Grew up in Napa valley and been exploring fishing, paddling, the northern reach of San Pablo bay for 30 years - northern reaches of San Pablo bay which includes the Napa river, Petaluma river and the Carneros wildlife all largely undiscovered. a 20 year restoration project of 15000 acres and a 400 million dollar restoration of the Napa river alone all flat-water, tidal, estuary. We started our paddle company in 2012 and expanded to Petaluma in 2016.
My father was the surf champion of San Diego state and surfed all his life. I grew up on surf safaris with my Dad once or twice a year down to Baja and up and down the California coast. I grew up snowboarding and chasing steelhead in Northern California and Oregon - river rafting, kayaking, etc. I wanted to show people the extraordinary wildlife and nature here on the Napa river. I wanted to show that to people so we built out company to bring access to that.
transition from salt water to fresh water is a very dynamic experience and the scenery on these waterways is extremely divers much like the soils that create the world class wines in this region - constantly engaging to all your senses. The entire experience is tidal so you are riding wind and tides throughout the region. Napa river Spring into June goes form saltwater shore birds into the fresh water forests.
Every paddle tour is timed to coincide with the wind and the tides to get the best experience. The beauty of operating on the two different rivers that are separated by 20 miles no matter what the day is on the two rivers the tide is the same but the afternoon winds is the opposite. . . so no matter what you can line those up on one river or the other. We get high frequency waves here and it's a really great place to learn to downwind! in Petaluma the wind blows of the pacific through the Petaluma gap and straight down the river every afternoon - all beginner waters but something for everyone. The water in this region is warm water from June through October.
What is your season:
We operate year round
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Buddy Deal: 10% off services
Perfect Paddles Recommendation: Guided tours! Take a trip down the Napa River with a first-class SUP instructor
Closest City: San Francisco
Signature Service: Tours
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Sacramento is from April to June or September through November. Sacramento sees most of its festivals in May and June, but the California State Fair doesn't come to town until July when California's Central Valley usually experiences extreme heat.(travel.usnews.com)
Distance from Airport: About a 1 hour and 6-minute drive from Sacramento International Airport depending on traffic
GET ON THE WATER
"Paddleboarding & kayaking is a fun and relaxing activity that almost anyone can do. Unplug, connect with nature and nurture your inner adventure in wine country!
Balance, strength, and endurance are exercised whether you are paddling or just balancing. This low impact, core workout engages toes, legs, back, shoulders, arms, and neck in one cohesive motion.
GUIDED & UNGUIDED
TRIPS ON THE NAPA RIVER
Our expert river guides help you get the most from your time on the water and provide paddle lessons. Or, let us recommend a self-guided route complete with wind and tidal analysis.
Napa Valley Paddle offers both guided or self-guided excursions. Routes are designed to accommodate all levels of paddle and fitness ability. Beginners are welcome. Our self-guided tours come with tidal and wind analysis and our guided tours include on-water paddle lessons. Choose from a variety of paddle vessels, all shapes and sizes including Monster Bru 4-man paddleboards, Hobbie Mirage Drive "peddle" kayaks, tandem & single Kayaks, Fishing Kayaks and paddleboards.
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