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Stand Up Paddle Surfing - SUP Group
5/12/2019 | Sheryl McGlochlin

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Stand Up Paddle Surfing and Potluck Picnic Group

I own 5 stand up paddle surf boards

2 types:

  • 1 Fiberglass - 11 ft.

  • 4 Plastic - 8 ft

Learn the difference between plastic and fiberglass:

SUP is the common lingo to this sport and means Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Search online under SUP (google, youtube, etc.) you’ll find a lot

In our SUP group you’ll learn and practice in a group setting these basic skills:

How to:

  • Get on

  • Get off

  • Paddle forward

  • Paddle Backward

  • Turn right

  • Turn left

  • Stop

  • Stand up

  • Kneel down

  • Sit down

  • Lay down on your back

  • Lay down on your stomach

  • Yoga positions i.e. Downward facing dog, etc.

  • Pull another board or person back to shore

  • Paddle fast with long efficient strokes

  • Self rescue - when you fall off and need to get back on

  • How to practice a Self Rescue


  • Carry a board on dry land

  • Connect multiple SUPS together for greater stability

  • Navigate a SUP board through a large hoop (as if you were paddling through low tree branches)

  • Have fun in our SUP Obstacle Course - using hoops, balls, frisbees, etc.

  • Avoid hand blisters while paddling

Fun creative water games designed to help improve SUP skills

  • Retrieve Frisbees or balls in the water

  • Relay Races around an object

  • Paddling thru a hoop

  • Etc.

The Basics:

  • Visit Marine Products - My son, Devin, manages this place.  When you go inside, ask for Devin McGlochlin and tell him you are part of my SUP Group this summer.

  • Marine Products is always looking for good help!  If you know of someone who wants to work part time at a fun place like this, with LOTS of perks, talk to Devin about it and tell him I referred you.

  • Types of boards: Short, long, wide, narrow, plastic, fiberglass, inflatable

  • Single person boards - easier

  • Boards carrying 2 people or even a child or an animal - harder

  • Types of Paddles used (learn the difference between SUP, canoe, kayak paddles)

  • Life Jackets - Learn what kind to purchase and where to purchase. If you don’t have your own, I have one for you. Must be worn on the water. If possible, purchase and bring your own each time. Again, I have extra if you don’t have one so no worries.

  • Best time of day to SUP - I prefer evenings or early mornings when the water is generally calmer

  • Since we spend most of our time in lakes or reservoirs, we have boats, jet skis, and wave runners to watch out for.  Places we go that have motor boats often have a particular area that non-motorized watercraft stay. It’s in a bay, closer to shore.

  • In the early months of the summer season (May & June especially we stay closer to shore)

  • SUP is much smaller and slower than motor boats and can’t be seen as well which is why we stay and play together. Use the buddy system ALWAYS.

  • Understand and obey water safety rules:, we’ll discuss this more at the lake.

  • What to bring on a SUP board - just yourself and a tow rope - Leave electronic devices, car keys, wallet, etc. on shore.

Don’t join this group if you...

  • Want the freedom to do your own thing and explore whereever you want on the lake

  • Won’t stay with the group.

Even if you rent from someone else OR bring your own SUP board, you are required to abide by the terms and conditions of our group.

What to bring on this outing:

  • Food item to share with our group for our Potluck Picnic

  • Mess kit (your own plate, cup, bowl, fork, spoon, knife, napkin)

  • IF carpooling: A few dollars to pay your driver to help cover gas and park fee expenses

  • Change of clothing

  • Backpack to carry most items in

  • Water bottle

  • Life Jacket if you have one

  • Tow Rope if you have one (example of a Tow Rope)

  • Good walking shoes to help carry surfboards to the water

  • Flip flops or water shoes, once you are in/near the water

  • Clothes you feel comfortable in

  • NOTE:  Cotton fabric takes a long time to dry if it gets wet.

  • Hat for sun

  • Light jacket

  • Sun protection for lips, skin, etc.

  • Sunglasses - my favorite Blenders

  • Camera - we’ll see some amazing sunsets - take pictures from the shore

  • Yoga pad - that you don’t mind getting wet and using on a SUP board

  • Camp chair

  • Picnic blanket - keep in your car in case we need it

  • Table cloth if you have one, we may or may not need it.

About our group:

Those who join us will agree to the following:

  • This is a private group.

  • We’ll stay and play together on the water as a group.

  • You are not required to SUP any longer than you like.  Hang out on shore with others who may want to take a break.

  • Everyone will help carry watercraft from the dry storage to the water.  We especially appreciate strong people to help us carry watercraft, however, there is something for everyone to help carry.

  • Individuals who are kind, caring adults, who are observant and will keep an eye out for  others, are the type of people we want in this group.

  • Mountain lakes are colder especially earlier in the season.

  • An outing may be shortened or cancelled due to unexpected weather or lake conditions.

  • Outings will occur in the bay, near the shore, away from motor boats, jet skis, etc.

  • Wearing an official, coast-guard approved Life Jacket (PFD) is required at all times.

  • There is always safety in numbers.

  • This is predominantly flat or calm water as opposed to swells or white caps, however, this doesn’t mean the water will be smooth as glass.

  • Those who own their watercraft and/or have prior experience and agree to our terms/conditions are invited to join us.  Cost is $20/season.

  • Our season runs for 5 months: May through September

  • If you have experience with SUP, let me know.

  • Because we are a private group, outings will not be announced publicly on meetup or my website. Once we begin the season it’s by word of mouth only.

  • This is an adult group, however, if you would like to bring a youth or child, talk to me first.  They won’t be invited to join us until the water temperature is much warmer.

  • Members will hear about all outings via Text message OR our Kayak Whatsapp Group.  If you don’t have Whatsapp installed on your phone, we can help you. This popular app allows us to communicate to everyone very easily.  

  • Cost to participate: $100 for the 5 month season!!  This is a great value!! It includes life jacket, paddle, SUP board or kayak, instruction, carpool opportunities, reduced park fees and gas expenses (due to carpooling).

  • No single outing payment options are available.

  • Each outing may last 1 - 3 hours. You decide how long you want to be on the water - for just a few minutes or a few hours.

  • Cost for those who bring their own SUP board or kayak, paddle, and life jacket is $20/season and must agree to our terms/conditions.

  • No refunds.

  • Prepayment is required - via cash, check, Venmo or Paypal (extra $7 cc fee using PayPal)

  • Outings begin at our assigned meeting time/place and end when the watercraft is put away or loaded in trucks.

  • Each outing includes a simple but delicious potluck picnic.

  • Generally speaking, at least 4 outings are posted each month.

  • As water temperature increases, more outings may be posted.

  • RSVP is required for each outing.

  • When you get a TEXT or Whatsapp message to attend an outing, ONLY respond IF you are coming. If you can’t come, disregard the message.

  • If you need to cancel, contact me ASAP so others may participate.

  • We’ve never had so many that we had to turn people away. If you want to come, please RSVP and come.

  • RSVP is required even if you are bringing your own watercraft.

  • During the season, outings may be held on a Monday, Tuesday, Friday, or Saturday EVENING, (5 - 9), during daylight hours.  

  • Camping opportunities are available at nearby locations i.e. East Canyon State Park and Affleck Park (near Little Dell Reservoir). Reservations/fees are required.

  • NEW Hammock Camping opportunities are available at East Canyon State Park.

  • Alcohol is prohibited.

  • Location is not stated here but is a 35 minute drive from the Salt Lake valley (near Parleys Canyon). Outings for Kayaking are also at this same place AND just a short 15 drive from the SL valley. (Parleys Canyon)

Join us on our upcoming adventure trips!

  • Switzerland in July 2019

  • Grand Tetons in August 2019

  • Lake Powell in September 2019

  • Iceland in September 2019

  • Kauai, Hawaii in November 2019

  • Southern Utah in January 2020

MORE of my Groups to join this summer!

Meet more people, get in shape, have more fun.

Only a few of these groups are listed publicly online. Most are private. Some are held weekly, monthly or twice a month. Generally people hear about all the other groups when they come to an outing. I use my FREE hiking and gardening groups to get to know a lot of people, from there I invite people by word of mouth to join me on all of my other groups and adventure trips.

If you want to be included in any of these groups, send me a TEXT message at 801-278-5313.  Include your name and the names of the groups you are interested in.

Cost is $100/season to participate in ALL of these groups. In other words, when you pay $100 for SUP (or kayaking, or hooping, trampoline, etc.)  you are able to participate in any of the other groups at no additional charge. You’ll receive Text message alerts as well for these other groups.  You may refer a friend to join us as well.

  • Community Gardening

  • Hiking - always free - doesn’t involve a fee

  • Kayak

  • SUP

  • Short Evening Hikes - always free

  • Trampoline Classes

  • Meet & Eat Outings - will also be posted publicly

  • Rapid Fire Tennis

  • Dutch Oven Cooking Classes

  • Hooping Classes

  • Hydroponic Gardening Classes

  • Memorial Day Breakfast in Millcreek Canyon ($7 breakfast fee)

  • Camping Overnight

  • Freeze-Dried Cooking Classes

Benefits as a member:

  • Opportunities to try out different types of watercraft

  • Opportunities to learn and practice ALL aspects of SUP ie. cleaning, hand-carrying in addition to learning skills on the water

  • Opportunities to learn kayaking skills as well as SUP skills

  • Instruction provided as needed

  • Potluck Picnic - held during and after the outing

  • Meet other fun, outdoor adventure seekers who love water sports and want to practice valuable skills

Popular items that are always a big hit at our Potluck Picnic

  • Appetizer

  • Chips, dip, salsa

  • Fresh fruit: cut up pineapple, grapes, watermelons, etc.

  • Salad

  • Dessert

  • Vegetable platter & dip

  • Any delicious, healthy, hearty food

About our Potluck Picnics:

  • Potluck picnic is simple and basic but delicious. Don’t stress over this.

  • Water sports are a great workout and work up an appetite.

  • Bring something inexpensive, easy to prepare, easy to eat.

  • Bring your own mess kit each time in a bag: plate, cup, bowl, fork, spoon, knife, napkin,

  • Bring a picnic blanket to sit on or yoga pad

  • Bring a tablecloth if you have one - we may need it

  • Bring a camp chair if you like.

Contact Info:

Sheryl McGlochlin


2836 E Casto Lane

Holladay  UT 84117




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