A Chat with Paddle Annapolis @ Butler’s Marina
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Paddle premium Mistral paddle boards with an ASI accredited guide. ASI is the leading SUP instructor certification. Back Creek offers calm water and little boat traffic, ideal for learning. Butler’s Marina provides free parking and a beautiful Annapolis ambiance.
What’s one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans?
An important tip for a first-time paddler is to hold the paddle so that the angle of the paddle blade is forward. Too many people are holding the paddle backwards. Also, it is important to know that you don’t have to stand up right away. Get comfortable kneeling on your board before standing.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I do what I love. There are 10,000 reasons why paddle boarding is an amazing activity. I guarantee you will agree. I feel blessed to be an ambassador of this great sport. I race paddle boards, sell paddle boards, and teach paddling. Paddle boarding is my life. This is why they call me Paddle Brad.
What do you love most about your job?
I absolutely love teaching an apprehensive or nervous first timer how fun and simple paddle boarding really is. Paddling reconnects people with nature, water, and each other. I am also inspired when I teach somebody to paddle and they become addicted to the sport. Just like I am.
“OMG! Brad is great teacher and very knowledgeable. I learned my first technique in paddleboarding quickly. I'm coming back and will recommend to friends.”