Paddleboarding in Washougal - Fun for Whole Family
Stand Up Paddleboarding or SUP, has really caught on in the Pacific Northwest. An off-shoot of surfing, the activity has been around for many years in the South Pacific. Instead of waiting for a wave, the boards are propelled with a paddle, either standing up or kneeling. Because it is relatively easy to learn how to maneuver, they are particularly popular with families – everyone can participate.
Last summer, we had a great time at a family picnic on a mountain lake in the Cascades. We all took turns on the boards my son brought - some of us trying it for the first time. We loved how easy it was for everyone to enjoy - spending the day paddling out and around the lake. It does require some balance, and a knack for upper body activity, but it is easy for anyone to learn.
Taking SUP to the next Level
As with many recreational activities, paddleboarding has also developed into a competitive sport. On Sunday, August 31, some of the best paddleboarders in the world will meet in Washougal for the SUP Salmon Classic. Hosted by the City of Washougal and Sweetwood Boards, the competition will feature long and short courses on the Columbia River for everyone from novice to professional. Open to public spectators, Cottonwood Beach will provide an excellent viewing area for the events, as well as booths on the grassy pasture for food, entertainment and vendors. Admission is free, and it runs from 10:45 am to 4 pm.
A pre-race party on Saturday from 6 to 8 pm in downtown Washougal’s Reflection Park will feature music by the band “God Fearing Women”. Race participants can also register or pick up their packets at that time.
( This is a photo of yours truly enjoying a summer SUP moment.)
If you’re looking for a home on the water, or just want to learn about the best places to go paddleboarding in Clark County, WA, give me a call today, I'd love to be your guide.