About Rob Casey and Salmon Bay Paddle
Non-athletic, dyslexic and lacking good instruction, like many, I struggled to stand on a SUP the first time in 2007 on vacation in Hawaii. Not willing to give up, I continued to work on it at home in Seattle. Applying skills learned from over a decade of sea and whitewater kayaking, I discovered easy and effective methods for standing up and paddling with confidence, which I love to share with others.
I began paddling in 2000, learning to sea kayak to go on overnight trips. A kayak surfing class changed my life, directing my focus to everything surfing. During this time I was also whitewater kayaking, learned to surf a wave ski, and worked as a sea kayak guide for Seattle Raft and Kayak and the Kayak Academy. In 2007 I co-founded the Hobuck Hoedown, a surf kayaking competition on the Washington Coast.
I started Salmon Bay Paddle in 2010 to provide expert SUP instruction in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve transformed lives by empowering and giving confidence to many who didn’t think they’d stand or enjoy being on the water. Students have lost weight, increased their self-esteem, and have paddled in places and conditions they’d never imagined they’d be capable of. SUP has changed my life, so I love to share my knowledge and skills with students to help them become confident and skilled paddlers.
Author of SUP Guidebook. When I began to SUP there were no books about the sport, so I wrote one: Stand Up Paddling Flat Water to Rivers and Surf. My second book, Kayaking Puget Sound, is a revision of a classic Pacific Northwest paddling guide by Randal Washburne. Free Download the Rivers chapter from my SUP book. .
PSUPA Certification. Responding to requests from those seeking a trustworthy SUP certification and staff training program, I co-founded the PSUPA – The Professional Stand Up Paddle Association. The PSUPA currently has a Flat Water 1 certification and Water Safety course.
Contributor for SUP & Kayak Magazines. I contribute words and pictures to SUP Magazine, Stand Up Journal, Canoe & Kayak and NW Boating. I was also a boat reviewer for the former Sea Kayaker Magazine. Read my articles in SUP Magazine & Canoe and Kayak Magazine.
Touring SUP Design Project. I’m really excited about a project I’m working on with Pacific Northwest based board shaper Sean Thomas of Echo Composites. We’re designing a 17 foot long touring SUP which will have interior storage like a sea kayak and speed like a surf ski. Read more about our project titled Oceanus Paddle Craft.
Washington Water Trails Association. I’m a current member and former Washington Water Trails board member. This organization works to preserve public access for paddlers and has developed over 75+ paddle-in campsites throughout the Puget Sound.