Thunderbird SUP Stand Up Paddling FAQ

What is the difference paddleboarding vs. kayaking?

A paddleboard is a great alternative to a kayak and they both share similarities. You use your balance while you SUP and this creates a great full body core workout.  Switching your paddle from each side of the paddleboard will help you move through the water in a straight direction.  If you get tired of standing on the paddleboard, you can kneel or sit and use your paddle.

What type of paddleboards do you have to rent?

We have Naish SUP boards which we use for our rentals, lessons and tours. We pride ourselves in having the highest quality paddleboarding gear in the Seattle area for you to rent. We also are an Authorized Naish Dealer so if you like the ride and feel of the board we can definitely set you up with the right one for your long term enjoyment.

What do you offer first time paddleboarders?

We have a certified paddleboard instructor who can teach you the basic fundamentals of stand up paddling. Our shop is located on a quiet cove which is a great spot for first timers to learn how to stand up and get comfortable on the board. The instructor will patiently walk you through and teach you turns, proper stroke technique, how to stop and how to get back up onto the paddleboard safely. We will also show you the right way to hold the paddle and use it effectively to get you where you want to go. You can easily reserve your first SUP lesson online with our booking system or give us a call and we can schedule one for you.

Do you have takeaway rentals?

We currently do not have takeaway rentals but may in the near future. We are in an ideal location on the shore of Lake Union where you can explore downtown Seattle waterways, houseboats and beyond to Lake Washington.

What comes with a paddleboard rental?

We supply you with a paddle board, paddle, coil leash and a PFD lifejacket. We will also provide pointers for water safety and paddling so you will have a safe enjoyable time on the water. We recommend you bring a drybag, water and sunscreen but do have sunscreen and beverages for sale at our shop if you forget. We also have wetsuits you can rent for cold and wet weather.

Are dogs allowed on the paddleboards?

Yes, we love dogs! You are welcome to bring your well behaved dog with you on your stand up paddling excursion. We recommend you call and book ahead so we have a doggy board ready for your doggy paddle. Dog life vests, treats and water are included in a SUP Pup paddle! call us a (206)660-5985.

Should I reserve my paddleboard ahead of time?

In the Summer months we do get very busy! We recommend you book online with our easy booking system to guarantee your SUP rental. Walk-ins are also welcome!








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