Category: SUP

Lake Tahoe by Paddle

72 miles of blue water bliss 

By Trevor Husted

Robin McElroy paddles around the rocks on Tahoe’s North Shore (Tahoe Adventure Company).

Navigating the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe by paddleboard or kayak is as much of a good time as it can be an endurance test. The nation’s second deepest alpine lake provides paddlers with delightful mountain views, aquatic beauty, and plenty of challenges. Paddling the entire 72 miles around the lake by SUP or kayak is an extreme endeavor and is only appropriate for highly experienced and fit individuals. That said, you can work your way up to a complete circumnavigation by getting familiar with the numerous day trips described below. 

A word on safety

Do not underestimate the serious nature of exploring Lake Tahoe by paddle. It’s a large alpine lake that can have big water conditions. There have already  been a few rescues this year. …

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Ta-Hoe Nalu 2019

August 10-11, 2019 • Kings Beach

Ta-Hoe Nalu is celebrating its 13th year on the north shore of Lake Tahoe at Kings Beach State Recreation Area. Join the reunion to celebrate with all those who created the great sport of stand up paddleboard (SUP) racing.

Ta-Hoe Nalu offers several high level competitive races for SUP, Prone, and Outrigger, with categories for age/gender and skill levels. There will also be two 2-hour guided paddle tours just for the fun of it. These include a picnic lunch and a historical and geological talk about Lake Tahoe.

The Ta-Hoe Nalu festival has become a family vacation destination, offering events for all ages including a sandcastle building contest. Enjoy the food and beverage court along with live music from 2 to 5pm each day. Free demos, raffles, and prizes will add to the fun.

Come and enjoy the party at the oldest and …

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Stand Up or Sit Down

A Paddler’s Guide to California Classics

By Roger Schumann

Whether you prefer to paddle securely seated in a kayak or favor the enhanced view and balance challenges while standing tall atop an SUP, or both, California offers an outstanding variety of world-class waterways to explore. 

From renowned seashores to picturesque Sierra lakes, many of the state’s classic paddling destinations conveniently have rental and tour operations nearby. They are suitable for giving first timers and dabblers a nice taste of the wild and scenic nature that makes each unique. More experienced paddlers with their own boards or boats—along with the skills, gear, and savvy to do so safely, can venture further afield to experience the full flavor of the watery best. 

Assessing Skill Levels

Like whitewater rafting, skiing or rock climbing, paddling has its own rating systems, such as the five-level system used by the American Canoe Association, the nation’s largest …

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Ear to the Ground: Issue 109

News & notes from the outdoor industry

SuperTopo Forum is Pulling the Plug

The online climbers’ community known as the SuperTopo Forum is pulling the plug. For climbers, it’s the end of an era.

“It is with a sad heart that I announce that normal operation of the SuperTopo Climbers’ Forum will cease June 1. The Forum has been an amazing digital campfire, with more than two million posts over the last 18 years. It has reconnected many climbers with old friends and helped many climbers make new friends. And, there have been many amazing and compelling posts on the site, especially those on climbing-related topics that have been enjoyed by millions of people,” wrote SuperTopo cofounder Chris McNamara in his final post to the site.

“For climbers, the SuperTopo Forum has been the virtual Camp 4. Located in the heart of Yosemite Valley, Camp 4 was the birthplace of …

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Best of the Fests 2019

Here comes festival season!

There’s something for everyone, from gatherings for beer lovers to music fests to celebrations of the myriad of human-powered summer sports. If you know of a festival not on this list, let us know and we’ll add it! ASJ partners are FULLY in bold — we appreciate their support of adventure enthusiasts throughout California, western Nevada and beyond.


>> Coachella – April 12-14 & 19-21 • Indio // Music and Arts Festival in the Coachella Valley. //

>> Lucidity Festival – April 12-14 • Santa Ynez  // An open-source transformational arts and music festival. //

>> Desert Hearts – April 26-29 • Los Coyotes Indian Reservation // A tribute to House, Techno, & Love with intimate gatherings focused on art, music and community. //

>> Back to the Beach – April 27-28 • Huntington Beach // Enjoy two days in the sand …

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Gear We Love: Issue 107

Goodies for your active lifestyle

Gear We Love Issue 107

1. Fireside Outdoor Pop Up Fire Pit with Heat Shield

Imagine being able to set up a fire pit anywhere in less than a minute. That’s the cool thing about the Pop Up Fire Pit from Fireside Outdoor: it packs into a small bag and sets up quickly wherever you need a low-maintenance campfire. What makes this portable campfire so enjoyable is the stainless steel mesh that the logs sit on. Strong enough to withstand 125 pounds of wood, the mesh provides oxygen to the fire from below, creating a hotter burning fire that creates more warmth. We recommend you spend a little bit more and purchase the optional heat shield. The heat shield allows the Pop Up Pit to be set up on the grass or concrete without leaving any sort of brown marks, allowing for S’mores on the lawn and worry free backyard …

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Gift Giving Guide 2018

Give the gift of adventure this holiday season

Check out the stellar gift ideas below that are sure to be big hits with the adventure enthusiasts on your list. PLUS enter win sweet stash from many of these companies! Learn more here:

Evergreen Lodge Rush Creek Lodge
Clif Family O'Neill Yacht Charters
Pacific Yurts Mount Hermon Adventures
Giro Morsel
Gregory Packs Advanced Elements Summer Shower
Dynaplug Ride Concepts
Zodiac Lights ENO
Hydrapak Leki
Bucci Sportiva
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The Courage Project

Helping kids deal with mental health issues one adventure at a time

By Leonie Sherman

LIKE MOST OF US, RENO-BASED CLINICAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGIST Dr. Brie Moore gets her juice from outdoor adventures. “When I’m stressed, or overwhelmed, climbing or snowboarding or paddle boarding clears my head. They give me perspective and allow me to cope with life’s challenges,” she says with a contented sigh. “I realized I wanted to bring those experiences to the kids I was working with.” So she started The Courage Project. In their first summer, the organization sponsored eight different events and reached 50 young people. They’d like to expand into offering snowshoeing, skiing and snowboarding this winter.

The Courage Project aims to enhance the lives of kids struggling with anxiety or depression through a unique climbing, paddling, yoga or hiking experience. Athletes and guides provide quality instruction, while trained Courage Coaches provide individualized evidence-based …

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New Lake Tahoe Water Trail Website Keeps Tahoe Safe 

Sierra Business Council launches Tahoe paddle resource including mapping tool, real-time weather conditions

SIERRA BUSINESS COUNCIL RECENTLY LAUNCHED a new Lake Tahoe Water Trail website to help paddlers safely navigate Lake Tahoe and practice good stewardship. As the only paddle resource for Lake Tahoe, the site includes a lake access mobile mapping tool and real-time weather conditions. Paddlers can also play it safe by emailing paddle itineraries to friends and family with the “File A Float Plan” tool.

The Lake Tahoe Water Trail is a 72-mile water route along the shoreline that links public launch/landing sites, giving paddlers access to lakeside bistros, historic sites, paddle shops, campgrounds, and lodging.

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Pursuit Series 2018 Brings Much Needed Adventure To Pursuers

 The Outbound Collective leads successful outdoors weekend with breakthrough moments

Pursuit Series

ON AUGUST 10-12, 2018, THE OUTBOUND COLLECTIVE HELD its second and final Pursuit Series event of 2018, an incredibly immersive and educational outdoors adventure weekend, in Bear Valley, Northern California. The event was a sold out experience, with 500 Pursuers coming out to the ultimate adult summer camp; a long weekend designed to increase participation, confidence and education in the outdoors.

Over 40 leading outdoors and consumer brands partnered with The Outbound to provide the best gear, expert guides and activity education for the Pursuers, resulting in participation in 38 different pursuits, from The Unexpected Night Out – Survival Tips, Standup Paddleboard Yoga, Intro To Mountain Biking, Trail Running Clinic, Ultimate Trail Hike, Campfire Cocktails Mixology, Nature Photography Hikes, Essential Oils For Your Outdoor Adventures, Backpacking Skills, and much more.

Pursuers at Bear Valley came from over 30 States, with

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Wanderlust Squaw Valley: Four Days of Celebrating Mindful Living

Recharging and connecting at this popular yoga festival

Words by Leonie Sherman
Photos by Rebecca Smith

I lost my flip flops at Wanderlust.

When I entered the darkened room that held the first of over a dozen classes I attended during the four-day yoga festival that takes over Squaw Valley Ski Resort on Lake Tahoe’s north shore every August, fifty pairs of shoes were jumbled by the door. When I emerged after an hour and a half of stretching and dancing to trance-inducing music, they were gone. In their place was an almost identical pair. Someone had mistaken mine for theirs and strolled off in my shoes. Despite my best efforts I was unable to correct this mistake. Now I’m walking around in a pair of slightly newer and cuter flip flops. They feel fresher, lighter and somehow more vibrant. I think the same thing happens to each of the …

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The Courage Project

Helping children believe in their ability to live their lives to the fullest

THE COURAGE PROJECT is a Nevada non-profit organization, founded by Brie Moore, Ph.D., a Clinical Psychologist specializing in the evidence-based treatment of psychological and behavioral health concerns in children. The Courage Project was born out of her desire to share the acceptance, empowerment, and psychological growth that playing outdoors can offer.

The Courage Project offers opportunities for children to engage in summer and winter outdoor adventures, all in the world-class destination of beautiful Lake Tahoe. Carefully selected activities challenge children’s expectations regarding their capabilities, inspire them to overcome obstacles, and promote psychological growth. The organization’s goal is to help children believe in their ability to live their lives to the fullest.


The Courage Project partners with Tahoe’s best guides and instructors. This allows them to highlight all of the diverse opportunities available in in the Tahoe …

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