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USED PADDLEBOARD SALE

USED PADDLEBOARD SALE

Spring on up Pittsburgh! It is almost time to hit the water! If you’re in the market for a board, we have some clearance sales going on used equipment. We are also happy to get you set up with a fresh new outfit from NRS, ULI Boards, Werner Paddles, and more. To inquire about a board, paddle or general gear to get ready for 2019 SUP, give us a call at: 724-989-7259 or ian@surfsupadventures.com.

Film Event with Patagonia Pittsburgh

Film Event with Patagonia Pittsburgh

Attention Pittsburgh surfers, paddlers, water enthusiasts and adventurers - First Waves and SurfSUP Adventures will be partnering with Patagonia Pittsburgh as they host a Never Town Film Screening with professional surfer, Dan Ross, on Tuesday, October 23! There will be refreshments, food, raffles and more that will all benefit the First Waves program to engage underserved youth in river surfing, watershed conservation and filmmaking! We hope to see you all there!

Film Premiere: The Current to Conserve

Film Premiere: The Current to Conserve

SurfSUP Adventures started with the mission to provide Pittsburgh with standup paddleboarding adventures in the amazing waterways of Pennsylvania.  While that objective is still our top priority, it has expanded to include the conservation of these watersheds and introducing these experiences to the local teens.

First Waves at 5Point Film Festival Pittsburgh

First Waves at 5Point Film Festival Pittsburgh

There’s something about outdoor film festivals that makes you question what you’re capable of.  The combination of immaculately captured places, harrowing adventures, and a cast of characters only conjured by sports involving leaps from cliffs, vertical climbs, or skate boards hurdling down mountain roads at 70-mph.  But why are these festivals so moving?

BREAKING WAVES AT MOUNT ARARAT

BREAKING WAVES AT MOUNT ARARAT

Nestled in the urban sprawl of Pittsburgh’s East End, The Mount Ararat Community Activity Center provides innovative programs and experiential learning to the area’s families and youth.  Earlier this summer, the Center debuted a new program for a select group of students, part of which involved teaching them to surf in whitewater rivers.

FIRST WAVES FEATURED IN WPXI “PROUD PITTSBURGH”

FIRST WAVES FEATURED IN WPXI “PROUD PITTSBURGH”

WPXI’s, "Proud to be from Pittsburgh," is a program designed to highlight people who are doing good in our communities.”  SurfSUP Adventures and First Waves founder, Ian Smith, worked with Channel-11 News Anchor, Peggy Finnegan, to document a First Waves event on the Pittsburgh Riverfront for the segment earlier this year.

NEW RIVER GORGE SUP RACE

NEW RIVER GORGE SUP RACE

The New River Gorge SUP Race has become the epicenter of whitewater paddleboard racing in the Eastern US, but not because of a cash purse (there isn’t one!) or fantastical prizes. Instead, this race has ingrained itself in the hearts of a community that it has helped to grow since its inception in 2011. The setting itself could be attributed to the race’s popularity. The New River Gorge and Fayetteville, the adjoining mountain town, is a quintessential hub for adventure and natural beauty. Still, the underlying values and genuine love that race founder, Melanie Hames, puts into this event is the defining ingredient. The West Virginia SUP scene is filled with passionate people like her, and this event has drawn competitors from around the world that all want a piece of it.

A "MONSTER" ADDITION TO FIRST WAVES PROGRAM

A "MONSTER" ADDITION TO FIRST WAVES PROGRAM

The river wave at Greenhouse Park is little more than a pile of foam during the hot month of July in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  The Stonycreek River is the tamest version of itself and instead of whitewater enthusiasts, the park attracts sunbathers, tubers, and swimmers to its shores.  What most have overlooked, however, is this wave’s potential as a training ground for the area’s youth to become river enthusiasts.  When presented in the right way, the wave can capture the attention of teenagers better than the latest X-box and carve a path for outdoor recreation and education that is widely available but pervasively ignored.  This is exactly what the First Waves Johnstown Program is able to provide to underserved youth in the area.

OFFICIALLY OPEN

OFFICIALLY OPEN

The first eco-tour of every year is always a special one.  I am excited to see the changes in the landscape carved by winter’s touch, the emerging spring flowers, and the return of the Ospreys from their pilgrimage to South America.

AN UNEXPECTED MATCH PARTNER OF THE YEAR

AN UNEXPECTED MATCH PARTNER OF THE YEAR

“IT’S SAFE, THE KIDS WILL BE FINE!” I yelled into my cell phone, trying to overcome a howling wind off the Gulf of Mexico.  In spite of the ambient roar, I could hear doubt on the other end spinning like a turbine.  Intuition, however, has a way of prevailing under duress, when communication is done on an instinctual level rather than through the confusion of words and reason.

An Unconventional Mother's Day

An Unconventional Mother's Day

Mother’s Day for most means fresh-cut flowers and sharing a meal with family.  SurfSUP Adventures took a different approach, swapping the bouquets for streamside wildflowers and healthy serving of whitewater SUP adventure.