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SUP with Wade

Marina del Rey, CA, USA
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About SUP with Wade
SUP with Wade provides stand up paddle lessons, stand up paddle surf lessons, and surf lessons in Marina del Rey, California. SUP with Wade is also planning a trip to Tamarindo, Costa Rica in April of 2014.
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jacktheflag wrote a review Sep 2018
5 contributions1 helpful vote
We are experienced paddlers and took a flat water and SUP surfing lesson with Wade. First the flat water lesson: There were two complete beginners and us. Wade explained everything really well and so the beginners did great and we could improve our paddle stroke. Two days later we had the sup surfing lesson. We meet in the morning in San Pedro and Wade took us to the spot for surfing. We had a great conversation with him during the drive, he is an awesome guy. The waves were really high for us (6 to 7 feet) but we trusted Wade. He knows what he is doing, after all he is a big wave surfer. After some hesitation in the beginning, we took some really good waves and it was great fun. It was an awesome surfing experince for us. On the way back we stopped at a diner for lunch and Wade instructed us in some advanced breathing techniques. It was a really great day and we are very thankful for that experience. We can absolutely recommend Wade for first timers and also experinced paddlers. Many thanks to Wade and Krista
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Bink wrote a review Nov 2017
Mansfield, Texas1088 contributions150 helpful votes
Wade and Krista are professional and detailed oriented and it showed from early communication to texts and details before our day on the water. Wade is passionate about SUP technique and the time we spent practicing around the beautiful olympic pool paid dividends once we were on the water. Phenomenal location on the San Pedro harbour protected from wind by the Doubletree Hotel - we had a great 2.5 hours on a beautiful Thanksgiving day morning. The boards and equipment are first class and Wade handles all the setup and clean-up afterwards. Awesome morning on the water - would most certainly recommend!
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Date of experience: November 2017
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runnergirl wrote a review Sep 2013
Cincinnati, OH13 contributions6 helpful votes
Four of us took that took lessons from Wade on a Friday afternoon while on vacation in the area. We were the only 4 scheduled so it was a private class. Prior to arriving Wade answered all of our email questions and it was easy to pay on line. He showed up promptly for our 8am lesson with everything we would need. We started out with learning the technique he teaches while on land and then went down to the water where he showed us the boards we would be using, the flotation belt, the paddles and explained how to get on the board. Before coming to the lesson none of us thought we would be able to do SUP and we figured we would all fall in at some point. But in the 2 hour lesson we all got it right away and no one fell in. Wade spent time helping each of us improve on our technique, took time to get to know each of us, and he also taught us a bit about the area. We saw sea lions while paddling around the marina, which was an added bonus. When we arrived back Wade took the time to thoroughly clean the boards, which was encouraging to see how much he cared/took pride in his equipment. All of us had a great morning, we were glad we took the lesson and would highly recommend Wade.
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Date of experience: September 2013
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Suziandfriends wrote a review Jun 2013
Pompano Beach, Florida45 contributions39 helpful votes
We booked this lesson for our teenage girls and they learned so much and had a blast doing it. They were very happy with the whole experience and want to do lots more paddle boarding when we get home. Great quality equipment, Wade was a serious but funny instructor and very thorough. Easy to book and pay, we highly recommend this activity!
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Date of experience: June 2013
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a-travelin-foodie wrote a review Aug 2012
United States925 contributions420 helpful votes
We searched around & read many reviews before deciding on SUP with Wade. For a first time experience for (3) 15 year old girls, we wanted it to be perfect - & it was! Communication in advance was timely & informative, the website had good explanations & we could even pay by PayPal on the site. We wanted to have this first lesson at Mother's Beach for the calmer waters, so it would be an easier start. Wade also suggested an 8am lesson to avoid too much wind (& hence more paddling effort), & he was right - the wind picked up around 9:30. Wade also told us in advance that he would be away & that his wife Krista would do the lesson - having read a review about her, I was fine with that, too. Krista knew just how to teach teenagers, she's very engaging and had specific tips and guidance to make it a fun experience. We did not go out with them, but the girls came back having gone to the end of the channel, were excited about the experience & seeing the sea lions & birds, & felt quite comfortable with the trek. Let me say, though, they're very athletic & capable. If we had gone, I expect we might have been sore the next day (the girls were not). I can also vouch for Krista's lessons, as both of us had been SUP'ing on a Caribbean vacation last year (first time). Just watching Krista work with the girls taught us quite a few things (that we wish we'd known our first time), and we're planning on signing up for a lesson with her or Wade before the end of summer! If you live nearby or are an out of town visitor, don't miss the experience of SUP! If it's your first time, try it from Mother's Beach - you can't beat the views & the ease of calmer waters. I know they have other lessons (surfing, paddle board surfing) & I think they'll do ocean SUP if you're ready for that.
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Date of experience: August 2012
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