Big River SUP

Standup paddleboard lessons, guided ecotours and classes on the backwaters of the Upper Mississippi River in Dubuque County, Iowa. Launched in 2013 by local standup paddler Kip Hoffmann, PaddleFit Level 2 Certified Instructor, Big River SUP aims to share the passion of standup paddling while exposing the amazing natural resources of the Driftless Area. Classes are offered at a very affordable rate to increase accessibility to lessons, which include use of a board, paddle and PFD. 

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Latitude: 42.780797 Longitude: -91.092697 Elevation: 597 ft
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Kip Hoffmann

Areas of Service and Expertise

Standup paddleboarding, guided tours

Types of Experiences and Trips Provided

Intro to SUP, Lotus Flow SUP Yoga, guided backwater tours

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

Big River SUP is a passion-project of owner Kip Hoffmann, a standup paddleboarder from Dubuque, Iowa. After spending hundreds of hours and miles exploring alone in the backwaters, it became clear that this was an experience that needed to be shared. Completing PaddleFit Level 2 certification, racing nationally and attending many stroke clinics with established paddlers, combined with hours spent learning the ways of the river, have given Kip an extensive knowledge base.  Since 2013, Big River SUP has introduced over 500 people to both the beauty of the Upper Mississippi River and the exhilarating experience that is SUP.

Accessibility Notes

Regular Intro to SUP classes, geared towards novice and beginner paddlers. 

Pet Friendly Notes

Can accommodate paddling with water-loving pets, as long as a pet-friendly PFD is brought along.

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