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Program Summary

Start with an introductory level experience during the first two weeks of the Semester. Get your Surf & SUP Pass to develop your skills and endurance in the UMD Pool and at the Lester River Surf Shack. Get outside and expand your skills while exploring Lake Superior on calm days and join the search for the perfect wave when the surf is up!

Instructional sessions are designed to serve beginner to advanced skill levels. If you have limited time, sign up for a Lester River Boardsport Sampler then deduct the fee from an annual pass if you're hooked. Choose the Annual Surf/SUP Pass for $45 if you are a UMD Student and $115 for Others to achieve full access! Memberships are limited to the first 40 students and 10 nonstudents registered. Surf/SUP Pass holders will be able to attend all of the scheduled programs during the school year at no additional cost. Most importantly you will receive e-mail invitations to roughly ten additional sessions whenever the conditions are favorable. E-mail invitations are offered at two different skill levels. We travel to a wide variety of locations to encourage skill development for all. Longboard Land Paddling outings will also occur in 2017-2018 for all Surf/SUP Pass holders. Most of the longboard surf and standup paddle board outings occur from late September through early November and resumes in April and early May. Annual Surf Membership Information Sheet

Intro Level Lester River Boardsport Sampler 105019
This is your chance to try stand-up paddle boarding, longboard skateboard land paddling, freeboarding and take in the beauty of Lake Superior's North Shore. Our boardsport staff are dedicated riders who enjoy sharing their knowledge. The RSOP Lester River Surf & Kayak Shack serves as our headquarters and it provides the perfect lakeside venue for training, chillin, grillin, outdoor movies, illuminated night paddling and generally developing your boardsport skills. It's time to grab a board, pick your stance and start exploring Lake Superior!
Saturday, September 9, 3-9 pm
We Provide: Instruction, boards, wetsuit, lifejacket, paddles, helmets, kneepads, gloves, snacks, beverages, dinner food for the grill, plates, utensils. Transportation will be provided by request.
You Provide: Swimsuit, towel, shoes to get wet, warm clothes, closed toe shoes for skateboarding.
Meet: At the Lester River (60th Ave. East & London Road) or the RSOP Trailhead in the SpHC Lobby at 2:30 if you have requested a ride.
Cost: $15 UMD Students / $50 Others. The $15 fee can be applied to your Pass if you decide to get one. This program is free for RSOP Surf & SUP Pass holders.

Training Sessions For Surf & Sup Pass Holders
Surf & SUP Pass holders will be able to attend all of the scheduled programs in the UMD Pool and at the Lester River Surf Shack during the school year. Most importantly you will receive e-mail invitations to roughly ten additional sessions whenever the conditions are favorable. E-mail invitations are offered at two different skill levels. We travel to a wide variety of locations to encourage skill development for all.

Most of the longboard skateboard, surf and stand-up paddle board outings occur from late September through November, then the kite action heats up in December and runs through March. If conditions allow we can do some surfing in early May during the Kayak & SUP Rendezvous Weekend Trip.

UMD Pool Based - Surf & SUP Training Sessions
Learn about paddling technique, awareness of board trim, turning skills, ducking waves, how to pop up into a stance and balance. Strength and endurance will be developed through interval training on and off the surfboards with basic submerged hypoxic training to help you improve your comfort under water. We will surf on the wake behind a water-ski boat at Island Lake and utilize stand up paddle boards propelled with specialized paddles to broaden your board skills. This is also a great chance to meet others interested in surfing, learn about equipment, and how to get equipment. Attendance for at least one hour during each session is advised.
Fall Semester: Fridays (8:30- 11:00am) September 8, 22, 29 October 6, 13
We Provide: Boards, Accessories, Instruction
You Provide: Swimsuit, Towel
Meet: UMD Sports and Health Center
Cost: Surf & SUP Pass $45 Annual for UMD Students / $115 Annual Others

UMD Lester River Surf Shack Based - SUP, Prone Paddleboard & Longboard Skateboard Training Sessions
This is also a great chance to learn about specialized equipment while doing endurance training along the shoreline of Lake Superior. We also do some longboard skateboarding with land paddles so you are more prepared to enjoy our surf oriented SUP designs.
Fall Semester: Tuesdays (5-8PM) September 12,19,26 October 3, 10
We Provide: Boards, Accessories, Instruction
You Provide: Swimsuit, Towel
Meet: UMD Sports and Health Center
Cost: Surf & SUP Pass $45 Annual for UMD Students / $115 Annual Others

Intermediate to Advanced Level Surf and SUP Training trips

Weekend and Break Trips are available to Surf & SUP Pass Holders who are ready for more challenging conditions and can dedicate more time to the search for the perfect wave. These trips are scheduled although it remains unknown if nature will cooperate or if the pass holders will be ready for the trip. You have to plan ahead and participate in the local training sesions to establish your skills and get the invite. See trip packets for full details.

River WaVe RIDING in Canada: Stand Up Paddleboard, Surfboard & whitewater Kayak 105017
September 15-17, 2017
The Winnipeg River at Sturgeon Falls offers large glassy wave that can be surfed using a variety of equipment. We will base camp in tents alongside the river and play in the rapids for two days. Beginner level outdoor experience in surfing, SUP surfing or whitewater kayaking will be needed for this trip. The best way to develop these skills before the trip is to participate when we explore Lake Superior and local rivers. A valid Passport is required. This trip is river level dependent. Cost $90 UMD Students Only.

South Shore Lake Superior Surf, SUP & Longboard Skateboard Training Trip 105018
October 26-29, 2017
Spend the Fall Break surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, beach combing and crusing remote paved roads on longboard skateboards in Michigan. If the weater is warm we can camp but if it turns cold we will stay in a cabin closest to our surf spot.
Cost $120 UMD Students Only.

Southern California Surf & SUP Training Trip 108002
Spring Break, 2019
Spend a solid week surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, beach combing and observing marine life. In So-Cal, surfing is built into the lifestyle. So much can be learned here. From our campsite at San Onofre State Park we can hit several surf breaks like the San-O Trails, Dog Patch, Old Mans, Churches, Middles, and other nice breaks in North San Diego County. We will watch the pros at Lower Trestles, visit the Surf Heritage Foundation, eat at the local hot spots and visit surf shops. In La Jolla we will paddle our SUPs with the leopard sharks, seals, garibaldi fish and other marine life.
Cost $425 UMD Students $695 Others

For Surfing events please visit the RSOP Paddle Surf Kite (Surfing) events calendar.