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SUP Racing Class


Urban Surf Race, 2016

Seattle has a strong racing community with several weekly races during the week in summer plus larger races on weekends thought the year.  Many of our instructors compete in most of the races including the Round the Rock.  Their expertise, experience and passion will benefit help you complete your goals and improve your performance whether you own a surf style or unlimited length board.

We offer a weekly summer race on Monday nights at the Ballard Elks beach. Participants will be required to attend local races to improve skills.

What You’ll Learn – 

  • Strategy – Racing isn’t all about power and speed, learn to read the water and plan your race for success.
  • Buoy Turns – Perfect your pivot and cross bow and learn how to plan your turns.
  • Training – Our expert instructors train daily throughout the year. Learn their tips and secrets.


    Salmon Bay Paddle race team members

  • Equipment – Learn which boards, paddles and training gear most benefits successful racers.
  • Cross Training – Racing isn’t all on flat calm water. Learn how to work with boat and wind waves and even try different water craft to benefit your performance.
  • Starts – You can win a race with a fast start. Learn how to do a water, shore and running start and stay stable in the whitewash.
  • Misc – Nutrion, hydration, stroke rate devices.

Tip: If you want to race in the Round the Rock this year, you need to be racing as much as possible. We’ll work with you to build your stamina and overall knowledge of racing prior to the RTR.

Instructors: Alex Vaughan, Joe McColskey, Sean Norquist, Jeff Gassen, Luke Burritt, Rob Casey.



Group: 2 – 6 people: $95 per person.

Individual (1-1): $145  Most personalized coaching.

Alumni / Repeat Classes: $10 off per person

All gear included in pricing   Larger Groups ok 

Available all year.

Starting Line, May 12, 2014

Ballard Race Starting Line, May 12, 2014


Call us to schedule a lesson that fits your scheduleLast minute bookings welcome. 

QUESTIONS?  OR TO SIGN UP: / Tel 206.465.7167



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KIDS Paddle Boarding!

Learning the pivot turn.

Learning the pivot turn.

Our patient expert instructors will teach you child water safety and the basics of stand up paddling on beautiful Shilshole Bay. Our patient expert instructors will cover the basics of paddling while having loads of fun. See bald eagles, friendly harbor seals, blue herons, and abundant sea life below our feet with views of the Olympic Mountains.

We have a great instructor to student ratio to ensure your child will be safe while getting the most attention possible to learn new skills. All kids will wear a vest PFD, leash and wetsuit if temps are cooler. We also wear booties to protect our feet from rocky Puget Sound beaches.

We work with kids 8 – 18 years of age.

Foundation Skills:  (Varies per age group)

  • Best equipment to useFreshwater Bay Boat Ramp, Port Angeles, WA USA
  • How to size a paddle
  • Board anatomy
  • Water safety – Proper use of lifejackets and leashes.
  • Boating right of way
  • Paddling in boat wakes and wind waves
  • How to stand with confidence
  • How to fall safety and climb back on
  • Bracing for stability
  • How to plan for a paddle
  • How to paddle straight

    Fun Tandem Paddling on Shilshole Bay

    Fun Tandem Paddling on Shilshole Bay

  • Carrying boards
  • Turns – Sweeps, Crossbow and pivot/buoy turns

Now the Fun Stuff!  (Varies per age group)

  • How to spin a board 360 degrees from both ends!
  • How to paddle tandem – 2 kids on a board at once!
  • How to paddle without a fin, paddle backwards and sideways
  • Prone paddling – Surfer style with hands – no paddle!
  • Walking on a board – Great skills for surfing.
  • Learn to race! We have a big race community in Seattle
  • Learn to Surf if small waves are available from passing boats
  • How to paddle in wind. We Love wind – it provides free rides20160124_152306[5]
  • Enjoy our rich marine life on Shilshole Bay – Harbor seals visit us daily!
  • Games – Races, relays, balance fun…


Schedule: Contact us for a time that fits your schedule!

Location: Shilshole Bay, Seattle.

Instructor to Student Ratio – 1-1 / 2:4 / 3:6



Group: 2 – 6 kids: $95 per person.

Individual (1-1): $145  Most personalized coaching.

Alumni / Repeat Classes: $10 off per person

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Candle fish and moon jellies

All gear included in pricing  

Available all year.


Call us to schedule a lesson that fits your scheduleLast minute bookings welcome. 

QUESTIONS?  OR TO SIGN UP: / Tel 206.465.7167

SUP Fundamentals – 4 Class Series


Learn the basics of SUP in three 2 hour classes and a half day testing your new skills in the tidal rapids of beautiful Deception Pass State Park. You’ll finish the class as a Level 2 or intermediate skilled paddler with the ability to paddle over waves, in wind, and have the confidence to paddle on your own.

Held on Shilshole Bay and Deception Pass State Park, you’ll see harbor seals, sea lions, bald eagles, sea life and Olympic Mountain vistas.

Who Should Take This Class? Beginners or experienced paddlers seeking comprehensive instruction to improve your skills.


  • How to stand up with confidence on flat and bumpy water
  • Balance and bracing techniques to stay stable on any water
  • Several turns – Sweeps, pivot/buoy and crossbow13256194_10207694905223896_3798706353258155950_n
  • Paddling equipment. You’ll try different boards from surf style to racing and touring boards
  • How to carry and car-top your board
  • How to install a fin and leash.
  • How to outfit your board for trips
  • A powerful and efficient yet injury free forward stroke
  • How to choose paddling spots and plan a day trip
  • Marine weather forecasting and basic navigation
  • Water safety and rescues. Learn the flip rescue and others.
  • How to safely fall off and easily climb back on your board.
  • How to paddle in wind, rough water, with boat wakes and in small surf.




Playing in the ebb under the bridge at Deception Pass

September 7, 14, 21 – Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm – in Seattle. Deception Pass day, Oct 1.

October – 1, 8, 15, 22 – Saturday mornings at 8:00am. 1, 8, 15 in Seattle. Oct 22 at Deception Pass.


Format: Three two hour classes on Shilshole Bay and one half day (4-5hrs) at Deception Pass.

Class Size: 4 – 6 People

Location: Shilshole Bay, Seattle.

Duration: 3 classes of 2hrs; Deception Pass, 4-5hrs.

Note: We don’t paddle continuously during this time

Instructor to Student Ratio – 2:6



Exploring the backwaters of Deception Pass


All equipment is included with cost: Stable board, paddle, PFD (life vest), leash, wetsuit, booties, gloves.

$499 per person. Class size – 4 – 6 people.

Alumni / Repeat Classes:  $25 off per person

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QUESTIONS OR SIGN UP: / Tel 206.465.7167


Who We Are. We provide personable small group and individual SUP lessons and adventure tours in the Pacific Northwest. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced paddler we can help you get to the next level. Our expert PSUPA certified instructors are friendly, patient, have a strong focus on safety and love what they do. Learn SUP basics to surf, paddling in current, plan overnight trips, and surf Freighter and Tug waves in Seattle.  We also offer SUP Instructor Training and Certification through the Professional Stand Up Paddle Association (PSUPA).

We are a Mobile business founded by SUP and Kayak guidebook author Rob Casey. Rob’s books include ‘Stand Up Paddling Flat Water to Surf and Rivers” and “Kayaking Puget Sound.” Visit his Stoke Magazine blog for paddling tips. Listen to Rob talk about Race Strategy on Stand Up Paddle the World Radio. Click to learn more about us.  

What Sets Us Apart..

  • Our patient certified instructors work with all body types, ages and skill levels from beginners to advanced ages 10 and up. Good balance or fitness not required.
  • Strong focus on safety. Read more about our Risk Management practices.
  • High Instructor to Student Ratio. 2:6 for flat water and 2:4 for surf, river and open water classes and tours.
  • Learn to Freighter & Tug Wave Surf in Seattle Spring to Fall.
  • We offer PSUPA instructor training and certification courses plus staff training and SUP business consulting.
  • We provide the most comprehensive beginning to advanced SUP training in the Pacific Northwest.
  • We work with schools, companies and organizations. Click for our Corporate Trips & Team building..
  • We support our community by offering SUP races throughout the year that benefit various charities including the MS Society and the Ballard Elks Lodge #827 Scholarship Fund.
  • We have a strong environmental commitment supporting several organizations such as the Washington Water Trails Association and the North Olympic Land Trust.

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Rob surfing freighter waves in Ballard

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Paddling below the Deception Pass Bridge

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