Brent Allen Outside Stand Up Paddle Carmel by the sea, California.
BAO Stand Up Paddle is designed for a more personalized and complete experience for 1 or 2 persons. Most people appreciate having the undivided attention of a coach/instructor especially in ocean environments. This is a great opportunity for those that enjoy cross training to try a workout that is fun and different. BAO SUP is perfect for adventurous people that love the outdoors and being on the water. Learn how to Stand Up Paddle, take a tour, do a beach/SUP workout or just go paddle with no agenda.
The Monterey Bay is an incredible location for Stand Up Paddle Boarding with some of the most dynamic scenery in the world. On calm days it’s like standing on an aquarium. There is nothing like being on a Stand Up Paddle Board watching sea otters, harbor seals, dolphins and whales in the distance on their yearly migration. When the water is clear you get an incredible view of the ocean floor.
The Monterey Peninsula can be complicated with its weather patterns and ocean conditions. The south side of the Peninsula (Carmel) can be blue skies and sunshine, while the north side (Monterey) could be socked in with fog (Marine Layer). Because we have such fickle conditions it is important to have varied locations to take people out.
Stand Up Paddle is about being on the water not in the water. It is more like dressing properly for running/hiking than being in the ocean. Yes falling in the water might happen. Your body warms up fast when you are in movement.
On cooler days or if you get cold easily a full 3/2 surf wetsuit or multi-sport wetsuit and 3mm booties are recommended.
I personally only wear a wetsuit (4/3 or 3/2, booties, and neoprene cap) if I am surfing Stand Up Paddle boards in this area. The Monterey Bay surface water temperature can vary from 50 degrees in the winter and up to 60 + degrees in the summer. The wind speed, air temperature, and Fog/marine layer can create a very Ocean specific chilling cold. Summer for the Monterey Peninsula is August to October.
On sunny warm days (above 60 degrees) for your lower half: swimsuit (waist to knee *referred to as Jammers) with board shorts, neoprene shorts, or technical tights are all options. Choices for your top/torso: Long sleeve rash guard, short sleeve 1.5/2mm top, long sleeve 1.5/2mm top, or a long sleeve technical shirt are all options. Hats are always smart. Make sure it has a chin clasp or is tied to your top or wetsuit.
Always check the weather before you leave home. Just go to :http://www.weather.com/
Plug in Carmel, CA or Monterey, CA. It’s also smart to check the surf report for the area at
http://www.surfline.com go to the forecast heading *choose North America *then central California * then Monterey. This will provide swell, wind water temp etc…
A surf spring suit would be optimal. If you have competed in multi-sport, a tri-suit (technical fabric) or triathlon wetsuit. Another option is to wear a swim suit as your base layer, board shorts, and 1.5/2mm neoprene long sleeve top. In these work outs you will be doing lifeguard type calisthenics on the beach and on Stand Up Paddle boards. You will end up in the water. Surface temperature will most likely be 56-60 degrees. If you live the fitness lifestyle, you will LOVE it!
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15 years water experience in the Monterey Bay .
– 23 years of experience in open water swimming including the Atlantic Ocean , Gulf of Mexico , Pacific Ocean , Rivers and Lakes through out North America .
– Surfed/Paddled : California , Hawaii, Costa Rica , New Zealand, Australia , and South Africa .
– USA Triathlon (expert level) coach 1999-2010 North Carolina /California Structured & Managed 100 + USA triathlon certified training camps and clinics . All of which required water safety plans in all types of open water environments . Red-cross certified Lifeguard North Carolina and California 1997-2006
What I think regarding coaching and instructor certifications:
I think it is wise for people that coach and instruct in sport to have some type of standardized certification . It shows merit that safety is a priority and usually a requirement to get the proper instructor/coaching liability insurance . This also shows a commitment to continued education in the sport you coach. All coaches/instructors should always be current on CPR & First Aid certifications ( current working knowledge) .
There are no shortcuts in practical experience . Having hired many professional athletes, sport specific coaches , water safety specialist , and teachers over the past 20 years has allowed me to learn a great deal. I have been coaching in endurance sports since 1997 and my personal philosophy is give people your undivided attention for a prescribed amount of time . Help them move past any fears that came with them and replace them with new positive experiences . Create an environment that allows people to learn and have fun.