Covid-19 Important Note – The Makah Indian Reservation and Hobuck Beach were I hold this camp are closed for the y to protect their community from Covid-19.

That said… Private Small Group Camps and private day classes are available on the Strait of Juan de Fuca near Port Angeles. DATES TBA

The Camp…

The Strait is my favorite surfing area and has a lot of surfing options with different types of beaches and waves, epic views and easy access to Seattle.

The Strait can be fickle and that said, on non-surf days I’ll show you how to explore the Strait as you learn coastal touring skills.  These skills can help you find remote surf breaks, easy distancing and cool features like caves and sea arches. Check out my Freshwater Bay tour as an option.

Learning to surf your paddle board is an amazing experience and will build your overall SUP skills to the next level. In this surf camp you’ll learn which gear to use, how to forecast surf and marine weather, choose the right beach for your skill level as well as paddle out and catch waves like a pro.

The Port Angeles area has tons of interesting and fun surfing and paddling options from Lake Crescent to wilderness beaches.

There’s plenty of great coastal camping, VRBO and AirBnB’s. For day trips, Port Angeles or ‘PA’ is 3 hours from Seattle.

While you’re on the water, family can go on beautiful beach walks or visit nearby Hurricane Ridge or Lake Crescent.  Mountain bikers can hit the Olympic Discovery Trail.

Itinerary –

Friday starts with learning about surf forecasting so you will learn where to go and when to be there for best results. We’ll go for a flat water paddle in either Freshwater Bay or Crescent Beach to build essential skills to prepare you for the surf zone.

Saturday & Sunday – Daily instruction includes individualized instruction of how to paddle out, catch waves, turn, fall and recover safely. We’ll take a 1 hour lunch then surf the rest of the afternoon. You’re welcome to take breaks and go at your own pace. You’ll also learn about best gear and clothing for surfing.

See bald eagles, seals, possible whales and porpoise, marine birds and abundant marine life.


Learn Core Skills..

  • Which gear to use so you’ll have more fun and know what to purchase
  • Reading weather and surf forecasts to help you find local surf more often
  • How to pick the best beaches and waves for your skill level to be safe and have more fun
  • Paddling out in surf whether you’re sitting, kneeling or standing
  • Where to find the ‘line-up’ and how to catch the best waves for more rides
  • Timing of when to accelerate or wait for a better wave
  • Footwork to adjust trim so you’ll catch more waves and be in more control
  • Directional control using a variety of options from rudders to carving
  • Ending your ride and turning around without falling off.
  • Wiping out safely and how to climb back on quickly
  • Surfer’s Etiquette so you learn to respect other surfers and make smart decisions
  • Coastal paddling techniques
  • Upon request – surfing downwind and racing boards in surf

“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.”

- Amber W

“I recently took a SUP surfing class with him and in just 3 hours picked up a TON of things I can practice both in the surf and open water. I also had a lot of fun in during the lesson. Time spent with him will result in greater proficiency, more fun and a safe time on the water. Can’t recommend highly enough!”

- Blake B

Surf Camp Details:

2020 Dates: Private small group camps only.

Class Size: 4 Person Capacity

Location: Strait of Juan de Fuca  

Duration: 2.5 Days.

Itinerary: Friday: 6-9pm / Sat 8am – 5pm;  Sunday 8-5pm (Lunch break mid-day plus additional breaks)

Prerequisites: Must have taken SUP Basics 2 or have equivalent experience. Check with me if unsure of your experience.

Instructor to Student Ratio: 1:4

Instructor Follow-up: I’ll send you a summary of skills you learned in class. Plus tips for improvement and NW surfing resources including how to forecast surf.


477 per person with rental gear / 423 with your gear.

Rentals include: Stable surf style board, leash, paddle, toasty 4/3 – 5/4mm mm wetsuit, booties, gloves, hood or hooded vest. 

Alumni Rate: $10 off.

Sign Me Up!

“Rob is an expert in SUP and offers even more relevant training and helpful information because of his background in kayaking. His skill, knowledge and expertise exceeded my expectations. He presented the information and training in a very clear and concise manner; adding many various tips throughout his instruction. Rob is encouraging, patient and practical – all very important traits when teaching a subject. The course more than met my needs – I learned a lot and as a beginner – I have a lot to learn. I will continue to turn to him as my ‘go to’ resource in all matters SUP. I’m extremely glad I chose Salmon Bay Paddle and Rob for my first professional training in SUP. I felt safe and confident with him the whole time.”

- Leah R

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