Japan Slough Backwater #sup @glidesup #mississippiriver #iowa #standuppaddleboarding #supconnect #glidesup #bigriversup
Lots of silliness, walking practice, ‘frisbee,’ too much watermelon (not possible), road tripping to see old friends, beating the heat at the water table… and so much more. #boysweekend #kaipower
The board hits the water even before the first rays do. Darkness all around, the silky texture of the water - undisturbed by winds for hours thanks to the nighttime calm. The first few paddle strokes, made familiar by countless thousands (millions) before this. Dawning skies bring vivid colors - purples, blues, pink and reds - that reflect to surround you. Anticipation of what’s ahead, just beyond the horizon. You are IN IT. First in, last out.
Dawn Patrols are all made of the same stuff thanks to these things. Of course to most of the people in the world that are planing water on a board, this means chasing surf. Crisp, fresh swell tipping cleanly onto a sheet of glass, cracking the morning silence with each wave in the set. First shot at an empty (or less crowded) lineup, the payoff for your pre-twilight dedication. The colorful morning salute overhead, contorting into amazing visual spectacles off the long, bending line ahead. Images you won’t soon forget.
But away from the coasts, we have to look at Dawn Patrol a little different from the start. Once your board hits the water, the rhythm of energies transferred by winds thousands of miles away simply aren’t there. Now, it’s about the places. Making your way to those spaces that you can only reach through the glide. Cutting across the morning calm, with nothing but more pastel and neon stillness ahead for you traverse. The inhabitants of your destination stirring to begin daily routines. That point when you transcend all of the noise of the world you came from, and realize you have just created a rhythm all your own.
Dawn Patrol is more than a noun; it’s even more than a verb now too. It’s a place of being. Leaving behind our expectations and heading into that untamed place in our environment. Connecting on the simplest, yet most essential level with the things that sometimes get taken for granted as we pass through our waking time. The water, birds, trees, earth, mammals, grass, and fish all humming together, as if lifting the sun to it’s rightly place overhead.
Big River Questing / PC: Grant Weber @glidesup #sup #dubuque #mississippiriver #iowa #supconnect #bigriversup
Sandbar Hunt #latergram @glidesup Retro #sup #dubuque #mississippiriver #iowa #standuppaddleboarding #ig_iowa #supconnect