Tom Logue is one of our Intro to SUP instructors! He is the friendly face many of you see when you decide to learn all of your SUP basics for the very first time. We caught up with him to learn more about how he spends his time on the water and learned a lot about his adventures in that warmer months up at Lake Tahoe!
Tell us about what motivated you to circumnavigate Tahoe. How long did it take you? What was unique about the location? What did you fall in love with and what did you find challenging?
I spend part of my time in Tahoe, and I frequently paddle at both Donner Lake and Lake Tahoe. Circumnavigating the Lake seemed like a great way to see areas of Lake Tahoe that I had not seen, especially from the water.
I wanted the circumnavigation to be a tour, not a marathon. I planned a morning-only paddling schedule in early September to minimize afternoon wind and boat traffic impacts. I set up a six day paddling route (approximately 12 miles per day) using the Tahoe Water Trail site (http://laketahoewatertrail.org/) to help plan my put-in and take-out locations. My wife generously drove shuttle for me. The chocolate payments were significant!
Two areas of the lake stood out for me. The first was the east shore between Sand Harbor and Cave Rock. Much of this area is inaccessible by road, with little man-made development, and has the stereotypical crystal-clear water you see in Lake Tahoe photos. The second was Emerald Bay, also a photographer’s mecca. I’ve been to Emerald Bay multiple times hiking and kayaking, but during my SUP tour I managed to paddle this section early on a mid-week morning and had the bay to myself, under extremely glassy conditions. Something that doesn’t happen on a weekend in the middle of summer!
What’s your favorite board?
When paddling, I love to try different boards. Paddling from Mike’s, I usually grab one of the 12’6” race boards. I’ve been known to “borrow” personal boards that have been stored on Mike’s rack--Thanks Shannon! Unfortunately, using these fast boards, does not seem to significantly impact my race speed. I guess there is a fitness and strength factor involved. Drat, I was hoping expensive new equipment could put me on the podium! I guess I better get to Mike’s Paddlefit and Race Training more regularly. When I circumnavigated the lake, I used my personal board, which is a Flatwater Paddle Co. 12’6” race board.
What is one thing that people might not know about you?
One thing that most people don’t know about me is that I am also in the process of circumnavigating Lake Tahoe on foot. I’m segment hiking the 165 mile Tahoe Rim trail. I’ve completed about half of the trail. I took a break this summer. I’m blaming my hiatus on the big snow year which kept the trails snow covered until late in the season. At least that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it. Perhaps my circumnavigation by SUP was to make up for my lack of hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail this summer.
How long have you been paddling and teaching Stand Up Paddleboarding?
I’ve been paddling about 5 years - wow, time flies - and coming to Mike’s since he first opened. I started instructing at Mike’s about 2 years ago and I’ve enjoyed teaching new paddlers. I hope I’m able to expose others to the sport so they find their niche (SUP Yoga, racing, fitness, or touring) in the paddle community that Mike is building. Of course, this is totally self-serving because it translates to More paddling partners!!