Leavenworth, WA Shop Embraces River SUP

Seattle native Adam McKenney ended up in the Bavarian theme town of Leavenworth a decade ago following his passions for the outdoors. He owns Leavenworth Mountain Sports, a full service retail and rental shop for skiing, whitewater kayaking and more recently both flat water and river SUP.

Surrounded by mountain lakes, and small to fast moving rivers, Adam has found a niche in teaching beginners to paddle SUPs on rivers. Over the summer, he told me he starts families out on mellow Class 1 (lake like) stretches of the Wenatchee River and by the end of the day they're surfing standing waves. Adam carries Starboard, Werner, the Emotion Traverse, and Astral PFDs. He applauds the wide and stable Starboard Avanti and Whopper boards for river paddling.

Check out Adam's company page dedicated to SUP, some fun Wenatchee River videos here:

The following pics are from the annual Wenatchee River Festival held in early June. The images are at Rodeo Hole and the flow was about 30k Cfs, after one of our largest snow packs in years.