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Wake-up SUP! Free Wednesday-morning group SUP paddle on Casco Bay

Wake-up SUP! Free Wednesday-morning group SUP paddle on Casco Bay

If you’ve wanted to learn how to stand-up paddleboard (SUP), the good people of Portland Paddle can help with a lesson.

If you’re already an experienced paddleboarder looking to meet fellow SUPers and have an excuse to get on the water early every week, well, Portland Paddle can now help with that, too.

Paddleboard on car looking out at Casco Bay
Bring your own board to the weekly SUP paddle every Wednesday on Casco Bay. If you don’t have a board, you can rent for $15. Shannon Bryan photo

Weekly early morning SUP paddles started this week and will continue all summer, from 7-8:30 am. every Wednesday. Portland Paddle SUP instructor Matt Palmariello will lead the group, but it’s worth noting that this isn’t a guided trip, so everyone is responsible for their own safety. That said, Matt is an experienced and welcoming paddler who will certainly share his expertise if you ask him. These group paddles will let you meet new people AND glean pointers from Matt, so you can become a better paddler.

Portland Paddle SUP instructor Matt Palmariello
Portland Paddle SUP instructor Matt Palmariello. Shannon Bryan photo

Even neater, these group paddles are free if you have your own board. If you need a board, you can rent from Portland Paddle for only $15. Why is Matt leading free paddles early every Wednesday mornings? He just wants to see more people on the water. That’s it.

Heading down to the water for an early-morning paddle. Shannon Bryan photo

Paddles start from the Portland Paddle location near the East End Beach parking lot and boat launch (at the bottom of the hill – look for the sandwich board and the racks filled with kayaks). The destination will be decided each week based on the conditions and the group itself, and paddles will last about an hour.

Paddleboarding off Portland's East End
Matt, on left, paddling off Portland’s East End. Shannon Bryan photo
Paddleboarding in Casco Bay
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Morning paddlers
Morning paddlers. Shannon Bryan photo
Paddleboarders on the water
Shannon Bryan photo
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Ring around the buoy! Shannon Bryan photo

So grab your paddleboard (don’t forget the all-important PFD), set your alarm if you need to, and hit the water every Wednesday.

Portland Paddle
The Portland Paddle shipping container (although it’s staying right there all summer) down by the East End Beach parking lot and boat launch. Shannon Bryan photo
Paddleboarding Portland Maine
Early risers and paddleboarders. Shannon Bryan photo

Free weekly early morning SUP paddle

7-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays
Meet at Portland Paddle, down by the East End Beach parking lot and boat launch
Free if you bring your own board, or rent one from Portland Paddle for $15.
FMI: portlandpaddle.net

Shannon Bryan

Shannon Bryan

I don't like "exercise" any more than you do. But you know what I do like? Paddleboarding with a friend all afternoon (and then sitting in the grass to drink chardonnay). Bike rides and nachos, hikes, yoga classes held in breweries, group paddles to Fort Gorges, you get the idea. Because Maine is my gym.

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