Are you ever adventurous enough to drive to new places, to lakes or rivers that have been untouched and un-paddled? The quest for the paddle trail of gold! It starts with a map really, or simply your smart phone. Imagine the paddling possibilities and the fact that you can paddle wherever there is water. My advice to you- locate the blue lakes and rivers, pack up the truck and let the adventure begin.
Paddling the Secret Spot with Dan Gavere
For Columbus it was towards new and undiscoverable land, for paddlers like Dan Gavere and Tyler Marshall it is towards the blue itself. Since day one these guys have had a passion to be on the water, to find new trails and the next sacred spot, for Dan these spots are on the rivers, on a kayak or on his pro model- the Starboard Astro Stream. “I picked up Dan from Love Field airport in Dallas and we were ready to get on the water. I was excited that we were heading to paddle a new trail, not too far from the airport and near where I was born,” says DFW Surf founder Tyler Marshall.
Tyler took Dan to the secret spot. A small lake tucked away, just behind new apartments and a golf course, un-touched and in a perfect location near the highway, a mini lake with a connecting river and a wildlife tour full of ducks, exotic birds and an occasional beaver.
“This is what it’s all about,” says Dan. “For 2015, my goal is to get away at least one day a week and get back to doing what I love, a place where there are no phones, no computers and no emails.” “I grew up playing in the creeks behind houses and twPaddling the Secret Spot with Dan Gavereenty years later I live and breathe watersports and lake life,” says Tyler. “Doing what I love is being active and outdoors.” So where exactly is this secret spot? The secret is the journey.
Be sure to check out Dan Gavere’s Ultimate Guide to Stand Up Paddling, or his river SUP pro model, the Astro Stream. For more adventure stories, pro tips on lakes and rivers and the lifestyle of inland surfers, check out Tyler’s latest articles at boardersmag.com.