July 11, 2017 matt palmariello

I spent last weekend paddling around Peter’s Pond in Sandwich, MA with the crew from RideAway Kayak & SUP.  This was the first course I’ve ever delivered when every candidate passed.  I was highly impressed by the professionalism and commitment from these paddlers.  Each of them could quickly take feedback and make changes for big improvements.  If you’re in Cape Cod looking for SUP rentals or instruction, RideAway is the place to call. I’ve now been delivering American Canoe Association SUP Instructor Certification Workshops about 4 years and I continue to learn on each one.  Every time I begin a…

June 25, 2017 matt palmariello

    This post first appeared at mattpalmariello.blogspot.com Seven candidates and another awesome course.  My favorite thing about offering these courses is getting to meet so many cool people and making new paddling partners. This group was no different and I’ve already spent time paddling with some of them.  We had a pretty intense session over three full days with some very skilled and knowledgeable personalities.  Group learning at its best!  Portland Paddle hosted us at their location at East End Beach, which turned out to be a fantastic venue for the course.  When you’re in Portland Maine, visit them…

June 25, 2017 matt palmariello

 This post was originally posted at mattpalmariello.blogspot.com Congrats to the newest ACA Certified SUP Instructors in Maine! This is the 2nd year I’ve travelled up to Acadia SUP in beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine to run an ACA SUP ICW with Chris Strout, owner of Acadia SUP.  He runs a great operation on the edge of Acadia National Park and is focused on quality instruction and safety.  Next time you’re up there, stop in to take a class, do some sup yoga, rent a board or visit his shop.  He’s the only dedicated SUP retailer in Maine and introduces thousands of…

June 22, 2017 matt palmariello

Hot Springs & Happy Hour is how we described the trip, but really it should’ve been called strong winds and stronger paddlers. Our team of 8 met up early on Friday, made our way to the river and were paddling off by 10:15am. Impressive start for an impressive crew. The rest of the trip blended together seamlessly with an assortment of fun, food, celebration, soaking, exploring & relaxing. Huge THANKS to Erin of Sunset Stand Up Paddleboard in Laguna Beach, California for co-organizing with me. She’s awesome to work with and paddle with and whenever you’re in Southern California she’ll…

October 4, 2016 matt palmariello

This post also appeared on mattpalmariello.blogspot.com. Jewell Island is a 221 acre island named for George Jewell and sits on the outer edge of Casco Bay, an eight mile paddle from Portland, ME.  According to history, he traded a bottle of rum to the local indians for it in 1636 and used it a fishing base.  After George Jewell drown in Boston Harbor the island became home to many settlers who continued to fish and farm on it and by the early 1700’s settlers even tried to mine gold, silver and salt on this rugged coastal island. During WWII, 400…

October 25, 2015 matt palmariello

-this post was also published at mattpalmariello.blogspot.com-   In June I moved to Maine, completed my work on the California 100 and joined the board of directors for Rivers for Change.  Shortly after I decided if I was going to work with an organization built upon a founding principle of source to sea literacy, I ought to see what a source to sea is all about.  After mentioning it to founding board member Danielle Katz, her immediate response went something like “yes, absolutely, yes lets do it!”. I wanted a trip twice as long as I’d done before, so that…

July 10, 2015 matt palmariello

I’ve been working hard in the paddle sports industry for 15 years.  In that time I’ve never considered it a career, although it has accounted for a large percentage of my income each year.  I’ve met many wonderful people through this sport including many of my best friends.  I’ve helped people achieve paddling goals and it’s felt wonderful.  I’ve had paddlers injured under my watch and it’s felt terrible. I’ve failed and succeeded.  I’ve won a couple races.  I’ve taken trips to incredibly beautiful places and pushed my paddling limits over and over.  I’ve guided.  I’ve coached.  I’ve managed events….

May 4, 2015 matt palmariello

When three days disappear in a blink, you know it’s fun.  We had a solid group of eleven made up of eight candidates and three Instructors.  The real kicker for this weekend is that every single person brought something to the course, most notably their fun personalities and willingness to learn and contribute. It’s difficult to measure the outcome of these courses.  You can’t just say he or she got certified.  The certification shouldn’t be and isn’t the most valuable piece of these workshops.  It’s really about improving skill, learning new teaching methods and becoming better instructors for our future…

October 12, 2014 matt palmariello

The Gulf of Maine experienced a King tide this past Thursday at 12:10pm with a height of 10.8ft in my Southern Maine coastal destination.  To celebrate, my sister and I paddled the route around Gerrish and Cutts Islands, a trip I haven’t done in almost ten years.  The trip needed a high tide and offered a very short window to complete the circumnavigation as it relies on high water to fill-in an adjacent marsh in order to have the depth needed.  Jill is still fairly new to SUP but was amped up for a challenge, dressed for the part and…

July 13, 2014 matt palmariello

I could list at least 30 advantages that standup paddleboards have over sea kayaks, but paddling in a beam wind is not one of them.  Our 7 mile crossing back to the mainland from the Isles of Shoals lined up perfectly across the building wind and swell – not what we wanted.  So badly I wanted to just turn and start running downwind, catching bumps.  Not a bad plan except for the fact it would land us miles and miles away from where we needed to be. At 7:15am I met up with Peter at the beach in Rye, my…