My Certified SUP Instructors
Salmon Bay Paddle is the leading provider of personalized one on one and small group stand up paddle board (SUP) lessons in the Pacific Northwest. Meet my certified sup instructors!
A native of Georgia, Alan is usually found up in trees for his business, Fluent Tree Professionals or at his Ballard Ave shop, Ballard Millworks. He’s a frequent participant in the Elks Monday night races and has completed two Seventy48 races (70 miles in 48hrs).
Harry has been paddling full time since the summer of 2015. He is experienced on flat-water, rivers, tidal waterways, and loves industrial waterways. He brought an inflatable SUP to Europe and toured the Danube and Spree rivers in Germany, and the Moldau in Czech Republic. He volunteers for the Washington Water Trails Association and is the Events VP for the Ballard Elks Paddling Club. Harry donated a kidney to a friend in 2019 thus completed his second 70 mile paddling race, the Seventy48, as Team Kidney Donor.
Known in the tech industry as one of the founders of Code Fellows, Ivan began paddling in Rob’s Monday night races a few years ago and we saw him go from a beginner to one of the fastest local racers in less than a year. Ivan competed in the Back of Beyond SUP race in Moah, Utah this Spring. Ivan serves as the Communications committee chair for the Ballard Elks Paddling Club.He is competing in the 2020 Seventy48 race.
Alex started paddling when SUP started in the PNW. He has shaped several SUPs and is a regular at many of the local races. In 2018, he completed the Seventy48 race under 30 hours. He also loves to downwind, paddle Deception Pass and surf.
Your Safety and Enjoyment is our Priority
“I've gone SUP on my own a few times but felt I might be lacking in some basics. I got a lesson from Rob and it exceeded my expectations by a long shot.
Not only does he give all the strokes you may need in various situations, I also learned about equipment, safety, tides and currents, how to transport and hold my board. Little things that made a huge difference because I'm prepared in every area. Now I can just concentrate on having fun when I hit the water."
"I learned not only how to improve my paddling skills but also how to read the water better, how to train more efficiently and most importantly not to forget to look up and enjoy being on the water.
If you are in the market for a lesson I would highly recommend Rob."
"Rob’s personalized instruction greatly improved my skills and gave me the confidence to become fully immersed in stand up paddling.
There are plenty of SUP classes out there, most with very large groups and not a lot of one-on-one time. Rob’s classes are small and customized to suit your specific needs and perfect for those who really want to learn the ins and outs of the Pacific NW’s perfect sport."