AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
New England • Missouri • Coast to Coast Gallery
I grew up and have lived completely in the American West—Arizona, Colorado, California and Oregon—until some inexplicable force suddenly rocketed me to New Hampshire and then to the Maine coast.
In the 11 years I’ve lived here, my California and Oregon buddies often ask, “What’s it like there? How does the surf and lifestyle compare to the West Coast?” This should be an easy answer for me, but it’s not. You see, historically speaking I am a New Englander through and through. My mom and dad’s side goes way back to Mayflower and Pilgrim days—to think of all the cod they could have reeled in if they’d had standup boards! After their first 200 years in New England, my kin, like so many other Americans, began heading west…and now Mom and Dad are on Molokai, so (with due respect to another “west” place I lived: Guam, “Where America’s Day Begins”) my folks are now about as far west as you can get in the US!…
The Story of New England Sup
Having paddled and surfed her beaches and inland waterways since I was a teenager, I have yet to find any place on earth as wonderful as our little top corner of the East Coast. Our northeast colony is one of those places in America that offers paddlers four unique seasons, and an equal number of sup venues—from river running to reef and beach surf to scenic downwinders and intimate lake and estuary sup exploration that borders on the spiritual.
There are 6,130 miles of tidal coastline in our region, offering paddlers a combination of spectacular scenery, exciting challenges and quiet solitude. We have 473 miles of pure, exposed-to-swells coastline, with good surfing on much of it. From the sandy beaches of Connecticut to the rocky shoreline of Maine, you can always find an empty wave to ride, regardless of the season. An endless supply of rivers and lakes snake their way across all six states. And the best thing about all of this is that most of it is easily accessible…