If you missed it, Vermont had a living legend from the outdoor sports industry visit our beautiful state this week. Chuck Patterson enjoyed a paddle from Shelburne Bay to Burlington visiting Juniper Island along the way.
We connected up with him at Perkins Pier where he talked about his experiences and tips and tricks to make us more efficient paddlers. WND & WVS, the local paddle shop in Burlington, setup the whole event and their staff was on hand with the Naish and Starboard SUP fleets for us to demo.
It was such a great time and with a 50% chance of thunderstorms that never came it turned out to be a beautiful afternoon and sunset. Come back again soon Chuck!!!!!!!
We have compiled a list of local Vermont shops and Guides that rent paddleboards, host free demo days and guided tours. There are many amazing river, lakes and ponds to SUP on in Vermont, and these companies will take you there!
Paddle Surf Champlain
Experience the fun and freedom of Stand Up Paddleboarding — SUP — on the Northeast’s premier mountain lake.
What’s better than taking in the spectacular Lake Champlain sunsets, gliding past lush and colorful shoreline, enjoying Green Mountain and Adirondack vistas, all while taking part in a growing new sport rooted in the Hawaiian spirit of Aloha …
Wednesday Night SUP’er Club: An everyone-welcome weekly group paddleboard tour; Departing from the Oakledge Park beach, 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday.
Family Jam! Drop-in session for kids and parents. Anything goes, including frisbees, hula hoops, paddle skis and SUP jousting. Every Friday, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Canoe, Kayak, and Stand-Up Paddleboard(SUP) Rentals & Shuttle
Daily on the hour 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Explore the scenic Lamoille River at your leisure. Our guides will shuttle you upriver, launch you with basic paddling instruction if needed, then send you on your way. Feel free to take a picnic lunch, bathing suits, fishing poles, stop on a beach or just enjoy a relaxing day on the river. Single kayaks and SUPs are $40, canoe and tandem kayaks are $70. One canoe or kayak rental is included in your Adventure Connection Package.
NEW! SUP YOGA
Wednesday, 9:30 am – 11:00 am What better way to enjoy the art of Yoga than floating on a paddleboard on a beautiful, calm, serene pond setting in the mountains of Vermont! Practice traditional poses on the water along with free time to Stand Up Paddleboard. Never tried either? No problem—this is geared toward all levels from beginners to advanced as you challenge yourself. It’s easier than you think. $40 per person.
Every Thursday evening throughout the summer, we are hosting Stand Up Paddleboard Demos on Lake Champlain from 6-8 (weather permitting)
These demos are free and open to the public – we just ask that you RSVP. I know, it sounds too good to be true – but you better believe it. Please RSVP by email to email@example.com. Sign up early as demo slots will fill up quickly.
Equipment Provided: SUP, Paddle, PFD
Location: We will meet at boat launch (please do not park in the boat launch parking lot) near the US Coast Guard Station.
Vermont SUP connected up with a local paddler yesterday at Oakledge Park in Burlington, VT for some fun on the water and unexpected surf on Lake Champlain.
Rider: Trisha Hlastawa Age: 24 years young Hometown: Norwich, CT but currently living in South Burlington, VT Board:Naish Alana 9’5″
Where is your favorite place to paddle?
I love to surf but coming at sunset and paddling on the lake is one of the best things ever.
Now you just got back from Cape Cod, How was the surf?
I went to Orleans, MA in the Nauset Beach area. The surf wasn’t that good but got better yesterday and today. (7/15 & 7/16)
Why Paddleboarding rather than Kayaking?
I do not like sitting down! I like moving around as much as possible and paddleboarding give me the freedom to do that. I can walk all over it, I can do headstands on it, I can do yoga on it, there’s a lot of possibilities.
What would you tell a first time SUPer?
Be patient is the first thing. Not everyone will get it right away. Try to go somewhere totally calm to start is recommended. That way you can focus on your balance and not which way the waves are going. Coming here to Oakledge [Park] is really fun when it’s super calm which is most of the time in the summer.
Whats the next step? Where do you want to go, What do you wanna do?
I wanna do some touring on a paddleboard, I have a touring board and I wanna travel and go to some cool places where you can look down [into the water] and see all kinds of things. Not sure where but I gotta get myself out there.
What’s your #1 vacation spot you want to go and paddle?
Ohhh… Hawaii…? Probably!
Make sure to follow all of Trisha’s photos on her Instagram page: @thsurfsnow
Twas the night before Paddling, when all though the group, Not a board was ready, not even the soup. The glue was drying on the boards with air, In hopes that morning would soon be there.
Our paddle trip started early in the summer as just an idea. We didn’t have our own paddle boards yet and we assumed we wouldn’t be able to get off work for a whole week together. The more we talked about it, the more it became real. We started building our own boards just so we could do this trip (and continue to paddle afterwords, of course!). The last piece for our boards came in the mail the day before and after packing our dry bags with food and clothes we laid down the foam and attached our deck rigging before heading to bed. Continue reading Paddle boarding the Winooski River 2013→