Stand up paddleboarding in white water and river surfing on the Potomac River near Washington, DC is exploding, with more stand up paddlers on the river now than ever before, and Paddlestroke SUP was there since day one. We have surfed countless hours at all of the popular spots like Maryland Chute, Virginia Chute, Rocky Island, Offut Wave, and O-Deck, and we know a few secret spots, as well!

White Water stand up paddleboarding and river surfing is crazy fun and a great way to stay in top shape and get a surf experience without traveling all the way to the ocean. It’s important to get started with a great instructor who can show you where to put in, how to get to river rapids and surfing spots safely, how to catch waves, and what to do in case of an emergency. If you want to get started stand up paddling in the most fun part of the Potomac River, the best way is to get a qualified, experienced, responsible instructor who can show you what you need to know in order to have a safe and SUPER fun time!

Important! This is an advanced course that requires experience to participate in. You can sign up for this lesson after you take the SUP 3: Advanced Lesson and approval from Paddlestroke SUP Instructors.
River Surfing


You can book your lessons conveniently and securely using our online booking form located on our booking page. The form will walk you through registration and payment. It’s easy, simple, and secure. You can also make arrangements over the phone by calling Greg Miller at (301) 442-6864.

  • Quick drying clothing
  • Water shoes or velcro sandals
  • Sunscreen & snacks
  • Water bottle with carabiner
  • ERS S3R paddle board and paddle
  • PFD with whistle
  • Quick release leash
  • Whitewater helmet
  • Peel Outs
  • Eddy Turns
  • Attaining (upriver)
  • River running (downriver)
  • Surfer stance
  • Wave entry
  • Body positioning
  • Heelside and toeside turns
  • Backside tail brace
Whitewater and River Surfing lessons are held in Mather Gorge or the chutes depending on river levels and conditions. The Potomac always has great spots to run and play all year round.