What is SUP Shack?


Most locals know the SUP Shack in the Santa Cruz Harbor, as it has become a go-to spot since it opened in 2011. Stand-up paddle boards or SUP are growing as a great way to experience the waters of Santa Cruz.

Owner and founder of the SUP Shack, Trudie Ransom has been drawn toward these boards since she initially tried one in their native Hawaii. Though the origin of the stand-up paddle board has been greatly debated, Standup Journal writer Marina Andriola got it right when she wrote, “The Hawaiians pioneered stand up paddling for fun!”

sup shack crew in front of the sup shack

See What Our Customers Are Saying

tripadvisor icon Tons of Fun!

I love the location, staff, and adventuresome spirit at the SUP shack! Literally on the water, so you don't have to carry the board far and it's easy to put in from the dock. Instruction was exemplary! We went outside the harbor and saw lots of marine life. The staff is all about safety. Had a blast and would absolutely recommend them!

– Dani O, TripAdvisor
google icon Terrific Experience

My wife and I had a terrific experience. The owner, Trudy, is very nice and accommodating. We would love to come back.

– Brady A, Google
yelp icon Loved the Sea Otters

Trudie and the team were great. We had a collection guys. 2 surfers, 2 Santa Cruz natives and 3 Swedish Companions. Everyone got a kick out the sea otters and harbor seals.

– William S, Yelp
facebook icon Great Time

Had a great time in the harbor yesterday (7/3/18). It was foggy, but perfect for a novice. Thank you Trudie for such an enjoyable and affordable experience. Can’t wait to come back or try out Rio.

– Heidi S, Facebook
google icon Helpful and Knowledgeable

Owner is SO nice, helpful and knowledgeable! SO much fun and at a great price, too!

– Taylor J, Google
yelp icon Highly Recommend

Wonderful experience paddle boarding in the harbor! Owner is so helpful and friendly. We were new to boarding & she was helpful in getting us started. Great place. Great owner.

– Tracy V, Yelp
facebook icon Convenient and Easy

Super convenient easy stand-up paddle rentals! They'll drop your board in the harbor which is always calm and full of marine life: otters, sea lions. If you've ever wanted to try SUP, this is the place to do it! You will be hooked!

– Sondra W, Facebook