Hobie Surf :: Byron Kurt to Give Free SUP Beginner & Race Clinics June 6th at Baby Beach

Byron Kurt

Byron Kurt, easy style.

Join in on our FuN Free Hobie Stand Up Paddle Demo this Thursday, June 6th, at Baby Beach in the Dana Point Harbor! Along with our usual day of goodtimes on the water demoing our 2013 line of Hobie SUP’s, our amazingly talented Team Rider, Byron Kurt, will be doing two very special FREE SUP clinics. One class for Beginners and one class for Race enthusiasts! These classes are usually fee based, so don’t miss out on a chance to learn all the skills you need to survive the SUP jungle FREE of charge!!


Before we share details on the day, we should tell you a few things about who Byron Kurt, or as we affectionately call him here at Hobie, Grandpa, is. Byron is a Master Class Level Instructor with the WPA (World Paddle Association), and much like Sy Sperling and The Hair Club For Men, Byron is not only a client at the WPA he is also the President of the WPA. For the past 35 (yes, 35!!!) years, Byron, has been a Team Rider for Hobie. He has competed for us in Sailing, Surfing, Wind Surfing, and Stand Up Paddling. Out of the water Grandpa is no joke either. An Iron Man Triathlete and one of the best golfer’s and golf instructors we know, Byron was born to be in competition. A tough mental game and an ‘if your not pushing yourself to be the best you can be, why are you out there’ attitude complete the top athlete that is Byron Kurt.

Going to a class with Byron is sure to improve your skills in and out of the water. Below are the details of the day….

Details of the Day :: 

10am :: Our demo hits the water. Come on down and paddle our 2013 Hobie SUP line. We provide the board and the paddle for all those looking to give paddling a go, purchase their first board, or upgrade their equipment. Paddlers must be over 18.

11am – 11:30am :: Stand Up Paddle Beginner Class scheduled. Please arrive for this class by 10:50, as the class starts promptly at 11am. We are meeting in front of the Hobie tent at the North end of Baby Beach. We will have a limited number of boards and paddles to borrow on a first come first served basis. Don’t worry if we run out, you will learn TONS in the sand and have plenty of time to get on the water after the class concludes with our Hobie Demo team assisting. You are welcome to bring and use your own equipment. Topics covered will be : basic paddle techniques, paddling safe in all water conditions, efficiency of paddle stroke, and getting the best experience out of your day Stand Up Paddling. This class is GREAT for people in their first year in the sport, that friend who is always bugging you to take them for a paddle, and anyone looking to gain knowledge from a pro.

11:30am – 11:45am :: Question & Answer time and on water practice for Beginner Class with Byron and our Hobie Demo Team.

Noon – 12:30pm :: Race Clinic scheduled. Please arrive for this class, with you, your board and paddle in hand in front of the Hobie Tent at the North end of Baby Beach no later than 11:50am for a prompt noon start. You are welcome and encouraged to bring your own board and paddle, but we will have a few to borrow if you have to do a quick lunch break trip and don’t have time to gather your equipment. Also, you will learn TONS on the sand, so if getting on the water is out of the question due to time, come anyway. You are guaranteed to leave with new technique or strategy. Topics Covered will be : utilizing conditions to maximize your results, starts, avoiding hitting the wall/bonking, and fostering a tough mental game on race day. This class is great for ANY paddler looking to improve their overall results, wether you are a seasoned veteran racer or someone thinking about competing for the first time. (Side note :: I’m taking the class because I’m thinking I may want to train/enter a prone paddling race, and I know Byron’s tips from a golf lesson with him are tips I have carried through other sports! So, I’m coming to learn too! )

12:30pm – 12:45pm :: Question and Answer time with Byron. Remember, Byron is a TOP competitor in many fields, so feel free to ask questions about whatever is on your mind.

12:45pm – 4pm :: We finish out our usual day of on water demoing of our 2013 Hobie SUP line. You are welcome to stay all day with us and try out all the tips and tricks you learned in the clinics!

We can’t wait to see you!!! If you have any questions, email Tracey@hobie.com and I will do my best to answer them.

Free Goodtimes!!

Free Goodtimes!!

-Tracey Engelking


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