Freighter Wave Surfing Class

Salmon Bay Paddle Ballard SUP Race, 7/29/13
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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.

You’ll Learn:

– 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.

Weather cancellations by instructor are a 100% refund.
- Last minute cancellations by customer less than 48hrs of class date will not receive a refund since we will most likely not be able fill that space.
- Customer cancellations more than 48hrs of class/tour date will receive 50% return.
- If you don’t show up for a class or tour without any notification, you won’t be allowed to work with us again.
- We will cancel any trips when there are safety concerns such as wind. We don’t cancel for rain.
- Recheduling or moving to an alternative location may occur at the discretion of the trip leader.

Salmon Bay Paddle

We provide premium Stand Up Paddling and Kayaking instruction and educational tours in the Pacific Northwest by certified instructor and guidebook author Rob Casey and our PSUPA certified guides. We’re a mobile business with great equipment, personal service and work with all skill levels. We specialize in offeringg small individualized class and tours. You deserve a good paddle!

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Class Type: In Person
Location: Shilshole Bay

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Reviews of Salmon Bay Paddle

(5 Reviews)
Richard M.
My wife and I did a multi-hour, private lesson with Rob that was really one of the best and most satisfying learning experiences I have ever had. We had asked for a real overview and intro to sea kayaking-- and we really got it. Starting with a detailed discussion of basics, gear, different schools of thought, the whole nine yards --- then on to in-the-water instruction on self-rescues, etc. Rob went out of his way to make this work for us, including lining up wet suits and gear. He is a clear and direct teacher, patient, and clearly truly knows his stuff. We will return for more come spring!
Paul E.
Rob's personalized instruction greatly improved my skills and gave me the confidence to become fully immersed in stand up paddling. There are plenty of SUP classes out there, most with very large groups and not a lot of one-on-one time. Rob's classes are small and customized to suit your specific needs and perfect for those who really want to learn the in's and out's of the Pacific NW's perfect sport. Besides the instruction, Rob also gave me lots of great info on where to buy a board, suggestions for equipment, etc. Definitely money well spent! Thanks Rob!
Debbie G.
I have taken several classes from Rob and all I can say is Rob is the absolute best SUP instructor you are going to find. Not only is he an expert in SUP but he knows his environment - tides, winds, weather, and where to go. On top of that safety is his number one priority. Rob will get you standing and paddling if you are a beginner or take your skills to the next level. Don't pass up your chance to work with him!
Paul E.
Rob's personalized instruction greatly improved my skills and gave me the confidence to become fully immersed in stand up paddling. There are plenty of SUP classes out there, most with very large groups and not a lot of one-on-one time. Rob's classes are small and customized to suit your specific needs and perfect for those who really want to learn the in's and out's of the Pacific NW's perfect sport. Besides the instruction, Rob also gave me lots of great info on where to buy a board, suggestions for equipment, etc. Definitely money well spent! Thanks Rob!
Richard M.
My wife and I did a multi-hour, private lesson with Rob that was really one of the best and most satisfying learning experiences I have ever had. We had asked for a real overview and intro to sea kayaking-- and we really got it. Starting with a detailed discussion of basics, gear, different schools of thought, the whole nine yards --- then on to in-the-water instruction on self-rescues, etc. Rob went out of his way to make this work for us, including lining up wet suits and gear. He is a clear and direct teacher, patient, and clearly truly knows his stuff. We will return for more come spring!