Mid Morning Tour
Do you still like to start your day on the water—but don't need to wake up at sunrise? Our mid-morning Asheville stand up paddle tour is a great way to experience the French Broad River at a time of day where this stretch of river is almost completely empty. Beat the large, mid-summer crowds by starting out in the morning, and watch the fog as it slowly lifts and submits to the midday heat. At the end of the tour, paddlers are placed within walking distance of numerous River Arts restaurants, and have squeezed in a healthy, mid-morning workout before even thinking about lunch.
9:30am: Meet in the River Arts District just north of the Cotton Mill studio. Address: 159 Riverside Drive, Asheville NC 28801
9:45am: Depart River Arts District for Hominy Creek
10:00am: Arrive at Hominy Creek
10-10:30am: Standup Paddle Lesson and Instruction
10:30am-Noon: 4-mile paddle back to River Arts District
WHAT TO BRING
This is a tour that starts off cool—and then begins to warm up. The beginning of the tour can be 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 morning 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 once the sun shines brighter—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, showers are common here 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.