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Takin’ Tahoe to Sausalito

That is to say literally, taking a couple of Tahoe Stand Up Paddleboards to Sausalito for a little on the water fun. We were originally going to get out of the house by 6am so we could go paddle the waterfront in San Francisco before an appointment I had at 11 am. A 6am departure from our house would realistically put us on the water under the Golden Gate bridge around 7:30. What wasn’t realistic was leaving the house by six. On the water by 7:30? I was still fighting the cat for more covers at 7:30.

So by the time we rolled into the city by the bay, it was time for my appointment and by the time we got down to the water at Crissy Field it was almost two. Needless to say, the wind had picked up just a hair. We looked across the bay and darned if Sausalito didn’t look as flat as my first girlfriend so we loaded our two vicious dogs back in the Subaru and headed back across the bridge going north.

Earlier that morning (earlier being a relative term) we stopped by Clavey and picked up a couple of Tahoe SUPs we had just received the week before. For the wife I grabbed Tahoe’s women specific, Bliss. At a spritely 24lbs, I knew Nicole would love it regardless of our time on the water (and I was right). For myself I grabbed the Zephyr 12’6″. I told Nicole I was using the 12’6″ because it’s the same length as the Bliss and therefore very similar in speed, but the truth is, Jeff had already put the fin on and I was too lazy to go find the fin for the Zephyr 14′.

When we got to Sea Trek’s beach that afternoon, the weather was absolutely perfect. Unfortunately, there was no shade to be found and Nicole, as a concerned canine parent, was quite worried about roasting the puppies in the car. I told her dogs are cold blooded, like snakes, and they would love a nice hot car. Being a veterinarian, she argued that dogs are indeed warm blooded and would, in fact, expire if we left them for too long in a car in the California sun (who knew). So we decide to make our paddle a quick one. We were of course, worried about the dogs, but I was also worried about her purse, my wallet and the windows being rolled half way down. There are a lot of dogs in the world that prevent thieves from sticking their hands in open car windows for fear of pulling back a bloody stump, but I suspect our sub-standard poodle isn’t one of them.

When we pushed off the beach Nicole was instantly impressed with the way the Tahoe Bliss tracked. I’ve always liked the way the Tahoe SUPs, in general, tracked. But what I’ve come to really love about their whole line of stand up paddleboards is how they’re laid out for touring. Countersunk stainless attachment points both fore and aft mean I can easily tie down a dry bag or stow my flip flops under some bungees. Yes, of course, I like the light weight. Yes, I’m a fan of the tracking and the speed. Sure I like the design and the bamboo deck. But frankly it’s being able to rig it like a boat that I like best of all.

We paddled deeper into Richardson Bay, harassing the local harbor seals along the way. Within 45 minutes we were back at the beach so we could let the dogs out of their little sauna on wheels. I hadn’t thought to bring a pair of Buddy Pads, Tahoe’s doggie SUP pad, but I did bring their lifejackets so we decided we try to take the dogs with us on another run out in the bay. Nicole used my towel so the poodle would feel comfortable (really, why would I want a dry towel?) and I took the aussie, who may sound like she’s trying to communicate with whales, but doesn’t move once she lays down.

We paddled out to San Francisco bay and back and I was definitely glad for it. After all, it isn’t everyday you get to show your wife a twelve foot baby being raised by seagulls.

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