UW-La Crosse Stand Up Paddlebaording
UW-L Outdoor Connection offering free stand-up paddleboard clinics   DUE TO FLOODING PADDLE BOARDING CLINICS HAVE BEEN POSTOPONED

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 at 3:30, 4:14, 5:00, 5:45, and 6:30 p.m. at the Pettibone Lagoon on Wednesdays starting July 9th and ending on August 10.  Online registration coming soon.

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: 3:30-7:15 p.m. Wednesdays beginning July 9th through August 10
           45 min clinics
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.