Barry Tripp typifies the Maine outdoor sports enthusiast. A longtime Mainer, he’s passionate about the diverse activities Maine’s sprawling geography has to offer, from snowboarding to golfing to fishing. Once the snowboard program manager at the renowned Carrabassett Valley Academy, Barry now owns the Ocean Tripp Inn, and offers surf camps and lessons.
Caught my first striper (striped bass) of the season yesterday while trolling on my Stand Up Paddle (SUP) board with my fly rod. I must say that I’m glad it was a smaller schoolie because anything bigger and I would have been swimming with him.
Fishing on my paddle board adds a great vantage point to site cast or quickly move to an area where the fish may be feeding on bait. However, stability on an SUP is something that comes with practice and experience.
SUPs offer a great way to enjoy the water here in Maine. From the calm inland lakes to surfing waves on the coastline or heading up the river, paddling offers a unique experience that may just get you hooked, too.
These days there are a great deal of options to purchase or rent SUP’s. I would definitely recommend taking a lesson from a professional to gain some basic knowledge on how to handle a paddle board, as well as navigating the waters you plan to explore. There are several basic points that you need to focus on before venturing out into the open water, such as, stance, paddle stroke, safety gear, and proper equipment.
While sports like paddle boarding may appear to be easy, it does take some practice. Getting on the right equipment and feeling comfortable is very important and will add to your enjoyment. If you’re thinking about heading out and enjoying the waters of Maine on a paddle board check out my surf shop — Mocean Surf Shop located right on the water in Old Orchard Beach to get geared up, or give us a call and we can recommend a paddling shop near your destination.
Stand up Paddle Boards are making a splash across the entire state of Maine, with SUP shops dotting the state’s coastal regions. SoPo SUP in South Portland is taking the SUP trend to new levels by offering SUP yoga classes to the public with no experience required. Travel up the coast and stop by Acadia Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Bar Harbor for private classes in SUP in and around beautiful Acadia National Park. Liquid Dreams in Ogunquit provides lessons and rentals in SUP, promising a workout that’s both effective and fun.
Interested in learning more about paddle sports in Maine? Visit Maine Sport Outfitters in Rockport and browse their extensive collection of paddleboards, kayaks and canoes. Port Clyde Kayaks and SUPs of Port Clyde has been sea kayaking and paddling the midcoast for 11 seasons, and Maine’s iconic outfitter L.L. Bean even offers SUP courses, tours, and trips.
Explore tidal estuaries and hidden coves by kayak with Southern Maine Kayaks, located in Kennebunkport. Pro-tip: they offer sunrise SUP trips daily at 6:30am that are well worth waking up for. Wheels and Waves of Ogunquit will personally tailor your SUP experience from working on your core to fishing. Stand up Paddle boarding provides a unique way to explore the many diverse bodies of water throughout Maine, so hop on board.