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About the SUP Shack

Established 2011, Santa Cruz, CA

About the Shack

STAND-UP PADDLING in Santa Cruz Harbor!!

The SUP Shack in the Santa Cruz Harbor has become the go-to paddle boarding location since we opened in 2011. Stand-up paddle boards, or SUP, are a great way to experience the waters of Santa Cruz. We offer all levels of padding from beginner lessons to adventures out of the harbor to the Boardwalk and around the Santa Cruz Wharf.

Owner and founder of the SUP Shack, Trudie Ransom has been drawn toward these boards since she first tried one.

As a teenager Trudie wanted to be a marine biologist so she has spent her life chasing the ocean – growing up sailing in her native England, diving off the Great Barrier Reef, white water rafting in New Zealand, river-trekking in Thailand and stand up paddling in California with the sea otters, sea lions, dolphins and whales… she finally found her spot in Santa Cruz.

An entrepreneur at heart, Trudie settled in Santa Cruz and found a kiosk at the Harbor where she could introduce SUP to visitors and locals. She started with just six SUPs, a couple of wetsuits, a Groupon customer database, and a passion for getting everyone to paddle.

Working hard, and not giving up, Trudie opened the SUP Shack in the heart of Santa Cruz in 2011. Since then, Trudie’s mission has been to create the best and safest environment for teaching stand up paddling to everyone.

Check out our SUP classes and learn the joys of paddle boarding.

Shack Life : We recommend you call to make an appointment prior to arrival at the SUP Shack.


Daily  10am – 3pm.

By appointment.

Please call 831 464 7467 to book your SUP or Kayak.

Click the Book Now.

Need to rent equipment? Check out our rentals.