G. Niblock on the L41 TipSUP Noserider. Photo: J. Chandler

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Thar She Blows!

MikeyB and I hit it early enough to catch all the morning glass for a three hour round trip stand up paddle from Sarges to the Harbor and all points in between. As the photos will attest the day dawned clean, clear and bright. Temps have moved up the thermometer topping out today at a near perfect 73 degrees at the ocean. (Water temps are trying to make a comeback with the lack of the big northwest winds, from 49 degrees to a high of 52.5.)

Lots of folks were out in the water today. Ross was on his laydown paddleboard, practicing for the Jay Race on June 21; John and his son JJ (first time out on the SUP) were picking up a few low rollers at Sarges; the Big Stick Surfing Association put the Logjam on this morning despite the almost compete absence of waves (it's bound to get a little better tomorrow); for a weekend there was a paucity of surfers, even at the best spots; rowers were out on their racing skulls; the Pu Pu O Hawaii Outrigger Canoe Club launched several boats from the Harbor's sands; and the low tide drew a lot of beach walkers and gawkers.

But the highlight of the morning's paddle was our encounter with a small whale 150 yards offshore in water no more than 20 feet deep. I tried to get as many pics as I could but he never surfaced high enough in the water to get a good shot. I was lucky to get the blow hole shot. He was just lounging in the low rolling sea and stayed long enough for us to hang with him. Eventually we moved on and so did leviathan.

Just another special day on the SUP.


  1. We saw a small whale that seemed to be feeding near Mitchell's cove yesterday morning, I wonder if it was the same one? It was remarkably close to shore.

  2. Hey Andy,

    Those pics are the best description I could give except to guess that the whale wasn't more than 17-23 feet long.