What SUP? Paddleboarding in Washougal WA

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Paddleboarding in Washougal - Fun for Whole Family


Stand Up Paddleboarding or SUP, has really caught on in the Pacific Northwest.  An off-shoot of surfing, the activity has been around for many years in the South Pacific. Instead of waiting for a wave, the boards are propelled with a paddle, either standing up or kneeling.  Because it is relatively easy to learn how to maneuver, they are particularly popular with families – everyone can participate.

Paddleboarding WashougalLast summer, we had a great time at a family picnic on a mountain lake in the Cascades.  We all took turns on the boards my son brought - some of us trying it for the first time. We loved how easy it was for everyone to enjoy - spending the day paddling out and around the lake. It does require some balance, and a knack for upper body activity, but it is easy for anyone to learn.

Taking SUP to the next Level

Passleboarding Washougal As with many recreational activities, paddleboarding has also developed into a competitive sport. On Sunday, August 31, some of the best paddleboarders in the world will meet in Washougal for the SUP Salmon Classic.  Hosted by the City of Washougal and Sweetwood Boards, the competition will feature long and short courses on the Columbia River for everyone from novice to professional.  Open to public spectators, Cottonwood Beach will provide an excellent viewing area for the events, as well as booths on the grassy pasture for food, entertainment and vendors.  Admission is free, and it runs from 10:45 am to 4 pm.

A pre-race party on Saturday from 6 to 8 pm in downtown Washougal’s Reflection Park will feature music by the band “God Fearing Women”.  Race participants can also register or pick up their packets at that time.

 ( This is a photo of yours truly enjoying a summer SUP moment.) 

If you’re looking for a home on the water, or just want to learn about the best places to go paddleboarding in Clark County, WA, give me a call today, I'd love to be your guide. 

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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Debb, didn't know this had an acronym! This caught on a couple of years ago here at Fishhawk. I've taken several photos of people of all ages doing this. It's really not hard to try, especially on calm waters. Loved your own pic--did Bernie or MAC take that??haha

Paddleboarder with dog on Fishawk Lake-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2013


Aug 26, 2014 03:25 AM #14
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Joan, that would be a great spot to SUP.

Hi Bruce - you are so much fun.  No heels. :)

Gayle, you are so right. Fishhawk Lake would be perfect, as you can see the lake where I learned to do this has chop - in fact, it got really choppy in the afternoon. 

Aug 26, 2014 03:30 AM #15
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This looks like so much fun, and I love your pictures. 

I love watching this.  Ron tried it in Honolulu, and I could not because of time constraints, (appt with a client).  It is still on my to do list.  I especially loved those who had their dogs riding with them.  

When I was a kid, I did this sitting down, with my boxer on the front of the board.  Happy Tuesday, A

Aug 26, 2014 03:42 AM #16
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks, Alexandra. It is fun and you will have to try it. My son and his family just left - they brought their new baby boxer. She is a doll and so well-behaved. I miss them all so much. That's always the sign of a good visit. Lol. 

Aug 26, 2014 04:39 AM #17
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Debb, We saw some of the SUP folks in Austin last summer but we did not know the name. SUP looks like fun but at slow pace these days foe me. The SUP competitions should be fun to attend and watch. 

Aug 26, 2014 04:46 AM #18
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Debb, SUP looks like a lot of fun. I image it requires good core strength. I think I could get addicted to SUP like I have Zumba.

Aug 26, 2014 05:18 AM #19
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Debb - I have been watching a couple of neighborhood kids paddleboard on our lake, but I haven't got the nerve yet to try it for myself. I know I could do the paddle part from kayaking, but it's the standing up part that's going to get me wet. Good to know I can kneel, but I'm probably still going in.

Aug 26, 2014 06:39 AM #20
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Debb: We saw quite a few paddleboarding when we were at the beach earlier this summer. It is on the list of things to do the next time we go visit the sand and surf! I hope the SUP Salmon Classic has plenty of cheering support this weekend.

Aug 26, 2014 06:55 AM #21
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Never tried it . . . . but it looks like fun.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Aug 26, 2014 07:47 AM #22
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Wonderful past time Debb and I have been meaning to try it and have not yet...I like my kayak and boogie board!

Aug 26, 2014 09:08 AM #23
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Debb,

This looks like a lot of fun! Great workout..love your photos!

Aug 26, 2014 11:48 AM #24
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Hi Debb~ Not something I would ever thing of trying. My preferred water activity is floating...on a raft, or in an inner tube!

Aug 26, 2014 12:13 PM #25
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Debb, I love your photos, and I love Gayle's photo, too!  This looks like a lot of fun, and I may be a little too crotchety to try it.

Aug 26, 2014 12:26 PM #26
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Debb, I have never been paddleboarding but have seen photos and videos with people doing it.  They make it look easy, but I bet it takes a lot of practice.  It would be tricky on the river here.

Aug 26, 2014 01:47 PM #27
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Debb, that last photo will have many thinking seriously about a move to your area! Enjoy your day!

Aug 26, 2014 08:22 PM #28
Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker GRI, SRES

This looks like fun! I wonder how this works on the Siuslaw river in Florence Oregon with the tides?

Aug 26, 2014 11:18 PM #29
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

And that's why people move to Camas Washington to take advantage of all the outdoor activities. This looks like great fun.

Aug 27, 2014 03:17 AM #30
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks all for the visit and comments. This is really a very doable sport for many people, very easy to learn, and peaceful.  If at all possible, give it a try - you might like it.

Aug 27, 2014 03:57 AM #31
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Debb,The last time we were at the beach in Destin there was paddleboarding goning on everywhere. To me it looks like hard work and I would rather be sitting.

Aug 27, 2014 02:06 PM #32
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 This looks like fun, and the scenery in your area would  just be wonderful to soak in at the same time. This has to go on my list of things to try!

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