SUPing with Sharks in Manhattan Beach

Local Paddlers Run into Leopard Sharks in the Water

There have been a lot of shark sightings of two Great White Sharks in Manhattan Beach at El Porto all summer long. I was out paddling to the buoy in August when I saw a fin. It did not look like a dolphin fin, but smaller, sharper and more square. Another stand up paddler was near me and said it was most definitely not a dolphin. Creepy. About 20 minutes later on my water back from the buoy I looked down and saw a grey / brown mass about 7 ft long. It scared the crap out of me. I tried to be calm but it’s hard when you see something like that. Fairly certain it was the great white shark everyone keeps talking about. But enough about that, let’s talk about leopard sharks.

Leopard sharks hang out towards the bottom sand in beach breaks and eat fish. They can range in size from little to small and they don’t want to gnaw on humans or bite your legs off. While this is comforting, it still feels eery to be swimming and surfing next to them. Sometimes while surfing your legs might dangle in the water and brush up alongside one of these suckers. Spooky for sure.

Yesterday while SUPing in Manhattan Beach we came across dozens of leopard sharks. I mean, dozens. Sharks in Manhattan Beach? That has been the headline all summer long. And they are all swimming around the bottom of the beach break really close to shore. I’ve never seen anything like that before. What’s bringing them in so close to the water?  Here is a video of the leopard sharks swimming around the bottom. There were more than this but these are the ones I was able to catch.

The above video was shot using my Go Pro Camera. I was holding it in my hand but I think next time I want to duct tape my Go Pro Camera to my paddle to get some more interesting views.

It’s amazing what you can see when you’re stand up paddling above the water like this. When you are surfing, you are sitting on your board with your legs in the water and you can’t see a thing. What’s better? At this point I’m not sure. We’ve been surfing for a long time and have never seen sharks in Manhattan Beach like this. Is it global warming? Different migration patterns? We aren’t sure, but we’d like to learn more and find out.

What do you think? Are there sharks in your home break? Does SUPing provide a different perspective for you? Post in the comments and let us know!

September 28th: Glow Stand Up Paddle Board Paddle in Santa Monica

GLOW Paddle Board Session This Saturday Night at the SM Pier!

Editor’s Note: We received the below email today from Poseidon paddle and surf shop in Santa Monica. This sounds like an AWESOME event. Hope to see some of you out there!

Glow Stand Up paddleboard

Photo courtesy of gearjunkie.com

This Saturday Sept 28t from 7pm -3am is GLOW an all night artistic expression session featuring illumination inspired artists.

Check out the city of Santa Monica’s glow website here to get a better idea about the event.

Poseidon Paddle and Surf shop will be coordinating a Glow Stand Up Paddle Board night paddle during the event from 9pm-10pm.  Poseidon will provide glow in the dark sticks to attach to paddles and boards. Please arrive at Poseidon no later than 8pm to decorate your board and paddle with your glow sticks. We will have tape to attach them to your boards and paddles.

Meet at the shop at 7pm, leaving from the shop to head to the beach at 8pm. If you want to come by earlier in the day to decorate your board feel free.

My cell is 310.383.8317 in case you have any questions or feel free to call the shop.

We will have about 12 boards available for rentals. A one hr rental is $35, 2hrs is $50, wetsuit rental is $15. I recommend calling ahead and reserving a board if you need one.

Weather is forecasted to be 82 degrees and surf is supposed to be small. All the stars are lining up for an epic night!

Glow Stand Up Paddle Board? This sounds awesome. Count us in.

A SUP Adventure at the Newport Aquatic Center

Newport Aquatic Center SUP Stand Up Paddle Board Rentals

Stand Up PaddleBoarding in Newport Beach, CA

My parents and I headed out to Newport Aquatic center around 9am to rent some SUPs for the morning. The Back Bay was brimming with eager renters, most trying to SUP for the first time like my parents. I had just recently started my love affair with the whole SUP culture over summer vacation in Lake Tahoe. Hands down, the most beautiful experience with it’s glass-like crystal blue waters. Every inch of the lake’s shore is more beautiful than the last, especially in places like Crystal Bay…but back to Newport.

Stand Up Paddle Board Rentals Newport Beach

It was a gray morning that broke way into a beautifully crisp blue sky once the marine layer retreated. We rented boards, gave my parents a 2 minute tutorial on what I had learned and were off! We paddled into the sprawling waters of the back bay, passing all types of birds, paddling over jumping fish and streaking through the paintings of the artists along the shore.

BIC Sport Stand Up Paddle Board Rentals

Half of the experience is just enjoying the scenery and the other half is being efficient with the paddle. I love to SUP because of the way it makes both my mind and body feel afterwards. It’s the ultimate clarity when its just you and nature at it’s finest. I took a few moments in-between to just sit, breathe and be thankful for the beauty and blessings that surround me.

Newport Aquatic Center

After about an hour and only one fall on my dads behalf (he hit a mud bank), the wind started to kick up, so we called it a day. Overall a great experience in the back bay and a huge thumbs up from my parents. Who says that you can’t have fun over 60??? Mechanically, its a great way to strengthen and use muscles that you might neglect otherwise. They had a blast and we will definitely return and bring the rest of the family with us, dogs and all. We are truly lucky to live in an area with the Newport Back Bay as our playground!

Newport Aquatic Center Back Bay

When the Surf is Flat…We SUP!

Stand Up Paddle Boarding When The Surf is Flat

Leo Carrillo State Beach

Last week I (Lindsay) went camping with my family out at Leo Carrillo State Beach in Malibu, CA. Leo Carrillo lies north of Zuma Beach and just south of County Line at the borders of Los Angeles and Ventura county.

The surf was flat all week. We are talking head high…to a seagull. It was miniscule. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Leo Carrillo that small. Well, what do we do when the surf is flat? We SUP!

I took out my 9’6” Surf Diva Focus SUP out on the water for a paddle. I even got my 5 year old niece to come onboard and take a spin. She sat on the front of the board and enjoyed exploring and looking out at the ocean. The water was calm and as smooth as glass. Perfect for introducing a 5 year old into the water. We then took our 10 year old cousin out on “Pinky,” my pink paddleboard and she loved it just as much. It’s pretty great to pass the stoke and introduce the girls to the water at such a young age. I can’t imagine doing anything like that at 5 years old. What an amazing experience. I hope she remembers it as well as I do!

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Leo Carrillo

After we took the paddle boards for a spin, I tried catching a wave in the ankle high lineup only to be told that Stand Up Paddle Boarders aren’t allowed in the lineup at Leo Carrillo. As much of a bummer as it was, I respect that decision. Leo Carrillo is a point break that breaks off a rock and it can get pretty competitive right there at the point. I imagine there’d be a lot more fights and accidents in the water if surfers and surf SUPers were out there on a big swell day. For us we had a great time paddling around on the SUP, got a great workout, and helped introduce our youth to the awesomeness that is stand up paddle boarding. Looking back on it, we probably should have had her wear a life vest. But there is always next time.

Keep on SUPing.

Over and Out,

Lindsay

Safety Reminder & Advisory for Stand-up Paddle Boards from LASD Marina del Rey

Editor’s Note: The following is a repost from https://local.nixle.com/alert/5035472/. We often SUP in Marina Del Rey and want to spread this important safety message.

With the summer months upon us, the use of Stand-up Paddleboards (SUP) in Marina del Rey has increased significantly. Over the Fourth of July weekend, Sheriff’s Harbor Patrol deputies issued numerous warnings regarding the safety equipment requirements for SUPs.

SUPs that are being used for coastal and harbor cruising are classified as vessels by the United States Coast Guard. As vessels, SUPs are subject to vessel safety equipment requirements when being used outside of the surf zone. These regulations do not apply to SUPs being used for surfing only.

A life jacket or personal floatation device (PFD) is required while using SUPs. The use of a leash attached to the board and operator does not fulfill this requirement. The PFD does not have to be worn by the operator, unless the operator is 12 years of age or younger. Those not required to wear a PFD shall have it onboard the SUP, and readily available to the operator. There is a PFD designed specifically for use by SUP operators known as a “Special Use Device” – Type 5. The Type 5 PFD comes in a fanny pack configuration, and can be activated by manual inflation or by using the attached CO2 cartridge. The special use PFDs are available at most surf shops that carry SUPs, as well as most marine supply stores.

SUP operators are also required to have a sound signaling device, such as a whistle, for making an efficient sound signal. If an SUP is being operated at night, between sunset and sunrise, lighting and visual distress devices must also be carried.

So remember, an SUP operated outside of 200 yards from shore, or anywhere outside of designated swim areas of the Marina del Rey Harbor is subject to citation by marine law enforcement, should these safety regulations be violated.

Be safe this summer! If you have any questions, please contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Harbor Patrol Office at Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station at 310-482-6000.

SUP SURF BLOG Recommends Purchasing A Life Jacket or PFD. Below are some recommendations:

Amazon ImageOnyx M-24 Manual Inflatable Paddle Board Belt Pack Life Jacket

Amazon ImageStearns Suspenders Manually Inflatable Belt-Pack Life Jacket, Blue

Amazon ImageO’Neill Superlite USCG Vest (Blk/Met/Blk, Large)

Amazon ImageX20 Universal Adult Life Jacket Vest – Blue & Black

Amazon ImageKent Adult Compliance PFD Type II Life Jacket (Large/3 X-Large, Orange)

 

 

What To Look For When Buying A Stand Up Paddleboard

What To Look For When Buying A Stand Up Paddleboard

Are you planning to buy a stand up paddle board (SUP)? We have put together some tips for you on what to look for when buying a stand up paddleboard. This will help you in choosing the most appropriate SUP boards for your needs. It is important for you to know the varieties of SUP boards available in the market place. They are:

  • All-Around: This type of board is great for those who want to paddle in flatwater half the time and surf the other half of the time. The most suitable board for starters. 
  • Surfing: This board is typically wider and shorter than the standard paddle board and stable enough to withstand strong waves when you are paddle surfing. Most people who buy a surfing type paddle board have previous surfing experience.
  • Touring / Racing: Boards that are longer (typically longer than 12’6”) with a sharp nose and made for long distance racing across both flat water and in the ocean. 

Aspects To Consider When Choosing The Right SUP Board For You

  • Stability and width of the boards. The width of the board is really important as far as balance is concerned. Most of them measure around 36 inches. This is suitable for people of all different heights and weights and is much easier to keep your balance as a broader base is much more comfortable compared to a reduced width. However, you may quickly find that you want to move down to a narrower board after gaining adequate skills from the wider ones so make sure you take that into consideration when purchasing your first board. 
  • Length of the board. It must fit your size in order to displace the amount of water equivalent to your weight.The length of your boards can determine the speed at which they can move at a given duration. For instance, the longer the boards, the higher the speed and vice versa. This is why most people purchase the longer boards for racing purposes.
  • Materials. SUP boards are made of various materials such as fiberglass and epoxy. Plastic made boards are bought by many people because they are durable, long lasting, and can withstand dings. They also tend to be cheaper and more affordable. On the other hand, those made of fiberglass are expensive but used in many paddling activities
  • Board Portability.  This is a CRUCIAL aspect to consider before buying a SUP. As mentioned earlier, these boards can be very huge and heavy. Therefore, you should consider a board with a weight you will be comfortable with in all your paddling outings. You may enjoy that extra foot of board on the way, but it could be a pain in the *** to get on and off your car and down to the beach. You could get board carrying devices like a SUP Slingor a Wheelie, but make sure the board is something that doesn’t break your back carrying to and from the beach.
  • Price. Have an idea of how much you want to spend. Paddleboards are pricey and we recommend you do plenty of research first to make sure you get the best deals. This is where we hope to be of use and will post more on this topic in the future. But for now be prepared for a SUP board to start at around $800 for a NEW board and a little less than that for a used one.  Besides the board price, you should also be prepared to invest in a good Stand Up Paddle, boardbag, leash, and Tie Down Straps for your car.

The places you plan to paddle – lakes, rivers or ocean- will help determine the features of boards most appropriate for you.

Check out this video on how to choose a standup paddleboard for more information:

We hope you found this article helpful to you on what to look for when buying a standup paddleboard. We wish you the best of luck as you search for the right and most suitable stand up paddle boards for your specific need.

If you have any questions for us, post in the comments and let us know how we can help you!

Review: Athleta Breeze Short

A Review on the Women’s Athleta Breeze Short.

Athleta Breeze Short

Summer has arrived and that means sun, warm water, and shedding our winter wetsuits  - yay! There’s nothing I love more than paddling without a wetsuit on. You feel so free!

When I first got my SUP stand up paddleboard I realized I wasn’t IN the water as much (more like ‘on the water’) so I didn’t need a wetsuit. Instead I wore boardshorts and a rashguard. Well, boardshorts for surfing are different than boardshorts for SUP stand up paddleboarding. When I wear boardshorts for surfing, I want them to be longer so they protect my thighs from chafage after sitting on the board for too long. Yeah, it’s not cute or feminine but it’s way better than a huge red rash in between your legs! But I quickly realized that boardshorts for stand up paddleboarding are totally different. They can be cute and short because you aren’t sitting with a board between your legs – you’re standing on it. I immediately began my quest to find some cute boardshorts to wear for SUPping. My friend and fellow supper, Xtine, had these Athleta Breeze shorts and I wanted to give them a try. She bought them in every color so I figured they had to be good. I bought a pair online and gave them a whirl. They are really comfortable and good for bending and being active. They are made with a featherweight stretch material and also have quick and fast drying capabilities. I think they would be a great pair of shorts for any type of water use – swimming, boating, SUP. and surf (if you like a shorter short).

The one thing I didn’t like about these shorts is the metal clasp. It doesn’t lay flat with the drawstring tie waist so it ends up creating a small bulge at the waistline. But it doesn’t bother me enough to do anything about it – but I did want to point it out for the sake of this review.

Athleta makes several different types of boardshorts for women and so far I have found the Breeze Short to be my favorite. It comes in several different colors too so you can always look stylish. They come in black, tan, turquoise (pictured above), earth green, red, and purple.

I’m glad I discovered these shorts just in time for summer so I can ditch my longer shorts when I go SUP paddling and put on a pair of short shorts and go stand up paddleboarding.

For more information on the Athleta Breeze Short, visit Athleta’s website by clicking here.

Do you have a pair of boardshorts that you LOVE to paddleboard or surf in? Post in the comments and let us know!

 

About Us

Stand Up Paddleboard. Surfing. San Diego. California.

About Us

SUP! Welcome to the SUP Surf Blog. We are experienced surfers who have been surfing most of our lifes and new to the world of stand up paddleboard (aka SUP) . We plan to document our journey along the way here on this fine website you are reading right now and talk about all things SUP and surf related. It took us a lot to take the plunge into the world of stand up paddle boarding given the huge financial commitment a stand up paddle oard and stand up paddle can be. We have done a lot of research, legwork, and talked to many industry experts and plan to share all of our stand up paddle board knowledge with you here on SUP Surf blog.

We are based out of Manhattan Beach in Sunny Southern California and spend most of our free time in the water. We are looking forward to connecting with you on all things surf and SUP and post quality information about product reviews, events, contests, surfers and SUPpers who are ripping it, gear, board reviews, and more. This site is our oyster and we can’t wait to see what it has in store for all of us.

Do you surf? SUP? What type of paddleboard do you use? A raceboard? Inflatable stand up paddleboard? River paddleboard? Surf paddleboard? Racing board? Give us a holler and say hello. We look forward to hearing from you!