Class: Downwinding

Puget Sound on a 46kt blow

Learn How to Downwind in the Pacific Northwest

Downwinding is one of the most popular types of stand up paddling.  It’s something you can do on lakes, slow rivers and open water whether you’re inland or in coastal locations. The season for downwinding is all year but Fall through Spring are the most active periods with more storms.

Downwinding is dangerous if you lack strong rough water skills, knowledge of wind, tides and currents as well as common sense.

With the popularity of Downwinding, too many are going out in conditions above their skill level, without adequete clothing for the water temperature and with partners who also lack the proper skills for safety.

This class will teach you how to be safe, make good decisions, plan a downwinding run and paddle safely with others. We’ll also teach you how to understand the weather conditions, catch waves and how to rescue yourself and others. We’ll also discuss where to downwind in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Depending on your paddling skill level, we will start less experienced paddlers in low wind (10 – 18kts). Paddlers experienced with high wind, surf or whitewater will be ok for wind speeds of  18 – 30kts.

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Art Aquino downwind surfing in 46 kts on Puget Sound

You’ll Lean:

– HOW TO PLAN & CHOOSE A DOWNWIND RUN.

– UNDERSTAND WIND & WEATHER FORECASTING

– EQUIPMENT & CLOTHING OPTIONS

– RISK MANAGEMENT & PLANNING FOR SAFETY

– HOW TO READ AND CATCH WAVES

– HOW TO PADDLE IN ALL WAVE CONDITIONS (UPWIND & SIDEWIND)

– WHERE TO DOWNWIND IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

– RESCUES IN HIGH WIND

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Who Should Take This Class? This class is for Level 2 to 3 paddlers with some experience in rough water conditions. Surf and river SUP skills are great cross-overs for this class. Bring your own gear or use ours for no additional cost. Longer boards 12′-6″ and beyond will be most effective in wind for longer easier to catch long glides but to start out shorter boards work for learning to read the bumps and getting your first glides!

Location: TBA per conditions.

Prerequisite:  SUP Basics Level 1 or 2.

Duration: 2.5 Hour Session

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RATES:

Capacity: 2 people per class.

2 Person Rate: $145 per person.

Individual Rate (1-1): $169. Allows for most personalized coaching.

Alumni / Repeat Classes:  $10 off per person

** SCHEDULING NOTE: Wind is difficult to predict for class scheduling. We will still run the class if there’s no wind to teach you downwind specific paddling skills, rescues, work on rough water paddling, learn about equipment, downwinding safey and weather forecasting.

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SIGN UP: salmonbaypaddle@gmail.com / Tel 206.465.7167

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Surf at Golden Gardens from 30kts of wind

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