What a first season, this sport has changed my life! Heffley Lake (home), Tofino, Nanaimo, Hood River, the Battle of the Paddle in SoCal, and to top it all off, Punta Mita, Mexico!!!
My wife Brenda and I had booked this trip some time ago, a resort that she could relax at, and I could surf right out front in a world class break! Although off the beaten “tourist “path, I knew that boards would be available for rent and opted to leave my quiver at home. Taking the SUP had actually never even crossed my mind as it would cost a near fortune if even permitted. No problem, a surfer at heart, I would survive without the paddle for a week. Imagine my surprise when we arrived at the local “Panga” charter for an offshore session, and there it is, an 11’ Surftech Laird up against the wall, with a beautiful Kialoa carbon paddle propped next to it! Needless to say it was mine for the remainder of the week, and what a week it was! From the shoulder high sets charging with the locals to those days when even the longboarders sat and watched in envy, I paddled surfed 4 – 6 hours a day, EVERY DAY!
The incredible convenience, weather, water temp and cost effectiveness of Mexico is underestimated. I have travelled to surf all over the world and must say that if you’re after a quick, cheap one week escape from the concrete jungle, I have some beta for you.
Stay tuned as I am currently planning a charter trip in Spring 2010!