Mike T and travel companion, Shredder
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - Boardworks team manager and athlete, Mike Tavares, lives a pretty charmed life. Between handling athlete affairs, attending events and 'Quality Control' testing new boards, he spends a decent amount of time on the road with Shredder in their camper. During his last visit to San Diego, we managed to corner him for a few minutes to talk about his favorite SUP spots across the US of A. Here's what he said…
1. Southern California
Mike T enjoying an icy winter's day things in So Cal
This one is high on my list - it's winter now. It's winter time right now and it's 70, 80 degrees out. So I would say Southern California from San Diego all the way to Orange County. It's got everything, too - flat water, surf, ocean racing - there's always something going on.
Florida puts on a pretty spectacular show at sunset | Photo Norm Wagner
It's a really great place to do everything - paddle, surf, you name it. Everything is happening in Florida. Yet another cool paddle state, because there's not really an off season, so people are always paddling and racing and doing something cool.
3. The South East
Boardworks team rider, Randy Fisher, enjoying the Gauley River in West Virginia
North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee - this whole pocket of the US has a ton of white water paddling opportunities, but it also has a ton of flat water, lakes. Just anything you really feel like.
4. The Rocky Mountains
Supconnect Community Assistant, Alex Mauer - no stranger to the Rockies
Another great white paddle destination, especially if you like white water. I actually started paddling white water and SUP's in Colorado of all places. Tons of cool river waves, lakes, mountain streams - anything you like. Even though it's up in the mountains, there's tons of opportunities to do whatever kind of paddling you'd like. It's always really beautiful.
5. tHE north West
Mike T enjoying the lighter side of Oregon's coast
One of my favorite places to paddle up there is Hood River, mostly because of the wide range of options. You've got the ocean just a few miles away, you've got the Columbia River for downwinds, you've got white water rivers that are feeding into the Columbia and hood. So, another great destination.
All the places I've named give you options, so no matter what style of SUP you're into, you should definitely go check them out!
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