Surf & Kite
Summer 2013 Courses and Events
Adventure Sport - Beach Recreation Programs
Stand-Up Paddleboard and Sit-On-Top Kayak Instruction and Equipment Rental
Lester River Summer Season Pass for SUP & Sit-On-Top Kayak Paddling on Lake Superior
Adventure Sport Beach Recreation Programs - Level 1
Explore Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Sit-On-Top Kayaking, Kiteboarding and Longboard Land Paddling at the end of Park Point in Duluth. Choose from three formats below and then call to arrange dates in July or August.
1. The Sampler format serves mid-sized groups of 6-12 people from 10am-3pm. $55/person
2. The Tour format serves small groups of 2-6 people and visits more secluded beaches from 9am-5pm. $125/person
3. The Custom Course format lets small groups of 2-6 people pick their emphasis for an eight hour day. $150/person
Adventure Tour Level 2
Explore the Split Rock Lighthouse State Park shoreline, visit the lighthouse and a Lake Superior Water Trail kayak campsite. This day-tour is designed to refi ne your skills as we travel along a challenging route. Learn about trip planning, equipment, paddling effi ciency, group management and take in some spectacular scenery. We will compare the attributes of the SUP with the kayak in calm conditions or in wind and waves as we adapt to whatever the day brings. Meet at the UMD Boat Shed 8am-6pm.
Pick Your Date
Call to arrange dates.
$145/person/day (2-3 people)
$135/person/day (4-6 people)
Lester River Stand-Up Paddleboard & Sit-On- Top Kayak Instruction &
Make a new connection with Lake Superior. Our staff and
equipment will be set up on the West side of the Lester River
mouth from 3-8pm on several Fridays and Saturdays. We provide
basic instruction, stand-up paddle board or kayak, paddle,
lifejacket and wetsuit. Equipment is distributed on a first come first
$25/person same day rate or
$100/advance purchase rate
for the five punch pass
June 28, 29
July 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
August 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17
Lester River Summer Season Pass
for SUP & Sit-On-Top Kayak Paddling on
Take advantage of progressive SUP instruction for
the whole summer. Season pass holders enjoy early
access to equipment from 1-3pm on scheduled Friday
and Saturday sessions and have the option to keep
paddling until 8pm.
June 28, 29
July 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
August 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17
Three advanced instruction sessions are offered to
members on Sundays. These sessions include:
July 14 (SUP Racing Clinic 1-4pm)
July 28 (Advanced Touring Skills & Equipment 1-4pm)
August 11 (Duluth Shoreline SUP Tour 9-4pm)
Fall 2012 & Spring 2013 Courses and Events
Develop Surf, Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP), Longboard Skateboard and Snow Kite Skills
Instructional sessions are designed to serve beginner to advanced skill levels. Observing a session is free and boarding rates are designed to match your schedule and budget. If you have limited time, sign up for a Lester River Boardsport Sampler ($15 for UMD Students and $50 for others) or try a Kite Introduction ($8 for UMD Students and $15 for Others) then deduct the fee from an annual membership if you're hooked. Choose the Annual Surf/ Paddle Board Membership or Snow Kiting Membership for $45 if you are a UMD Student and $115 for Others to achieve full access! You can also combine the Surf/Paddle Board & Kite Membership for $70 per year if you are a UMD Student and $175 for Others. Memberships are limited to the first 40 students and 10 non-students registered.
Members will be able to attend all of the scheduled programs during the school year at no additional cost. Most importantly you will receive e-mail invitations to roughly ten additional sessions whenever the conditions are favorable. E-mail invitations are offered at two different skill levels. We travel to a wide variety of locations to encourage skill development for all. NEW!! Longboard Land Paddling outings will also occur in 2012-2013 for all Surf and Snow Kite members. Most of the longboard surf and stand-up paddle board outings occur from late September through early November, then the kite action heats up in December and runs through March. Surfing resumes in April and early May
NEW - Lester River Boardsport Sampler
This is your chance to try stand-up paddle boarding, longboard skateboard land paddling, freebording and take in the beauty of Lake Superior's North Shore. Our boardsport staff are dedicated riders who enjoy sharing their knowledge. The RSOP Lester River Surf & Kayak Shack serves as our headquarters and it provides the perfect lakeside venue for chillin, grillin, outdoor movies, illuminated night paddling and generally developing your boardsport skills. Local riders, retailers, equipment reps and leaders from related UMD student organizations are often at our sessions to provide additional information. It's time to grab a board, pick your stance and start riding!
Thursday 4-9pm - September 13
Saturdays 4-9pm - September 8 & 15
We Provide: Instruction, boards, wetsuit, lifejacket, paddles, helmets, kneepads, gloves, snacks, beverages, plates, utensils, open grill, transportation by request You Provide: Swimsuit, towel, shoes to get wet, warm clothes, closed toe shoes for skateboarding, food to grill or re-heat for dinner Meet: At the Lester River (60th Ave. East & London Road) or the RSOP Trailhead in the SpHC Lobby at 3:30 if you have requested a ride Cost: $15 UMD Students / $50 Others All sessions available to RSOP Surf or Snow Kiting Members. Deduct the Sampler fee from your annual membership if you're hooked.
River Wave Riding in Canada: Stand-Up Paddleboard, Surfboard, Whitewater Kayak & Canoe 105017
The Winnipeg River at Sturgeon Falls offers large glassy waves that can be surfed using a variety of equipment. We will base camp in tents alongside the river and play in the rapids for two days. Basic surfing or kayaking skills are needed for this trip. The best way to develop these skills before this trip is to join the UMD RSOP Surf Membership or UMD Kayak and Canoe Club. A Passport is required. See Trip Packet for full details.
Depart: Friday, September 21 at 2pm Return: Sunday, September 23 at Midnight
Register By: 2pm, September 19 We P r o v i d e : A l l G r o u p C a m p i n g G e a r, S u r fb o a r d s , Kayaks, Food, Instruction,Transportation You Provide: Personal Camping Gear Meet: RSOP Trailhead in the SpHC Lobby Cost: $70 UMD Students Only, must be UMD RSOP Surf Member or Kayak and Canoe Club Member.
Southern California Surf & SUP 108002
Spend a solid week surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, beach combing and observing marine life. In So-Cal, surfing is built into the lifestyle. So much can be learned here. From our campsite at San Onofre State Park we can hit several surf breaks like the San-O Trails, Dog Patch, Old Mans, Churches, Middles, Cottons and other nice breaks in North San Diego County. We will watch the pros at Lower Trestles, visit the Surf Heritage Foundation, eat at the local hot spots and visit surf shops. In La Jolla we will paddle our SUPs with the leopard sharks, seals, garibaldi fish and other marine life.
March 16-24, 2013
Cost $425 UMD Students/ $695 Others.
Surfing Based Strength & Conditioning - Pool Sessions 205101
Learn about paddling technique, awareness of board trim, turning skills, ducking waves, how to pop up into a stance and balance. Strength and endur- ance will be developed through interval training on and off the surfboards with basic submerged hypoxic training to help you improve your comfort under water. We will surf on the wake behind a water-ski boat at Island Lake and utilize stand up paddle boards propelled with specialized paddles to broaden your board skills. This is also a great chance to meet others interested in surfing, learn about equipment, and how to get equipment. Thirty minutes of each session will be devoted to dry-land instruction of surf related topics. Attendance at each session is strongly advised.
• Fridays (8:30- 11:00am) September 14, 28, October 5, 12, 19
• Wednesdays (2:30- 4:30pm) *April 10, 17, 24
We Provide: Surfboards, Accessories, Instruction You Provide: Swimsuit, Towel Meet: UMD Sports and Health Center Pool Membership Cost: RSOP Surf/Paddle Board Only Member $45 Annual for UMD Students / $115 Annual Others OR RSOP Combined Surf/Paddle Board & Kite Member $70 Annual for UMD Students/$175 Others
*Spring Only Membership: $25 UMD Students (205101)
Kite Introduction Sessions 20510
Learn to be a safe and efficient kite pilot with Professional Air Sport Association (PASA) Trained Snow Kite Instructor Randy Carlson and staff. We will introduce equipment design, safety concepts, kite launching, how to fly precision patterns, de-powering the kite for landing and harness use. When you put it all together, you will be able to use the kite to pull yourself on short controlled reaches across the softball field.
Tuesdays , 11am–1pm November 6, 20, 27; January 22, 29
Fridays, Noon–2pm November 16, January 25
We Provide: Kites, Harness, Instruction You Provide: Pants that can get grass stained, warm clothing that may include winter boots, snow pants, jacket with hood, mittens, hat, sunglasses Meet: Hallway outside the RSOP Day Office
Cost: $8 UMD Students / $15 Others Transferable to an alternate date if wind is less than 10 mph.
All sessions available to RSOP Snow Kiting Members. Deduct the Intro Session fee from your annual membership if you're hooked.
Kite Intro & One Rip Outing 108005
Add one small group lake outing to your Intro Session. Deduct the fee from your annual membership if you're hooked. Cost: $25 UMD Students, $70 Others
Lake kiting for all UMD RSOP Kite Members
If the forecast calls for at least 10mph winds, it's time to strap your equipment to your feet and
learn to glide along using the kite's power. Stay upwind by flying the kite with precision in the power zones while carving. Try flying the kite in a pattern that lifts you up in the air. Feel the rush of a downwind speed run. At Island Lake a snowmobile will assist beginners that need help getting back up wind. What a rush!
Rip Across Wild Rice Lake
Saturday (11am–5pm) December 1 Thursday (11am–5pm) December 6
Rip Across Island Lake
Saturday (11am–5pm) January 19, March 2 Thursday (11am–5pm) February 14
We Provide: Kites, Harness, Helmets, Instruction with snowmobile support on Island Lake. You Provide: Alpine or Telemark skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots, Helmet, Snow Pants, Jacket with Hood, Mittens, Hat, Sunglasses, Water Bottle, Lunch/snacks Skill Level: All Kite Members may attend. Must be able to safely launch, steer, de-power, & launch kite before traveling away from launch area
Meet: Designated lake, Maps will be provided
Cost: Must be RSOP Snow Kiting Member.
Private Snow Kiting Instruction for the Community Members of Northern MN
Schedule a full day of snow kiting with your own instructor. Our on-call waiting list serves one or two people at a time.We will call you one day in advance of a full day kiting session to check your availability and make sure the wind forecast is reliable.
Cost: $150 per person/ $130 with two
You become a Snow Kite Member after your private session.
Contact Randy Carlson at 218–726–6177 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
6th Annual UMD-RSOP Snow Kiting Expo at Chequamegon Bay
February 2-3, 2013
Visit our website for more details on introduction sessions, kite demos, poker run, movie night and the snow kiter social! Free entry and overnight accomodations in Washburn, WI for RSOP Snow Kite Members.
Southern California Surf & SUP Training Trip
May 10– 18, 2012
Spend a solid week surfing, stand-up
paddle boarding, beach combing and
observing marine life. In So-Cal, surfing
is built into the lifestyle. So much can
be learned here. From our campsite at
San Onofre State Park we can hit several
surf breaks like the San-O Trails, Dog
Patch, Old Mans, Churches, Middles,
Cottons and other nice breaks in North
San Diego County. We will watch the pros
at Lower Trestles, visit the Surf Heritage
Foundation, eat at the local hot spots and
visit surf shops. In La Jolla we will paddle
our SUPs with the leopard sharks, seals,
garibaldi fish and other marine life.
Cost $425 UMD Students/ $695 Others
Past Surf and Kite Trips
River Wave Riding in Canada: Stand-Up
Paddleboard, Surfboard, Whitewater
Kayak & CanoeThe Winnepeg River at Sturgeon Falls offers large glassy waves that can be surfed using a variety of equipment. We will base camp in tents alongside the river and play in the rapids for two days. Basic surfing or kayaking skills are needed for this trip. The best way to develop these skills before this trip is to join the UMD RSOP Surf Membership or UMD Kayak and Canoe Club. A Passport is required. See Trip Packet for full details.
Depart: Friday, September 25 at 2pm
Return: Sunday, September 27 at Midnight
Register By: 2pm, September 22
We Provide: All Group Camping Gear, Surfboards, Kayaks, Food,
You Provide: Personal Camping Gear
Meet: RSOP Trailhead in the Sports and Health Center Lobby
Cost: $70 UMD Students Only, must be UMD RSOP Surf Member
or Kayak and Canoe Club Member
Montana Snow Kite Training Trip to
Mt. Haggin & Georgetown LakeStart your snow kiting season off with major momentum! We will drive to Montana with kiting gear, snowboards, alpine or tele skis and cross country ski gear so all our bases are coverd. Sugar Loaf Lodge and Cabins is our home for the week so we can explore the local mountain terrain and ride in fresh snow. Basic snow kiting skills are needed for this trip. The best way to develop these skills before this trip is to join the UMD RSOP Snow Kiting Membership. See Trip Packet for full details.
Depart: Saturday, January 2 at Noon
Return: Sunday, January 10 at Noon
Register By: 4pm, December 11
We Provide: All Kiting Gear, Food, Instruction, Transportation
You Provide: Personal Ski or Snowboard Gear
Meet: RSOP Trailhead in the Sports and Health Center Lobby
Cost: $450 UMD Students, $695 Others, all participants must be
UMD RSOP Snow Kite Members or obtain trip leader approval.
Facts: Did you know that....
When the wind blows over Lake Superior from the Northeast, Duluth becomes
a legitimate surf town. Park Point, Lester River and Stony Point are
local hot spots that draw surfers into the cold water to ride fresh
water waves. We have the surfboards; the wetsuits and the enthusiasm
to get you involved with surfi ng in the Duluth area and beyond!
Kiting Facts: Did you know that....
Frozen inland lakes and the St. Louis River Basin near Duluth offer steady winds and open spaces for you to explore the excitement of snow kiting. The concept behind snow kiting is very basic: use the power generated from a large controllable kite to propel yourself across the snow or ice while riding a snowboard, alpine skis or even ice skates. Kites come in many sizes for use in specifi c wind conditions and are designed with
open cell foils or infl atable chambers. Equipment consists of a kite,
lines, control bar, harness and helmet. A Minnesota winter is the best
time to learn the basics and snow kiting skills are very useful for those
who wish to persue kiting on the water. Come on out and join the fun!
WIND speed and direction in Duluth!
Kiting Lake Superior
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