SUP Surfing Basics

Learning to SUP surf is much easier with an expert and patient instructor. Gain the essential skills to become a confident and safe paddle surfer in the Pacific Northwest. We start you out on small easy waves at one of two scenic coastal locations. You will ride waves your first day. At the end of this class you’ll be able to choose the right gear, launch, paddle out, surf waves, turn, fall safely and be a good SUP ambassador in the surf zone. I can also help you train for coastal SUP races on 12′-6, 14′ and UL boards.

Already experienced? I’ll find larger waves or more advanced breaks to match your skill level and work with you to learn new skills.

Core Skills You’ll Gain

  • How to catch waves (timing, where to line up, choosing the best wave, etc.. )
  • How to vary your paddling cadence for quicker acceleration
  • Footwork. Learn where to stand and when to walk your board for better control
  • Paddling out through incoming waves successfully
  • Several options fo directional control in surf
  • How to turn around easily without falling off after a ride
  • Stability skills in the surf zone so you stay up and catch more waves
  • How to fall and re-mount the board quickly so you stay safe
  • Skills for turning in waves so you catch rides easier
  • Wave and weather forecasting basics and tips for NW breaks
  • Where to surf for your skill level
  • Surfer’s etiquette and water safety
  • How to choose gear and clothing
  • How and when to surf race and downwind boards to prep for ocean racing or coastal touring
  • How to not paddle too hard to catch a wave – Using finesse paddling to save your shoulders.

Skill Prerequisites: Level 1 Advanced Beginner

OR completion of our SUP Basics Level 1 or Level 2 classes. You must be in good physical shape to surf and be able to handle paddling in bumps and small waves.You are relaxed standing on a board, know how to paddle straight, have directional control, and can fall off and get back on your board. Some experience paddling with boat wakes or wind waves.

“Rob’s knowledge of surfing, safety, and his overall SUP skills helped me advance through coaching and immediate feedback boosting my confidence and ability level. I’m hooked on SUPing! I would have locked in poor habits and likely injured my back or shoulders had I not taken a lesson in my first season of regularly paddling. Rob has years of experience and gladly passes on what he has learned for the safety and fun of all SUP enthusiasts who meet him.”

- Brittany F

Lesson Details:

Private Lessons Only

Below are tentative dates based on preferred tides. We won’t know what the swell direction and size will be until a few days prior of any date. Contact me to discuss your schedule how I determine the surf forecast.

Possible 2018 and 2019 Dates (due to preferable tides)

  • Nov 17, 18
  • Dec 7, 8, 22
  • Jan 5, 6
  • Feb 16

Note: For experienced surfers, tides are not as dependent. Above tides are best for beginners. 

Weekdays dates (not included here) are always welcome if tides and conditions work.

Duration: 1/2 day (4 hours)

Lesson Size: 1 – 3 people. Classes are kept small for safety in the surf zone.

Locations: Washington Coast or Strait of Juan de Fuca depending on conditions.

Bringing Your Own Gear?

You’ll need a stable board to have a fun day in the waves. Narrow race boards will be tippy and difficult to manage unless you’re taking this class to train for coastal racing. Unless you have lots of SUP surfing experience, a short 8′-9′ surfing SUP may be too unstable. We recommend a full surfing wetsuit 4/3 or thicker or drysuit. Try on before you leave. Booties recommended and neoprene hoods Fall-Spring. We also require a straight or hybrid (half straight/coiled) leash (non coil).

Rates (Private Lessons Only)

Group Rate: 225 per person. Lessons with 2 – 3 students – Includes gear / 199 with your own gear.

2 Person Rate: 299 per person. Includes free use of our gear / 273 with your own gear.

Private (1-1): 399  –  Includes free use of our gear / 373 with your own gear.  

Cost includes free use of gear: Stable board, paddle, leash, wetsuit, booties. gloves, hood, optional helmet.

Alumni Discount: $25 off per person

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“I took the SUP Surfing class which not only got me surfing (which is the most fun ever!), but it gave me a new set of skills that keeps developing every time I get back in the water.”

- Kaleo Quenzer

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