Our Third Annual Downriver SUP Race is Back! 

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Summer 2019 News and Events

We have some great events coming up this summer.  Here is a run down:


May 11: Canmore Reservoir Board Demo Day.  11am-2pm.  Come try the 2019 lineup of all your favorite SUP brands.  Free demos, info, and fun!


May 24-26:  We are pleased to be a part of the Banff Yoga Fest.  If you would like to come out and try SUP and Yoga, this is the place.  Great event put on by beautiful people.  



Friday Evenings: Every Friday we offer a Sunset SUP Tour at Two Jack Lake in Banff Alberta.  This is a great chance to discover one of Canada's most pristine lakes on a SUP.  Fjall Raven Banff generously donates a Kanken Backpack to giveaway every week.  Don't miss out! 



Intro to SUP: every other day all summer!  We have taught more people than we can count how to SUP and SUP properly.  Wheteher you are a beginner or seasonsed vet, thei course gives you the basics you need to suceed.  



Intro to River SUP: Sundays 1pm Canmore AB.  Take your skill to the next level.  Our Intro to River SUP course is how to make the most of the river and improve your skills.  



July 14: KCPO SUP CUP Quarry Lake, Canmore AB.



Sept 7:

Bow Valley Logjam.  Our 3rd Annual River SUP Race in Canmore sponsored by Badfish SUP, Red Paddle CO, Kootenay SUP, Moosetrail Overland, Rebound Cycle, and Canmore Brew CO.  Regsitraion details coming soon, but mark your calendar! 




July 3/18

Summer is here and we have some great events coming up.  Be sure to check back here often as we will be updating throughout the summer.  


The 5th annual flatwater SUP race at Quarry Lake is a fun, all inclsuive event.  Be sure to come out and watch or race.  Sign up and more info here:  http://www.grizzlyevents.ca/kcpo-sup-cup.html


Every Sunday at 1pm in Canmore we will be hosting our Intro to River SUP course.  This is the next step in your SUP skills progression.  Paddle Canada certified guides, with extensive knowledge of the Bow River, will instruct you on paddle technique, safety, properly preparing for a river trip and river SUP skills.  More info and sign up here:  https://bowvalleysup.ca/Learn-to-Sup-and-Tours/


Every Friday from 3-6pm at Fjall Raven outdoor store in Banff we will be setup with information, merchandise and SUP rentals.  Afterwards, join us at Two Jack Lake in Banff for our Sunset SUP Tour.  Explore one of Canada's most picturesque lakes.  More info and sign up here: https://bowvalleysup.ca/Learn-to-Sup-and-Tours/

2nd Annual Bow Valley Logjam

Mark your calendars!  September 8 is the second annual Bow Valley downriver SUP race.  More info coming after the SUP CUP.




June 12/16

Get your bucket list checked this summer

The Bow Valley has some incredible lakes to explore this summer.  Whether you want to be immersed in the beauty of the mountains while standing on a calm lake or getting a little adventurous and doing some Hike and SUPs or rivers, the time is now!  Summer is short and making the most of it is challenging.  To help, make a list of some paddling spots you want to hit this summer and make it a weekly goal to start checking them off.  Our personal list is lenghty and finding time is a challenge with a busy schedule.  However, as summer has progressed, and with our goals set, we are slowly ticking off all the boxes.  See you on the water!


Our personal SUP Goals List:

- Explore the Bow River from Exhsaw to Seebe ** Check**

- Upper Kan River from Upper Kan Lake to Barrier Lake

- Galatea Lake Hike and SUP

- Midnight Paddle on Two Jack Lake ** Check**

- Morraine Lake (list is a must do every year!)


New Team Riders/Ambassadors

We are beyond stoked to announce the addition of our first two team riders and ambassadors to Bow Valley SUP.  


Micheal Kearns

When local legends first started acceding peaks of mountains and scaling death defying rock slabs they were setting in motion a new beginning for sport in the Bow Valley. Mountaineering and rock climbing in the Bow Valley is now commonplace because of past legends that staged the framework for future generations of sport. For these legends we all owe a debt of gratitude. The same can be said about new legends and a local paddler named Mike Kearns. SUP is still in its infancy, just as rock climbing and mountaineering was many moons ago. But Mike is on a mission to change that. Last summer Mike paddled from Banff (leaving at 1am on the summer solstice with little light) to Calgary. A 150km mission to commemorate the Canada 150 celebrations. Mike is constantly seeking out new terrain to paddle and pushing the boundaries in white water and river SUP exploration. Mike is also a great friend, who always has your back, an outgoing father, fire fighter and founder of his new company Moose Trail Overland. He reps Badfish SUP and Level Six paddling products.  We are so excited to have Mike on board this summer donning the Bow Valley cap, competing in local races and setting new standards in SUP. Welcome Mike!



Sue Shih

Sue is one of Stand Up Paddlebaording's greatest ambassadors in the Bow Valley and beyond. She is a long time Banff local and is eager to spread her love of SUP to everyone in the area. Sue is also an ambassador for Boardworks SUP. She believes in promoting an active lifestyle, eating right, being healthy and just getting out there. If you mention Sue's name to someone who lives in Banff, chances are they have heard of her. She is an avid snowboarder who spends more than 100 days a year on the slopes. In the summer she spends just as much time on the water, exploring local lakes that no one else has ever paddled, and spreading her stoke to as many people as possible. Sue is a professional chef, devoted friend, and all around awesome person. We are beyond excited that Sue will be hitting the water with us this summer and sharing her passion with you all!




March 20th marks the first day of spring, and with it, SUP season right around the corner. Like us, chances are,  you are eagerly getting ready for the start of paddle season. We have been scouring our lakes and rivers daily, looking for ice-free water to get our boards into. Although, most lakes and rivers are not ice free as of yet, it doesn't mean we can't start anticipating the coming season and start planning accordingly. We have some great events and paddle days planned for the season and we hope you come out this summer to join us.

To all our valued customers we are currently offering 10% discount on all lessons, rentals and tours by using the promo code: springsale.


Here is a brief rundown of some events coming up this summer:


Our downtown Canmore shop will re-open May 18.  As always, we will be offering information, rentals, merchandise sales and more.


Daily Intro to SUP Lessons- 10am at The Canmore Reservoir or Two Jack Lake, Banff. bowvalleysup.ca/Learn-to-Sup-and-Tours/


Every Sunday at 1pm- Intro to River SUP lessons in Canmore, AB on the Bow River. bowvalleysup.ca/Learn-to-Sup-and-Tours/


FOX FRIDAYS- Every Friday, all summer, we will be stationed at the Fjall Raven store in Banff offering SUP information and in-store discounts. Fjall Raven is the premier outlet for quality outdoor gear. Check them out at: www.fjallravencanada.com


Friday Sunset Paddles- Every Friday, all summer, at 7:30pm Two Jack Lake, Banff.  Take advantage of our long summer evenings and explore one of Canadas most beautiful lakes.  Sunset is the perfect time to discover this majestic lake in Banff National Park. bowvalleysup.ca/Learn-to-Sup-and-Tours/


Bow Valley Logjam - Mark your calendars! September 8th is the return of Canada's best downriver SUP race. Last year we saw a huge turnout. This season we have incredible prizes, multiple board categories, champagne celebrations and some of the best SUPers Canada has to offer. All abilities and ages welcome. More details about where to sign up coming soon.


Red Paddle CO. Demo Day- June 15 Canmore Reservoir. Red Paddle CO continues their cross-country tour with a stop in Canmore to demo all their amazing SUPs. If you are interested in Red boards this is your chance to try what they have to offer. Their knowledgeable staff will answer all of your questions, and of course, get you out on one of their incredible boards.


Stay tuned... more to come. SUP season is almost here!



My name is Brandon Olsthoorn, owner of Bow Valley SUP (bowvalleysup.ca)and Bow Valley Surf (bowvalleysurf.com).  SUP and Surf is my passion.  Everytime I hit the water with my board I am genuinely excited and happy.  My goal is, and always will be, to get as many people onto the water as possible and spread the stoke! 

Getting onto the water starts with a board and the right gear.  Which is why I am so excited to launch our new Online SUP/Surf shop! 


There are millions of SUP and Surf brands out there and finding the right board for your needs can be a daunting task.  This is why we only carry a handful of premium brands that stand above the rest.   Every product in the shop are products that I have personally tested in every condition the Bow Valley can throw at me. I have charged rivers, suntanned with friends, river surfed waves and hiked my board to mountain lakes.  So I know that every product is going to stand up to anything you can throw at it! Take a peak at the shop, browse around and make sure you keep coming back.  2018 is going to be a HUGE year for amazing new products from @redpaddleco, @boardworkssup, @kootenaypdl, @libtechsurf, @softech and @badfishsup.  Feel free to message, email or text me about any questions about any product.  I want your experince with your new board to be excitng and long lasting.  And FREE SHIPPING across Canada for all our proucts.

Come and talk to us or try any board as a demo before you make your purchase.  

EMAIL bowvalleysup@hotmail.com or PHONE 403-707-7202 for more information on all of our boards. _R6A1417.jpg

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The shop is now closed for the season .  See you in 2020!

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