SUP Adventure Tour - Cypress Island
One of my favorite SUP adventure tours in the San Juan Islands, Cypress is a beautiful island with rich marine life and spectacular views.
Located north of Anacortes and across from Guemes Island, the views from Cypress remind me of Southeast Alaska. Porpoise, minke whales, bald eagles and sometimes Orcas can be spotted from the island.
The tour is rated Intermediate skill level because swift tidal current can flow up Bellingham Channel, which is our access to camping on Cypress Head and Pelican Beach. We may encounter wind and some small waves.
With careful planning of currents, you will learn how to depart Anacortes by crossing Guemes Channel, then paddle north to Cypress assisted by tidal current. And the next day return using opposite flowing currents.
Roundtrip Paddling Distance: 10-15 miles
Day 1 – Launching from Anacortes, we’ll time our departure at the end of the ebb to cross Guemes Channel to Guemes Island. Then use the flood to paddle up and across Bellingham Channel to Cypress Island.
Once on the island, we’ll set up camp at either Cypress Head or Pelican Beach depending on group skill level and campsite availability.
You’ll have a choice to relax and enjoy the epic views and sounds of the channel or hike to 750′ Eagle Cliff for extensive San Juan Islands views.
Day 2 – After breakfast, we’ll either continue exploring the island or depending on tides and weather, pack up and paddle back to our put-in using the opposite direction of currents which brought us to the island.
Skill Prerequisites: Intermediate +
You have taken our SUP Basics 2 class and/or have proven experience standing in bumps from boat wakes and/or wind. You can paddle 3 miles without stopping, can fall and get back on easily in conditions. You can paddle up wind, in side-winds and can paddle over small waves standing. Your Half Day class can include paddling techniques to prepare for this tour.
Suggested Classes for this tour – Deception Pass Tidal Rapids Training and/or SUP Basics 2.
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He truly has a passion for the sport and demonstrates patience and expertise in his teaching.”
“Rob has introduced us to amazing new places to SUP and has taught us a lot of useful technique. I feel like a completely different paddler.”
“Rob is an expert in SUP and offers even more relevant training and helpful information because of his background in kayaking. His skill, knowledge and expertise exceeded my expectations. He presented the information and training in a very clear and concise manner; adding many various tips throughout his instruction. Rob is encouraging, patient and practical – all very important traits when teaching a subject. The course more than met my needs – I learned a lot and as a beginner – I have a lot to learn. I will continue to turn to him as my ‘go to’ resource in all matters SUP. I’m extremely glad I chose Salmon Bay Paddle and Rob for my first professional training in SUP. I felt safe and confident with him the whole time.”