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Surfing & SUP Activities (School Year 2019-20)

Surf & SUP Pass Program Summary

Want to get into surfing? Start with a Single Session pool based training or Lester River Boardsport Sampler during the first two weeks of the Semester. Then get your Entry Level 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! E-mail invitations are sent out to pass holders prior to storms that produce good surf. We travel to a wide variety of locations to encourage skill development for all. The new Intermediate Level Surf & SUP Pass provides challenging opportunities for UMD surfers who have more experience.
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Single Session - UMD Pool Based Surf & SUP Training 105021

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. This is a great chance to meet others interested in surfing, determine if you want to buy an Entry Level Surf & SUP Pass, learn about equipment, risk management and etiquette. Choose from four different pool sessions and apply the fee to your pass if you decide to get one.
Tuesdays (8:30- 10:00Pm) August 27 & September 3
Fridays (9:00-10:30AM) August 30 & September 6
We Provide: Boards, Accessories, Instruction
You Provide: Swimsuit, Rash Guard Top, Towel
Meet: UMD Sports and Health Center Pool
Cost: $8 UMD Student Members / $15 Others

Entry Level Surf & SUP Pass - Pool Training, Lester River Surf Shack Training and Storm Surf Training Sessions

Meet at the UMD Pool to refine your paddling technique, awareness of board trim, turning skills, ducking waves, pop up 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.
Tuesdays (9:30-11:00am) September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15
Fridays (9:30-11:00am) September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18
Meet at the Lester River Surf Shack for 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.
Tuesdays (5:00- 8:00pm) September 10, 17, 24, October 1
We will surf on the wake behind a water-ski boat at Island Lake and utilize surf style stand up paddle boards to broaden your board riding skills. Most importantly you will receive e-mail invitations to roughly six surf sessions whenever the conditions are favorable on Lake Superior. This is also a great chance to meet others interested in surfing, learn about equipment, and how to get equipment.
We Provide: Instruction, boards, wetsuits, SUP paddles
You Provide: Swimsuit, rash guard top, towel, warm clothes, hat, snacks, drink and transportation to the designated surfing location
Meet: UMD Sports and Health Center Pool or at the Lester River Surf Shack on 60th Ave. E & London Road or at the designated surf break
Cost: Entry Level Surf & SUP Pass $65 UMD Student Members / $135 Others. This pass is limited to the first 20 UMD Student Members and 4 Others registered. Pass sales begin at 8:00am on Tuesday, September 3

Intermediate Level Surf & SUP Pass

Available for UMD Students who complete our surfing knowledge and skills assessment (see Surf & SUP Info Sheet on our website for details). This opens up more challenging November and December surfing, river wave surfing and the Island Lake foil surf training weekend on October 12-13.
Cost: $45 UMD Student Members only

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 provides the perfect lake shore and paved trail venue for boardsport training.
Saturday, September 7, 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: Lester River (60th Ave. East & London Road) or email in advance to request a ride.
Cost: Pre-registration required. $15 UMD Student Members only. The $15 fee can be applied to your pass if you decide to get one. This program is free for Entry Level Surf & SUP Pass holders.

Intermediate to Advanced level SURF & SUP training Trips

Weekend and Break Trips are available to UMD Students who are ready for more challenging conditions and can dedicate more time to the search for the perfect wave. You have to plan ahead and participate in the local training sessions to establish your skills. See trip packets for full details.

River WaVe RIDING Or Coastal Touring in Canada: Stand Up Paddleboard, Surfboard & Kayak 105017

September 13-15, 2019
The Winnipeg River at Sturgeon Falls offers large glassy waves that can be surfed using a variety of equipment. Our primary plan is to base camp in tents alongside the river and play in the rapids for two days. If the river is too low our secondary plan is to explore and camp along the Lake Superior Coast in Ontario. Intermediate level outdoor experience in surfing, SUP surfing or whitewater kayaking will be needed for this trip. A valid Passport is required. Updates on the river level will be offered at the pool sessions and our destination will be locked in on September 6th.
Cost: $90 UMD Student Members Only.

Southern California Surf & SUP Training Trip 108002

Spring Break, March 6-15, 2020
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 Student Members/$695 Others