‘Paddle Dayz’ are here

Sequim Gazette staff

Can’t stand not being able to stand up on a surfboard?


Author/photographer Rob Casey has the answer.


The water sports enthusiast is a guest instructor at the two-day Paddle Dayz, organized and sponsored by Adventures Through Kayaking, on July 9-10.


At two top water spots on the Olympic Peninsula — Freshwater Bay and Crescent Beach — instructors will be teaching weekend participants more about stand up paddle boarding and kayaking.


Stand up paddle boarding is one of the nation’s fastest growing sports, event organizers say. Casey is author of the new “Stand Up Paddleboarding, Flatwater to Surf and Rivers” book from Mountaineers Books.


“People love it (stand up paddle boarding) for its simplicity as it’s easy to learn and is appropriate for all ages and fitness levels,” Casey said. “Many feel they have poor balance and are worried if they’ll be able to stand up. If students are properly matched with boards that fit their height and weight, they’ll stand immediately.”


He will be teaching three beginner/intermediate stand up paddle boarding courses on Saturday and an advanced surf stand up paddle boarding course on Sunday.


Classes and dinner are $10 per person.


Kayaks and stand up paddle boarding will be available for demonstration rides for no charge. Kayak demos and stand up classes will take place in the protected waters of Freshwater Bay on Saturday, while Sunday’s surf class will take place at Crescent Beach.


A cookout at Harbinger Winery follows classes on July 10. All ages are welcome to attend the days’ activities and nonalcoholic beverages will be available at the cookout.


“This event is geared toward getting families on the water, learning something new and enjoying the reasons why we live on the peninsula,” said Tammi Hinkle, owner of Adventures Through Kayaking.


Adventures Through Kayaking is at 2358 Highway 101 West in Port Angeles.


To reserve a spot or for more information, call 417-3015.


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