Seattle Resources for Tides, Marine Weather and Travel / Lodging

Where to Stay in Ballard  

VRBO in Ballard operated by one of our instructors, $119nt.

Ballard Inn

Hotel Ballard

Nearby hotels (2-5 miles): Hotel Nexus, Silver Cloud, Residence Inn, Courtyard Marriott  (Lake Union)

Alternative Lodging:  AirBnB Seattle, VRBO Seattle


Recommended Ballard Restaurants – 

SeafoodChinooks (Fishermen’s Terminal); Annex (oysters & fish); Anthony’s, Lockspot, Ray’s Boathouse, Walrus & Carpenter (oysters).

BBQ / Southern Bitterroot, Kickin Boot, Bourbon & BonesBramling Cross


Sushi – Several to choose from Here.

Craft Beer / Drinks – All of the above. Also visit this link for a list of Ballard breweries.

PizzaBallard Pizza, Patzi’s Pizza.

MexicanMatador, El BarachoLa Carta De Oaxaca, Senor Moose, El Camion (food truck).

Ballard Dining GuideEat Ballard



Stoke Magazine – Rob shares his stoke for SUP with technique tips, product reviews and trip ideas.

SUP Instructional Videos on YouTube – Rob’s YouTube Channel 

Rob’s Books

Stand Up Paddling: Flatwater to Surf and Riversthe first and only comprehensive guide to the sport., with a foreword by Dave Kalama. Visit the Mountaineers Books website for a free download of the “Rivers” chapter.

Kayaking Puget Sound & The San Juan Islands – 60 paddling trips throughout Puget Sound, and the San Juan and Gulf Islands, including suggestions for stand up paddlers.


Great Guide for Surfers – Surf Survival – Clay Everline MD.  Covers surf safety, common accidents, travel tips.

Puget Sound Weather Links:

NOAA’s West Point / Discovery Park Station, Seattle

NOAA Real Time Marine Weather & Forecasts, Puget Sound & NW Coast

WSDOT, Puget Sound and Inland Weather

Pacific NW Tides & Currents:

Deception Pass Current Info

Puget Sound Current Info

Puget Sound, Strait & Coastal Tides

Washington Surf Forecast: 

Surf WA – NW based forecasts and webcams.

Magic Seaweed

Storm Surf

Water Trails & Marine Parks:  

Washington Water Trails

WA State & Marine Parks

BC Marine Trail

Boating Safety & Surf Etiquette  

Boating Safety Resource Center

Surfing Etiquette  – track ships and boats by radar.

Ferry Info

WA State Ferries

BC Ferries

Recommended Paddling Gear from our Sponsors

KAVU – Cool outdoor clothing manufacturer with stores in Seattle.

Accent Paddles – Great SUP and Kayaking paddles.

NorthWater Paddle Sports Gear – Tow ropes, leashes etc made in Vancouver BC

Imagine Paddle Surf – SUP boards we use.

MTI Adventure Wear – Lifejackets. Rob is a Safety Ambassador for MTI.