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Surf the Gunni

Ages: 12 - 14
Dates: July 18 - 21
Tuition: $1,260
Overnights: 3

Challenge Level:  

Grab your surf board and your paddle and prepare for an epic Colorado surf trip! This week-long SUP’ing Adventure (Stand Up Paddle Boarding) is a perfect program for beginner and shredder alike. We will spend our first day together with the Academy’s boating director on the shores of a local lake for some basic instruction and terminology before spending a quality paddle session getting familiar with strokes and techniques for both flat and moving water. The next day we'll put-in for the Gunnison River where we’ll pack our dry bags and our support boat before we paddle into the rugged beauty of the Dominguez-Escalante Wilderness Area. Our surf tribe will spend three days navigating the slow twists and turns of the canyon as we perfect our techniques, work on our core strength and play “board games” down the canyon. Afternoons and evenings will be spent hiking side canyons in search of petroglyphs and secret swimming holes. We’ll have a Rocky Mountain Luau during our final overnight on one of the remote beaches of this magical high desert wilderness and wake in the morning for a sunshine filled paddle to the take-out. Surfs Up Colorado!
General Program Schedule:
Monday: Meet and greet! Moving Water Workshop with boating directors. Pack up, grocery shop and camp near the put-in.
Tuesday:Big breakfast! Rig the boats and launch! Paddle to your base camp on the shores of the Gunnison River.
Wednesday: Layover day. Side canyon hikes, swimming holes, "board games" and river celebration!
Thursday: Last morning on the river. Pack up camp and paddle to the take-out. Final celebration before heading back to Telluride for parent pick-up.

*A detailed itinerary will be available on the first
day of the program. Schedule subject to change.


*River trips are dependent on water levels, weather and ability  and are subject to change.

Please click here​ to read our overnight policy.

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Surf the Gunni
Surf the Gunni

This is a SAMPLE itinerary. Activities may vary.

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A negative COVID-19 test will be required for students attending this program. We are working on our current policies and will send more information about this requirement in the spring.

Important Notes: Students will be on the river for most of this program. Though PFDs will be worn on the water, students should be confident swimmers and feel comfortable around moving water.

Attending this program makes you eligible for our 2023 NOLS partnership expedition to ALASKA! Click the logo to learn more about Expedition Academy and our upcoming partnership with NOLS! (Must be 15 by summer 2023)