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