National Trails Day Activities and Open Water Stand Up Paddles

Mary Forgeone

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Have you ever tried a stand-up paddleboard from Santa Catalina to Dana Point? Don’t do it unless you’re with a pro. In mid-April, I encountered a terry planket at Two Harbors on the western side of the island. She and her team were preparing to make a relay-style 40-mile crossing.

“I’ve had countless SUP events around the world, and arguably this was the most challenging event I’ve ever attended,” Terry then emailed me. It was.

Former LA County lifeguard, stand-up paddle coach and athlete Anthony Bella hosted the event. Bella and his company, Performance Paddling, train intermediate and advanced paddles. 16 students aged 32 to 73 participated in the crossing. Anthony told me about the logistics of open water stand up paddles. This is an edited version of our conversation.

How fast can you run in open water paddling?

Depending on the situation, you can paddle at 4-5 mph. Our paddle was 40 miles. It was done as a relay by the team. If the average speed of each team is 4 mph, it will take 10 hours. If the average speed for each team was 4.5 mph, it would take 9 hours. Everyone finished within 9 hours and 30 minutes. The fastest team finished within 9 hours.

What do you need to organize a relay event?

First of all, it’s safe. Each of our teams had their own escort boat. You can fall and hit your head or ribs, or have a heart attack. We had four Zoom meetings and one face-to-face meeting to see all the details down to the event. We also practiced on the water.

How did you know what the situation would be?

We choose the day with the best options.Prevailing winds [in mid-April] Harvested as late as possible in spring, before the wind began to change. You need to warm the water and air a little. One of the longtime windsurfers went to investigate the wind conditions on a fixed date for the past five years. There were also water experts and boat drivers.

Is there a better time than any other time?

Super fast. The biggest factor in stand-up paddles is the wind. Since you are standing, there is not much surface area for the wind to hit. When the wind is strong, it can become bumpy and the wind can counteract what you are trying to do. Departure at 7:03 am. The wind gets stronger in the afternoon.

Will the conditions be stricter?

The conditions were very favorable to us. In most cases, everyone was able to stand up paddle all the time. If the wind is strong, kneel and paddle. This is very, very burdensome to the body. [One participant] He had a prosthesis and was 6 feet 8 inches tall-he wasn’t that easy to keep going when the situation got tough.

Each team took 20 to 30 minutes per person, followed by an hour break. Safety Tips: If you are paddling and in poor condition and your knees do not rise, lie down on the board and use only your arms. In our case, when we get there, we leave the board on the boat.

Do you ever get seasick with stand-up paddles?

I don’t know who has it. Getting on the boat is very slow and difficult. In most cases, drive at 4 mph for 10 hours. Most people were taking some seasickness medicine.

What about the route?

When you are in those lanes, you are more conscious. That’s another thing our escort vessels want. If it is foggy and you cannot see the escort ship, the boat with radar communicates wirelessly and there is no possibility of a collision. We also use several different apps to monitor transport lanes.

Is it difficult to paddle in open water?

You are basically a hula dance. The lower body behaves differently than the upper body. Have you ever seen a shocking mountain bike? The lower body acts like a shock absorber.

How much did it cost?

Approximately $ 700 to $ 1,000 per person, including Pacific Paddling membership and island stays.

3 things to do this week

Rancho Palos Verdes Avalon Cove beach.

(Christina House / For The Times; Photo courtesy of Steven Banks / Los Angeles Times; Getty)

1. Love the trails in honor of the National Trails Day. Established in 1993, National Trails Day aims to promote and preserve trails. It is held on the first Saturday of June every year, and this year on June 5th. During non-pandemic times, organizations across the country offer volunteer opportunities such as cleaning and trail maintenance. This year you can choose between virtual and face-to-face events. For example, you can plant trees and shrubs at the Abalone Cove Reserve in Rancho Palos Verdes from 9am to noon on Saturdays (registration here). Alternatively, runners, hikers and cyclists can do DIY cleanup on the trails of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (more info here). If you’re browsing the park you’re visiting, check out “Find Your Park.” Find out more about Trails Day at the American Hiking Society.

LA Parks coloring book cover.

Find (and color) the park in Los Angeles in the coloring book.

(Object with narration, photo illustration by Stephen Banks / Los Angeles Times, Getty)

2. Get a new coloring book for We Heart LA Parks. This coloring book is a sweet homage to the lesser-known LA open space. Kite-flying at Angels Gate Park in San Pedro, bird-watching at Augusta F. Hawkins Natural Park in Compton (named after the first black parliamentarian west of the Mississippi was elected to the House of Representatives), art at Bowtie Purcell In addition to all the works of Trekking Grassel Park, “Original art by 50 local contributors aged 8 to 87, from park activists and renowned mural painters to elementary and high school students” is also included. I will. You can find a copy ($ 19.99) at Los Feliz’s Skylight Books, DTLA’s Library Store, or other site, or visit Narrated Objects to order. A portion of the book’s proceeds will be donated to the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust.

Illustrations of bicycles in different colors

(Photo Illustration: Stephen Banks / Los Angeles Times; Getty)

3. Ride a bike with LA Wheelmen. LA Wheelmen has been running in the city of LA since 1945. This group invites Angelenos to a weekly bike route that offers long, medium and short distance rides. The Sunday ride begins at 8:30 am in Torrance and is a flat route to Knott’s Berry Farm (don’t worry, there’s also a 27-mile route). The details of the South Bay Surprise itinerary are as follows:

Must read

A photo of a gasping dog.

What is a good dog that loves trails?

(Josie Norris / Los Angeles Times; Getty)

Where to take your dog on a nearby path? Matt Pawlik answers your questions in the 12 best dog-friendly urban hikes. “Los Angeles has plenty of doggy-centric outdoor spaces, such as the Silver Lake Dog Park Hipster Hound shelter and Rosie’s Dog Beach, where you can unlead and play in the sand on the beautiful coastline of Long Beach,” said Matt. Is writing. But if you want to run the trails, these 12 hikes are “the best doggon adventures in town”. Read the complete list here. To get elsewhere, check out 50 of Los Angeles’ best hikes and 40 of California’s best outdoor experiences.

Wild stuff

Photograph of California scrub jay

The noisy California scrub jay has a typical Californian feel.

(Will Elder, National Park Service, photo illustration by Stephen Banks / Los Angeles Times, Getty)

Scrub Jaze is a large blue bird that flies around the wild LA in the city. I mistakenly call it the Bluebird (the western Bluebird can be found in LA, but not the jay) or just the Blue Jay. They are smart enough to know how to store nuts for a rainy day meal.

My colleague Scott Sandel writes about his new gratitude to Scrub Jay after the pair appeared in his yard. The noisy, screaming, blue and gray birds found in the parks, gardens and wooded areas of Baja California in the western part of the Golden State, northwestern Pacific Ocean, have a typical California character. ”

Obviously, these birds are declining in California and Nevada for many reasons. Habitat changes and loss due to coastal development. “Climate change,” said Scott. Read the full text here to find Scrub Jay.


Aerial view of the pool at Pacea Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach.

Relax in the pool at Pacea Hotel & Spa on Huntington Beach with a 1-day pass.

(Rosemary McClure, Photo Illustration: Steven Banks / Los Angeles Times, Getty)

Swimming is a typical summer reward. This is especially true when swimming in someone’s fashionable pool. Here’s how to kick without leaving the house. Ten of Southern California’s coolest hotels offer a full-day pass for locals and those who just want to lap or just hang out. For example, the pool at Pacea Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach is available for $ 50 a day. Check out our list of 10 cool pools, including rates and amenities.

Red flag

A desert windmill that shines in the blue sky.

Wind turbine at San Gognio Pass.

(Sammy Ross / Los Angeles Times, photo illustration by Stephen Banks / Los Angeles Times, Getty)

In the LA Times environmental newsletter, Boiling Point, colleague Sammy Ross tackled a nasty issue with renewable energy last week. Are solar and wind farms ugly or beautiful? Hikers, bikes, runners, trail users and nature enthusiasts have seen a landscape of scattered panels and turbines. But at least we haven’t seen a dirty coal-burning plant. Currently, the Biden administration has announced plans to build a wind farm off the coast of California. What do you think? Check out Boiling Point and sign up for our newsletter here.


Digital badge for hikers.

Complete your hike in Tuolumne County and earn a badge.

(Visit Tuolumne County. Photo illustrated by Stephen Banks / Los Angeles Times, Getty)

Earn digital hiking credits with the new Trail Heads program, where you’ll receive a completed hiking badge in Tuolumne County, including Yosemite National Park and the nearby wilderness areas. The mechanism is as follows. You can get a Trail Scout Badge after completing one hike. Completing 50 will earn you the Master Mountaineer badge. First, let’s take a look at the best trails in the area and how to get to Visit Tuolumne County.

A photo of Yosemite's Half Dome.

Visitors to Yosemite this summer must book a day trip. Half Dome, above.

(Dakota Snyder)

Speaking of Yosemite, visitors will change this summer. First, you need to make a one-day reservation before entering the park (until September 30th). Second, a new traffic flow plan is being tried in Yosemite Valley. To your destination. Third, the park shuttle does not operate during the second summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, be prepared to walk or bike to your destination. In addition, the Tioga Pass Park East Exit has opened this season. The nearby Mammoth Lakes basin is also open.

Modified: Last week at The Wild, I told you that the Banning Ranch oilfield, a 384-acre site on Newport Beach, which will become a nature reserve, was purchased by Trust for Public Land. In fact, the trust has an exclusive contract to buy the land and has 12 months to raise funds to complete the sale. This is the story.

Bucket hat with metal water bottle and words "wild."

Want to wear something new on this summer’s trail? Add a white sun-reflecting bucket hat with The Wild logo to your hiking wardrobe. You can also get a branded water bottle. Click here to place an order.

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