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SUP: The Mag Features RVA Paddleboarding

Andy Thompson

August 26, 2015 11:26am
Credit: Teresa Cole

Credit: Teresa Cole

A river-loving friend sent me a link yesterday, that I thought worth passing along. SUP: The Mag, a great resource for paddleboarders online and in paper form, posted a piece by Will Taylor on Monday breaking down Richmond as a destination for standup-paddleboarders.

Wrote Taylor: If you are looking for adventure, Richmond is the place to visit. The James River is 344 miles long, forming in the Appalachian Mountains and flowing to the Chesapeake Bay. The James River runs through Richmond, Virginia and boasts the only urban whitewater with class III and IV rapids (lower James). For those paddlers looking for something a little more mild, the upper James offers a chance to run class I and II. There are also several sections of flat water for those just getting started or wanting a more relaxed day.

If you haven’t been on a standup paddleboard before, or maybe you just haven’t been on one on the James, our friends at Riverside Outfitters are running a sweet Groupon right now. Their three-hour downriver paddleboard trip from Pony Pasture to Reedy Creek, which is usually $75 a person, is now $39 per person. Check it out!

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?