Stand Up Paddle Lessons
This was one of the coolest things I’ve done in a long time!
The day was perfectly calm as we paddled across the canal and weaved our way through the kelp beds. The sun was peeking through the clouds and we saw bald eagles soaring overhead, salmon jumping, and even a sea lion sunning himself. I actually felt like I had gotten up close and personal with Mother Nature.
No doubt, I’ll be back — but this time with my family and a handful of friends.
I can’t wait to get back out there.
That’s probably all I need to write, but as a bit of background: I’d wanted to try stand up paddle-boarding for a while, so when I heard that there was a surf shop out at Shilshole showing people like me “the ropes,” I was psyched.
It was better than I expected. Andrew’s guidance made it easy. The only negative was that I didn’t want it to be over. I could have stayed out there for hours. I would even say that it felt like a mini-vacation.
I have driven along Shilshole Bay on many beautiful Seattle days wishing I could get out on the water. Stopping in with a friend, renting paddle boards, and heading out for an hour with an instructor was the perfect way to accomplish this.
These guys have everything you need to get out there and have a great time. It’s another fun idea to do with out of town guests, with the kids, or a fun start to a date night. Go for it — you’ll be glad you did!
While my roommate and I were visiting the Olympic Peninsula on vacation, we decided to try surfing, something we had always wanted to do.
Andrew was very knowledgeable and had answers for all of my questions. He was extremely accommodating to our crazy schedule and went out of his way to help us, providing directions to the beach, suggestions about where to eat in the area — and he even brought snacks to the beach. He got us in the water right away to help maximize our time and provided pointers and suggestions here and there while we got comfortable with the boards.
Despite the cool weather, we had a blast! We would recommend the experience to anyone up for an adventure who isn’t afraid to fall down and get back up again — because there will be a lot of that!
I took a group of 12 young men, ages 14 through 17 from Seattle to Hobuck Beach, Neah Bay where they were introduced to Andrew Drake for a day of surf instruction. Eleven of the 12 boys had never tried surfing — but all were successful in their efforts.
Andrew was prompt, professional and worked hard as he shadowed a large group of young men out in the water in shifts. All of the boys enjoyed the experience and I can say that they would all do it again.
I had a CRAZY good time! Andrew was incredibly kind and patient with me. He helped me realize a dream that I have had ever since I was a child. Everyone should give surfing a try — it’s a great feeling and a nice way to spend the day.