In my blog post last week, I noted that I bought some new cold water paddling gear, including surf booties and neoprene gloves, and would provide an update when I got out for a fall paddle. I’m happy to report that last weekend I made it out onto Lake Ontario (SUPing in mid-November…I was so excited :)) and had the opportunity to try out the new gear. My two friends and I started out near the Water’s Edge Park near the Bronte Marina in Oakville, Ontario. The water here is so clear and the white sand bottom made it look nearly tropical. It was a beautiful day. The unseasonably warm weather rendered the gloves unnecessary this time around, however, the surf booties were fantastic. They kept my feet dry and warm. I would recommend them for anyone who is considering paddling in cold water at any time of year. Stay tuned for more updates on the cold water paddles as the weather gets colder 🙂
When Going Soft Can be a Good Thing
Inflatable stand up paddleboards (SUPs) are becoming increasingly popular. And for good reason – they are significantly lighter than hard boards and are easily transportable and storable.
As a condo-dweller with very limited storage space, I am a huge fan of inflatable SUPs. I got my inflatable board about two years ago and it’s been one of the best purchases I have ever made. It fits in a large duffel bag and I can throw it into the trunk of my car and take it absolutely anywhere. I’ve explored many places in Ontario on my inflatable SUP – from flat water canals and ponds to 20+ kilometer river paddles (with rapids) on the Saugeen River.
Here’s a fast motion video of me rolling up my board from this past weekend. Compact, right?!