Supporting Education, Stewardship, Recreation, and Research - for Generations to Come.

Why Choose Our
SUP Instruction Programs

It’s our belief that you cannot underestimate the value of credible, certified, on-the-water instruction. Be selective as you evaluate your options for stand up paddle skills training, and choose instructors who are active, experienced, certified, and capable of providing a fun learning experience backed by competent programs and partner organizations that are internationally recognized.


Tim Chandler, SUP Instructor/Guide, JP Australia USA Team Rider

Tim Chandler

Co-Owner. ACA L3 Surf SUP Instructor

JP Australia / USA Team Rider

Tim Chandler is a Dana Point surfer and ACA L3 SUP surf instructor who grew up on the lakes, rivers, and coast lines of Texas. Starting with canoes/kayaks in his youth, he’s been in or on the water his whole life.

Moving to California in the early 1990’s, Tim co-founded the subscription surf camera website SurfCheck.com in 1994, delivering swell reporting and live beach videos that ultimately became the subscription surf camera backbone of media giant Surfline.com. Tim served as VP Technology at Surfline until 2007 after they acquired the company in 1999. From 2007 to 2012 Tim ran Coastalwatch.com’s CoastalCOMS division in Australia – continuing his mission putting surfers on the water around the world.

Tim now works full time as a C-level technology sales and marketing consultant in the USA – and spends free time working in the SUP industry as a USA team rider for JP Australia, a program manager for SUP retailer SUP to YOU Board Shop in Laguna Beach, and as a board member of the Stand Up Paddle Industry Association.



Dylan Chandler, SUP Instructor

Dylan Chandler

Co-Owner. ACA L2 SUP Instructor

Team SUP to You

Dylan Chandler was born for the water in Santa Cruz, CA. After moving to Southern California in the early 2000’s Dylan lived on the beaches between San Clemente and Laguna Beach – fishing, paddling, and surfing local so-cal waters.

Inspired after two years of SUP participation, she decided to pursue instruction and attended ACA training – certifying as an ACA L2 SUP instructor among instructors twice her age.

With experience instructing groups and guiding in local Southern California waters Dylan transitioned to assisting with over-nights in the Black Canyon and fell in love with the glassy morning waters on the Colorado.

Dylan now helps multiple shops and companies in So Cal – working alternately as a SUP instructor and SUP yoga assistant for Sunset Paddle in Laguna Beach and as an independent private SUP instructor for TRY Stand Up Paddle and SUP to You Board Shop.



Ryan Okon, SUP Instructor/Guide

Ryan Okon

Outfitter, SUP Instructor

Team SUP to You

Born and raised in Southern California, Ryan is a lifetime waterman who knows the coastlines of Southern Orange County like no other. Growing up a local surfer, his experience on the water and in the surf since the 80s makes him a ‘go to’ resource for our clients and guests.

Ryan earned his first SUP instructor certifications from the World Paddle Association in 2013 and opened the first dedicated SUP shop in Laguna Beach the same year, as co-owner of SUP to You board shop. The ‘SUP to You’ concept was a breakthrough in the SUP outfitting world – delivering multiple try-before-you-buy programs and a unique outfitter approach to putting the right board under the rider.

Ryan splits time as a small business owner servicing the dental industry and a co-owner of SUP to You Board Shop in the Laguna Beach Canyon. When he’s not on the water SUP surfing, you’ll find him in the mountains on his snowboard, or in the canyons with the team, paddling and guiding the waters of the US Southwest.





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American Canoe Association | Bronze Paddle Sponsors

We certify as instructors through the American Canoe Association – one of the oldest paddle sport organizations in the world. ACA certification program provides a consistent, worldwide platform for paddle instruction programs – designed to maintain a minimum standard of performance and competency for both our SUP instructors and our students. While we focus on FUN, we follow this exemplary standard for stand up paddle education and on-water stewardship, and hope to pass on our combined values/ethics to our customers through any course or events we host. Join us in supporting the ACA!


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