Stand Up Paddling Makes Waves on Lake Murray

June 11, 2024

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Lake Murray is becoming a summer recreation mecca with many activities. An easy and affordable way to enjoy the water is standup paddle boarding (SUP). SUP started in Hawaii around 2007, spread to California, and arrived at Lake Murray in 2010, introduced by local teacher Steve Fisher.

“No one could figure out why I had a surfboard on the lake,” states Steve. “No one had ever seen standup paddleboards.” Each summer, more people discover standup paddle boarding (SUP) at Lake Murray, and it has now become commonplace.

“Still, I have a great deal of people each summer come out to see me who have never done it,” says Steve. After a 5-minute onshore demonstration, “I have never had anyone not be able to do it.”

California Republic Stand Up Paddleboards operates every weekend through Labor Day at SouthShore Marina, Leesville, from 10 AM-6 PM. Thursday nights from 6-8 PM are Ladies Night, with a slight price drop and a social atmosphere. A two-hour rental is $25, and Ladies Night is $20. Visitors can bring refreshments and enjoy the grassy beach area with covered tables and chairs.

[Written by Steve Fisher, edited by Kelly Hughes]

California Republic Stand Up Paddleboards

SouthShore Marina | 3072 US-378, Leesville, SC 29036

Reservations can be made by texting Steve: (803) 608-5033