We’ve surfed freighter waves on Shilshole Bay for a decade, first on kayaks and now on SUPs. Many of our students have caught their first waves on a SUP in Seattle! Waves vary from knee to chest high and can go for over an hour after a single boat has passed. You’ll have 90% success in catching a surfable wave and a free second class if you don’t catch one.
Take advantage of this unique class as few other locations in the North America have this specific set-up for riding good sized waves from container ships. If you’re tired of or don’t have time for driving to the coast for waves freighter waves will satisfy your needs!
Our patient expert instructors will work with you to teach how to paddle out over waves, choose where to take waves from and how to pick the best wave to surf for your skill level. You’ll learn how to fall safely, turn and avoid collisions with other surfers using Surfer’s Etiquette. You’ll learn about gear, clothing and how to surf in the Pacific NW.
– Best equipment and clothing for SUP surfing
– How & where to catch waves on Puget Sound
– How to SUP surf
– Directional control in the surf zone
– Rough water paddling techniques
– How to safely fall off your board in surf
– Bracing techniques for stability
– How to paddle out easily
– Surfer’s Etiquette
– Water safety in the surf zone
– How to surf boat wakes
– Experienced surfers – learn new tricks
Like any surf spot good freighter waves don’t occur all the time. With years of experience we’ve learned how to match the appropriate ships with particular tide levels, wind direction and wind speeds. You’ll receive a Freighter Surfing Manual to learn more about these waves and how and where to catch them on Puget Sound. Freighter wave season is Spring to early Fall due to low tides which help the waves break. These waves break on the beach like standard ocean waves and session from one boat can last up to an hour. The boat is long gone by the time the wave arrives. This class runs approximately 2.5 hours.
Who Should Attend?
Advanced beginners (Level 1) and above. You should be comfortable paddling over boat wakes standing and paddling in wind. You should be in good physical shape as surfing can be exhausting.
Already a Surfer? – These waves will keep you in shape when you can’t get to the coast. We’ve been stumped at the coast and sometimes have had better success in Seattle! Stable displacement boards welcome.
** All Gear is included in pricing: Includes stable board, paddle, PFD (life vest), leash, wetsuit, booties, gloves, and hoods. You may bring your own gear (stable displacement boards to 17 feet. Wetsuits, leashes, and PFD’s REQUIRED Fall-Spring.