The mornings are downright chilly and the nights are almost jacket-worthy. Yet, when the afternoon sun blazes its way through the impending fall weather it's perfectly beachy still.
On the lakes here in Vernon the tourists have gone home, there are very few boats, and it's ideal for a stand up paddleboard adventure. My Monday SUP Yoga classes have come to an end but I am happy to take private groups if you let me know. Head to Kal Lake and Kalavida Surf Shop for September rental specials. And for all you folks who have been emailing me all year about getting a deal on a board or where to go they now have all their boards on sale, get your board for an amazing price and there is still lots of time to enjoy it before next season. The Kalavida Clearance Sale is not to be missed!
Now, after paddling hard a relaxing float and swim is a must. Lying close to the water, sun on your back and being gently rocked by the lake is meditation for me. Nothing is more embarrassing than tuning out and drifting to someones dock and being distracted wondering where you have floated to wrecks the whole vibe. I like to find a sparkly turquoise spot away from people and drop in my SUP LOVIN anchor.
I am a big fan of deep pink so the colour choice was a no brainer for me.
This is basically it. The Divine Line SUP Anchor. A sturdy fabric bag you fill with sand or rocks before you head out. It has a long stretchy cord to tie off to the front or back of your board. Then....the best part, a paddle float! It's another cord with a velcro loop to attach your paddle too and a nifty BC cedar disk to keep everything afloat. It also makes my truck smell lovely on the drive home when it's wet. Easy peasy but the perfect SUP solution for staying in one spot.
If you live in the Vernon area you can buy one from Kalavida Surf Shop or if you live anywhere else you can order off the web page or via the SUP LOVIN facebook page.
While chatting SUP I do have to sing the praises of the BOGA Paddleboards I have been using this year for my lake adventures and for teaching SUP YOGA classes with Kalavida. For Yoga I teach on the BOGA 11'. It has an amazing deck like a yoga mat and is completely flat to the rails. It's a big sucker but not unreasonable to carry around for a lightweight like me and still goes pretty good if you want to toot around a bit. It's a super board if you want on the water and practice Yoga.
When I am not teaching, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Boga Classic, he is absolutely gorgeous and dreamy on the water.
Mine is slightly different and has some cool decals courtesy of Kalavida. I would recommend getting a deck net like mine for securing your life jacket and other poop. It's still perfectly fine for doing yoga but much tippier so you will feel it in your core and if you want to look like a rockstar doing headstands stick to the Boga YOGA board....I can pretty much do a summersault on that bad boy.
See, it even has a little Go Pro mount if you want to document your adventure. Last but not least at Kalavida buy a SUP BUDDY!
How awesome is that? Suction down the base...pop your beverage of choice into the insulated sleeve and the velcro keeps it on the base for easy sipping in between strokes. They have a SUP Buddy facebook page too. I enjoy long paddles so a little trick we found is to put the extra cans of drinks for later into the anchor. Accessories that work together....what could be better?
See more SUP images and inspirations on my Pinterest SUP LOVE board as well. More and more as this sport grows, opportunities to explore and enjoy spread that is a thing of beauty.
Happy Suppin friends,