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Youth Training Programs

The Paddle Academy - Located in the scenic Southern California beach community of Dana Point, a mecca for stand up paddling, The Paddle Academy was the first formal training program specifically tailored to serve the needs of young paddlers. Founded by Mike Eisert and Jaime Donnelly-Eisert with the goal of "passing on the traditions, lifestyle and culture of paddlesports through experienced instruction and passionate mentoring", The Paddle Academy offers a variety of programs from their widely popular Junior SUP Development Program conducted in a group setting to one-on-one training. Learn more at:

Elite Paddle Training - Sometimes referred to as "The Paddle Academy South", Elite Paddle Training is located at the Mission Bay Sports Center in sunny San Diego's Mission Bay. Elite Paddle Training was established with the goal of providing the youth of San Diego a competitive level program designed to advance the support of SUP racing and SUP surfing, to train and empower young paddlers to compete and excel in the sport of stand up paddling, and to build a family friendly atmosphere where youth have fun learning a new sport. Learn more at: 

Spotlight on the Future

Do you know an exceptional young paddler? The best paddler is the one having the most fun and while many of the young paddlers we write about are racers, we endeavor to highlight the achievements of all young paddlers whether they are beginning to learn how to maintain their balance in choppy conditions or they just finished their first race.

Nominate your favorite young paddler by contacting SUP Examiner today at: Spotlight on the Future Submission Form

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