Learning to surf your paddle board is an amazing experience and will bump your overall paddling skill levels to another level. In this 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.  

We’ll meet at Hobuck Beach on the very northwest corner of Washington State (and the lower 48).  With camping and cabins available, you’ll love the expansive sandy beach with epic views of the Point of Arches in Olympic National Park and cliffs leading to Cape Flattery.  When not surfing, there’s mountain biking, beach combing, wilderness trails to explore and the nearby short hike to Shi Shi Beach in Olympic NP.

Each day starts early with surfing warm-ups/stretching, then we’ll take a peek at the conditions and potentially move down the bay for better conditions. Daily instruction will include individualized instruction of how to paddle out, catch waves, turn and 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. 

See bald eagles, marine life and nearby tide pools to explore. In the nearby town of Neah Bay visit the Makah Tribal Museum, purchase local seafood and enjoy Seattle quality espresso at the Cedar Shack.  

You’ll Learn..

  • Which gear to use so you’ll have more fun and know what to purchase
  • Reading weather and surf forecasts to help you find good surf
  • How to pick the best beaches and waves for your skill level to be safe and have more fun
  • Fitness, nutrition and hydration tips for being prepared for surfing and to prevent injuries
  • 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 so you’ll catch more waves and be in better 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 
  • Where and when to surf in the Pacific Northwest including Puget Sound

Skill Prerequisites: 

Advanced beginners to Intermediate. You should be comfortable paddling standing up in boat wakes and/or wind waves. You should be comfortable with falling and getting back on your board, be able to swim (the basics). Take my SUP Basics 1 & 2 classes to prepare for the camp.  

Experienced SUP surfers will learn to take your skills to the next level. 

“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

Camp Details:

Date: August 2-4 / Sept 27 – 29

Class Size: 6 Person Capacity

Location: Hobuck Beach, Neah Bay, WA

Duration: 2.5 Days. 

Schedule: Friday: 7-9pm / Sat & Sunday: 8am – 5pm (Lunch break mid-day plus additional breaks)

Instructor to Student Ratio: 1:6 

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


337 per person with rental gear / 299 with your gear.

Rentals include: Stable surf style board, leash, paddle, 4/3 wetsuit, booties, gloves, hood. 

Alumni Rate: $25 off.

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“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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