WATER SPIR­ITS

SUP Magazine - - Frames -

The Land of the Ris­ing Sun has a mys­tique that is both tran­quil and ex­otic, leav­ing vis­i­tors awed at the beauty, his­tory and cul­ture of this is­land na­tion. Standup pad­dling scenes have popped up all over Ja­pan, from in­land lakes, to sea­side surf towns, to lo­cal white­wa­ter runs. Here, vis­it­ing Amer­i­can pad­dlers and their Ja­panese friends ab­sorb the peace­ful sight of a ris­ing golden mist on the Yoshino River be­fore plung­ing down yet an­other world-class rapid.

ZACH MAHONE

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