SUP Skills Clinics announced
1) New Racer Orientation
Date: Saturday April 11th. Time: 10-11AM Cost: Free
Open to anyone, regardless of paddling experience, who has never done a SUP race before and is considering a SUP race in 2015. Includes discussion of things to expect on race day, assessing conditions, strategies for preparation and concludes with an optional paddle of the first 2 miles of the April 26th WSUP Cup course.
2) SUP Skills Clinics We're offering two independent clinics this spring taught by our SUP instructors and Gorge Race Team members. Do one, or do them both! Click on the Registration link for complete clinic descriptions.
Saturday April 4th: It's All About the Stroke. Time: 9-11:00AM.
April 18th: SUP Racing and Advanced Paddling Skills. Time: 9-11:00AM.
Cost: $40 each or $75 for both.
Register for the clinics by purchasing your spot online, or you may also sign up at Gorge Performance. Space is limited to 15 per clinic.
We're still working on the details of the SUP Training Group. Stay tuned! Our Facebook group Stand Up Portland is a great way to connect with us on all things SUP. Join us!
Race season is just around the corner!!
Gorge Performance puts on two pretty awesome SUP races here in Portland. First up is the Willamette SUP Cup on Sunday, April 26th. Then we have the Rose City SUP Classic on Sunday, June 14th. Online registration will open soon for both.
One question we get is do you need a race board to race? Nope! Most SUP events have distances for all levels of SUP experience and equipment. The longer distance races will often have board class categories, but even they are just length limits, not board type restrictions. But...a true flat water race/touring board does have its advantages over an all-around (surf) style board...namely speed and superior tracking. If you've never paddled a displacement hull board, you at least owe it to yourself to give it a try. We have a heftly supply of demo boards available to rent for just that purpose. Stop in and let's see what interests you.
In addition to our own events, there are many SUP events in the PWN and beyond! Here's a NW SUP Racing calendar posted by our friends at Team 206. This will give you an idea of what's out there.
New SUP gear is arriving by the truck load! Fresh of the truck are boards and paddles from SIC and boards from Surftech.
Did you know? We do expert SURFBOARD & SUP Ding Repairs
Call, or better yet, bring your board by for a free estimate. Most repairs done within a week or two.
USED SUPS: Click to browse Used Stand Up Paddle Boards
Portland is perfect for year 'round paddling. Put on some neoprene booties, layer up (running and cycling clothes work great!) and get out there! Now's a great time to take advantage of end-o-season discounts on new and used demo boards. Here are but a few examples of NEW boards from the 2014 line-up at closeout prices....
2014 Amundson TR 12'6 MSRP: $1,449.00, Gorge Price: $1,199.00
2014 Naish Glides 2014 14'0 x 27.25" GS and a 29" GS
MSRP: $1,695.00. Gorge Price: $1,295.00
2014 Naish Hokua GS 9'10
MSRP: $1,499.00. Gorge Price: $1,099.00 (also have the 2014 Hokua GT at $300 off!)
2014 Surftech 10'6 Universal SUP MSRP: $1,095, Sale Price: $895.00
Demo boards are available for prospective buyers to try out a particular board design before they buy. While we don't have every model available to demo, we do have every basic board design/length/width represented to help you with your purchasing decision.
As noted, some demo models are on SALE!
12'6 Naish Glide
14' Naish Glide
12'6 x 26" Starboard All Star
14'0 x 25 Starboard All Star
14' Starboard Ocean Race
12'6 Lahui Kai Manta
14' Amundson TRX
12'6 x 27 Amundson TR
14'0 404 Race
14'0 Boga Tsunami
14'0 Bark Expedition
14' Infinity Whiplash MSRP $2,195 $1,795
12'6 Boga Tsunami MSRP $1,495 $1,195
11' Adventure Explorer MSRP $1,195 $795
Demo Surf SUPs
9'5 Naish Mana
9'5 Naish Hokua
9'10 Naish Hokua
10'6 and 11'6 Rivi
Wondering where to SUP in Portland?
For the most accessible launches in/near Portland, we recommend Willamette Park on Macadam Ave just north of the shop, Sellwood Riverfront Park, George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego, Cedar Oak boat ramp in West Linn and the other Willamette Park in historic Willamette. Some other great areas include Hagg Lake, Vancouver Lake, Lost Lake, Timothy lake, Camas and Sauvie Island, just to name a few. We're working on a comprehensive SUP guide now, but if you have any questions about locations we recommend you ask them in the Stand Up Portland Facebook group. The regulars in this group really get around.
USED SUPs. View our selection of used stand up paddle boards. Sellers, we have the best consignment program in the world. Yes, that's a big claim.
SUP Rentals: Why not rent a board and see for yourself what the buzz is all about. Boards are available for rent by the day or 3hrs. Go to our Rentals page for more info.
We also demo several boards to give experienced paddlers a nicer rental fleet to choose a great way to research board styles when you're looking to make a purchase.
The stand up paddle is a critical piece of equipment for obvious reasons, but as your skills improve, the subtle difference of a *nice* paddle become more apparent. There are paddles designed for the surf, and those for flat water, and all-rounders. Unless it is an adjustable paddle, the paddles come un-cut and ready to be sized to fit you (a service we offer). A properly sized paddle will be as tall as your wrist with your arm extended above your head. Be sure to get a blade paddle cover for your new baby.
We carry a range of stand up paddles from several manufacturers, including Ke Nalu, Kialoa, SIC, Hippostick, Aquaglide, QuickBlade and Werner. We know paddles. Stop in and let us help you make the right choice.
Inflatable SUPs, better than you might think. If fit-in-your-trunk portability and durability are high priority, this is your answer. Great for any SUP quiver, an inflatable SUP makes for a great second (or fifth) board to have on hand to teach friends, play in river rapids, and take on vacation.
Protect your paddle! We all try to be careful with our paddles when paddling, but honestly, our paddles are at most risk of damage when NOT on the water. Paddles are subjected to all kinds of abuse when in transport and in storage. We have some nice Gorge padded blade covers in stock as well as some full paddle socks from DaKine. It's a minor expense to protect your investment.
Learn to SUP!
SUP is the ideal fitness sport, adventure hobby and family activity all in one. How else can you get in shape while having the most fun you've ever had at 4 miles per hour?
While flatwater SUP is not difficult, a lesson is the best way to ensure you learn about the equipment, adopt proper technique, and practice safe SUP from the get-go. Check our SUP lessons page for more info.
StandUp Journal and StandUp Magazine. Two of the nicest mags in the any industry. In stock now!
Stand up paddle boarding (a.k.a. SUP) is growing in popularity around the world with a fury. Why? Because you can paddle anywhere there's water: oceans, lakes and rivers. That's a lot of options. Whether for fitness, exploring, quality family time or all-out racing, there are so many fun ways to experience SUP. Portlanders have it good when it comes to quality paddling... we have a river running right through the heart of the city, the world famous Columbia Gorge and mountain lakes nearby, and of course the ocean is only 90 miles away.