SUP Trip & Expedition Training

Expedition and Distance Race Training Course with Rob Casey & Karl Kruger 

April 26-28 on Orcas Island 

Learn how to prepare for an overnight adventure or long distance race such as the Seventy48 with two of our region’s experts in long distance paddling on Puget Sound. 

Karl Kruger was the first stand up paddler to complete the Race to Alaska in 2017. He completed the 750 mile race un-assisted on a 17′ board in 14 days. He lives with his family on their boat on Orcas Island where he offers sailing charters in Puget Sound and the Inside Passage.  Learn more about Karl

Rob Casey is the author of ‘Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juans, 60 Trips‘ and ‘Stand Up Paddling Flat Water to Surf and Rivers‘ both by Mountaineers Books.  He has been on the board of the Washington Water Trails Association and the Paddle Sports Advisory Group with WA State Parks. See the About page on this page for more on Rob. 

 Sign-Up / More Details  (You’ll sign up with the Isla Vida Group on Orcas Island)

We’ll Cover:

  • Hands-on Marine Navigation
  • Cross training for core strength, stability and balance
  • Nutrition and hydration basics for trips and endurance racing
  • Board and gear outfitting tips
  • Distance trip and race tactics and strategy
  • Night paddling skills

Schedule: 

  • Friday – Cross training for core strength, stability and balance with Karl’s trainer in the gym in Eastsound on Orcas. 
  • Saturday – Classroom for above listed skills then 5 to 10 mile paddle to continue learning on-water. Possible circumnavigation of Shaw Island or similar adventure. 
  • Sunday – Morning paddle then brunch followed by discussion of skills and additional questions. Done by 1pm ish.   

“I highly recommend this course for anyone interested in deepening their knowledge about longer distance and open-water paddle trips. Rob and Karl held a supportive and challenging space for me and the other participants, who were all particularly race-focused, to find our individual edges and push them further. They generously shared their collective decades of world-class experience and wisdom without hesitation, with grace, humility, and respect. Being fairly new to endurance paddling, I was happily saturated with experience, tips, tools, and techniques to make every trip a safer and enjoyable one. Having this kind of access such a high level of expertise was a real treat.”  Chris Doree, Port Townsend, WA

Skill Level: You should be able to paddle 5 – 10 miles in varied open water conditions. We will set the paddling pace for your skill level and take breaks when needed. Take my SUP Basics 2 and Deception Pass courses to gain essential skills for this course. A custom pre-trip private lesson with Rob in Seattle is an option with me if you’re unsure of your skills. 14′ and longer boards required (Rentals available). Lodging assistance available upon request.

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Seventy48 Race Training 

Click Here for land and on-water classes which will prepare you for this epic 70 mile race from Tacoma to Port Townsend in May 2019.


 

Trip & Expedition Training  

Choose from one of four trip options below. Note that all trips can be customized to your skill level, time availability and I can even adjust the route.  Custom destinations are listed below are a possibility as well!  Note that all trips are private and on your schedule.  

Training is three days with the option of a prep day in Seattle to go over gear, outfitting and what to and how to pack.  Or the third day can be an on-water day if your gear is ready to go.  

Guided Tour Only – If you and your group are experienced paddlers you can skip most of the skills training and enjoy a guided tour of all these locations! A vetting process will take place to assure you’re of the skill level required for each trip for the safety of the trip. 

If bringing your own equipment, I recommend 14′ and longer boards, gear stored in dry bags secured on your deck, a leash and vest of C02 lifejackets plus the right clothing for the conditions.  

– Option #1 – Blake Island Adventure / 2-3 Days

For Intermediate to Adv paddlers. Must be able to paddle 3-4 miles with no or few breaks. 

Training is three days with the option of a prep day in Seattle to go over gear, outfitting and what to and how to pack.  Or the third day can be an on-water day if your gear is ready to go.  

Located across the Sound from Seattle, Blake is our closest destination but once on the island you feel your miles away from the hustle and bustle. We can access the island from many put-in and will determine the best put-in per your skill level, schedule and conditions.  The easiest put-ins allow for a 1.5 to 3 mile paddle to the island. The island has 3 campsites with one that has tap water in summer which allows us to not have to carry water in.  You can even book a salmon dinner at Tillicum Village.

– Option #2 – Deception Pass, Hope and Skagit Islands / 2-3 Days

For Intermediate to Adv paddlers. Must be able to paddle 5 miles with breaks. 

Training is three days with the option of a prep day in Seattle to go over gear, outfitting and what to and how to pack.  Or the third day can be an on-water day if your gear is ready to go.  

Launching from protected Bowman Bay in Deception Pass State Park, we’ll either paddle around Lighthouse Point or portage into Lottie Bay if outside conditions are rough. We’ll take the swift flood current through Deception Pass to the east side of the bridge. We’ll stop and play in the currents if desired. Then paddle a few miles to Skagit and/or Hope Island to camp for the night.  

Departing, we’ll take the ebb current west to and under the Deception Pass Bridge, back around Lighthouse Point or portage from Lottie Bay into Bowman Bay.  

Skill Level: Intermediate and up. Take SUP Basics 2 and/or Deception Pass Tidal Rapids Training to gain essential skills for this course. A custom pre-trip private lesson is an option with me if you’re unsure of your skills.


– Option #3 – Anacortes to Cypress Island, San Juan Islands

For Intermediate to Adv paddlers – Only available between Memorial and Labor Day. Must be able to paddle 5 miles. 

Training is three days with the option of a prep day in Seattle to go over gear, outfitting and what to and how to pack.  Or the third day can be an on-water day if your gear is ready to go.  

Launching from the Guemes Ferry Dock, we’ll cross Guemes Channel and paddle up Bellingham Channel to Cypress Island to camp on either Cypress Head or Pelican Beach depending on group interest. We’ll explore the tree lined rugged shores of beautiful Cypress Island while improving your forward stroke, directional control, open water and tidal currents skills. Taking breaks, we’ll hike the island’s wilderness trails or take it easy enjoying views of Guemes and Cone Islands, the rushing waters of Bellingham Channel and Lummi Island in the distance.  

After breaking camp, we’ll take the ebb current (outgoing tide) back towards Anacortes following the shore of Guemes Island then into Guemes Channel to finish the trip at the Guemes – Anacortes ferry terminal. 

Skill Level: Intermediate and up. Take SUP Basics 2 and my Deception Pass tidal rapids training class to gain essential skills for this course. A custom pre-trip private lesson is an option with me if you’re unsure of your skills.


– Option #4 – Orcas Island to Jones Island

For Intermediate paddlers to Adv paddlers

Training is three days with the option of a prep day in Seattle to go over gear, outfitting and what to and how to pack.  Or the third day can be an on-water day if your gear is ready to go.  

Launching from West Sound or Deer Harbor on Orcas Island, we’ll paddle west past Deer Harbor to Jones Island which is along the Cascadia Marine Trail.  We’ll stay on Jones 1-2 nights and take day trips to the Wasp Islands to explore.  Alternative routes include a circumnavigation of Shaw Island.  

Skill Level: Intermediate up. Take SUP Basics 2 and my Deception Pass tidal rapids training class to gain essential skills for this course. A custom pre-trip private lesson is an option with me if you’re unsure of your skills.

Skill Prerequisites: Intermediate +

You have taken our SUP Basics 2 class and/or have proven experience standing in bumps from boat wakes and/or wind. You can paddle straight for 1 mile, can fall and get back on easily in conditions. You can paddle up and in side-winds.

Suggested experience to learn before the tours – Freighter and coastal surfing, Tidal Rapids in Deception Class, and Downwinding. All will increase your skills and allow you to travel farther!

“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

 Details:

Karl Kruger / Rob Casey Expedition & Distance Race Training – Rate: 599.   April 26-28.  Sign-Up

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Trip & Expedition Training Schedule – Contact me for a time that best fits your schedule. Private trips only.  Dates also depend on tides and currents for each route. 

Trip Size: 1-6 people depending on trip.

These trips are Self-Catered: This means you cook your own food but we can supply cooking equipment.

Skill Level: Intermediate and higher. Take SUP Basics 2 and Deception Pass courses to gain essential skills for these trips.

Rates:

Group Rate (3-6 people):  463 per person with all rentals /  399 with your own gear.

2 Person Rate – 699 per person with rentals / 625 with your own gear. 

1-1 Private Rate: 1,297 with rental equipment / 1,1197 with your own gear. 

Rentals include: A stable board, paddle, leash, lifejacket, wetsuit and booties, gloves and basic camping gear.

Alumni: $25 off per person

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