We have been getting cold, strong, gusty West to North West winds the last few days making for a flat ocean, choppy creeks ,rough white caps in the sound. I decided to paddle the sheltered lagoon system of Palmetto Dunes Resort. An 11 mile salt water lagoon system that is lined with semi-tropical vegetation, over hanging trees and narrow passages. The lagoon system provides for eight miles of scenic boat tours, and serves as the backdrop for the resort’s three championship golf courses and multi million dollar properties of Hotels, Timeshares and Homes along the ocean front community. The lagoon system was developed by dredging the sand from inside the property and placing it on the beachfront creating the dunes. . Thus creating a lagoon system. It provided a template for the neighborhood of Palmetto Dunes as well as a wide range of amenities. Tidal gates were installed 30 years ago in two spots to control the tides and flush the lagoons to keep the water clean and pristine. Its a great fishing and kayaking ecosystem and now after three years of stand up paddling, I finally decided to get out there and experience another piece of SUP paddle heaven.
This time I will bring others to enjoy.. Want to go? contact me..
Had fun today with my little project by adding leash plugs on the deck of Scott's 9-6 WAA PSH Stand Up board so he can use the paddle as a handle for easy board transportation. It will save on the lifting the board over one's shoulders and flattening the top of your head walking to and from the beach.
A very chilly, crisp, still morning watching clean 1-2 ft waves. Jesse and I paddled oout and had a ride and glide session. Took one of my old water camera's out and took a few pics. super small but fun as always. This is why we Stand Up Paddle . Makes the small waves do'able.
PS. (The water temp dropped again to the mid upper 40"s *F . )
Pretty little waves this morning. I awoke to a nice clean thigh - waist high surf. The early morning dark looking sky and frigid temps may seem to be a deterrent to some but its heaven to me.. With all the hype of last nights snow forecast for Hilton Head (some light flurries ) I'm sure many were let down.. When ocean and water temps are in the mid 50's *F and our Island surrounded by that water , it will need much colder air temps than 32 *f to make
As the Nor'Easter heads away from North America, leaving in its wake is lots of Snow in the North East and will send a swell to the Atlantic's Caribbean Islands.. Puerto Rico will receive a swell in a couple of days as well as the many outer West and North facing Islands. To all that are there or heading there, have fun.. Puerto Rico's Tres Palmas will be big , The buoy's reading 10-12 ft @ 14 sec.
Will be a good 2-3 day swell
Call in sick for a few days and pack the boards .
This is what we look for in a swell making machine.
Some footage and pics of the 'SUP World Tour' ..First event held at Sunset Beach this past weekend. Great shots and check out the 44 second mark. Have ever been faced with that. All the paddlers are Kings in my book.. ''What would go thru your mind watching the lip about to collapse ?'' ... Thanks to ''surfshooterhawaii'' for the footage. Here are more of their videos.. Hope you have some sitting time.. enjoy..
The last four days during the heavy offshore winds and storm that hammered the mid-Atlantic states making our conditions crappy have made me a little itchy to get in the water. The creeks and marshes had 1-2 foot chop making it hard to flat water paddle. Last night the winds subsided and today a NE swell heading towards Florida started refracting some little thigh high sets on our beaches. Warm temps and SE winds made for a well deserved ' Christening'..
Come on down to Beach Break Grill ... 24 F Palmetto Bay Road on February 14th, VALENTINE"S DAY '' SURF NITE''
6-10 pm. Bring your loved one and celebrate your love of the water, with surf video's, Tims slide show of our past surf sessions, munchies, talk story and great drink specials. Will be a private party your all invited but you need to RSVP by calling Tim
(843) 422-4686 leave message if need be..
Will have some giveaways and a few surprises. Hope to see 'ya all' there..
KIALOA has a new Paddle design called 'Pipes' for 2010. Made for woman due to its smaller blade being under 8 inches at 7 & 1/4 inches wide... Same construction as the Methane and Shaka Pu'u. Men use it for Stand Up Paddle Surfing due to its small blade design and being agile while riding waves. Here is Kialoa's owner Dave Chun talking about the new paddle...