Paddling Weather

Sitting in Folbot HQ in Charleston, South Carolina, sometimes you get a skewed view of the rest of the world.

No, I don’t mean like the New York-centric outlook so brilliantly captured by the New Yorker Magazine…

… although some Charlestonians may hold a similar view (for more on that, read about why the wonderful restaurant Slightly North of Broad — SNOB – is named that).

I’m talking weather. We’ve been wearing shorts and comfortably paddling kayaks for months now. And today it’s going to be in the 80’s…

… and we won’t see colder weather for many months. But, sometimes we forget that not everyone is wearing flip-flops and heading to the beach on weekends.

This week I was in touch with some Folboters and asked them where they were paddling. I received answers like:

Ha! I wish.  I live 30 miles North of the Arctic Circle. We are just now seeing some temperatures above freezing. (21F right now, though)… The Sound (Kotzebue Sound, Chukchi Sea) will probably not break up until at least mid June.

I live in Upstate New York and spring has been very reluctant to arrive this year…

Unfortunately, we have not yet paddled.  Once winter left, the winds have been way to high, gusting to 50 miles an hour, since the end of February.

Well, for all of you don’t want to paddle like this…

… we hope the weather cooperates and you can hit the water soon.

Or please come visit us in Charleston.

A Kiawah in the Ashley River by downtown Charleston

We’d love to see you and promise that it will be warm enough to paddle.

David A.


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