Excited about paddleboarding on the lake but wanting a little more challenge? Perhaps you’ve seen people on a SUP board in the whitewater park and wonder how to start? In our Intro to Swiftwater SUP, paddlers will begin learning the world of swiftwater/whitewater paddleboarding on the beautiful lower Deschutes River. Swiftwater paddleboarding is a bundle of fun and doesn’t have to begin with “shredding the gnar” or what you might have seen on Facebook. The clinic is focused on safety and fun with an emphasis on proper river paddleboarding equipment and river paddleboard fundamentals.
The clinic will be offered twice this summer, on July 14 and August 11 beginning at 8am from our Bend location. We will launch from Warm Springs after an onland safety discussion and basic stroke review. This 10-mile stretch of river is very scenic and the perfect amount of “frisky ripples” with a couple of friendly Class I/II rapids at the very end before taking out at Trout Creek.
Cost for this trip is $125 and includes a paddleboard, paddle and PFD as well as instruction, transportation, shuttle and river permit. Please bring lunch, snacks and water plus recommended river gear (footwear and helmet are required and provided). We recommend a wetsuit or neoprene water pants/top for clothing. Clinic begins at 8am and returns around 5pm.