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School Of SUP – “The Premier Maine Stand Up Paddle Program”

Saturday, October 20th, 2012


New 2013 Thorfinn SUP Program!


Thorfinn Expeditions’ S.O.S Camp will take you from being a complete beginner to a self-sufficient paddler! Our camp allows you to become fully immersed in stand up paddleboarding for 2-full days with ACA SUP Level II certified coaches using the best gear on the planet on the beautiful lakes and ocean of Midcoast Maine. Back-to-back instructional days are the fastest way to learn to SUP with confidence.

WHERE: S.O.S camps are held at the Thorfinn Basecamp in Lincolnville Beach, Maine.

WHAT YOU GET: 5:1 Ratio of Students to ACA SUP Level II Coach – Gear knowledge – Exposure to both lake and ocean paddling – Fundamental and advanced paddling strokes/board skills – Video Analysis – Basic Navigation Skills and ocean touring prep. – Optional 3rd day of touring or downwind run – Thorfinn SUP Tech Tee – Special discounts for participating students on all gear at Thorfinn Expeditions – Lunch included for all days attending – Optional BBQ/SUP movie night while in town!


Schedule & Rates


June: 15th-22nd; 24th-26th
July: 6th-8th; 20th-22nd
August: 3rd-5th; 23rd-25th; 31st-2nd
September: 14th-16th

Weekly SOS Session 2013

Mondays-Wednesdays (June 24th-September 9th)

2 Day Camp: $259.00
3 Day Camp: $359.00


School Of SUP Itinerary:

Day One:

9:00 AM Registration: Thorfinn Retail Store. Coffee!
9:45 SUP STOKE-Introduction and discussion of class program and the sport of SUP!
10:15 Gear Review- PFD Check
10:30 Report to Hosmer Pond for beginning paddle Clinic
12:00p Lunch-Pondside (weather dependent)
1:00 Back on the water (Megunticook Lake): Bracing, stopping, board stance, pivot turns and tour
3:00 tricks- SUP style.
4:00 Wrap up – End of First Day – Evening BBQ at Basecamp (optional)

Day Two

8:30 AM SUP STOKE- Day 2! Intro to gear. WHAT you need and WHY
9:15 DEMO Board Selection and head to Lake Megunticook
9:30 Lake Tour and Video analysis
Aggressive paddling – for racing or upwind conditions.
11:30 Lunch back at T.E Basecamp- combined with video critique
12:30 OCEAN Intro. – Waves, Current, basic navigation, tides and weather
1:30 Ocean SUP Tour
3:30 Return to Thorfinn for post SUP STOKE, graduation, and discussion for optional down-winder 3rd day.
4:00 End of school.

Day Three (Option)

9:30 AM DOWNWINDAH! Plan of attack meeting and weather class.
10:30 Rally to ocean geared up and good to go.
11:00 Fun on the Ocean-Options to include departing from Lincolnville and paddling to Camden, or even as far as Rockport or other destinations. This half day is completely weather dependent and is designed for those who want to push their paddling and fitness factor to the next level on a board.

After – Somewhere between 1pm – 2 depending on conditions- POST DOWNWIND Refueling at Thorfinn Expeditions

Post After – Storytelling, general sharing of post SUP STOKAGE, gear return and preparing to hit the road home- to your own SUP experiences elsewhere.

(207) 789-5115


Thorfinn Expeditions has one of the most comprehensive SUP touring programs in the country. From beginner lake sessions to downwind runs in famed Penobscot Bay, Thorfinn SUP has an offering for any ability. All instructors are ACA SUP Level 2 certified and have their wilderness medical certifications. Staff are racers, fitness trainers, and pioneers in the Maine SUP scene.

The Thorfinn Basecamp in Lincolnville Beach doubles as a retail shop that carries the best SUP Gear on the planet – Hobie SUP, Coreban, Laird, Tahoe SUP, BOGA, Speedboard USA, Kialoa, Quickblade


About Lincolnville Beach (The LB):

Lincolnville Beach (2004 Outside Magazine outdoor dream town) is a prime location to learn to SUP. In the heart of Midcoast Maine the “LB” is located right on the ocean but also within minutes of idyllic lakes where the water is warmer and weather conditions can be more stable for learning to SUP. Penobscot Bay, the second largest embayment on the east coast, offers amazing options for paddling downwind between towns, islands, or just cruising the coast right in front of Thorfinn basecamp. There are several restaurants within walking distance of S.O.S with many more in the town of Camden which is just 5.5 miles down the road.


Where to Stay:

Beach Cottage Inn at the Whale’s Tooth: (Walking distance to Thorfinn Expeditions S.O.S )
2533 Atlantic Highway, Lincolnville, ME 04849‬- PH:207-789-5200
Camden Hills State Park- Camp Grounds: 280 Belfast Road, Camden, ME 04843‬ PH. 207-236-0849
Point Lookout: Copper Pne Northport, ME 04849 PH :207 789-2040
Bay Leaf Cottages and Bistro: 2372 Atlantic Highway, Linconville, ME 04849 – PH: (207) 505-0458



What should I wear?

Be prepared to get wet. A swim suit and board shorts are ideal with some kind of shirt to keep the sun off you as well as offer comfort under your life jacket. Keep in mind hats and sunglasses are also great to wear, but make sure they are secured to you somehow so as not to lose them if you end up in the water.

Do I wear shoe while SUPing?

Not usually. In warmer conditions we go barefoot. We recommend bringing flip flops for to and from the water. If the conditions are rocky or colder, water shoes or neoprene booties are ideal.

What do I need to bring?

Bring whatever clothes you will want to sup in, a towel and some dry après clothing options. Summer nights in Maine can be cool year round.

How cold is the water?

The ocean in maine can be between 50 and 60 degrees f. Mid summer can get into the mid 60’s. The lakes can be as warm as the mid 70’s. Thorfinn will provide wetsuits in colder temps.

What if I am not a great swimmer? Can I paddle?

All participants are required to comply with US Coast Guard regulations and will wear a life jacket while on the water. You will also be tethered to your board with a leash. Both the pfd and attached board will act as flotation aids . Your swimming abilities may be assessed before a longer ocean SUP depending on conditions.

What if I have paddled before but want to do a camp that’s not for beginners?

Sign up for our S.O.S Elite or our S.O.S Pro Camp. The SOS Elite is gear towards intermediate to advanced paddlers, and our pro camp is lead by professional guest paddlers and will focus on race techniques and advanced ocean touring.

Is there camping near by?

Yes, see above in places to stay

Is this a good family program?

This is a great camp for families. See out S.O.S family camp and depending on the ages of your children we can set up a camp just for you.

How old do you have to be to take the S.O.S Camp?

In order to maintain a higher level of proficiency for our general S.O.S camps we require individuals to be at least 16 years of age. See info about thorfinn family camps and Thorfinn Kids Camps for younger paddlers.