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River Surfing Stand Up Paddling Instruction
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River Stand Up Paddling

River SUPPING and Wave Surfing

SUPPING on the River Join us for some easy rapids and fun surfing on river waves. This class will be a huge help if you want to SUP on ocean waves.
Prerequisites: This class is designed for Stand Up Paddlers who have never been on a river before, or for those who want to polish up and review their River SUPPING technique. Our Stand Up Paddling Lake class or equivalent instruction is required for this class. To join our 2nd day on the river, you must have taken our 1st day on the river.
Minimum age is 12, swimming ability is required.

Choose between One and Two Day River Clinics
These trips take place on the Colorado River in and around Glenwood Canyon. The Colorado river in this area is the best place to learn how to River SUP due to the warmer water and river features. Your best bet to progress in running rivers on your SUP is our two day Glenwood Canyon River Trip.

Glenwood Canyon river clinics
The Colorado River flowing through beautiful Glenwood Canyon is the setting for our 2 day novice river trips. The Colorado River is a large deep river with large eddies, sandy beaches and sandstone rocks. The clinic consists of continual instruction through rapids of progressing difficulty. You will learn to read the river and use currents, eddies, holes and waves to maneuver your SUP and play the river. Glenwood Canyon provides perfect class II+ deep channel rapids framed in one of the West’s most inspiring canyons. Some of the most spectacular hot springs in all of Colorado are in this Canyon, and yes, we do stop!

All equipment provided.

River Stand Up Paddling Price per person
First River Day $139.00
Two Day River Lesson $239.00

* Minimum age is 12 years old and over 65 pounds.
Your Front Range Source for SUP Instruction

What to Expect:
The first morning we will be on the water right after a safety talk and a vehicle shuttle. We will spend the majority of the first morning getting comfortable on our SUPs and learning river features. You will experience an incredible learning curve as your newly acquired skills and understanding of river currents come together. We will break for a riverside lunch around 1pm, then back on the water. We pull into the last eddy of the day around 3pm. On our Glenwood trips we travel between 5 and 10 river miles each day. The second river day is dedicated to playing/surfing waves and improving the skills you have learned and putting them to the test. At the end of your second day you will see that your river SUPPING skills have improved a lot! If you’re like us, these river trips won’t be your last!

Transportation is not provided. All river trips meet at 9am at the Dotsero exit between Eagle and Glenwood on the first day. (please see our Glenwood Map) The second day meeting spot will vary due to water levels in the Glenwood area. If you have any questions, please give us a call. Occasionally, due to water levels and class needs, we may use rivers other than the Colorado. If the river has changed, we will notify you. Plan on being on the water from about 9:30am until 3pm.
Drive time from the Boulder/Denver area to Glenwood is about 3 hours. If you come up the evening before, make reservations ahead of time at a hotel, or camp.
We recommend that you camp at Coffee Pot Road or stay in downtown Glenwood Springs.
Please make your reservations as far in advance as possible.
1) Affordable Inn: 800-292-5050
2) First Choice Inn: 800-332-2233
3) Hotel Denver: 800-826-8820
4) Sweetwater Resort: 970 524-7344
5) Glenwood Springs Hotels: 888-892-3642

The Renaissance Adventure Guides has a special use permit from the White River National Forest to run this section of the Colorado River.

Stand Up Paddling River Clinics

One and two day trips.

The prices above may not be current.

We no longer offer reservations for this adventure.

Please contact: Renaissance Adventure Guides at 303-988-2943
You can also contact them by email at:

Want to purchase your own Stand Up Paddle Board?
*$35.00 of your lesson may be applied toward purchase of your Stand UP Board at the Boulder Outdoor Center. You must have booked your class through the BOC and purchase your board within 30 days of your lesson. Your instructor will have a coupon for you at the end of your class.

Class fees are based on a groups of 4 or more. If a class has low registration, we will give you the option of a private class, reschedule or refund.

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