Seattle Travel Resources

Seattle Resources for Tides, Marine Weather and Travel / Lodging – Scroll down to see where to find PNW surf and sup shops, tides, currents, wind and where to stay and eat.

PNW Paddling & Surfing Resources

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. And Traffic, ferry and road webcams.

WindAlert and Windy for real time wind and forecasts

Seattle Maritime Books and Marine Charts

Captains Supply – Ballard (across from Maritime Pacific Brewery)

Starpath – Online store by Seattle navigation expert and author David Burch

Pacific NW Tides & Currents:

Dairiki – PNW Tide Site – Local is more accurate

Deception Pass Current Info

Puget Sound Current Info

Puget Sound, Strait & Coastal Tides

Washington Surf Forecast: 

Surf WA – NW based forecasts and webcams app

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

Splinter SUP – Stitch and glue performance wood paddle boards 12′-6, 14′, and 16′ lengths. Port Townsend based.

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

Paddling Shops

NW Outdoor Center (NWOC) on Westlake in Seattle. Kayak and SUP. Great store.

Urban Surf – Surf, kite and SUP shop, north end of Lake Union

Kayak Academy – Kayak and some SUP stuff in Issaquah, WA

Perfect Wave – Surf and SUP shop in Kirkland, owned by Hawaiians.

Rob’s Books and Blog

Salmon Bay Paddle BLOG – 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.

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); 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