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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!

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 (see Page 24). 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 land paddling, surf and stand-up paddle board outings occur from late September through November, then the snow kite action heats up in December and runs through March. If conditions allow, we can do some surfing and SUP touring in early May but keep in mind that Fall is our main season.

The Annual Surf & SUP Pass is $45 if you are a UMD Student and $115 for Others. Memberships are limited to the first 20 students and 4 non-students registered.

PDF iconAnnual Surf Membership Information Sheet

UMD POOL BASED - SURF & SUP TRAINING SESSION
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 7, 21, 28 OCTOBER 5, 12, 19
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 11,18,25 OCTOBER 2
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

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 8, 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: Pre-registration required. $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.

INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED LEVEL SURF & 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 14-16, 2018
The Winnipeg River at Sturgeon Falls offers large glassy waves 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 and updates on the river level will be offered at the pool sessions.
Cost $90 UMD Students Only.
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SOUTH SHORE LAKE SUPERIOR SURF, SUP & LONGBOARD SKATEBOARD TRAINING TRIP 105018
October 25-27, 2018
Spend the Fall Break surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, beach combing and cruising remote paved roads on longboard skateboards in Michigan. If the weather is warm we can camp, but if it turns cold, we will stay in a cabin near our surf spot.
Cost $120 UMD Students Only.
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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SURF & SUP TRAINING TRIP 108002
Spring Break, March 8-17, 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
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