Freshwater Bay Coastal Tour on the Strait of Juan de Fuca

Freshwater Bay is located on the north Olympic Peninsula on the Strait of Juan de Fuca west of Port Angeles The recently un-dammed Elwha River empties into Freshwater Bay. Launching our boards on the west side of the bay, we’ll round a mussel and tide pool covered sea stack called Bachelor Rock to paddle below the next few miles below 400′ tall cliffs while exploring remote pocket beaches, peek into caves and sea arches. Alternatively, on calm days we can launch from Salt Creek Recreational Area.

Learn about which gear is best for paddling on coastal tours, the best methods of outfitting your board, how to forecast for coastal marine and weather conditions, how to read water to avoid hazards and find the most efficient route through the rugged coastline. You’ll learn how to paddle safely in dynamic water with current, possible wind and ocean swell. You’ll learn how to turn your board easily with little effort using the pivot, cross bow and dufek strokes weaving in and out of coastal rock gardens. Towing and rescue techniques will be covered as well.

We’ll see rich marine life below our feet, tide pools filled with sea stars and anemones, a seal rookery, bald eagles and if lucky orca, gray and humpback whales! Across the Strait, we’ll see Vancouver Island and Mt Baker to the east.

Paddling at your own pace, we’ll take breaks on remote pocket beaches covered in colorful rocks and bull kelp. Located 30 miles inland from the ocean, the Strait of Juan de Fuca has many coastal features but often with very calm conditions.

Pair this tour with a SUP Surfing class on nearby Crescent Beach in Salt Creek Recreational Area only a few miles away.

“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

Tour Details:

2018 Dates:

  • August 18 or 19th (tentative)
  • Custom scheduled dates to your schedule always welcome!

Tour Size: 1-5 people.

Skill Level: Level 2 and up. Take our SUP Basics 1 and/or 2 courses to gain essential skills for this tour. You should be comfortable standing in small waves and wind. Sitting and kneeling on rough water ok on this trip providing your have directional control.

If you think you’re qualified and haven’t worked with me before I may ask that we do a short one hour pre-class clinic to see where you’re at and/or to fill in any gaps which will be help on the tour.

Duration: Half Day (4-5hrs).

This tour also a great confidence builder as you’ll be paddling in both protected and open water with possible ocean swell and wind while winding in and out of the rugged tide pool covered shoreline. You will increase your rough water skills which will allow you to paddle in more beautiful places and dynamic conditions on your own.

Rates:

Group Rate: 199 per person, (2-6 people) All rental equipment is included in pricing. This includes a stable board, paddle, leash, lifejacket, wetsuit and booties.

1 Person Rate (Private Tour): 399. All rental equipment is included in pricing. This includes a stable board, paddle, leash, lifejacket, wetsuit and booties.

Alumni: $25 off per person

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