6 Tips for How to Escape the Cold during the NW Winter

- Visit Seattle's various steam rooms and/or saunas. We joined visiting friends at the Olive 8 Hotel before Christmas. Also featured in Seattle Mag, they have a huge hot tub, steam room and sauna. We cooked ourselves in each an I swear my cold was better after.  New Seattle Massage on the Ave also has a great sauna and steam room.

- Alderbrook Resort on Hood Canal where our March 18th race is also has a great steam room, sauna and pool. Go there to scout the course for our March 18 race. Take the Bremerton ferry than an easy drive to Union.

- Have breakfast/lunch at Swanson's Nursery north of Ballard. Encased in glass and at near Hawaiian temps, tropical plants thrive amongst a huge koi pond adjacent a nice cafe for breakfast or lunch.

- Visit the Volunteer Park Conservatory. Also in the mag, this is a great inner-city tropical escape.  Bring a camera.

- Fly to Oahu or Mexico and take a SUP tour or class from my PSUPA certified instructors. Give me a shout for contact info if you're going. We have instructors in Honolulu, Singapore, Australia and Costa Maya, Mexico.

- Embrace the cold. Wearing the right paddling clothing for the temps and realizing that paddling is exercise - you will get warm! We always finish our paddles thinking it has warmed up with our batteries charged, and glad we went out vs holing up at home worrying about the weather.


Looking to Buy a Wetsuit?  Try before you buy. I've heard stories of students recently who chose to buy online thinking they'll save a buck or two. If the suit comes with a tight neck, short arms, etc, you just lost a few bucks of time having to send it back, re-order, etc. Wetsuit sizing varies per body type and by manufacturer. XCEL's fit differently than O'Neill's. I wear a XL shirt but a xxxl wetsuit. Some booties will fit your size, most will be short 1-2 sizes. I also have a few suits, PFDs, hooded vests and NRS booties you can demo. In Seattle, we recommend Urban Surf, WaveHounds and Perfect Wave.

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