Tug Wave Surfing



Photo: Jasmine Speaks


Tug waves are caught in deep water offshore, unlike freighter waves which break near the beach. Waves can vary from waist to chest high and go a half mile or longer depending on the type of board or kayak you’re using, your surfing skills, and weather conditions. On a big day we can choose a smallish waist high wave or go for the big drop depending on your skill level.

Canoe Kayak Magazine story on Tug Surfing


Photo: Mark Harrison, Seattle Times

MORE VIDEOS OF TUG WAVE SURFING – Visit my YouTube page of Seattle tug surfing videos. See the Seattle Times story about us. Canoe Kayak Magazine story on Tug Wave Surfing.


You’ll Learn:

– Where to catch tug waves on Puget Sound

– Best techniques for catching these waves

– Which gear is best for tug surfing

– Rough water paddling techniques

– Water safety and open water rescues.

Bonus Material

– Receive a 3 page manual on where and how to surf tug waves on Puget Sound.

– We’ll shoot video or stills of your experience.

Photo: Jasmine Speaks

Photo: Jasmine Speaks

FREE Follow-up Class for students who don’t catch a wave during their first class.

Who Should Take This Class? Intermediate to advanced paddlers who are comfortable paddling on open water with previous surfing experience.  Tug waves are harder to catch than freighter waves and require more skill.  We catch these waves a half mile offshore and rides can last as long as a half mile on a good day.  OC’s, sea kayaks and surf ski’s are best to catch these deep water waves.  Must be able to paddle 3-4 miles with ease in rough conditions.


Schedule: WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS 1:30 – 4 PM  – Tugs only run reliably on Shilshole Bay at these times. 


Duration: 3 Hours.  Class Size: 1 – 6 People  /  Location: Shilshole Bay, Seattle

Wave generating machine

Wave generating machine

Available all year.



Group Rate: $145 per person. Classes with 3 – 6 students.

2 Person Rate: $165 per person. Great for couples.

Individual Rate (1-1): $195. Allows for most personalized coaching.

Repeat Classes:  $50 off per person. Free if you didn’t get a wave your first class.

Videos: Tug Surfing on Puget Sound & Tug Surfing


QUESTIONS OR SIGN UP: salmonbaypaddle@gmail.com / Tel 206.465.7167SalmonBayPaddle.ExplorerSUP-0713

We only offer private lessons.


We can’t guarantee waves.  
Tug waves can be fickle.  On no wave days I’ll teach you the strokes we commonly use in surfing or bombproof your current skills.  Three core strokes will increase your wave count both 
here and on the coast.  We’ll cover self-rescue, water safety and rescues for rough water conditions and where to find and how to forecast tug and freighter waves.  We offer one free followup class for students who don’t catch a wave during their first class.

Tug Surfing Video – April 15, 2015