Surf Seattle on Freighter Waves
Surf Seattle on freighter waves generated by fast moving ships. Waves can get waist to chest high with rides up to a minute and sessions lasting up to 45 minutes.
Season Finished for 2020 – Starts again March 2021. Get my Puget Sound Surfing Manual to find other types of waves to surf on Puget Sound all year.
Beginner surfers will learn Sup surfing basics in a safe and friendly environment. Experienced surfers will learn new skills, how to surf downwind boards and closer to Seattle.
We discovered these waves in 2002 and have since been honing our ship spotting skills and figuring out the best tides and locations to catch these waves.
This is a rare opportunity to surf good waves more than 100 miles from the ocean. Once you learn where and when to catch waves, you’ll find regular surf in Seattle.
Don’t need a class? Get my Puget Sound Surfing Guide to find out where and when to catch epic waves on Puget Sound.
Kayaks, outrigger canoes and surf skis are welcome to take this class.
**All my rental gear is cleaned after each use. Proper social distancing will occur on land and water.
Freighter Wave Season to surf Seattle with best tides is Spring – Early Fall
Core Skills You’ll Gain
(Classes will be customized to your needs)
- Receive my Puget Sound Surfing Guide to learn where and when to catch waves on the Sound.
- Learn how to catch waves, turn, stop, fall safely, get back on and paddle out.
- Catch more waves with smarter wave selection, timing and placement
- Get bomber stability skills in the surf zone which will benefit all types of paddling
- Find out how to surf your race and downwinding board for longer rides from further out
- Save energy by learning easy turning techniques before, during and after your ride
- Avoid collisions and stress with others in the surf zone using Surfer’s Etiquette
- Catch more waves learning to surf small boat wakes in between freighters
- How to choose the best equipment and clothing for NW surfing
- Stay safe by learning how to fall in shallow water and stand up on your board between waves
- Refine your forward stroke so you can paddle out faster with less effort
Contact me to book a class.
Covid-19 Update: SBP is now open to individual and small groups (4p max). Private Classes Only for Phase 2. We’ll maintain a 6′ distance on shore and on-water, recommended mask use on shore. All gear is always cleaned.
Skill Prerequisites: Advanced Beginner
You should be comfortable paddling over boat wakes and in wind waves while standing. You should be in good physical shape as surfing can be exhausting. You know know how to fall and get back on your board. Take my SUP Basics 2 if you’re not comfortable or unsure with the above requirements.
Already a SUP Surfer? These waves will keep you in shape when you can’t get to the coast. We’ve been stumped at the coast and sometimes have had better success in Seattle! Stable displacement race or downwinding boards welcome. No super narrow race boards – you’ll spend more time in the water.
Are you a Prone / Traditional Surfer? We require that prone / regular surfers take our SUP Basics 1 and/or 2 classes to learn basic SUP turns and the forward stroke. Just being a prone surfer doesn’t mean you’ll pick up SUP paddling and surfing during this class.
I can’t guarantee waves. Freighter waves can be fickle. On no wave days I’ll teach you the strokes we commonly use in surfing or bombproof your current skills. These core strokes will increase your wave count both here and on the coast. I’ll cover self-rescue, water safety and rescues for rough water conditions and where to find and how to forecast tug and freighter waves. I offer one free followup class for students who don’t catch a wave during their first class.
I took a freighter surfing course with Rob and it was amazing! Rob puts safety first every stroke, every pivot turn all the way and opens a whole new world of SUPin for every paddler in the Puget Sound Area.
Rob is fantastic! Had a great time learning to freighter surf and as a bonus feel way more comfortable maneuvering my board.
For anyone interested in refining your paddle boarding more, this would be a great class to participate in. And for surfers craving waves midweek, check it out!