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Northern California

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Coastal - Bay Area - Inland - Mountain

 

Perfect Paddles is your destination for Resources and Support for the SUP community - local focus, and global reach.

Life is Better On The Water!

Northern California offers the full party of SUP opportunities, with world class SUP shops in each corner, visiting this area is like skiing in the Alps - so many places to go! From the Back bay, Surf zones, River - calm and white-water, Lake Tahoe (top of many SUPit lists), Tomales Bay bringing tons of wildlife viewing opportunities.

The Bay Area gives us the Golden Gate Bridge, Pacific Beach, and the Red Bull heavy water (think SUPer bowl for SUP) competition - warm and mild Summers with crystal clear waters to explore and see otters, humpback whales, and tons of inland waterways are home to thousands of species of waterbirds.

Northern California offers year round paddling but be prepared for cold water, big waves, and powerful currents so choosing your launch spots carefully is key and totally, completely worth it.
This vast SUP Paradise is truly a Perfect Paddles destination as it features every discipline form surf to white-water, fishing, and fitness, and the paddling community is strong, bonded by the thrills and skills needed to enjoy this region to the fullest.

Looking to find new places to paddle, connect with other paddlers, get inspired for your next paddle adventure, and live the ultimate water-based life onboard and beyond? We're here to help you get the most out of your next stand up paddle board experience, with everything from launch guides, featured trips and workout tips, to discounts on trips and accessories.

We have curated local knowledge from over 800 professional paddle coaches and guides who service the area with guided experiences, rentals, or knowledge sharing. It's their passion for SUP and experience in the best paddle spots around the world that we make easily accessible for you. By highlighting and promoting the best Pros in the best places in the world you will find expert recommendations for launch spots, equipment choices appropriate for the seasons, and get inspired or hire them and enjoy their SUP tours, lessons, rentals, workouts. Contact them directly. Any member discount goes directly to you the enthusiasts. Perfect paddles doesn't take any revenue from the Pro. We want you to have a direct relationship with the Pro so they can guide you in a way that best suits your goals and skill level

 

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Explore By Region

From the beauty of Big Sur to the big waves of Santa Cruz, on the coast, a cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge in the Bay Area, the diverse inland waterways of Sacramento and the Wine Country and beautiful Alpine Lake paddles,  Northern California has something for everyone.