Surfing the Long Boat


Have you ever had one of those days where the waves start to come up just as you are getting ready to land at the end of a long paddling day? Would you like to learn how to land and launch through that stuff? If so, you have come to the right place.

This class is specifically designed for sea kayakers who want to learn to handle surf environments. This dynamic and exciting place challenges your skills, and is a wonderful place to fine-tune your abilities. Your instructor will show you how to brace in surf, judge landing areas, and land on the beach. You will have plenty of time to practice your new skills and increase your confidence in this exciting, fun-filled course.

Note: Groups classes require a minimum enrollment of three people. If you are booking alone for a class, your reservation is subject to change up until the last day if the minimum enrollment is not reached. If you have a flexible schedule and you do not mind being matched with other paddlers for the day, joining a class is a great option. For private lessons please call 845-668-2030.

COVID update:  Due to current restrictions, we are not running the group course listed below.  We are running private instruction out of our rental facility in Lake Pearl, Massachusetts, and we may be able to travel to RI for private lessons/tours.  Please call us at (845)668-2030 for availability.

Course Details

Course Length Cost (pp) Location Dates
Surfing the Long Boat full day Narrow River
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Directions to Meeting Location

Groups meet at Narrow River in Narragansett. See below for detailed directions. If you are traveling from out of state and are looking for a hotel, we recommend the Holiday Inn Express on Tower Hill Road in South Kingstown.

From Providence and points north take 95 south to RI-4 south (North Kingstown). RI-4 south will turn into US-1 south/ Tower Hill Road. Look for Bridgetown road on your left. This will be approximately 12 miles from the intersection of 95 and RI-4. Turn left onto Bridgetown Road for 1.5 miles. At the intersection make a right one to US-1 south. Follow US-1 south for approximately 3.5 miles to Narrow River bridge. Parking area is over the bridge on the left. Approximate drive time from Providence is 40 minutes (30 miles).

From New York and points west take 95 north towards Providence. After entering into Rhode Island take exit 3A and merge onto RI-138 east/ Kingston road. Follow RI-138 for 15 miles to the intersection of US-1. Cross over US-1 onto Bridgetown Road and follow for 1.5 miles through the intersection. Make a right onto US-1 south and follow south for approximately 3.5 miles to Narrow River bridge. Parking area is over the bridge on the left. Approximate drive time from New York City is 3 hours (170 miles).


Groups meet promptly at 9am at Narrow River Launch. See detailed directions above. In the morning you will meet your instructor, sign a waiver form, and get fitted with paddling equipment for the day. The whole day will be spent outside so please dress appropriately for the weather. You should also bring enough food and water for the entire day. Water shoes are required for your feet (no sandals, please). Classes end around 4pm.

Included/Not Included

Paddlers will be outfitted with all paddling equipment for the day, but you are welcome to bring your own equipment (boat, paddle, PFD). Equipment provided includes appropriate kayak, paddle, and PFD. Paddlers will be expected to arrive dressed appropriately for the weather and provide their own meals. See gear list for complete list of items you will be responsible for bringing. Meals, lodging and transportation are not included.

Cancellation Policy

Payment is due in full at time of reservation to secure your reservation. Events run rain or shine. Eastern Mountain Sports Schools reserves the right to cancel or reschedule events for low participation, weather or safety concerns at any time. We will try to give as much advance notice as possible, but may not always be able to give much advance warning, especially for weather cancellations. Cancellations or schedule changes 14 days or more prior to the event start date will be fully refunded or credited with no penalty. Within 14 days of the start date courses cannot be refunded, but changes to reservations may be granted up until 7 days of the start date. Reservation changes of any kind within 7 days of the event start date will not be refunded and you will not be allowed to carry over deposits to future events. Advanced courses are open to those 18 years and older.  Families with younger children, please reach out for a private lesson.  If you have any questions please call 845-668-2030. We will be more than happy to review our cancellation policy with you.



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