Stand Up Paddleboarding
Learn Stand Up Paddleboarding on Summersville Lake
What is SUP?
SUP is an acronym for Stand Up Paddleboarding. This rapidly growing sport has evolved from ocean wave surfing by putting a paddle in the participant’s hands, which helps increase mobility and balance. Stand Up Paddleboarding gives you a unique vantage point of the water and shore line, and you'll be amazed at the ease of paddling and the quick learning curve.
Many first timers say they have no balance and feel apprehensive about paddleboarding, but we offer a progression tailored to you, so you can get comfortable with the equipment and the environment! Sessions for first-time SUPpers take place on Summersville Lake in the no-wakes zones led by a SUP guide. We will provide your board, paddle and PFD—all you need to do is come dressed appropriately and ready to go!
It is important that you can swim and that you make our staff aware of any medical conditions. There is no weight limit for this activity, but if you are over 200lbs let us know so we can equip you with the correct sized board.
If you're an experienced SUPper on open water, and you'd like to try your hand at whitewater SUP, we can help! We have easy vehicle access to Fayette Station in the New River Gorge, which is one of the best moving-water SUP playgrounds around. Perfect for getting your river legs under you!
What should I wear to SUP?
We recommend board shorts, performance shirts, sunglasses with straps, sunscreen, and water shoes. This trip does go in the rain (it's an amazing experience!) so be sure to bring a rain coat to keep you dry and warm.
What does Adventures On the Gorge provide?
Sessions for first-time SUPpers take place on Summersville Lake in the no-wakes zones led by a SUP guide. We will also provide transportation to and from the Lake, your board, paddle and PFD—all you need to do is come dressed appropriately and ready to go! We'll also provide snacks and drinks.
Is it hard to stand up the first time?
Most people find it a little challenging at first to stand up on the board, but most people are also paddling around like pros by the end of the session. It's got a very short learning curve!