Saga of Jen Cram, a La Conner paddle boarder


April 12, 2022

PADDDLEBOARDING NEAR AND FAR – Jen Cram with paddle boarding friends on the east side of Deception Pass. – Photo courtesy of Jen Cram

History is all around La Conner but is not always recognized.

Take, for example, the paddle boarders spotted in growing numbers each summer on Swinomish Channel and nearby Skagit Bay.

While an outdoor sporting activity with one of today’s highest percentages of first-time participants, standup paddle boarding (SUP) dates to 3,000 BCE.

Few are as enthusiastic about the sport as La Conner resident Jen Cram, who took up paddle boarding nearly a decade ago.

In 2013, Cram took a yoga class in which members practiced on a board at Little Cranberry Lake.

“I had practiced yoga for years, but no...

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