Standup Paddling Magazine Wonders What’s Up With Santa

The Polar Vortex is so 2013.

The funniest thing about the video shared this week by SUP magazine is that Christmas season weather conditions are conspiring to make it possible – ridiculously – for a Dec. 24 east coast repeat.

Fayetteville Green Lake, near Syracuse, is the first lake to be identified in North America as meromictic. For those still hoping for a dictionary as stocking stuffer, that means the lake has layers of water that do not mix.

A big, merry season shout-out to Jersey Paddle Boards, the Green Lake business that organized the Santa flotilla earlier this month, on a 65-degree December day. From a recent write-up in the Times Herald-Record:

Greenwood Lake’s SantaCon event was the brainchild of Micki Lees, who runs Jersey Paddle Boards, on the west shore of the lake. Lees, a dedicated paddleboarder, usually keeps going on the lake until it freezes. Last year, she and her business partner, Dee Schmitz, took to the lake in Santa suits for the first time, and they decided to go much bigger this year. Factor in an unusually warm December day, and an armada of Lees’ paddleboarding buddies turned out.

“We’re the only paddleboarding SantaCon event,” Lees bragged, as her group got ready to shove off for its two-hour jaunt, just after 1 p.m.

SantaCon, by the way, is an annual international pre-holiday party in which revelers dress up as Santa and make the rounds. In New York City, it’s gained something of a reputation for rowdiness and extreme inebriation.