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Stand Up Paddleboarding, Canoeing And Kayaking Season

Posted: 07/06/11 | By Daniel

Whether its standup paddleboard, kayak or canoe, it is all about getting out on the water and ready for the Big Bear Paddlefest.

In Big Bear, outdoor activities seem to happen like the seasons, there's mountain and road bike season, followed by ski and snowboard, then back to mountain and road bike season again, throw in hiking season, and finally there's paddling season. And while each season bleeds into the next, this week the vibe is all about paddling. Whether its standup paddleboard, kayak or canoe, it is all about getting out on the water and ready for this coming weekend's 4th Annual Big Bear Paddlefest.

Paddlefest is a unique, grass roots event that has grown each year and has promoted paddlesports in Big Bear. Saturday is the expo with vendors, a morning SUP yoga class and paddling clinics happening throughout the day. Sunday is race day, 5k, 10k, 20k, new this year and part of the Conquer the Bear series, and a free kids-only fun paddle.

In preparation for the 20k race I took a lap around the Lake early Monday morning to work on my form, technique and stamina to go the distance. Cloud cover provided cool comfort and an early start delivered a glass-like surface for most of my workout. Along the way I passed several other kayakers out enjoying the spectacular day. Under my own power I overtook one buoy after another in my quest for time and figuring out how difficult 20k would be. It wasn't easy but it was enjoyable and supplied a great start to my week.

If you get a chance, swing by swim beach this weekend, whether you are new to stand-up paddling boarding or a seasoned kayaker. Big Bear Paddlefest always delivers a great time for everyone involved.

Earning my turns,

Glade Girl