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30 Mar

Intro To River Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

ellicottville-paddleboardEVL Lodge is proud to collaborate with Adventure Bound – an Ellicottville, NY based retailer. Adventure Bound is the ideal supplier for your backcountry / outdoor / stand up paddle / kayaking needs.  In addition to authentic outdoor gear, Adventure Bound has announced a three-part series that introduces standup paddle boarders to the nuances of SUP on the river. The course will be taught by Pau Hana sponsored athletes, Christian Edie and Kevin Cullen.

Christian is a professional stand-up paddle board (SUP) athlete sponsored by Pau Hana Surf Supply, Kialoa Paddles, and Kokatat.  In 2013 she took first place at the Ultimate SUP Challenge in women’s whitewater on the Ottawa River and was one of the first women to run the Ottawa River on an SUP.  She has several first SUP descents in western New York and travels internationally for SUP.  Christian lives in western New York where she provides SUP instruction, rentals, and guide services with SUP Erie Adventures.

Kevin is a professional stand-up paddle board athlete  also sponsored by Pau Hana Surf Supply, Kialoa Paddles, and Kokatat.  in 2014 Kevin took third place at the Ultimate SUP challenge in men’s whitewater and has several first descents along with Christian in western New York. The duo were some of the first paddlers to descend the lower Gauley in West Virginia on an SUP.  Kevin travels with his wife Christian internationally for SUP and is a partner in SUP Erie Adventures.  Christian and Kevin will be competing at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, CO this coming June against some of the best SUP paddlers in the world!

You can learn more about Christian and Kevin on their SUP Erie Adventure Facebook page and YouTube channel.

The dates for Adventure Bound’s Intro to River Stand-Up Paddle Boarding series are April 30, May 7, and May 15th.

Day 1 – April 30, Adventure Bound Demo Center at Hwy 219 behind Tim Horton’s – Christian and Kevin will provide an intro to SUP by teaching safety, essential gear, basic paddle strokes, footwork on the board, pivot / buoy turns, bracing, and advanced paddling techniques.

Day 2 – May 7,  River trip from Ellicottville to Great Valley – The group will meet Christian and Kevin at the Adventure Bound store on Washington Street in Ellicottville. Throughout the day, we will learn about river safety, reading rivers, ferrying, and catching eddies.

Day 3 – May 14, River trip on 18 mile or Versailles Run on Cattaraugus Creek – The group will meet Christian and Kevin at the Adventure Bound store. Instruction will focus on river safety, advanced river reading, ferrying, paddling through rapids, and an intro to river surfing.

What is included: Equipment rental (inflatable SUP, paddle, PFD, helmet), shuttles on days 2 &3 and instruction/guide – Guests will need wetsuits or drysuits.

Price: $350 for the three sessions

Space for this series is limited. Due to anticipated demand, you will want to reserve your spot ASAP by calling the store at 716-217-4047 or e-mailing us at