Etablished in 2011, SurfSUP Adventures is your resource for standup paddleboarding in the Pittsburgh area!
Who we are
SurfSUP Adventures is your premier guide and outfitter for Standup Paddle Boarding in Pittsburgh. Our mission is to share our passion for standup paddleboarding and inspire care for our waterways and environment. Our variety of trip options include serene eco-tours, invigorating “on-water” yoga practices, and adrenaline infused whitewater surfing adventures. SurfSUP also provides instructor certifications sanctioned by the Professional Standup Paddle Association (PSUPA). In addition, we sell and rent boards, paddles and equipment. Finally, we offer team-building events, youth initiatives and conservation oriented programs that are customized for all age and skill levels.
Additionally, through our First Waves (www.firstwaves.org) program, SurfSUP has developed strategies and curriculum for mentorship, therapy, education, and conservation for under-served youth and special needs groups.
Retail and Rentals
SurfSUP Adventures provides retail, board, rentals, instruction and more. We are an official dealer for RED Paddleboards, Boardworks SUP, ULI Boards, Werner Paddles, Accent Paddles, NRS, Astral Designs, and more. Please call ahead to make an appointment to visit our shop or schedule a rental pickup.
Moraine State Park
OWNER AND HEAD GUIDE
Ian Smith is a standup paddleboard athlete, guide, and writer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His work and videos have appeared in the American Whitewater Journal, SUP the Mag, The Paddler, Boarders Mag, and the Standup Journal. Ian is a certified instructor trainer with the Professional Standup Paddle Association (PSUPA). In 2011, he founded SurfSUP Adventures based in Pittsburgh. SurfSUP Adventures was the first whitewater paddleboarding school and outfitter in the Eastern United States.
Ian is also the founder of First Waves, an award-winning organization that uses standup paddling, the art of filmmaking, and digital media as a catalyst to inspire conservation and mentorship for at-risk youth. In addition to teaching, Ian is a team athlete and SUP racer for ULI Boards, Werner Paddles, NRS, and Body Glove.