Surf Ski Classes

I offer private beginning, intermediate and advanced surf ski lessons.


A surf ski is a high performance sit on top kayak. While they are known for racing they’re also super fun in the surf, downwinding (surfing wind waves) and are great for touring. Unlike a sea kayak, surf skis are super light so easier to carry.  Some surf skis come with a storage hatch or two making them great for day tours and overnight trips.


My approach to surf ski is less about flat water competitive racing technique and instead more about having fun, paddling safe, staying injury free and helping you get to your next level on flat water, surf, downwinding, touring and/or in the tidal rapids of Deception Pass.  Ok to use a regular kayak paddle or wing.

If you’re looking for that perfect stroke or flat water sprint racing – I’m not your guy! 

With a background in sea, surf and whitewater kayaking and over a decade with SUP I have in-depth experience with paddling PNW waters in all conditions, all year.


Surf Ski Training

3 Hours  – Beginner or Intermediate
Beginner thru Intermediate paddlers looking to learn the basics or get to the next level. All Year.

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Downwinding for Surf Skis in Seattle

3 Hours – Intermediate and Advanced
Learn how to safely downwind your surf ski with wind swell on Puget Sound. All year

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Tug Surfing for Surf Skis

3 Hours – Intermediate and Advanced
Find out when, where and how to surf epic half mile waves from coastal tugs in Seattle. Wed & Fridays. All year.

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Surf Ski Surfing Class

4 Hours – Intermediate
Learn how to surf ski coastal waves on the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Washington State. All year.

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Surf Ski Training in Deception Pass

4 Hours – Intermediate
Learn how to paddle your surf ski in the tidal rapids of Deception Pass.  Great training for the DP Challenge. All year.

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Surf Ski Freighter Waves Class

3 Hours – Intermediate and Advanced
Learn how to surf epic waves on Puget Sound on your surf ski. Spring-Late Summer.

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  • Contact me first about the class you’re interested in.

Beginning – You’re new to paddling and/or have limited experience and/or have difficulty with balance on your ski, self-rescue, etc.

Intermediate – You have at least a year of regular paddling in a variety of conditions, can paddle over small waves, in wind and on boat wakes, can capsize, wet-exit and get back on easily.

Advanced – You can comfortably paddle in large surf, downwind in high winds, paddle rivers and/or open water or swift current in most big conditions.

Check out my Paddling BookKayaking Puget Sound and the San Juans, 60 Trips from Mountaineers Books. 

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