ERIC FRIEDLANDER

VIRGINIA

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I’m an outdoorsy kid since I was born and fell in love with nature around the same time. My mom got me a tandem kayak to paddle with her when I was 3 years old, and I’ve been feeding my addiction of water sports ever since.

I also participate in many mountain sports like snowboarding and downhill mountain biking during the offseason. I first paddled sup in 2010 when I was ten years old. I instantly knew that I wanted a paddleboard and that it the perfect water craft for me. I got my first board with my allowance and mom’s help at twelve years old then another one after working for Surf Reston at fourteen. I started teaching sup when I was thirteen years old and specialized in throwing other kids off the board. I’ve matured a little bit, and now manage to get all ages to jump in the water on their own will. I’ve been teaching ages 4 and up going on my fifth year now and I’m still excited for the possibilities of sup. Surf Reston teaches sup primarily on ERS boards. They’re durable, light and so stable for teaching. I personally prefer them for their flexibility in all water conditions from whitewater to flatwater. I am never bored on an ERS board.

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FAVORITE RIDES

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ERS 12-6 SKYLAKE BLUE

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ERS 9-6 SKYLAKE GREEN

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ERS 12-6 V-II

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INSTRUCTOR

Eric currently teaches out of Surf Reston who have been long time advocates of Earth River SUP. www.surfreston.com (703)-283-8634

Surf Reston sessions are on the calm and flat water around Reston, Virginia. It’s the perfect environment to learn how to stand up paddle board and build your skills for more challenging waterways. They have weekly sessions held primarily on Thursday evenings and Weekends at Lake Anne and every other Wednesday at Lake Audubon, once a month at Lake Newport and Lake Thoreau.

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RIDING STYLE

Whitewater Class II-IV Rapids - SUP Surfing - River & Lake Flatwater - SUP Photography - River Surfing - Whitewater / Surf Parks - & SUP Instructor - Expeditions / Long Distance SUP Racing

PADDLING QUALIFICATIONS

Class II Instructor - Current First Aid Certificate

INTERESTING FACTS

I can unicycle and play tuba. Great party trick if anyone wants to try learning

THE FUTURE

I have a future coming up as a musician in military bands playing tuba. Lots of travelling required so I’m thankful these boards are inflatable because I’ll be traveling with at least one.

BEGINNER SUP LESSONS

INTERMEDIATE SUP LESSONS

 

FAVORITE PADDLING LOCATIONS

FLATWATER – LAKE AUDUBON – VIRGINIA

Especially at sunrise over Summer. It’s the perfect way to wake up.

WHITEWATER – ‘O-DECK’ GREAT FALLS – VIRGINIA

O-Deck is the Mecca for whitewater paddlers in the DMV.

WHITEWATER – ‘RIVERBEND’ – VIRGINIA

My first river spot. Perfect for a day long paddle and starter for running water. I would paddle with my dad in a canoe when I was younger up river 10 miles then back down. It's a gorgeous paddle typically spotting several Bald Eagles and or the whole the scenery of the river.

CAMP SUP FOR KIDS (AGES 11-17)

 
 

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