I remember my first trip to Oahu – Waikiki and the long, gentle rollers at Queen’s Surf – one of the oldest & most famous surf spots in the world. I remember seeing some of the older Hawaiian beach boy surfers stroking out on their bigboards standing straight up with a paddle in their hands. I haven’t forgotten that image. They just looked so kingly, so confident & so relaxed. Flash forward twenty years later & I’m watching the king of surfing, Laird Hamilton, standup paddle into a 20-foot beast of a wave at Teahupo, Tahiti… or Robbie Naish cruising blissfully down the canal in beautiful Venice, Italy… or Skip Brown shooting the standing curls of the mighty Potomac. There is no one word to define standup paddle – the fastest growing watersport in the world. Perhaps “unique” would be best. Or maybe the word is “kingly” (“queenly” for you gals). The act of paddling a smoothstable surfboard – standing tall & proud – down a body of water is a feeling like no other. It’s unique in every aspect. Perhaps the best word to describe SUP is versatile (or adaptable). You can standup paddle in any body of water – on waves, down rapids, or as we do right here in Richmond on the upper James River, cruising the flat water. I can’t think of a sport that gets more good things going for you.
I’m a surfer, paddler & fitness instructor who has found a way to enjoy a fitter lifestyle on the water. Come see see for yourself. Come paddle with us on the James.
Even if this is your first time doing standup paddle, you’ll be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to get started enjoying this unique sport. Our instructors will teach you the basics, introducing you to everything you’ll need to have a blast on the friendly flat-water of the upper James. Our SUP lessons include an easy, fun & healthy workout, along with a guided tour of the James River. If your group is feeling so inclined, we can race to the 288 bridge. Or just enjoy a leisurely paddle while taking in the beautiful scenery. It’s your lesson and you can enjoy it however you’d like. Get a little wet. Stay on your board. Perfect your stroke. Prepare to catch your first wave next time out. Whatever it is, we’ll help get you there, and make it easy for you in the process.