Late Afternoon Tour
*4-6:30pm in October
This afternoon tour is what life is all about: Casually paddling the French Broad River as the sun dips low on the hills, and watching the day slowly fade away into an Appalachian night. At the end of the tour, walk on over to the Wedge Brewing Company for a cold, hard-earned pint, and enjoy the cool, mountain scenery for a perfect end to the day.
4:30pm: Meet in the River Arts District just north of the Cotton Mill studio. Address: 159 Riverside Drive, Asheville NC 28801
4:45pm: Depart River Arts District for Hominy Creek
5:00pm: Arrive at Hominy Creek
5:00-5:30pm: Standup Paddle Lesson and Instruction
5:30-7pm: 4-mile paddle back to River Arts District
WHAT TO BRING
This is a tour that starts off and warm—and then begins to cool off. The French Broad is in a tree-lined valley as it meanders its way through town, and as we make the turn past Swannanoa Creek, the sun disappears behind the West Asheville hills and the river is bathed in shadows. Consequently, the end of the tour can get a little bit chilly—even in the middle of summer—so besides a fun and adventurous spirit, paddlers should pack a light jacket to combat the evening chill. And, while the chances of falling in are slim, remember to wear board shorts or a bathing suit if you'd like to take a dip. Sunglasses can be nice for the beginning of the tour—although you might want a Croakie or string—and we'd suggest bringing a change of clothes you can grab from your car at the end. Finally, while everyone hopes for a sunny day, afternoon showers are common in Asheville and can occur at any time. Packing a rain jacket or waterproof layer is a good idea for this tour, as it's always better to be over-prepared than stuck in the rain without one.
If you'd like, you can also bring a waterproof camera for capturing the morning scenery, just know that Wai Mauna Asheville SUP Tours isn't liable for items that are lost, damaged, or stolen. Finally, optional items include sunscreen and bug spray (eco-safe is best), and you might also want a towel in your car for drying off once we're done.