PNW Paddling & Surfing Resources

PNW Paddling & Surfing Resources for Tides, Marine Weather and Travel / Lodging – Scroll down to see where to find PNW surf and sup shops, tides, currents, wind and where to stay and eat.

Puget Sound Weather Links

Seattle Maritime Books and Marine Charts

  • Captains Supply – Ballard (across from Maritime Pacific Brewery)
  • Starpath – Online store by Seattle navigation expert and author David Burch

Pacific NW Tides & Currents

Washington Surf Forecast

Water Trails & Marine Parks

Boating Safety & Surf Etiquette

Ferry Info

Recommended Paddling Gear from our Sponsors

  • KAVU – Cool outdoor clothing manufacturer with stores in Seattle.
  • Accent Paddles – Great SUP and Kayaking paddles.
  • NorthWater Paddle Sports Gear – Tow ropes, leashes etc made in Vancouver BC
  • NRS – I use their booties, gloves, tow ropes, scull caps, leashes etc.
  • Splinter SUP – Stitch and glue performance wood paddle boards 12′-6, 14′, and 16′ lengths. Port Townsend based.
  • MTI Adventure Wear – Lifejackets. Rob is a Safety Ambassador for MTI.
  • Evo – Wetsuits and traditional surf accessories. 

Paddling Shops

  • NW Outdoor Center (NWOC) on Westlake in Seattle. Kayak and SUP. Great store.
  • Urban Surf – Surf, kite and SUP shop, north end of Lake Union
  • Kayak Academy – Kayak and some SUP stuff in Issaquah, WA
  • Perfect Wave – Surf and SUP shop in Kirkland, owned by Hawaiians

Rob’s Books and Blog

Rob’s Books

Where to Stay in Ballard

Recommended Ballard Restaurants


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."

- Sean F

"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."

- Troy Nebecker, Bellevue

"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."

- Paul Edmonson, Seattle

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