Spanish Sunset SUP

Monday, June 6, 12022 HE With the threat of the first inklings of meteorological summer about to depart, I got out for a quick sunset paddle at šxʷsyiΦəm (Spanish Banks). It was a rushed effort after putting the boys down for the night. I didn’t get on the water until 2115. But the scenery rewarded my efforts. Below isContinue reading “Spanish Sunset SUP”

Inuksuk: Rolling Rocks

Sunday, May 29, 12022 HE I missed the afternoon wind yesterday. But today, Windy called for westerly winds and 0.7 metre waves this morning. Nothing crazy, but my new board can pick up much smaller waves than my old board. I planned to paddle from Locarno Beach out toward Point Grey and then ride some of the waves back to myContinue reading “Inuksuk: Rolling Rocks”

Passage Island Paddle Pass

Saturday, May 21, 12022 HE We spent a night in North Vancouver with my in-laws, so I planned for an afternoon paddle on the North Shore. Last year, on the May long weekend, I tried to paddle from Ambleside to Caulfeild Cove but was stymied by the lack of afternoon parking. In the end, I defaulted to Caulfeild Cove and managed to findContinue reading “Passage Island Paddle Pass”

Brand New Second Hand

Sunday, April 24, 12021 HE Yesterday I bit the bullet and bought a new board, the NSP Carolina Pro Carbon. Well, at least new to me. Hence the post title. Driving home post-purchase, I thought of Roots Manuva‘s 1999 album title Brand New Second Hand. Roots Manuva is a massive figure in the British Hip Hop/music scene. CheckContinue reading “Brand New Second Hand”

SUP Spelunk

This was a quick paddle along the Point Atkinson coastline checking out some nooks and crannies. En route I found a cave to briefly explore. I then toured around the Grebe Islets before heading in. Check the pics below. Below are my route and statistics recorded on Geo Tracker.

Will There Be Wind?

Sunday, February 7, 12021 HE Saturday the weather was gorgeous, especially for February in Vancouver. And it was windy with a strong westerly to boot. Below is the forecast from Windy.com for the weekend as predicted on Saturday morning! There are four different predictions from four different models, but the take-home is Saturday afternoon was going toContinue reading “Will There Be Wind?”

Jericho Upwinder/Downwinder

Saturday, December 19, 2020 Conditions were not ideal in any sense of the word today. I didn’t have a paddling partner, the wind was medium, and it was raining. But I did have a green light to go out for an afternoon paddle as our boys were preoccupied with two brand new kittens. I hadContinue reading “Jericho Upwinder/Downwinder”

Downwinder 2.0: Spanish Banks to Vanier Park

Monday, November 30, 2020 After a light taste of downwinding two weeks ago I have been watching the winds on windy.com incessantly. This is despite having set up alerts. So I was super stoked when I received notice that my “alert” conditions had been met. A Pacific frontal system was coming and bringing wind warningsContinue reading “Downwinder 2.0: Spanish Banks to Vanier Park”

First Real Downwinder

Saturday, November 14, 2020 Back on July 13, 2020, I attempted to SUP from Porteau Cove north towards Britannia Beach. I had done, what I thought was at the time, a fair amount of planning and research but my eagerness was no substitute for my lack of experience (and knowledge). Fortunately, the consequence of myContinue reading “First Real Downwinder”

Point Grey: Paddle Troubles

Sunday, June 7, 2020 Trevor, my brother, and I set out for an early morning paddle. Perhaps it was a bit too early as when we arrived at the eastmost parking lot at Spanish Banks the gate was still closed (if you ever have wondered how Spanish Banks got its name it is not just as simple as theContinue reading “Point Grey: Paddle Troubles”