Stand Up Paddle Category

Winter Clinics 2013-14

Join us on Tuesday evenings for FREE winter clinics!
6:30pm-8:30pm, at either our Jantzen Beach or Boathouse location.
Attendees may win a $25 gift card!
No sign-ups required.

Clinic schedule may change.  Check back to confirm topics, locations, and dates.
List last updated January 10, 2014

November 5
Car top loading your kayak/canoe/SUP!
at Jantzen Beach

November 12
Learn the Ropes of building a Pin Kit
at Boathouse

November 19
Dry Suits # 101 : Everything you want to know about dry suits you were afraid to ask
with Karl Kohagen from Kokatat
at Boathouse

November 26
Outfitting your boat (Sea, Whitewater, Canoe)
at Jantzen Beach

December 3
Welding plastic boats
at Jantzen Beach

December 10
New Visions for Paddling Photography
with Neil Schulman
at Boathouse

December 17
Mastering Light and Visual Language in Photography
with Neil Schulman
at Boathouse

January 7
Secrets of Winter Paddling
with Neil Schulman
at Boathouse

January 14
Chart Reading
with Karl Andersson
at Boathouse

January 21
Packing a Sea Kayak for Camping
at Boathouse

January 28 NEW
Stability & Mobility
with Dr. Ted Forcum
at Boathouse

February 4th  NEW
Skid Plates and Keel Strips
with David Dalbey
at Jantzen Beach

February 11
Electronic Chart and Map Tools
at Boathouse

February 18
Multi-day Trip Planning in BC
with Neil Schulman
at Boathouse

February 25
Yoga for Paddlers
with Elaine Cohn
at Boathouse

March 4
Dutch Oven Cooking
with Andrew Romanelli
at Jantzen Beach

Whitewater SUP: an introduction

My background in the paddling world has primarily been aimed towards kayaking.   I grew up kayaking on the Nehalem Bay which is located on the Northern Oregon Coast.  I lived in the perfect area for recreational and tour kayaking.  Recently this year, I made the big move to Portland to finish up my final year of college, and I was fortunate enough to get hired at Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe.  Immediately, I took interest in the stand-up paddle (SUP) department and was completely hooked the first time I stood on a board.  I found that SUP was a sweet combination of kayaking and surfing.  I suddenly had the access to try all types of boards including inflatable stand-up boards; these boards can be used for a variety of paddling (including whitewater).  Having little whitewater experience, I was nervous to try whitewater stand-up.  Luckily, one of my co-workers (Steve) was also interested in trying this up-and-coming water sport.

Steve Pilch SUPing on the Lower White Salmon. Photo by Andrew Romanelli

We decided to do our first run on the Barton-Carver section of the Clackamas River.  This section of the Clackamas River is pretty mellow except for several class II rapids.  We decided to practice on a smaller section before attempting these rapids.  I was completely stoked to be paddling on water that was actually moving, and by the time we approached the first rapid I was really excited (and nervous).  I managed to fall off the board: “When in doubt, paddle it out” quickly became my motto for that day.  I found that if I was nervous and raised my paddle out of the water to focus on remaining stable, I would actually become less stable.  Having the paddle in the water acts as a brace, or something to lean against and stabilize myself when feeling unbalanced.

Steve Pilch SUPing on the Lower White Salmon. Photo by Andrew Romanelli

We finished out that awesome day in a couple hours and were completely enthused about whitewater SUP.  Since then, we have run Bob’s Hole to Memaloose on the Clackamas River, and Steve just did a run on the Lower White Salmon.  We hope to keep getting out there in our spare time and do more whitewater SUP!

-Chelsea Neilson

Stand Up Paddle Board Fishing Portland Oregon

Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe is proud to offer Stand Up Paddle Boards. Our staff has enjoyed discovering how fun these touring paddle boards and surf paddle boards perform. Call for more details at 503.285.0464.