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Surfing Puget Sound - High Wind Day 11/3/13

46kts of wind in Seattle on Nov 3, brought many experienced paddlers out to test their skills while downwinding Puget Sound.  9 outriggers launched from Golden Gardens while an hour later 6 of the region's top SUP'ers launced from the Elks Beach to the south. All were headed to Edmonds or Richmond Beach.  The wind turned 180 degrees from southwest to north for each group half way to their destinations. The outriggers finished their run against the wind while the SUPs, not as far along turned it around to paddle back to the Elks.

Below are two fun shots showing the effects of the wind.  The top is surfing somewhere near Alki, the second a webcam shot of West Point at the peak of the storm.

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