Ultimate Survival Alaska Testing Out A New Paddle Board
SUP Research and Development in Alaska
Longtime Tahoe SUP team member, Lel Tone, knows a bit about being resourceful. The Heli-Ski Guide, Avalanche Forecaster and Avalanche Educator for Squaw Valley Ski Patrol, spent this past summer competing in National Geographic’s Ultimate Survival Alaska TV series, airing January 4th. With some down time between filming race stages, Tone and fellow cast members, Dallas Seavey and Jared Ogden got a hankerin’ for some paddling while on Kodiak Island.
With a block of foam off an old floating dock and a plank of cedar that they sanded down for a fin, the USS Stone was christened and launched. “We had done a lot of pack rafting, climbing, dog sledding, pretty heavy situations during the races”, said Tone. “But I was really starting to miss my time standup paddling on Lake Tahoe. The foam block was perfect, a little narrow at 17″ wide and Dallas and Jared helped with the fin sanding. The good ole USS Stone did pretty well in a pinch and got me out exploring the beautiful Kodiak coastline.”
Tone has previously been featured in the 2011 Warren Miller film “Like There is No Tomorrow” and the Tahoe SUP EXPLORE Project: Klamath River. Outside Magazine nominated Tone as “World’s Top 10 Guides” in 2014. Tone also enjoys mountain biking, kite surfing, yoga and staying fit for whatever the next adventure brings.
About Ultimate Survival
Ultimate Survival Alaska begins it’s third season on National Geographic on January 4th. The race features 12 of the world’s toughest outdoorsmen and women, facing off against each other, Mother Nature, and their own will to survive. The fight to the finish isn’t about money or a prize, its about pushing the limits of human endurance. The four teams of three compete in 13 stages this season, with only 60 hours to make it from start to finish, surviving off the land with only the gear on their backs. No GPS, No phones, No mercy.