for specific weather parameters for specific days of the week and time of day.

My Tide Times Pro. This is great for tides, sunrise and sunsets, and currents (only for certain locations). There is some overlap with windy.com but where there is not they are very complimentary.

But more recently I have changed to using the WaterLevelsApp from the Government of Canada’s Fisheries and Oceans site on Tides, currents, and water levels.

Maps

Google Maps. Obviously. But I have discovered that it is very important to use the satellite view and not just the map view.

Google Earth. I started to use this as a way to sell trip ideas to paddling friends. And now it is my trip plan tool for sharing on this site. I use the “Projects” tool to do this.

Go Paddling application from paddling.com. This is a good one to find launch points near you to give you some ideas of where to paddling locally or when travelling.

The BC Marine Trails website is a great resource for some of the coastal paddling routes with trail descriptions and other resources like events and articles. It also has a map tool that allows you to plan trips with things like launch sites, rest spots, and camping spots depicted. The site is freely accessible but it is recommended that you join for a nominal fee to help contribute to trail and site maintenance. I signed up with the intent of making use of some of the camping trails this coming summer!

Blogs

Urban Oarsmen. This is a great blog for some local (Vancouver area) inspiration on where to paddle. This site introduced me to Still Creek and the Brunette River.

Vlogs/Tutorials

Red Paddle Co. A great video resource from basic to more advanced skills. Check out the Nose 360 turn for a challenge!

StanduppaddlingTV. This is a SUP instructional video series by BIC Sport and it is a great introductory series covering basic water safety to different paddle strokes to pivot turns.

Blue Planet. Great content in general and very detailed videos for all skill levels.

SUPboarder. Their “how to” series are great and cover an array of topics (e.g. downwinding, touring, skills, etc.). It is one of the best sites for content that I have come across.

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