FAQ's

Do I have to wear a bathing suit or a bikini when I’m on the Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Board?

No, you are more than welcome to wear a bathing suit or bikini if you want but it is not required. Wear lightweight clothes that you feel comfortable in, dress in layers and dress for the weather.

Will I fall in the water?

There is no guarantee that you won’t fall in the water! If the weather is on the cool side & you don’t want to get wet, you can kneel or sit cross legged on the stand up paddle (SUP) board for stability.

What should I wear?

Wear whatever you are comfortable in and dress for the weather. Its best to wear capris or shorts as your feet will likely get wet. Lightweight clothes that will dry quickly if they get wet are best, wool & polar fleece will keep you warm even if wet. No cotton. If its windy, wear a windproof jacket, if its hot & sunny make sure you have a hat & sunscreen.

Do I have to be really athletic to be able to stand up paddle?

No, we welcome beginners & first timers! Our boards are wide & very stable and our stand up paddle (SUP) board instructors are qualified to teach all levels. Some people catch on really quickly & others take several stand up paddle (SUP) board lessons to really get the hang of it, we will work with you at whatever level you’re at.

Can I book a private stand up paddle (SUP) board lesson?

Yes of course you can! Call or email Wendy to arrange a private group or lesson.
604-850-4799 or info@wakeupsup.com

Where do you offer stand up paddle (SUP) classes & lessons?

We offer most of our programs at Albert Dyck Park in Abbotsford.

Where are the best places to SUP (stand up paddle) locally?

There are lots of great locations for stand up paddle in the Fraser Valley. In Mission we suggest Hayward Lake, Rolley Lake or Stave Lake. Other great lakes for Stand Up Paddle (SUP) in the lower mainland: Whonnock Lake, Cultas Lake, Dewdney Slew, Harrison Lake.

What is SUP?

SUP is the fastest growing water sport in North America. SUP stands for stand up paddle; it’s a long surfboard (10-12 ft) with a paddle that you use for steering and propelling you forward. Also known as Beach Boy Surfing it originated in Hawaii 40 years ago, it was easier to take photos of surfers from the longer stable board & also easier to teach large groups of beginners how to surf. Its also one of the most effective ways to build core & back strength and a wonderful way to spend time on the water.

How much does it cost to buy a SUP (stand up paddle) board?

SUP boards range anywhere from $750 – $5000. At Wake Up Sup we carry boards starting at $1000 up to $1250. We did extensive research to find the best quality boards at the lowest price point. If you buy a board from us we want you to LOVE it!

How will I transport my SUP board & load it on my car?

We take pride in our customer service and with every SUP (Stand Up Paddle) board purchased we will ensure that you know how to load your new SUP (Stand Up Paddle) board on your car.
The following video shows you how to load, tie down & unload your SUP board:

What happens if the weather is bad?

Classes will be cancelled if there is lightening or if the instructor feels that it’s not safe to paddle that day. Arrangements will be made to re-schedule the class.

I think I’m too heavy for SUP do you have to be a certain weight?

Our boards will hold up to 250 lbs.

What’s the difference between kayaking & SUP (stand up paddle)?

The biggest difference is visibility; you can see a lot more of the landscape on a SUP board & you can see deeper into the water.

What if I need to cancel or I don’t show up?

Cancellation Policy – cancellation may be subject to a $50 cancellation fee
No Shows – there will be no refunds or rescheduling for no shows