The America Journey Part 1
Well after a long 12 1/2 hour flight direct to San Francisco Sam and I have made it here to the big USA. The flight was long but we were able to get a few hours sleep in on the flight. Upon landing in San Fran we had about an 8 hour stop over before flying out to Portland so we decided to check out some shops! It was my first time being in San Fran and it was pretty crazy, shops galore.. true shopping dream! After a few hours looking round the city we then headed back to the airport to hop on a short flight to Portland, getting to our accommodation near midnight.
We had a day in Portland to check out a few things. One of the highlights would definitely be the Nike World Headquarters in Portland, Oregon. Imagine a university campus just for Nike. It had all the courts, fields, tracks, you could ever dream of as an athlete, let alone the named carpark’s for the famous Nike athletes for their use, and Lake Nike!
After spending a day in Portland we then headed into the Hood River where our the North American Champs & World Series race is held. The Hood river is the surf ski dream, a river with winds cranking down the river against current for tanking waves daily. For the entire week of the race the organisers have put on a shuttle service where paddlers load their ski’s on the trailer and they drop you off at a point in the river and have an awesome downwind back. These shuttles run every 20-30 minutes for about 5 hours in the afternoon! Sam and I got our boats all set up and jumped on the 1PM shuttle. It took us about 14km’s up the river. We jumped on our skis and was immediately amazed at the conditions. Crazy downwind, averaging about 16km/p smiling and thinking this is why we love surf ski paddling! It was really good to have a paddle on part of the race course and check out the conditions of the river.
The race has a three day window, Wednesday – Friday, after a race organisers meeting last night the race has been confirmed for Thursday due to the winds slowly dying after that. The race is a approx 20km paddle down the Hood River that we have been training on. Personally I like a bit of a longer race but am definitely up for the challenge. The race is looking like a hot field with a strong mens start list and also a strong women’s field which is good to see!
Pre Race day – Wednesday. Today Sam and I are going to have a nice downwind pre warmup on a section just before the race course but will be apart of the Relay course later in the week. After that we are going to check out the famous waterfalls along the Gorge!
Pre, During and Post racing I like to keep hydrated, for this I use SOS rehydrate. It tastes great and is a pure form of electrolyte hydration that helps combat dehydration. They come in easy to use sachets and are so easy to take away to events or but in your bag. Check out SOS here: https://sosrehydrate.com/
Until next time,
HAPPY PADDLING 🙂