Newport Harbor Pizza Paddle - July 2017

  • Updated: July 20, 2017
  • Post By: Matthew Hengst

July 20th, 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 enjoy a sunset on the way to pizza.  It's also prime time for Sierra backpacks so everyone seems extra busy!

After a rash of last minute cancellations we had a very small group paddling.

The tide was really high on the way out and we were expecting to have to have to fight our way back in.  But that was a concern for later...

We had a sizable crowd waiting for us at the restaurant.  8 students from the Kaweah 2017 class came out turning it into a mini reunion.  And there was beer!

Crazy eyes!

Eventually Kristen, Dave, and myself had to say goodbye and paddle back.

Despite our worries about the tide it wasn't too bad getting back to the beach.  I was back home by 1:30 am or so which made for a short night before the drive out to lead the WTC Experience Trip to Warren Friday night.  But hey, keeps me out of the bars.  Ish.

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