Stand up paddle boarding gives us an opportunity to enjoy the serenity of calm waters, bird calls, nature and stepping away from it all. When we step onto the water we leave the hustle behind. Being on the water has a unique way of shifting perspective and offers us a reset to our day and attitude.
Paddleboarding also gives us access to one of the most rapidly changing and extensive environments on Earth. Learn to navigate the high seas. Ride the wind down a long reach of Puget Sound, Crescent Lake or even Lake Washington. Explore hidden coves and tiny islands. Surf a reef break off the Olympic Peninsula, chase the wakes off a freighter ship, dive or fish. A stand up paddle board is a gateway to adventure.
Shorten your learning curve by joining an expert on the water. Gain a better understanding of the tools, types of boards and equipment useful in your own path to adventure. It is extremely helpful to have a guide when navigating a sport that is as diverse as SUPping. It will up your game with fewer hassles, and an acceleration of skill, opening the door to a bigger world.
SUP Class Options;
The ABCs; Once month we hold an Absolute Beginners Course.
This assumes you have minimal experience and are stepping onto a board as a novice. We break down board anatomy, the local environment, and acclimation skills. We use the protected coves north of Seward Park as our training ground which gives us a safe harbor to practice the skills useful for more exposed areas. Keep an eye on the schedule for the next one. Starting in April.
SUP SKILLZ 101;
We get out on the water to work on the skills, technique, and conditioning to develop competency and confidence on a stand up paddle board. Classes assume you have some experience, and are ready for more exposure and challenges. Newbies are encouraged to check out the ABCs above.
SUP SKILLZ 102;
This class is higher paced with more ambitious goals depending on the prevailing conditions. It could include distance, intro to downwinding and contending with weather to learning surf and sprint skills in the wakes of boats.
While our training grounds are the relatively protected waters of Lake Washington around Seward park, our ultimate goal is to take you out into the great wide world, accessing rivers, coastal waterways and lakes in other regions of Washington and the Great Northwest. Practice busting into the wind, sprints and maneuvering skills close to home, then join us on our monthly trips to local(ish) venues for some variety.
Cruise down the Skagit River and finish at a pub in La Conner, or explore the open coves and dynamic coastline of the Olympic Peninsula... and finish at a pub in Port Angeles. Come play, explore...and share your experience over beverages and tasty food after. Nothing like a little adventure and activity to make food delicious and beverages thirst quenchingly good.
Travis Boothe has spent his entire life on the water. Growing up in Laguna Beach. he learned to swim, body board, surf and paddle on the playful coast of Southern California in the 1970s.
As a teen he moved to the redwoods of Northern California where he was introduced to sea kayaking and free-diving off the rugged and sometimes perilous surf along the Sonoma and Mendocino coastline.
In his 50's he continues to play hard, learn new skills, and access the water everyday. It is a primary source of peace of mind, fitness and adventure.
He currently lives on his boat, The Enterprise on Lake Washington near Seward Park. It is his life and passion to share this amazing opportunity to walk on water and explore the potential of stand-up-paddle-boarding.
Individual training allows the instructor to tailor to the sessions to the clients current needs and skill set. It provides the student focused observation and feedback in technique and conditioning and facilitates an optimal rate of improvement.
Personal instruction is ideal for someone that is absolute baseline, encouraging good habits out of the gate.. The more advanced paddler can take it to the next level creating scalable ambitious goals for themselves, whether it's a long excursion, or rough water experience like shooting through Deception Pass, or taking on an exciting downwind run. Take on the next challenge with someone experienced that can shorten the learning curve, reduce hassle, provide logistics and optimize the experience.
Schedule yourself now, or contact Travis for more information.
There are three ingredients to making a good experience on the water: Conditions, skill, and equipment. At Seatown SUP we have played on dozens of different boards. We prefer to have top of the line equipment that not only is appropriate for the environment and play of the day, but is tough and functional. Good equipment feels better and performs better, which is important in a human powered sport. It is safer and gives you a better sense of the potential of the sport. At Seatown SUP we love to geek out on our toys and tools, and we want to help you make the right choice when making your investment. We will help guide you towards the right board and accessories to optimize your experience., and give you a chance to explore our stuff.
Our training grounds are the protected waters of Andrews Bay cradled by Seward Park. This gives us an opportunity to acclimate ourselves to the challenges we may find in open water, or less protected coastline. Despite the protection the bay provides, we will be subject to wind, rain, and chop from marine traffic. When possible, we will use these changing dynamics to learn fundamentals of surfing, riding the wind and reading and adapting to a changing environment and conditions.
Join our SUP X-Training! We will practice drills and exercises designed to build strength, endurance, coordination and balance that will connect you to the board and improve your ability to navigate the constantly changing environment of open water. Depending on conditions we may include a circuit training round on the floating platforms stored in Andrews Bay, Seward Park.
Contact us to learn how you can join us. Whether your goal is fitness, exploration, adrenalin, or a zen moment, our team at SeaTown SUP can facilitate your experience. Step onto the water, and make your own path.
This is the best way to acclimate yourself to stand up paddleboarding and make improvement. Go at your own pace under the guidance of an experienced waterman. This gives you the opportunity to approach the first or next level with direct and immediate feedback geared to your present skill. Wether you are a first time novice, or you want to jump to the next level by introducing longer tours, surf, or running downwind, a private session can provide you with the guidance and experience to make leveling up safer and more challenging at the same time.
Come play with the crew. Classes are geared towards the beginner, but coaches are always willing to give you tips and drills that will challenge any skill set. group classes are seasonal and will resume in the late Spring.
Friday and Saturdays.
Friday evening is play day. We learn to handle the chop from the weekend traffic by practicing surfing drills on wakes, playing "tag" and any other challenge the weather or environment may throw at us. Beginners must attend at least one Saturday class before joining.
Saturday is geared more towards technique and is appropriate for base beginners.
This session spices things up and gives you a well rounded mix of SUP conditioning, strenght training and skills development. We launch from Lakewood Moorage with a destination of Seward Park. The season and the weather determine what we do on any given day, but we are sure to add a mix of strength and endurance training using our immediate environment. This could mean a run on single track, pull ups in the trees, and/or core movements on the board, Experience a comprehensive workout from a whole new perspectiv