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Stand up paddle surfing on the Great Salt Lake

21 Aug

The boys and I spent Wednesday evening on a couple of 9′ paddle surf boards at the Great Salt Lake.  This was my first experience with stand up paddle (SUP) surfing and it was a freakin’ blast.

A lot of people think the Great Salt Lake stinks.  I’m one of them, but once you get past the immediate shoreline (where the dead brine shrimp wash up), it smells– and feels– just like the ocean.

We didn’t bring Coulter because he has yet to develop any water savvy, but Boo and West were naturals.   Riding those briny waters will be the subject of my next TTB article.  In the meantime, here are some pics from our session:

Weston plies the waters with a 6' paddle

Weston plies the waters with a 6' paddle.

Boys at play with Saltair III in the distance

Boys at play with Saltair III in the distance.

The boys share a board.  Notice how bouyant the thing is in the second saltiest body of water on the planet

The boys share a board. Notice how bouyant the thing is in the second saltiest body of water on the planet.

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A few other surfers were out that night. This girl is paddling into the boat channel. Antelope Island is seen on the horizon to the right.

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4 responses to “Stand up paddle surfing on the Great Salt Lake

  1. The Hunter's Wife

    August 25, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Looks like they had a lot of fun.

     
  2. Kevin

    September 6, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Love the buoyancy factor there and would love to paddle it sometime on my smaller/ thinner Hawaiian made boards. I would guess paddling speed would be faster too.

     
    • bonnevillemariner

      September 8, 2009 at 8:16 pm

      You’d have buoyancy, but what about stability on the regular boards?

       
      • Kevin

        September 9, 2009 at 10:43 am

        Stability is relative to the resistance of the rail entering the water side to side & fore/aft. A slightly lower volume rail (perhaps 1/4″), with the same rail shape as a thicker board, will have similar resistance tipping down into the saltier more buoyant water. You might be able to decrease the length around 6″ which would make it easier to carry. Aloha!

         

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