Surf the Gunny

Ages: 10 - 12

Dates: July 29 - August 2

Tuition: $1,090
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 load up our boards and our overnight gear and head to a local white-water park for river reading, safety clinics and some refreshing fun.  Next stop will be the 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!
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General Program Schedule:
Monday: Meet and greet! Moving Water Workshop with boating directors, meal planning and packing 101.
Tuesday: Pack up the van for triple overnight and drive to the Montrose Water Park for some fun in the rapids. Camp at the put-in for the Lower Gunnison.
Wednesday: Rig the boats and launch! Paddle to your base camp on the shores of the Gunnison River.
Thursday: Layover day. Side canyon hikes, "board games" and river celebration!
Friday: Last morning on the river. Pack up camp and paddle to the take-out. Taco celebration before heading back to Telluride for parent pick-up. Hugs and high-fives!

*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

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This is a SAMPLE itinerary from a previous summer. Specific activities will vary from year to year.