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Those who thought water sports were only for the “Lower 48” should think twice. By combining modern wetsuit technology with the popular new sport of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), Blue Nose Surf in Juneau, Alaska, has created a unique experience for visitors.
Water temperatures in the summer range from a low of 34 degrees to a high of 50 degrees so participants will be given the appropriate gear to keep them warm. Between the choices of wetsuits and drysuits, drysuits offer the most protection from the rain or an unexpected dip into the frigid Alaskan waters. Visitors can layer as much as they want to beneath the suit’s water-resistant material.
Lessons and guided tours are $80 and are offered five days a week, running from two to three hours in length. Equipment is available for renting by the hour or day. A paddleboard, including a leash and paddle, costs $15 per hour and $30 for a full day. To stay warm, wet suits and dry suits, including gloves and booties, costs $5 per hour and $10 per day.