Tuesday, May 22, 2012

SUP Season is Here!

Paddleboarding in Bend, Oreogon
Paddleboarding in beautiful Bend, Oregon.

You’ve probably noticed that SUP worthy weather has arrived in Bend early this year!  Yay!
Here’s what's cooking at Stand Up Paddle Bend this season....

Our high quality SUP rentals continue to be very affordable - just $15 an hour or $45 for the day. 
               Rentals include everything you need to SUP (board, paddle, leash, life jacket and straps for your car).
               Because we want you to have as much fun as possible, we always do our best to match the board to the rider (you’ll have a lot more fun with equipment suited to your body type and level of experience).  
               We offer after-hours rentals for those with schedules that only allow early morning or evening paddles. 
               All our rental boards are good quality “real boards.”  We’ve added lots of new boards, paddles, PFDs, leashes and straps to the fleet for 2012.

Race SUP Boards
2012 Race SUPs by Hobie, Surftech,
Riviera, and Aquaglide.
We carry all the top brands in boards, paddles, accessories and clothing.   Our knowledgable staff will help you pick out the gear that best suits your goals, body, aesthetic and budget. We’ve recently added lots of exciting new products and brands in every category (including all of the season’s hottest new race SUP boards from Surftech, Hobie, Riviera Paddle Surf, Board Works, and Aquaglide)! 

SUP Lessons For All Levels of Ability
Whatever your SUP goals are, our team of friendly, well-qualified instructors (both male and female) can help you achieve them.  If you’re brand new to the sport, a Stand Up 101 Lesson can help you to paddle with maximum safety, comfort, and efficiency from the get go.  If you’ve been paddling for a while, a Skill Building Lesson can help you learn new tips, turns and techniques so that you’re having even more fun.  Planning a trip to Hawaii?  Try a PaddleSurf Lesson.  Want to get into racing?  Try a SUP Race Technique Lesson. 

Flow/Flow SUP Yoga
Our very popular SUP yoga class, Flow/Flow will be back again this summer!  Yay!  Flow/Flow is taught by the inspirational Shanan Kelley and Kama Blasing of Bend’s wonderful Mandala Yoga Community.  Each class consists of 45 minutes of outdoor yoga (on land), followed by a 45 minute paddle – a double dose of prana.  Flow/Flow is a lovely way to find tone your body, mind and spirit while communing with nature. 

This year, we’re launching a SUP Fitness Class.  SUP is a killer total body workout all on its own… so when you add strength training moves and cardio intervals to the mix you’ve got a SUPer killer workout… AND it’s fun… AND you get to enjoy the beautiful outdoors at the same time.

Paddleboard Race, Bend, Oregon
Central Oregon's Premiere SUP Race
The second annual Bend Paddleboard Challenge will take place on June 16th at Riverbend Park.  This is a World Paddle Association sanctioned celebration of stand up paddling that will include a long course race, a short course race, sprints, free demos, Hawaiian barbecue and plenty of camaraderie.  Proceeds benefit the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance and the Bend Park and Recreation Foundation Scholarship Fund.

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