July 11, 2017 matt palmariello

I spent last weekend paddling around Peter’s Pond in Sandwich, MA with the crew from RideAway Kayak & SUP.  This was the first course I’ve ever delivered when every candidate passed.  I was highly impressed by the professionalism and commitment from these paddlers.  Each of them could quickly take feedback and make changes for big improvements.  If you’re in Cape Cod looking for SUP rentals or instruction, RideAway is the place to call. I’ve now been delivering American Canoe Association SUP Instructor Certification Workshops about 4 years and I continue to learn on each one.  Every time I begin a…

June 22, 2017 matt palmariello

Hot Springs & Happy Hour is how we described the trip, but really it should’ve been called strong winds and stronger paddlers. Our team of 8 met up early on Friday, made our way to the river and were paddling off by 10:15am. Impressive start for an impressive crew. The rest of the trip blended together seamlessly with an assortment of fun, food, celebration, soaking, exploring & relaxing. Huge THANKS to Erin of Sunset Stand Up Paddleboard in Laguna Beach, California for co-organizing with me. She’s awesome to work with and paddle with and whenever you’re in Southern California she’ll…

October 4, 2016 matt palmariello

This post also appeared on mattpalmariello.blogspot.com. Jewell Island is a 221 acre island named for George Jewell and sits on the outer edge of Casco Bay, an eight mile paddle from Portland, ME.  According to history, he traded a bottle of rum to the local indians for it in 1636 and used it a fishing base.  After George Jewell drown in Boston Harbor the island became home to many settlers who continued to fish and farm on it and by the early 1700’s settlers even tried to mine gold, silver and salt on this rugged coastal island. During WWII, 400…

October 25, 2015 matt palmariello

-this post was also published at mattpalmariello.blogspot.com-   In June I moved to Maine, completed my work on the California 100 and joined the board of directors for Rivers for Change.  Shortly after I decided if I was going to work with an organization built upon a founding principle of source to sea literacy, I ought to see what a source to sea is all about.  After mentioning it to founding board member Danielle Katz, her immediate response went something like “yes, absolutely, yes lets do it!”. I wanted a trip twice as long as I’d done before, so that…

October 12, 2014 matt palmariello

The Gulf of Maine experienced a King tide this past Thursday at 12:10pm with a height of 10.8ft in my Southern Maine coastal destination.  To celebrate, my sister and I paddled the route around Gerrish and Cutts Islands, a trip I haven’t done in almost ten years.  The trip needed a high tide and offered a very short window to complete the circumnavigation as it relies on high water to fill-in an adjacent marsh in order to have the depth needed.  Jill is still fairly new to SUP but was amped up for a challenge, dressed for the part and…

July 13, 2014 matt palmariello

I could list at least 30 advantages that standup paddleboards have over sea kayaks, but paddling in a beam wind is not one of them.  Our 7 mile crossing back to the mainland from the Isles of Shoals lined up perfectly across the building wind and swell – not what we wanted.  So badly I wanted to just turn and start running downwind, catching bumps.  Not a bad plan except for the fact it would land us miles and miles away from where we needed to be. At 7:15am I met up with Peter at the beach in Rye, my…