Flashback Friday: Autumn Paddle on Back Bay

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Photos by Shaun Devine. Words by John Streit.

This set of photos flashes us back to our current season — autumn — a few years back for a photo shoot in Muddy Creek for our Surf & Adventure/Ocean Rentals annual guide book. Fall time on Back Bay is a special time of year when the brisk, cool air ushers in golden tones as the leaves change color and the sun takes a lower angle toward resting in the west. The vibrant, lush greens of summer give way to the straw hues of plant life gone dormant until their annual springtime resurgence. With pleasant air temperatures and the water still warm from ample summer sunshine, there’s arguably no better way to enjoy our region’s secret season than renting a kayak or standup paddleboard and striking out on your own Back Bay adventure. Or, allow us to show you the unique flora and fauna of the watershed on a guided tour for added insight!

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August Paddling Tours

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Sit on top and sit inside kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle boards (SUP) for rental at our boat dock in Sandbridge.

Photos & words by John Streit.

Summer is in full swing and our Back Bay paddling tours have been cruising off our boat dock nearly every morning so far this month! We’ve been fortunate enough to have our stormy start to summer give way to beautiful, classic midsummer weather — though not as hot and humid as we are used to seeing in August. While the occasional overcast sky has come along with the cooler temperatures, those conditions offer some of the most comfortable paddling and best opportunities for wildlife viewing as the critters — especially the aquatic mammals such as minks, river otters and muskrats — ditch the shade of the marsh for open waters. We’ve also been receiving fly-bys by our nation’s iconic symbol: the American Bald Eagle!

It’s also been great to be a highlight of many family vacations for visitors of both Sandbridge and the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. We’ve even had plenty of locals making the most of their daycations on the water with us! Enjoy these photos of our recent standup paddleboarding and kayak tours.

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Midsummer SUP Tours

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Words & photos by John Streit.

While kayaking is by far the most popular activity on our Back Bay waterway, there’s no better vantage point for witnessing the wonderful nature behind our shop than on your own two feet — on a standup paddleboard. Our SUP tours are also a great value, as we provide a lesson of paddleboarding fundamentals before you hit the water for an eco tour of maritime forest, expansive marsh and the open waters of Back Bay. Under the watchful eye of our experienced instructors, paddling through the slick-calm water of our waterway allows you to quickly learn and effective stroke as you become more and more comfortable with the board underfoot. Before you know it, you’re gliding across the water with the closest feeling to walking on water possible. Wildlife and wildflowers sightings make for lasting memories with friends and family — being on the water tends to do that! For more information and to sign up for your own SUP adventure, click here or call (757) 721-6210. We also offer private, one-on-one instructional tours!

Thanks to the Robinson family of Ohio, Sandbridge guests for the week, for spending their morning with us on the water!

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