Newport Harbor Pizza Paddle - May 2017

  • Updated: May 18, 2017
  • Post By: Matthew Hengst

May 18th, 2017

Once a month a group of us get together and paddle Newport Harbor after work. We launch from the beach next to the Newport Aquatic Center and paddle over to Pizza Nova in the main harbor in a combination of kayaks and SUPs. There we dock our boats, partake in feast of pizza and beer, and then paddling back to the cars. We do this all year round and in pretty much all conditions. Light, dark, rain, and the dead of SoCal winter where you're tempted to put a sweater on with your flip flops.

You can find writeups of other pizza paddles here. For notifications on when we're doing the next one see our facebook group Pizza Paddle Associates. (Send me a message so I know you're not a spam bot!)

It's prime time for after work paddling right now since we get to launch in the light and it's warm enough even Kristen isn't wearing a jacket. And aside from a malfunctioning kayak everything went great!  

We were all on kayaks again after last month's trio of SUPs.

This paddle was made a little more interesting due to the tandem Jack and Becky had borrowed.  It had a rudder and pedals in addition to oars but seemed to be in need of adjustments we couldn't make on the water.  As a result they were stuck heading in lazy circles until they pulled the ruddle and the pedals and just paddled.

Despite the delay we still made the channel in time for our sunset.

And Pizza Nova in time for our pizza and beer!

The small things in the water are fish.  The NOCQUA lights I have on my boat are a lot of fun at night especially closer to the shore.

We were back a little later than usual and didn't make the cars until 11 pm.

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