December 15, 2013
Coffee and hot chocolate at Uncommon Grounds Cafe after the paddle. Wear your beads, party hats, and appropriate cold weather paddle gear and let's make some noise!
For more information, check out the Shiver on the River Facebook Page. Hope to see you there!
November 24, 2013
The National Data Buoy Center is part of NOAA's National Weather Service and maintains (or has access to) a vast network of data collecting buoys and coastal stations around the world. It's easier than ever to now get the data in the palm of your hand!
Get The App!If you have an iPhone or iPad, get the NOAA Buoy and Tide Data app. This app is the perfect tool to help plan your time on the water.
- Search for buoys by name or region
- View buoys near you with customizable search radius
- Use GPS or manually enter location
- Works with iPhone, iPod, and iPad versions
- Interactive map of locations
- Detailed lice buoy data with access to location specific forecasts
- Save your favorites for easy access
Get a Text Message!The easiest way to get the the data is to simply text the buoy number to (734) 418-7299 and you will have the latest info within 10 seconds...now that's fast.
September 15, 2013
|Jim Terrell...dishing the knowledge|
Side not on paddle fit…Jim Terrell was fitting paddles by taking you height in inches and multiplying by 1.12. This should be a starting point and can then be slightly adjusted from there based on your specific needs (race, surf, other). 6’ tall… 72 x 1.12 = 80.64 or an 81” paddle.
|3 Mile Race Start|
|Buoy Turn Carnage|
- 6 Mile Elite – 14’ M Larry Cain
- 6 Mile Elite – 12’6 M Joel Baker
- 6 Mile Elite – 12’6 W Mary Radtke
- 3 Mile Rec – 12’6 M Jeffrey Hunter
- 3 Mile Rec – 12’6 W Melanie Lefeve
- 3 Mile Rec – Surf M Kevin Clark
- 3 Mile Rec – Surf W Antje Mueller
- Kids Race Camden Misiewicz
Before I forget, I wanted to give a shout out to Matt Balmer (6 Mile elite racer) for providing lunch for everyone from his restaurant, Everyday People Café. It was by far the best event lunch I have ever had (great soup/chowder, bread bowls, fruit, cookies, etc.). If you happen to be in the Douglas area, check it out.
|Rich, thanking Jim and his family|
In addition to everything described above, one of the highlights of the event for me was to just hang out with a bunch of friends that all have the passion for our great sport. The Great Lakes SUP Classic was an event that you don’t want to miss next year so make sure to get it on your calendar for 2014…you won’t regret it!
August 23, 2013
Whether you are searching for a SUP spot, gear, lessons, or tours, the VO map has you covered. The user friendly platform allows you to quickly filter SUP spots and businesses by type. The goal is that this site will be the place to go to find all of this information, no matter where your travels take you.
August 1, 2013
June 6, 2013
May 16, 2013
Mt Pisgah SUP/Run Duathlon - 5/27 Holland, MI
This is an informal "race" that is free to everyone and even includes a pancake breakfast at the beach! The event will begin at 9:00 AM on Memorial Day, May 27th, at Holland State Park. The Duathlon will consist of a 1.5 mile paddle, 1 mile run (with steps), and a 1.5 mile paddle. Call The Outpost of Holland with any questions and ask for Jim or Steve 616.396.5556.
Sweetwater SUP Challenge - 6/15 St. Joseph, MI
Family friendly event with demos and kid's races. The Recreational race is 3 miles and the Elite race is 6 miles. The Rec race is reserved for "surf" style SUPs only...all displacement/race style SUPs will be entered into the Elite race (12'6" and 14' classes). For additional information, including registration, please see the link below:
Sweetwater SUP Challenge
TC Waterman Challenge & Expo - 8/17 Traverse City, MI
Staged on the shores of beautiful West Grand Traverse Bay, the TC Waterman event includes a recreational 3.5 mile course as well as an 11 mile open-water "downwinder" distance race. Whether you're racing for the WPA points, or just want to get your feet wet in the waters of SUP for the first time, the TC Waterman Challenge & Expo is the perfect way to experience the rich tradition of the Northern Michigan SUP lifestyle. For additional information, including registration, please see the link below:
TC Waterman Challenge & Expo
What are you waiting for?!?!
April 24, 2013
Tonight at the Outpost of Holland, I had the opportunity to participate in an exclusive live FCS Q&A Webcast with two of the most successful SUP athletes in the world, Danny Ching and Candice Appleby. Danny and Candice answered questions via phone, tweet, and email for over an hour on anything to do with SUP. lots of great questions dealing with fitness, nutrition, racing, surfing, and SUP lifestyle.
April 8, 2013
April 4, 2013
March 29, 2013
- Temps: near 50 to approaching 60 on Saturday afternoon inland, cooler on Lake Michigan
- Wind: light wind on Friday and Saturday morning, picking up Saturday afternoon into Sunday
- Waves: calm waves Friday and most of Saturday, picking up Saturday afternoon and 2-3' on Sunday
March 20, 2013
The stage is set for one of the most exciting SUP events of 2013! The Surftech Shootout and Surf & Sand Duel Race will feature many of the world's top SUP surfers and racers.
For those of you like me, however, who are stuck in the never ending "winter" of West Michigan, you can check out the LIVE WEBCAST during half time or between March Madness games. The Webcast will begin at 11:00 AM (EST) on Saturday and continue through Sunday to cover all the action.
For additional event information check out this article on Supconnect.
February 28, 2013
ESPN Article: Hard Paddlin' Man
We had the chance to meet Jaime last summer when he was here for (and won) the Great Lakes SUP Classic at Holland State Park. From the little that we talked, he seemed very down to earth and took plenty of time to hang out with everyone...even the kids (see picture below).
February 24, 2013
While many of us in West Michigan have ventured out onto the ice that forms on the shore of Lake Michigan, few people get the opportunity to view the ice formations from the other side...from the water. My friend Jim from The Outpost of Holland has a couple of very cool videos that show how cool this perspective can be. Check one of his videos below...part one of his SUP Winter Wonderland video can be found at The Outpost of Holland.
February 17, 2013
Reeds Lake SUP Race
February 16, 2013
This documentary is the story of Shane's 340-mile paddle down the Missouri River from Kansas City to St. Charles in October 2011. Shane competed in the 6th annual Missouri River 340 and became the first person to attempt as well as first to complete the race on an SUP. This historic achievement contributed greatly to his rise to fame in the stand up paddling community, and it propelled him to accomplish further incredible feats on an SUP.
Check out what Shane is up to these days on his blog... shaneperrin.blogspot.com
February 10, 2013
Live Feed - Sunset Beach Pro 2013 (Check back on Monday 2/11/2013)
If you need your fix today (or any other time), check out the highlights below from the first day of the contest.
February 3, 2013
I know from experience that these events are awesome for paddlers of all levels. Check the 2013 SUP/Beach Events list (at right) for more information on each race or follow the link below.
Midwest Stand Up Paddleboard Championship Series