Standup Lessons “We Make New Riders Everyday”

The REAL Standup Paddleboarding Instructional Programs bring the world-acclaimed service and instructional levels of REAL to the sport of “SUP”. Our standup instructional programs have been a huge hit. From beginner flatwater sessions to advanced waveriding, REAL SUP coaches can take your paddling ability, board skills and riding STYLE to the next level.

The Sport of Standup Paddleboarding (SUP) is exploding worldwide! Men, women and children of all ages, from all backgrounds are drawn to the sport for its ease of access, simple equipment, excellent core exercise potential and endless learning curve. From paddling the flat water of lakes and rivers to surfing the beach breaks and point breaks of the world, Standup Paddleboarding is a sport anyone can enjoy!

New to Standup Paddleboarding? Ready to book? Need more information? Send us a message or call toll-free at 866-REAL-548 or 252-987-6000.


Beginner Stand Up Paddle Lessons Get Up, Stand Up

Group Lessons - $100/pp - 2 Hours - 4 Paddlers/Coach

Bring your friends and learn Stand Up Paddleboarding in a fun, relaxed environment. REAL’s beginner Stand Up Paddle (SUP) curriculum teaches you all the basic skills required to begin paddling and enjoying this new and exciting sport. Group tours are available every Thursday at 6pm for only $65 per person!

Semi-Private Coach - $75/hr/pp - 2 Paddlers/Coach

REAL Semi-Private Lessons are a great way to match like ability paddlers with a REAL Coach for maximum progression at any level. REAL Semi-Private Lessons are booked in 2-hour blocks 7 days a week.

Private Coach - $150/hr/pp - 1 Paddler/Coach

REAL Private coaches come equipped with a wealth of knowledge, years of experience, and all the latest and greatest Stand Up Paddling equipment. Private lessons are booked in 2 hour blocks 7 days a week. Experience the fastest and best way to learn stand up paddling- choose a REAL Private Coach!

Ready to book your lesson? Need more information? Send us a message or call toll-free at 866-REAL-548 or 252-987-6000.

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Get Up, Stand Up

Stand Up Paddleboarding is a new water sport that has seen explosive growth during the past few years. It’s no secret why SUP is so popular - it’s fun, great exercise, and relatively easy to get started in the sport. Anyone can SUP, from young children to grandparents, regardless of athletic ability. Stand Up Paddle lessons with REAL provide you with all the skills and information needed to become a self-sufficient Stand Up Paddler. Whether your goal is to shred the waves or just cruise around and enjoy nature, REAL Stand Up Paddle Coaches can take you where you want to go. Paddle into a world of fun with REAL Stand Up Paddle Lessons!


Intermediate Stand Up Paddle Lessons Turn and Burn

Semi-Private Coach - $75/hr/pp - 2 Paddlers/Coach

REAL Semi-Private Lessons are a great way to match like ability paddlers with a REAL Coach for maximum progression at any level. REAL Semi-Private Lessons are booked in 2-hour blocks 7 days a week.

Private Coach - $150/hr/pp - 1 Paddler/Coach

REAL Private coaches come equipped with a wealth of knowledge, years of experience, and all the latest and greatest Stand Up Paddling equipment. Private lessons are booked in 2 hour blocks 7 days a week. Experience the fastest and best way to learn stand up paddling- choose a REAL Private Coach!

Ready to book your lesson? Need more information? Send us a message or call toll-free at 866-REAL-548 or 252-987-6000.

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Turn and Burn

If you are comfortable with the basics of Stand Up Paddling, it’s time to take it to the next level with REAL’s Intermediate SUP Lessons! Many paddlers learn the basics of SUP and never progress beyond a novice level. (Are you still sometimes paddling on your knees?) This course prepares you to turn and maneuver your board like a pro, and shows you how to SUP in choppy water or waves. Work with a REAL Stand Up Paddle Coach to understand the principles of forecasting and planning long paddle sessions. Drop into a new challenge and improve your skills with an Intermediate SUP Lesson from REAL!


Advanced Stand Up Paddle Lessons Outer Limits

Semi-Private Coach - $75/hr/pp - 2 Paddlers/Coach

REAL Semi-Private Lessons are a great way to match like ability paddlers with a REAL Coach for maximum progression at any level. REAL Semi-Private Lessons are booked in 2-hour blocks 7 days a week.

Private Coach - $150/hr/pp - 1 Paddler/Coach

REAL Private coaches come equipped with a wealth of knowledge, years of experience, and all the latest and greatest Stand Up Paddling equipment. Private lessons are booked in 2 hour blocks 7 days a week. Experience the fastest and best way to learn stand up paddling- choose a REAL Private Coach!

Ready to book your lesson? Need more information? Send us a message or call toll-free at 866-REAL-548 or 252-987-6000.

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Outer Limits

Outer Limits is a fully customizable advanced SUP lesson that will help you achieve specific goals and improve your skills beyond what you thought possible. Paddle out with a REAL Coach and learn how to ride a Stand Up Paddleboard in larger surf, exciting downwind runs, or any conditions imaginable. As you progress, you can learn surf maneuvers like bottom turns, cutbacks, and floaters. If distance paddling and racing is more your speed, REAL can help fine-tune your stroke technique and equipment for the next big paddle. Combine all this with advanced forecasting and course planning techniques, and you’ll be exploring the Outer Limits of what’s possible on a SUP!


Enjoy your sessions and be surprised at how easily you can learn Standup Paddleboarding when following the REAL curriculum and working with a professional REAL SUP Coach. From beginner flatwater sessions to advanced waveriding, REAL SUP coaches can take your paddling ability, board skills and riding STYLE to the next level.


REAL Lesson Center

The REAL Lesson Center is right onsite for kiteboarding, surfing and standup paddleboarding lessons and camps with 26 full time coaches, 12 PWCs and a private 4 acre Bermuda grass launch right on the Pamlico Sound. The new REAL Lesson Center features 2,500 sq ft of dedicated school space plus direct access onto the 4,000 sq ft deck, 3 private, separated classrooms, overhead video projectors, plus 5 outdoor showers, bathroom facilities, lockers and more making this the best instructional facility in the world.


Learn to Standup Paddleboard

REAL Standup Paddleboarding offers three instructional methods: REAL Lessons, REAL Private Lessons, and our 3-day REAL Standup Camps. All three methods utilize the same REAL instructional syllabus custom designed by REAL coaches over the past 6 seasons. Our REAL Standup Paddleboard Lesson Program breaks the sport down into easily understood segments, accelerating learning and progression. Group SUP lessons have a maximum student/coach ratio of 4 paddlers/coach. REAL Private Lessons can be booked in blocks of three hours or more per session and guarantee one-on-one interaction with your coach. Our REAL Standup Camp program is three days of total immersion into the sport. Dive in head first, or take it one day at a time. At REAL, "We Make New Riders Everyday."


Exclusive Terrain

All REAL Standup Paddleboarding Lessons and Camps are held in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. REAL holds an exclusive permit with the National Park Service that allows us access to premium locations along the undeveloped Cape Hatteras National Seashore to insure minimal crowds and quality conditions. This means over 70 miles of limitless flatwater and ocean paddling, as well as incredible downwinders, tours and beautiful scenery. Learn more about Cape Hatteras


35 Full-Time Coaches

Our coaches are the reason so many people speak highly of REAL. When you arrive for your standup paddleboarding camp, you will find the friendliest, most professional people you will ever work with in an instructional environment.


Custom Designed Programs

The REAL Lesson and Camp programs have been custom designed to maximize learning, fun and safety. Our top level professional staff, the use of the best gear, and our discerning selection of the best locations, have lead to a comprehensive instructional program that is unmatched by any other training facility in the world.


…Since the Beginning

REAL is known around the world as the leader in high-end watersports instruction and has been involved in the sport of standup paddleboarding from the beginning. Our professional staff, custom programs, state of the art teaching facility, and instructional DVDs, make REAL the ultimate source for learning the best sports on the water.


Why Cape Hatteras?

Cape Hatteras is one of the most beautiful and unique watersports destinations in the world. The incredible natural habitats on and around the Cape earn it the status of federally protected National Seashore.

From glassy flat water to incredible surfing waves, Cape Hatteras delivers a wide range of conditions to choose from every day. The diversity in setups and conditions is created by the varying coastline and access to multiple bodies of water. Cape Hatteras is a barrier island that separates the Atlantic Ocean and the Pamlico Sound, allowing you access to numerous conditions from a central location. The long, open coastline is perfect for downwind runs, a favorite activity for many Standup Paddleboarders!


REAL is the exclusive Surftech Tuflite Travel Center for North America. With over 150 Surftech Surfboards and Standup Paddleboards at your fingertips, you always have the best equipment when you hit the water!

REAL Watersports

REAL is located in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, internationally recognized as the best place to kiteboard in the world.

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Where to Eat

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