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Best Northwest Escapes Best Roadside Attraction: Deception Pass in a whole new way

Want to see Deception Pass from a whole new angle?

<p>A stand up paddle boarder performs a headstand beneath the Deception Pass Bridge. (Photo courtesy of Darrell Kirk.)</p>

Want to see Deception Pass from a whole new angle?

"When most people see the pass, they see it from the bridge," said Rob Casey, stand up paddle board guide.

The owner of Ballard-based Salmon Bay Paddle leads SUP expeditions into the swirling cauldrons beneath the pass's famous bridge.

"It's Class II, sometimes Class III whitewater," said Casey.

To do it, Casey carefully times his guests' journey to be carried by the tide. Getting there is half the fun.

"There's pocket beaches, tall steep cliffs, very rich wildlife," said Casey.

It takes less than an hour to reach the bottleneck beneath the bridge, where tidal forces turn Puget Sound into raging saltwater rapids. The currents are challenging and a little unpredictable.

But that's all in a day's work - and play - surfing Deception Pass.

Salmon Bay Paddle
206) 465-7167

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