UW-La Crosse Stand Up Paddlebaording
UW-L Outdoor Connection offering free stand-up paddleboard clinics   NEW -SIGN UP

Getting there

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From La Crosse
Take 14/61 towards La Crescent.  Go over the Cass St. Bridge across the Mississippi River and take the first right when possible on South Pettibone Dr.

Take a left on N. Pettibone Dr. and follow it along the River.

Take a left at the Parks and Rec Canoe and Kayak Rental shelter.

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La Crosse, Wis. – UW-La Crosse’s Outdoor Connection will give area residents an opportunity to try the sport of stand-up paddleboarding.

Outdoor Connection is offering free stand-up paddleboard orientation clinics from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Pettibone Lagoon Wednesdays throughout summer beginning June 5.

The orientation clinic is perfect for those curious about trying paddleboarding for the first time. Those attending will receive a brief introduction about the sport and have an opportunity to paddle a paddleboard in the lagoon. Space is limited and is first-come, first-served register online.

Stand-Up Paddleboarding, known as SUP, is a variation of surfing where riders stand on a long surfboard and use an extra long paddle to propel through the water. The main difference between surfing and paddleboarding is riders don’t need waves to use the paddleboard — they can paddle on the open ocean, in harbors, on lakes, rivers or any large body of water.

SUP is currently the fastest growing water sport in the world. “It’s a fun and an easy way to play on the water and it can be a good workout,” explains Nathan Barnhart, Assistant Director of UW-L Recreational Sports. “It doesn’t take long to learn and having so much water, La Crosse is an ideal location to SUP.”

The Outdoor Connection is a gear rental service located in the UW-L Recreational Eagle Center, 1601 Badger St. It is open to the public and offers a wide variety of equipment for adventures big and small. Summer hours are 10 a.m.–6 pm Mondays-Saturdays. Find out more at: http://www.uwlax.edu/recsports/

If you go—
Who: UW-La Crosse Outdoor Connection
What: Stand-up paddleboard orientation clinics
When: 4:45-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays throughout summer beginning June 5
Where: Pettibone Lagoon, Pettibone Park, La Crosse
Admission: Free; limited space; register online
Limitations: If under 18, must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to sign a waiver.