Tagged "stand up paddle"
Ben is an endurance athlete who, in 2012, set the Guiness World Record for the longest distance travelled on a SUP in 24 hours at 238 miles! He then went on to be the first person to paddle from Cuba to the US on a SUP in 2013.
Ben and his wife, Kimberley, have long given back to the community through hosting their weekly local race series and putting on Chattajack, the massive paddle board race through the TN River gorge.
What to Expect
Our friends over at WildTrail are putting on a fun race!
Race beautiful downtown Chattanooga with 8, 2.5, and kids' course options for SUP, surfski, kayak and more! Spectator and competitor friendly courses incorporate Ross' Landing, Maclellan Island, the Walnut Street walking bridge, and the Olgiatti bridge. Come race with us as we kick off the Southern Stoke Series for 2017!
More details here on the: https://www.facebook.com/events/225263317947487/
You may not be aware but there is a vast network of creeks and streams, covering hundreds of miles, surround Chattanooga, TN. The natural scenery is absolutely breathtaking on most of these waterways but they’re often impossible to traverse due to the build up of fallen trees, erosion, and human contributed waste. In light of this L2 Outside and Wild Trails have teamed up to clear 77 miles of these local waterways starting with Lookout Creek.
Yesterday morning a small team embarked on the inaugural clearing for Lookout Creek. The clearing will allow stand up paddler boarders, kayakers, and other small water craft to easily navigate the waterway. We were optimistic about the day, and excited about our goal, despite the chilly weather and overcast sky.
The main objective for Lookout Creek is to be able to paddle from Trenton, GA to Downtown Chattanooga, without having to port, by summer of 2017. Filled with river otters, fish, turtles, and birds this is one of the most fun and scenic paddles in our beautiful region. For this initial outing we wanted to scout the waterway south of Reflection Riding, make a game plan, and then clear as many logjams as possible in the remaining daylight. It turned out to be a solid day and we cleared close to 4 miles of the creek. Check out the photos here, and sign up to receive updates as we make progress!If you’re interested in being part of this initiative for cleaner waterways then leave your name and email address in the comment section below this blog (or sign up here). We will reach out and shoot you additional details.
When you come to Chattanooga, TN as a visitor there are many common tourist attractions like the Chattanooga Choo Choo, Tennessee River Gorge Explorer and Rock City. Some choose to hike the foothills of the Appalachian's or visit a historic battlefield. Others prefer to take it slow and visit a museum like the Hunter Art gallery. Every attraction has a different draw and flavor to it. If you want to get out and enjoy nature in Chattanooga then you should consider a water sport (especially if it is a hot summer day). If you're interested in doing something a bit different we would highly recommend stand up surfing or SUP (Stand up paddle boarding) on the Tennessee River.
SUPing on the flat water in downtown Chattanooga can be an unforgettable experience. Being on the water is one of the most unique ways to view the city. At L2 Outside we offer a low barrier to entry on the river. We provide paddle board rentals and kayak rentals. All you have to do is sign up, fill out a liability waiver, listen to our introductory tips, and then hop on a board. For beginners we are available to offer additional instruction and tips. In fact, if you're interested, we offer beginner courses to help you master your form.
Once you have a stable base and start to head up stream you will go under three of the downtown bridges - Walnut, Market, and Veterans. Each bridge is unique and historical. If you have never paddled under any of these bridges you will be amazed at how overwhelming the experience can be as you notice the sheer size and magnitude of each structure.
As you approach the Veterans Bridge you will encounter Maclellan Island. Maclellan Island, which is also known as Audubon Island. The island is a total of 18 acres with roughly 1.5 miles of walking trails. One the island keep your eyes open for muskrats, beaver, rabbit, fox and turtles. If you're lucky you may see a blue heron. The island is open for camping if you apply for a permit. At the south tip of the island locals and tourist alike pull up at the dock and enjoy the slack line.
Once you're done playing on the island you can head over to the bluffs under the Hunter Art Museum and try your hand at bouldering. The rock face here is steep and challenging. Be careful to check the water depth before you climb to ensure that the depth is not too shallow or obstructed with debris.
After you have thoroughly enjoyed yourself playing on the river it is time to head back. The float back with the currents assistance is equally enjoyable and relaxing. Depending on the river flow you can float back down to our dock in roughly 20 minutes. Questions about this experience? Just ask in the comment section below.