April 11, 2024

REDDING: YOUR CALIFORNIA BOARD SPORTS HUB

A guy strapping down a surfboard on the roof of a yellow vintage VW bus in Redding, CA

How many board sports can you do in a day starting in Redding, CA?

The North State is your outdoor playground, especially when you use Redding as your hub. With mountain, lake, and river adventures right at your fingertips, you can shred from sunup to sundown. Spring is the perfect time to visit and check off every California board sport on your list.

Mt Shasta Ski Park

Mount Shasta Ski Park

Kick things off at Mt. Shasta Ski Park, just an hour and fifteen-minute drive north of Redding. This local gem stays open until April 14th, so there’s still time to get some final runs in. Spend the morning carving up the mountain on your snowboard before heading back down to take on new thrills.

Wake surf on Lake Shasta

Lake Shasta

By noon, you’ll be ready to hit the liquid landscapes of Shasta Lake. This massive lake is a wakesports paradise. Rent a boat and spend the afternoon wakeboarding, wakesurfing, kneeboarding, or whatever your towed watersport of choice may be. The warm California sun and pristine waters are calling. Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen!

Long boarding on the National Sacramento River Trail

Sacramento River National Recreation Trail

When the lake fun winds down, it’s time to hit the iconic Sacramento River Trail. This 17-mile paved path winds through the heart of Redding, with plenty of access points to drop in. Cruise on your longboard, carve the trails on your mountain bike, or push the limits on your electric skateboard. Just watch out for other trail users!

SUP on the Sacramento

Sacramento River & Sundial Bridge

As sunset approaches, wrap up your day with a paddle on the Sacramento River. Lake Redding offers an iconic backdrop of Shasta Bally. Kayak, raft, or stand-up paddleboard (SUP) while surrounded by scenic views. Lake Redding is fairly mellow, and you need to get upriver to enjoy the drift back down to the boat ramp. Bring a lifejacket as the water is chilly and the river does have a strong current.

If you need to gear up for your board sport adventure, Redding has you covered. Check out Sports Ltd. and Ray’s Board Shop for all your boarding needs. For more information on paddle sports in the area, check out the Visit Redding paddle sports page.

No matter which board sport is your jam, there are many places to execute in Redding. The city makes it possible to transition seamlessly from snow to lake to river to trails, all in a single adventure-packed day.

So what are you waiting for? Get shRedding!

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