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"Taking a SUP class with Steve and Cindy was such a great life experience. They recognized and taught to the learning styles of each participant in the class. They were able to explain and demonstrate in different ways to make learning a skill very easy. Their teaching styles, although different from each other, were very engaging. They created a very comfortable environment, making each participant willing and even eager to challenge themselves when facing a difficult skill or task."


"The passion that Steve and Cindy have for what they do is very evident and is reflected in how much their students improve. AMAZING!!"


Kathy McDermott, ACA Level 2 SUP Instructor, Queensbury, NY

"Steve's teaching style makes learning fun. He has an incredible passion for paddling and has been a great mentor to me over the years."


Matt Palmariello, ACA Level 2 SUP Instructor Trainer

“Steve is a paddle wizard, his knowledge of paddle technique in all types of watercraft is second to none.  And he’s even better at sharing his wisdom with others to take their skills to new levels!"


Jimmy Blakeney, ACA SUP Instructor Trainer,
Product & Marketing Manager - BIC Sport North America


"After three intensive days working with Steve, I walked away a much better paddler and a much better instructor.  Steve has decades of high-level paddling and teaching experience yet has the unique ability to explain and demonstrate concepts and techniques in a manner that is easy to understand and easy to emulate.  It's a pleasure to watch him teach and fun to watch him paddle. I have never seen anyone control a board with the precision that Steve demonstrates. Not only is he a great teacher, he's a great do-er!"


Jeff Burton,  ACA Level 2 SUP Instructor - San Francisco, CA

"In the spring of 2014 several local SUP paddlers met on Lower Saranac Lake for an ACA SUP Instructor Certification organized by Shellback Paddle Experience.  Steve and Cindy communicated with the group extensively via email prior, so we all knew what would be expected and how to prepare.  They are organized and thorough, but reduce the stress of being tested and judged, as any certification requires, with good doses of humor and camaraderie.  We cooked our own meals. Cindy was great company and help in the kitchen.  We found it enjoyable to provide Steve with a guitar."


Charlie Wilson, ACA Level 2 SUP Instructor, Saranac Lake, NY

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