The benefits of standup paddleboarding go far beyond increasing balance, strength, and endurance. It takes your physical practice outside and allows you to leave the world at the water’s edge and disconnect from all that distracts. With each paddle stroke, the chatter of thoughts and emotions dissipate as your mind centers on only you, your breath, and the water. It is this moment of unraveling that is the sweetest surrender.
— Sami Glascott
 

Standup Paddling (SUP)

 
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Calling AK Girls!

Join the wave and try one of Unravel's summer trainings! 

Standup Paddleboarding is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and females are a large part of that momentum.  Females are leading the way in providing SUP instruction and turning out incredible results in short and long distance SUP racing and SUP surfing competitions.

SUP Clinics

Three-hour Strength & Confidence-Building Clinic

Grab some friends and come join Unravel for a night of skill-building fun. It's ok if you've never tried SUP before or if you've only tried it in warmer waters while on vacation or only on our local lakes.  This class is designed to walk you through everything you need to know to SUP safely in local waters and become a stronger paddler. 

In three hours, we will learn and build on to basic SUP skills including launching, standing, stroking, turning, rescuing, and exiting.  This clinic will allow students to explore SUP and provide them the confidence and competence to become stronger paddlers with an awareness of Alaska’s cold water conditions.

Beginners welcome even those who have never tried to SUP before.  However, students must be comfortable on the water and proficient at swimming over 25 yards in Anchorage lake water.

Sami Glascott, Paddle Into Fitness and World Paddle Association Master SUP Trainer, will lead these clinics with the assistance of local Paddle Into Fitness SUP teachers. 

What to wear:  Swimsuit, capris, fitted layers, and booties or water sandals

Bring: Water bottle and dry clothes

Rental Gear Provided by SKI AK:  Life jacket, whistle,SUP inflatable, paddle, and leash

Bringing your own gear? Students must have a good fitting life jacket, whistle, SUP, paddle, and leash, otherwise they will not be allowed to join the class.

Cost: Class with Rental Gear $89, Class without Rental Gear $39

Healthy snacks provided

Max 8 students per clinic, sign up early

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AK Girls SUP Clinic:

Ages 10-16

Monday, August 13 at Lil' Campbell

or

Tuesday, August 14 at Lil' Campbell

5:30-8:30, students must be dressed on the beach by 5:30 pm and parents must be back by 8:15 pm


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AK Ladies SUP Clinic:

Wednesday, August 15 at Lil' Campbell

or 

Thursday, August 16 at Lil' Campbell

5:30-8:30 pm, recommended arrival by 5:15 pm to be ready by 5:30 pm

 

 

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Unravel SUP Training Team

Weekly Skill Advancement (Stroke, Turns, Racing, and Rescue) Class:

 

We will work on developing beginner stroke skills into more advanced stroke techniques that allow for long and strong paddles.  We will also practice turns and learn racing techniques.  Newer students will walk away feeling stronger and more confident about SUP and more experienced students will be ready to integrate SUP into their cross-training, try a long excursion, or try a SUP race.  

Note: This class is not a first-timers class. You must be able to swim and have some SUP experience. This class will be a great lead in to any SUP Instructor Trainings/Intensives led by Unravel or continuing practice for recent graduates.

Dates: Thursdays, starting June 28 at 6:30-8 p.m. (no practice July 5). Please plan to arrive early to unload, prepare your gear, and be ready to launch by 6:30 p.m.

Location:Practice will typically occur at Lil’ Campbell. Please reserve in advance to receive practice updates.

Cost: $15/class

Gear: Must provide paddle board, paddle, PFD, leash, whistle, and apparel appropriate to lake water temperatures. Water bottle, appropriate outerwear, and dry clothes. 

Reservations: Please register by noon on the day of the class. If no more than two participants are registered by noon, instructor reserves the right to cancel the class. Registrants will be called no later 3 p.m. the day of the class.


Off the Press

What's SUP:  A beginner's guide to getting acquainted with the fast-growing sport in America by Sami Glascott, Coast Magazine, September, 2017

What's SUP:  A beginner's guide to getting acquainted with the fast-growing sport in America by Sami Glascott, Coast Magazine, September, 2017


SUP Promotion

Unravel is available to teach and promote the sport of standup paddle boarding in Alaska. In the past, Unravel partnered with the Alaska Club to introduce SUP and SUP Yoga classes and is currently involved in the Alaska Boating Safety's Kids Don't Float program.  

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Other Past Events:

Alaska Sportsman Show: March 3-April 2, 2017, Sullivan Arena, Anchorage, Alaska:  Stand Up Paddling (SUP) in Alaska:  A Growing Trend


Anchorage SUP Meetups

Are you experienced and just looking for other SUPers to paddle with?  

Join Unravel's Facebook page and like the group for Anchorage Stand Up Paddlers.

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Congratulations! In June, 2018, Unravel certified Alaska's second class of Paddle Into Fitness and World Paddle Association SUP Instructors.


Unravel is dedicated to growing a well-educated and highly-skilled SUP teacher base in Alaska (and beyond) to ensure a safe SUP community.  To meet this mission, Unravel has adopted Paddle Into Fitness Instructor Trainings, well-designed, comprehensive California-based SUP teacher trainings, and customized the trainings for Alaska's waters and conditions. These trainings are continuously updated as the sport of SUP evolves.

I found the SUP teacher training to be an informative, high energy learning experience in a relaxed and meaningful environment. I’m sure the connections I made will be longtime friends, partners, and valuable business liaisons in the future. I’m looking forward to future trainings?
— Kelly Williams, June 2017

Available SUP Instructor Training/Intensives

Earn Paddle Into Fitness and World Paddle Association certifications in one training:

  • Paddleboard Instructor Training
  • SUP Yoga Instructor Training
  • SUP Fitness Instructor Training
  • Float Into Fitness Pool Instructor Training

If you have ever wanted to broaden your paddling expertise and/or become a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) instructor, then consider Paddle Into Fitness teacher training.  This course is also recommended for outdoor programs, schools, yoga centers, marinas, diving and boat rental centers, and resorts looking to certify staff in the fundamentals necessary to execute safe and exciting paddling programs.  

If you are interested in participating in or hosting a training at your location please complete the form below or contact Sami directly at sami@unravelak.com.  

All destinations, including international, will be considered.  Reservations for 2018 are being taken now.  

Next Class in Anchorage, Alaska: June 2019.  If you want to take a class earlier, please contact Unravel.