Photos courtesy of Bushka Vidal. Words by John Streit.

After its original date was rained out the week before, our first Community Paddle couldn’t have run under better conditions. Blue skies dotted with fair weather clouds, calm winds and warm temperatures greeted our paddle crew as they joined up for a fun, casual paddle through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, July 7.

We were fortunate enough for our great friend Bushka Vidal snap some awesome photos of the paddle, which departed from and returned to our boat dock. The access our shop has to Back Bay is most definitely a blessing to us and has been — and will continue to be — the springboard for countless adventures into the Back Bay Watershed. Our portion of Virginia Beach is the low-laying basin surrounding the massive brackish estuary, setting the stage for exploring the expansive areas of marshland, maritime forest and tributaries all leading to the open waters of Back Bay.

That’s why we’re always stoked to bring people together to discover all of the nooks and crannies of our Back Bay backyard.

We’re set to host another community paddle this Sunday, July 14 which departs from and returns to Blue Pete’s Restaurant (1400 N. Muddy Creek Road, Virginia Beach) in Pungo starting at 5 p.m. This follows another community event we’re hosting alongside the Wahine Surf Club earlier in the day: Arts & Crafts/Surf Day at Little Island Park starting at 9 a.m.


Brian Stokes is known for his tandem surfing, but here’s he’s spotted going… trandem on the SUP with Kukana Lowder and Cady Moore-Callahan!


A couple paddlers reflecting on our waterway.


Community paddlers are strong, real strong!


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