Shilshole Bay SUP Tour
The Shilshole Bay SUP tour launches from the Ballard Elks beach below the Locks. We have several routes to explore including paddling past Discovery Park’s forested beaches to visit the historic West Point Lighthouse. Enjoy Seattle, Mt Rainier and Olympic Mountain views. Or we’ll paddle to the Ballard Locks alongside waterfront homes, under a 100 year old train bridge within view of the Locks.
You’ll enjoy views of Bainbridge Island, the majestic glacier capped Olympic Mountains and Whidbey Island to the north. From the lighthouse, see views of Mt Rainier, Vashon and Blake Islands and downtown Seattle. You’ll also be greeted by our local friendly harbor seals, may see salmon, Dungeness crab, marine underfoot and sea birds.
Routes will depend on conditions and your skill level. More experienced paddlers will more likely paddle the 3 mile roundtrip route to the lighthouse. Custom routes welcome. Beginners or those seeking a refresher will be given a short into lesson at the beginning of the tour.
Skill Prerequisites: Beginner and above.
Minimum: Beginner level. Beginners or those seeking a refresher will be given a short lesson at the beginning of the tour.
Experienced paddlers will be able to travel further and access more technical water upon request.
“I’ve had many SUP, surfing (and beyond) lessons world-wide but I haven’t found an expert in the area that compares to Rob’s level of quality experience, competency and teaching skills. Rob emphasizes safety first and caters to each individuals personal learning style in delivering quality instruction to paddlers of all levels. He truly went above and beyond and has set the bar extremely high for a business model that I hope to mirror. I will definitely return to him for further training.”
“I took the Shillshole Bay Tour today with Rob, it was great! Rob brought all the gear and attire which made it very easy for me. Rob is a very thorough teacher. He explained everything there was to know from the board to the rules of the water and the hazards that can come with the sport. We spotted a few seals which was a highlight for meToday was my 3rd time on the board but the first time with Rob. I truly learned a lot but want more so I’ll be signing up for another tour shortly.”
“Last minute booking while I was in town for a wedding. Rob was super accommodating and extremely knowledgeable in all things SUP. His understanding of the currents, wind/weather, water traffic etc. made for a fun and safe adventure. Not only did he know the area quite well, he also gave tips on efficient paddling. Overall it was a great experience that I recommend and will return in the future.”