The Easy Rider

The EasyRider: S.U.P.

Stand Up Paddling (or SUP for short) is taking the world by storm.  It is not only the fastest growing water sport - but also the fastest growing sport in the world.

Store owner Warren has been paddling modern SUP boards since 2007 and was standing on sailboards with a paddle since he was a kid.

At Easy Rider we have taken the same approach to SUP as we have to the other sports we carry.  That being "if we are going to do it - we must do it right!"

With over 100 SUP boards in stock we have the largest selection in Canada, and most of the USA as well.   All of the staff here paddle and know what they are talking about.   Stop by and find out about this awesome new sport.

SUP Brands carried:
Starboard / Naish / Rogue / Coreban / Hobie / 404 / Riviera / Jimmy Lewis / Quickblade / Werner / C4 / On A Mission / DaKine / and many more.

Please scroll for the latest in stand-up paddling news.

In Store Stand Up Paddleboard SALE

We are in high gear changing over the store to “Winter mode” – and instead of just packing away the SUP’s – we have decided to have our first ever “In Store SALE”.

This means that all the boards that are in our store (not in our warehouse) are on sale for a minimum of 30% Off!

With the falling Canadian dollar – SUP boards will all be going up in price next year – so this SALE is a great way to get a new board at the lowest possible price.

There is only 1 of each model of board – so first come first paddling!




We have finally received all of our custom colored On A Mission SUP leashes.

These were made for us – and are not available any where else in the world.

They are a 9′ coiled leash – with a cuff that can either be worn around the calf or ankle.

Come on by and pick one up that matches (or clashes) with your board.

The blue and orange one even glows in the dark (top row / middle)


SUP Leash Use.

This past weekend a paddler went missing after falling from his board in the Columbia River Gorge – near Hood River, Oregon.
His board was found within in hour of him being reported missing – as of this writing – he has still not been found.  He was not wearing a leash.
With this tragedy, and the stories from a few customers of close calls due to not wearing a leash – I figured it was time that someone did something to begin a campaign for the education and encouragement of Lease use on Stand Up Paddleboards.
Below is the Open Letter to the SUP Industry that I wrote and sent to all my SUP contacts.
Dave Kalama added his endorsement to the letter.
The logo below – will be available at the store later this week, as a sticker, for free.  Please help to keep our “family” safe by not only using a leash every time you set foot on a board – but also by telling everyone you know that paddles to wear a leash.
Thank you,
Warren Currie
owner The Easy Rider

To Whom it May Concern,

In light of the recent tragic event in the Gorge this past weekend, we are penning this Open Letter to the Stand Up Paddle Industry.
We believe that we, as a collective industry, must take a vehement stand in the education and encouragement of the use of leashes on all types of SUP’s, on all types of water, and in all conditions.  

With the exponential growth of SUP, there are a great deal of boards being sold with very little safety education accompanying the sale.
Like seat belts in cars, leashes save lives on SUP’s.  If it is far enough to paddle – it is far enough to wear a leash.  

A few ideas as to how to implement this are:
– A sticker on the tail of the board near the leash plug that states “Leashes Save Lives”
– Only showing images (both still and video) of paddlers that are using leashes.  This is especially important in Manufacturers brochures and Industry publications (magazines).
– A Public Service Announcement video – featuring the top Pro’s in the industry advocating the use of leashes.
– Instructing Team Riders that they should be setting the example by always wearing a leash.

We need to educate our customers on how to safely use our products.  Unfortunately, as is often the case, it takes a tragedy to create the momentum for positive change.

Please feel free to reply to this email with any comments and or questions, and please share with any industry related SUP businesses.  

Thank you,

Warren Currie
Easy Rider

Dave Kalama
Imagine / Quickblade


Kalama Klinic – with Dave Kalama & Jim Terrell

Friday, August 14th featured our 5th Kalama Klinic with Dave Kalama and was also the third time that Jim Terrell has joined in.

The Klinic is a half day SUP stroke improvement session.

This year saw 14 paddlers take part at Allan Beach at Hubbles Lake.

Everyone had a great time and learned a great deal.

Thanks to Dave and Jimmy for helping to spread their knowledge and stoke of SUP!










Kalama Klinic – August 14

Learn SUP Paddle technique from 2 of the best in the world!

Dave Kalama and Jim Terrell

Friday, August 14 – 1:30 PM at Allen Beach / Hubbles Lake.
$200. per person – limited to 12 people.
Call the store for more information!

SUP River Trek – Photos

Our Annual Summer River Trek took place on July 19.
Once again we had awesome weather and a great time was had by all!
Thanks to everyone that took part!

We will be doing another Trek in September (water levels permitting) so stay tuned here for more information.

Most of the group at Laurier Park (some people met us out at Devon)

Most of the group at Laurier Park (some people met us out at Devon)

Heading out from Devon.

Heading out from Devon.

First rest stop - across from Rabbit Hill Ski area.

First rest stop – across from Rabbit Hill Ski area.

Awesome scenery.

Awesome scenery.

Approaching the Anthony Henday bridge.

Approaching the Anthony Henday bridge.

The bend in the river just before Fort Edmonton Park.

The bend in the river just before Fort Edmonton Park.

Coming into the finish at Laurier Park.

Coming into the finish at Laurier Park.

4 hours and 25 minutes of "on water" time - to cover 21 miles (33.8 km)

4 hours and 25 minutes of “on water” time – to cover 21 miles (33.8 km)

8th Annual Easy Rider SUP Cup – presented by Starboard

Starboard presents the
8th Annual Easy Rider SUP Cup
August 15 & 16, 2015

Saturday, August 15
Stand Up Paddleboard Race & Tour on the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton.
Race will be approximately 16 km.           Touring class will be approximately 8 km.

BBQ / Race Trophies and partial Draw Prizes will be handed out at the end of the Race.

FREE Shuttle service provided to Pre-Registered  Race and Tour paddlers.

Saturday evening will be the SUP Social
Location is at the Provincial Pub next to Easy Rider in Whitemud Crossing.          All Ages welcome until 9:30 PM

Sunday, August 16
Canadian SUP Polo Championships AND Alberta’s First Ever SUP Fishing Derby
Both events at Hermitage Park Lake
SUP Polo will consist of Teams of 4 people.
You can register as a team, or as individuals.   We will then make up teams.

SUP Fishing Derby will be held at the same time as the Polo Matches.
(Alberta Fishing licenses are required)

Awards and partial Draw Prizes will follow at end SUP Polo and the SUP Fishing Derby

Each event is $25.
Tons of draw prizes.                          All ability levels.

Must have your own Board / Paddle / Leash / Whistle for the Race / Tour and Fishing Derby
Boards and paddles will be provided for the SUP Polo.

After August 7 – you will be on your own for getting to the start, and back from the finish to Laurier Park.

Pre Registration is now available at The Easy Rider
For the FREE Shuttle service you MUST pre-register – in person – at the store BEFORE Aug. 7, 2015



Saturday, August 15, 2015

River RACE Paddlers
Check-in is at 8:00 AM at the boat launch area of Laurier Park.
Shuttle to RACE Start leaves at 9:00 AM (only for Pre registered competitors)

River TOUR Paddlers
Check-in is at 9:00 AM
TOUR will start at shortly after 10:00 AM – You MUST be ready to paddle by 9:45 AM

ALL Paddlers will finish at Rafters Landing (Edmonton Queen River Boat)
Those that registered in advance will be shuttled back to Laurier Park for the Race Awards.

BBQ / Race awards and partial Draw Prizes will be at Laurier Park.

SUP Film Festival and Social
7:00 PM at Provincial Pub (right beside The Easy Rider store)
Under 18 allowed until 9:30 PM
4211-106 Street.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

SUP Polo
Check in is at 10:00 AM
Round robin tournament begins at 10:30 AM
Play will continue until the Canadian SUP Polo Champion is crowned!

SUP Fishing Derby
Check in is at 11:00 AM
Derby begins at 11:30 AM and runs until 1:30 PM
(Alberta Fishing licenses are required)
SUP Polo and SUP Fishing Derby Awards and Draw Prizes will follow event.  (approximately 1:30 PM)

For further information – please call the store  780-413-4554


sup cup 14 rev 2

Stand Up Paddle – River Trek

We are once again hosting our Stand Up Paddleboard River Trek.

Sunday, July 19, 2015. 

This is a casual paddle down the North Saskatchewan River from Devon to Laurier Park.
The total distance is approximately 34 km and the trek will take between 4 and 5 hours.

We will stop a few times on the route for snack and drink breaks.
It is strongly suggested that you carry food and drink with you (there are no 7-11’s on the river).
We do have SUP specific “camel backs / hydration packs” in stock.
Leashes and whistles are mandatory for all. (we sell those as well)

We will offer a shuttle service (for you and your board) from Laurier Park in Edmonton (Story Land Valley Zoo) out to Devon.
The Shuttle cost is $20. per person / board.

You MUST pre register by July 15 if you want the shuttle service.   Registration is done in person, at the store. 

While this is a casual event – it is NOT a “float” – you will need to paddle the entire way.

Call the store for more details.  780-413-4554


SUP Polo photos

We held the first ever SUP Polo games on June 30 at Hermitage Park Lake – and to say it was fun is a giant understatement.

The laughter to paddling ratio was off the charts.

We will be doing this again soon – so make sure to watch here for the announcement.

Setting up the field.

Setting up the field.

Ready to play.

Ready to play.

Griffin going for a swim.

Griffin going for a swim.

SUP Polo Action.

SUP Polo Action.

Using the Starboard Starship to ferry the nets back to shore.

Using the Starboard Starship to ferry the nets back to shore.

SUP Polo!

Easy Rider is proud to present the North American debut of Starboard SUP Polo.

Tuesday, June 30 at Hermitage Park Lake at 7:00 PM
Registration is at 6:45 PM   FREE!

SUP Polo is a super fun way to bring a team sport into Stand Up Paddling.
Starboard tested the waters with it last October at their International Dealers meeting in Spain – which I was fortunate enough to be at.
We used any Inflatable board we could – and hand made paddles in the swimming pool of the resort we were staying at.
It was country against country – with Team Mexi-Can (2 paddlers form Mexico and Me from Canada) coming out as the first ever “World Champion SUP Polo” Team.

I was so stoked on the new “fun” way to paddle that I put in the first order for boards / paddles and nets in the world.

We now have it in – and are ready to play.

We will be playing 3 on 3 – and first team to score 2 goals (it’s harder than you think).

If you have a team of 3 – great – if not – just come on out and we will make up teams for you.

Come on out this Tuesday and get in on the FUN!