Stand-Up Paddingboarding (SUP)

Russian River Paddleboard Trips, Clinics, and SUP Yoga

Map of Russian River for Stand Up PaddleboardingWhy SUP with Rubicon:

  • Rubicon is the first and most experienced outfitter in Sonoma County to offer Paddleboarding clinics SUP yoga and tours.
  • Our instructors are not only world-class SUP racers, SUP surfers and athletes, they are also nice folks and great teachers.
  • Rubicon has all 5-star ratings on Trip Advisor, Google and Yelp.
  • Rubicon is an official PSUPA Instructor Training center.
  • Team Rubicon is the number one paddleboard competitor in Northern California both racing and SUP surfing.
  • Rubicon instructors are certified through ACA, and PSUPA, the international top instructor training organizations. They are also certified in First Aid, CPR. and have Open water Lifeguard training.

Rubicon offers several SUP clinics as well as tours for individuals, schools, youth groups, corporate groups and families. We offer group rates custom tours. All clinics, classes and tours are booked by advanced reservation only.

Wohler Bridge Tour Entry
Saturdays & Sundays – $85/person, no min.
Weekdays – $85/person, 2 person min.
Runs through October 1.
How to Book & Pay
(Must RSVP before Paying)

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This 1/2 day entry level course covers land and water training skills and a 2 hour tour of one of the most remote scenic sections of The Russian River.

What you will learn:

  • Learn to stand using with confidence
  • Learn easy turns so you can be in control
  • Learn to go sideways and backwards
  • Learn a powerful and efficient forward stroke requiring minimal effort
  • We’ll teach you how to paddle straight to save energy and go faster
  • Learn stability skills to stay drier in rough water
  • Falling is normal. Learning how to fall and get back on could save your life
  • Learn about your equipment and what to look for if you want to buy your own SUP

Surf Clinic – For Experienced Paddleboarders
/person, 2 person min.
How to Book & Pay
(Must RSVP before Paying)

OK, you have been paddling a while, your balance is good and your paddling skills are decent, now you want to learn to surf with a paddleboard. Taught by John Hadley, whom many consider, the best and most experience SUP surf instructor in Northern California. Half day open ocean and land surf skills clinic. Includes stance, ocean paddling, catching waves, and SUP surf etiquette.

“Vinyasa on the River”
Yoga Flow on a Stand Up Paddleboard
with Certified Yoga Master Arline
How to Book & Pay
(Must RSVP before Paying)
Starts in May.

Yoga and Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) just happen to go together very well. Doing yoga on a paddleboard enhances the yoga workout. The paddleboard makes a fine yoga mat and the extra balance required by being on the water intensifies the yoga routine. The peacefulness and tranquility of floating on the water combines nicely with the meditative nature of yoga.

  • Increase Focus & Concentration
  • Increase Balance & Core Strength
  • Connect with Nature

Pinnipeds and Sea Birds, Russian River Estuary Tour
September-November $75
/per person
By Advance Reservations, Charters of 3-10 only
How to Book & Pay
(Must RSVP before Paying)

Approximately 2 hours.
After a short land training on the Boating ramp at Jenner, we will tour the lower Russian river estuary, from the river mouth, stop at Goat rock beach for a short layover and paddle around Penny Island.

The Russian River Estuary is home to one of the largest concentrations of marine mammals and sea birds. There are over 50 migrating species of sea birds, rocky shore birds, otters and the estuary is a major pinniped rookery.

Special Charters for:
Youth Groups, Schools, Corporate Events, etc.
By Special Arrangement
Guided group tours down the Russian River includes basic (land based) paddle skills and a two hour tour of the Russian River.
Contact Us for more information.

SUP Level II, for Experienced SUPers
Prices start at $125/person
Open ocean, winds currents, tides, changing ocean conditions. ocean rescue and self rescue. Wetsuits required.
Contact Us for more information.

Whitewater SUP Clinics on the South Fork American River
Classes from $189/person
Book Directly with The River SUP Guy
If you have taken, SUP 101 Downriver, have decent balance skills and want more action, this is the clinic to take. Classes take place on the American River. These one day clinics are fun and exciting. We book these clinics through our partner outfitter, Davide Sartoni, The River SUP Guy,

Special Excursions, Trips & Events

New for 2022
Costa Rica SUP Surf Academy with
Our Friends at Pacuare Outdoor Center
Book Directly with Pacuare Outdoor Center
Rubicon Adventures has partnered with our friends at The Pacuare Outdoor Center who have developed a SUP Surf Academy in Nosara Beach, Costa Rica. The academy is for those looking to learn from scratch or for the more experienced SUP Surf paddlers who want to tone their skills.

With the shakeup of the pandemic and a need to re-invent areas of what we do on the water, the POC decided to take its passion for SUP Surf and partner with close friend and professional SUP Surfer Jose Ruiz and launch the Tropical SUP Surf Academy. Jose brings years of experience of SUP Surfing professionally, coaching, and mentored by the top names and brands you will find in the sport. Jose’s level of professionalism, patience, and love for teaching made him the perfect partner for POC’s vision of opening one of the top SUP Surfing instructional schools found anywhere on the globe.

Rio Usumacinta with Associate Outfitter Sierra Rios
Class III, 6-7 days, 142 km (88 miles)
Book Directly with Sierra Rios
Río Usumacinta , the “Sacred Monkey River”, is a beautiful huge jungle river flowing through the heart of the classical Mayan world in a deep impressive “Gran Cañón” but is now threatened with dams.

Experience the river yourself on a rafting/kayaking expedition as we tour Yáxchilan and Piedras Negras, camp on giant pristine beaches, listen to howler monkeys, and navigate the big-water rapids of the Gran Cañon de San José. This is a family-friendly as well as an ideal first trip – no experience required.

Video of Rio Usumacinta river trip:

Rubicon is a major sponsor in the Bluewater Paddle Race every October. All proceeds benefit Sonoma Coast Surfrider Foundation The Bluewater Race at Doran beach Is renown as fun and family and pet friendly attracting competitors from all over the world.

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    What Our Customers Are Saying About Their Rubicon Adventure

    Dear Bill and John,
    From all the Lifeschool staff at the recent 6th grade Gualala River adventure, we wanted to send along a note of gratitude for your fantastic SUP services. You both went above and beyond, including scouting a location and being positive leaders with the kids. Their reviews of the SUPing was off the charts and we think it was the highlight of their trip. Thank you again for your hard work.
    Arie and the staff and kids at Lifeschool and Go Adventures

    Great Adventure on the Russian River this weekend! Thank you Bill, John and Arlene. We loved the experience and your level of skill and professionalism is greatly appreciated! Looking forward to future adventures with you and your talented team.
    Stephanie T.

    Thanks to you and John for a great day yesterday. I look forward to taking another class some time and will recommend Rubicon Adventures to others looking to try SUP.
    Lisa L.

    John is an amazing paddler and coach! As an experienced paddler, I was looking to learn more about paddling on the Russian River as well as getting some training tips for SUP racing. He was extremely knowledgeable, easy-going and eager to share his abilities as a strong paddler. He has fantastic technique and transcends his knowledge of the craft from the very basic up to the most advanced levels. Best coach in the Bay Area!
    Sara F.

    One of the best adventures of 2012 while SUP on the Russian river with friends. Bill and the boys rocked the trip. Thanks,
    Teresa M.

    SUP 101 on the river was so much fun! Thanks Bill and Arline! Lesson was very thorough and the ride was beautiful.
    Jeanie W.

    SUP (stand Up Paddling) on the Russian River!!! I bought 2 for my teenage daughter and her friend. It turned out to be an amazing experience for both of them. We met at 9 am near the Wohler Bridge on Russian River. The guides, Bill and John brought the boards, life jackets, everything! They took their time on the lesson and safety issues, which, as the Mom, I really appreciated. They had the girls laughing but were simultaneously very serious. They are obviously experts and very good at what they do. They had them up and running in short order. The girls were a little anxious at first but were exhilarated and confident when they returned. There is very little current up there which makes it a great spot for novices. We can’t wait to try it again. I could see this a family adventure or a rocking singles outing. Get out there!
    Vicki F.

    John was fantastic…If you’re in the area this is a must do…
    – Wayne T

    Russian River SUP, SUP rentals, SUP Tomales Bay. SUP lesson, Wine Country SUP, Paddleboarding Sonoma County.

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