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Grand Marais Surf Ski Clinic

  • Grand Marais, MI USA (map)

Are you interested in developing a powerful and efficient forward stroke? Would you like to discover a type of paddlesport that's perfect for developing fitness, strength, and endurance? Do you want to become a better sea kayaker by cross-training in another paddlesport discipline?

Join The Art of Paddling for a Surf Ski Clinic in Grand Marais, Michigan, on July 14 and 15, just before the 2015 Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium!

This clinic will cover the basics of surf skis, including boat handling, safety, equipment, and self- and assisted rescues. The majority of the course will focus on developing forward stroke technique in a surf ski with both conventional and wing paddles, as well as paddling surf skis downwind if conditions permit. 


$300 per person, including surf ski and paddle rental. 
$150 per person, NOT including surf ski and paddle rental.

Dates and Location

9:00am, July 14, 2015 - 12:00pm, July 15, 2015
Grand Marais, Michigan

This clinic immediately precedes the 2015 Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium. Click here to learn about and register for this wonderful sea kayak gathering!


Day 1, Morning:

  • Surf ski basics, terminology, and equipment.
  • Surf ski and paddle selection.
  • Getting in and out / Launching and landing.
  • Boat handling.
  • Forward stroke: basics.

Day 1, Afternoon:

  • Assisted Rescues.
  • Self Rescues.
  • Forward stroke: refinement and video review.
  • Safety gear.
  • Group paddling.
  • Cold water paddling.
  • Surf ski risk management.

Day 2, Morning:

  • Self Assessment.
  • Forward stroke: advanced.
  • On-the-water questions and wrap up.
  • Training and fitness development plans.
  • Group and individual debrief

*Note: The schedule may change based on weather and conditions. If appropriate downwind opportunities present themselves, we will be ready to take advantage of them!


No prior surf ski experience is needed! Prior sea kayak experience in open water is encouraged, but also not required. 

Equipment: A surf ski and paddle is required. If you selected the rental option at registration, surf ski and paddle rental is included in the course fee. All participants should bring an appropriate Personal Floatation Device, cold water immersion clothing (wetsuit, drysuit, paddling jacket, etc.), and food/water/snacks/personal medications. 

ACA Membership: This course is fully insured by the American Canoe Association (ACA) and requires that all participants be ACA members. If you do not have an ACA membership, a temporary, event-only membership can be purchased for $5. 

Essential Eligibility Criteria: In order to participate in an ACA Skills Course, each participant must satisfy the following essential eligibility criteria:

  • Be able to independently participate in all individual skills and activities listed in the course outline while also maintaining an appropriate and safe body position.
  • Be able to hold their breath while under water and, while in the water wearing a properly fitted lifejacket, be able to independently turn from a face down to a face up position keeping their head above water.
  • Be able to effectively communicate with the instructor and other course participants.
  • Be able to manage all personal care independently, or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Be able to manage all personal mobility independently, or with the assistance of a companion.


Jeremy Vore, the Great Lakes Epic Expert and an ACA Level 4 Open Water Kayak Instructor, has been paddling for over 20 years and instructing for over 18. He embraces and promotes all paddlesports and takes full advantage of his professional background as an instructional designer and human communication expert.