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SUP Instructor Tom Logue and His Adventure Circumnavigating Lake Tahoe

Mike's Paddle Intro to SUP Instructor Tom Logue at Cave Rock Put-induring his circumnavigation of Lake Tahoe in 2017. 

Mike's Paddle Intro to SUP Instructor Tom Logue at Cave Rock Put-induring his circumnavigation of Lake Tahoe in 2017. 

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!

Tom paddles at Sand Harbor in Lake Tahoe with a yacht known as "Thunderbird" in the background. 

Tom paddles at Sand Harbor in Lake Tahoe with a yacht known as "Thunderbird" in the background. 

From Eagle Rock (West Shore), yes that paddler is Tom.

From Eagle Rock (West Shore), yes that paddler is Tom.

 

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!!

Meet Your Instructor: Nicole Harrow

At Mike's Paddle we have incredible teachers and we wanted to give you the opportunity to get to know a few through this series. In this segment, we meet Nicole Harrow of Wild Meditations based in Walnut Creek. She is one of our SUP Yoga teachers offering Half-Day Sup Yoga retreats (there is still time to join her this weekend by registering here) and Boga Yoga Flows. She will also be leading a trip to Croatia this August. You can see her full schedule here.  Learn more about why she loves SUP Yoga and what her favorite experience on the water has been thus far. 

Mike's Paddle SUP Yoga Instructor Nicole Harrow.

Mike's Paddle SUP Yoga Instructor Nicole Harrow.

 

1) Why do you love SUP Yoga?
It leaves me feeling exhilarated and connected with myself and nature.

2) Paint the picture of one experience on the water that you'll never forget?
 We were out on the bay one November morning. The water was calm and clear. A low layer of clouds covered the horizon, giving the feeling that we were in open water with no cities nearby. When I started the class a light drizzle began to fall. We continued to practice and slowly the rain began in earnest. Instead of stopping the class there was a feeling of invigoration and connection. As we raised our arms to the sky we laughed and stuck our tongues out to taste the rain! Then this magical thing happened. A seal came to observe the class! Half of his body came out of the water…he stayed like that for some time…watching us play :)

3) What do you want all your friends to know about SUP Yoga?
It is fun!! When you practice SUP yoga you feel like you are LIVING life!!

4) When you bring students onto the water, what is your main message to them? 
Open your eyes, allow everything in. Fear may come in…and this is our opportunity to play with it!

5) What's your favorite element that you connect with in your SUP Yoga practice? 
That is hard!! I have two. The feeling of the sun resting on my skin, and the sound of the water as it laps against the board.

6) What's your SUP Yoga spirit animal/creature and why?
The Pelican. There is something ancient and magical about these birds. I almost always see them when we practice at Mikes paddle. When they fly by I am reminded of dinosaurs, of the freedom of flight, of the fearlessness when they plunge into the ocean in pursuit of fish! They inspire me to be daring, raw and graceful!!

7) What's your favorite SUP yoga pose?
Standing Splits. 

8) Where would your dream SUP Vacation be?
Croatia!!!!! 

9) Anything else you'd like to share with the Mike's Paddle community? 
I am so honored to be at Mike’s paddle and to share this sacred experience with all of you!!

You're Invited: Athleta Trunk Sale

Happy Summer! This August we are hosting an Athleta Trunk Show:

Sunday August 20th from 11am-1pm

Everyone is invited to stop by the shop for an exclusive look at all of Athleta's made-for-water-and-sun clothing collection. There will be snacks and clothes to try on and buy! 

If you choose, you can join Athleta Influencer and Mike's Paddle instructor Nicolette Tura for a specialty class ($55) on the water from 10am-12pm. If you decide to join the class you will be given a special goody bag and a raffle ticket for a chance to win Athleta's beloved Pacifica 2.0 UPF-50 protected rash guard - Perfect for paddleboarding and being out in the sun! 

Athleta Specialty Class
August 20th 10-12pm

It's going to be a fun day! Throughout August there are many awesome SUP Yoga classes for you to attend whether it's one of our weekly classes, a 2-Hour Flow or a Half-Day SUP Yoga Retreat. We hope to see you on the water soon. We should all take time to enjoy the best that the Bay Area has to offer at Mike's Paddle.