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*** We have stopped our lesson program for the season. We will resume lessons spring 2015, once the water warms up a bit (May-ish)


Learn to SUP with the Gorge Crew

While stand up paddling isn't especially difficult (a huge part of its appeal), it isn't void of technique. SUP paddling has more to it than meets the eye, and many things might seem counter intuative (how to hold the paddle, for example). Learning proper technique, safety and local river knowledge from day-one will save you from developing bad habits and/or making costly mistakes. Taking a lesson will ensure you're paddling on the river with confidence (and efficiency) in no time.

Here's what a few of our students have shared post lesson:

"Kim, just wanted to thank you and your team for a awesome day! Sis and me are super excited with our new boards and the lesson was very relaxing, fun, and beneficial!!! — Carl

"I just needed to drop you a note and tell you what a wonderful person and instructor Wendy is. I am out of shape and lacking in coordination, but Wendy saw my enthusiasm and encouraged me every step of the way, making me feel good about myself and about SUP. She was informative and supportive and patient. I felt safe with her, and the time spent was worth every cent and then some. Thanks so much, I'll be recommending you guys to everyone I talk to! — Cindy



Lesson Options (Individual and Group)

1) Intro to SUP Lesson

With this 90-minute introductory lesson first-time SUPers will learn the basic skills necessary for enjoying SUP safely and efficiently. During the dryland portion, you'll learn about the equipment and how to carry your board. Then to the water where you'll progress from paddling on your knees to standing up. You’ll by taught a proper and efficient forward stroke as well as how to turn your board. You’ll also learn some basic water safety skills and how to handle paddle in windy conditions and rough water. Most of all, you'll have FUN!

The cost for a private 90-minute Intro to SUP lesson with all equipment provided:
$75 individual rate
$130 couples rate
$60 each additional person
$50 for kids 12-16 yrs old with a paying adult


2) Intermediate Skills Lesson

If you already have the basics down and but now you are looking to learn/improve various techniques. We’ll cater the lesson/tour to your needs. Examples of intermediate skills include advanced stroke technique, racing skills and tactics (i.e. rounding buoys, fast starts, drafting), and training tips.

The cost for Intermediate Instruction only (no equipment included*):
$60 per hour individual rate. $30 ea. additional.

*You have the option to demo a performance touring/race board during this lesson for an additional $40.


3) Ross Island Tour (approx. 2-hours)

Perhaps you're not a beginner paddler, but you're new to Portland and would like a guided tour of our favorite 4-mile route right in the heart of the city. We're happy to show you the famed Ross Island loop, while along the way pointing out known hazards (mostly due to varying water levels) and suggestions for other routes not far from town. For more experienced (speedy) paddlers, we can venture as far as downstream as the Hawthorne Bridge for an amazing view of the city.

If you're looking to brush up on skills, we're happy to give tips and suggestions along the way.

The cost for our guided Ross Is. tour (no equipment included*):
$120 individual rate, $50 each additional person.

*You have the option to demo a performance touring board during this tour for an additional $30.



Cancellation Policy

Please notify us 48 hours prior to your reserved lesson time to cancel or reschedule. We cannot reschedule or offer refunds for notice less than 48 hours.

Your safety is vitally important. If weather or water conditions are deemed to be unsafe by our instructors, we will contact you to reschedule your lesson.

 *** We've stopped our lesson program for the season. We will resume lessons spring 2015, once the water warms up a bit (May-ish). Please look us up then!

All across the globe, people are getting their SUP on. What are you waiting for? It's time to join the fun!

'SUP, Yo!

Watch this DVD trailer (parts of it filmed in Oregon!) to get a feel for SUPing and why it has such broad reaching appeal. And with the Willamette River in our front yard, why not give it a try?


Certified Instructors

Between four instructors, we have well over 25 years paddling experience, both recreational and competitive. Not only can our teachers teach, they are passionate about the sport and it shows in their enthusiam to share the joy of SUP with beginners.


Our Satisfaction Guarantee

We "stand" behind our service. If for any reason you feel disastisfied with the quality of insturction you receive, we'll refund your money. Simple as that.


Surf 'SUP

Paddling in the surf and catching waves is tons of fun, but substantially more difficult than flat water paddling. Unless you are already a surfer, learning to SUP on flat water first is recommended.


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GORGE PERFORMANCE   •   7400 SW Macadam Ave. Portland, OR 97219  •  503.246.6646
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