A “mobile” company that specializes solely in SUPing, Stand Up Paddle Vancouver takes what it does seriously and is eager to help you enjoy the paddle experience.
They host a variety of programs targeting SUPers of all skill levels.
They also hold several workshops and clinics between the months of June and August for those who are interested in getting their SUP on at cool events and exciting camps and retreats. Make sure you register in advance.
With two locations, Vancouver Water Adventures takes you SUPing at both Granville Island and Kitsilano Beach, so no matter which you chose, you can bank on some beautiful scenery. You can rent paddleboards from either location, as well as take lessons – group or private – at both spots. Keep in mind that reservations are required.
Only a half-hour from downtown Vancouver, Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak boasts access to Indian Arm, “a paddler’s paradise” featuring calm waters and spectacular views. Deep Cove provides rental services, lessons and tours among other enjoyable programs. The two-hour intro class is highly recommended for those who have no experience on a SUP board.
And how about getting in downward dog position with an ocean and a few mountains as a backdrop? Yup, Deep Cove even offers SUP yoga.
604.987.2202 or 604.929.2268
Retail location: 352 Lynn Avenue; Beachfront location; 2156 Banbury Road, North Vancouver
Providing water-sport services in three different locations – Granville Island, English Bay and Jericho Beach – Ecomarine specializes in both stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking. Not only does its retail store offer a variety of equipment and accessories, Ecomarine also offers rental services as well as lessons ranging from beginner to advanced levels. If you’re looking for a more one-on-one learning experience, private programs are available, too. Here’s the 411 on how to sign up and what you need to bring along.
2014 is a good year to try out SUPing because Ecomarine is just about to start its Guided Tours. There’s a Harbour Tour from Granville Island and a Sunset Tour from English Bay – both cost $49 each.
1668 Duranleau Street, Vancouver (in the big red boat building on the northwest corner of Granville Island)
If you're looking for a well-established rental company, Windsure Adventure Watersports has been equipping ocean enthusiasts since 1977 at the Jericho Sailing Center. If you’re already an expert paddleboarder, this is the place to rent high-quality boards. And if you’re still a novice, you can sign up for either group or private lessons to up your paddle game. Windsure also offers a season’s pass which gives you unlimited access to a whole range of watersport equipment (including 65 stand-up paddleboards), social events and much more.