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Today we are joined by Mike of East of SIX SUP in Toronto, Canada
Hi Mike, could you tell us a little bit about East of SIX SUP?
EAST OF SIX SUP is a full service SUP business based just 5 minutes east of the Toronto downtown core. Taught by Paddle Canada Advanced Skilled SUP instructors, we offer SUP Yoga and beginner daytime and sunset lessons, tours and rentals.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your experience with paddleboarding
Our Team lead Mike is an Advanced skills level flat water instructor with 8 years of SUP experience
Location Overview – Tell us about your water environment
We operate out of Cherry Beach just minutes away from Toronto’s downtown core. After a brief beach lesson we head into the water and minutes away is the canal leading into the Toronto harbour! We hear “Wow” alot when we turn the corner as the Toronto skyline is pretty stunning. We have Cabana Pool Bar to our right and in front of us we have the skyline which includes the iconic CN Tower and the Rogers Center. There’s tons to look at including the planes flying over us coming into land and taking off from the Toronto Island Airport!
What services do you offer?
We offer Lessons, Excursions, Flat Water, Downwinders, Paddle Games, Racing, Rentals, Sunset Paddle, SUP Yoga, Tours and Workouts.
The Sunset SUP lesson and tour is our most popular lesson. It runs from 6:30-9:30 Tuesday through Sunday and is a show stopper! We start off with an into lesson on the beach followed by an in the water lesson. We then paddle over to the Toronto Island and explore the harbour while our instructors give some history lessons about the island. Once we arrive on the island we stop for a dinner break overlooking the Toronto skyline. We provide drybags so people can bring their dinner. Once break is finished we go out in front of the skyline at Sunset and do a photo shoot of our students in front of the skyline and send send everyone their photos following their evening!
Are there any other local attractions others may be interested in?
There is a bird aviary we paddle to a few times a week which a variety of birds and bird watchers go to by foot.
Do you have a season or do you operate year round?
We operate May through September and sometimes into October, weather dependent of course. The fall colours on the trees add to the scenery and make for a fun paddle session.
Tell us about your favorite local food and why you love it
Our fave is El Catrin Distilleria in the historic Distillery District. About a 5 minute drive from Cherry Beach, El Catrin is an authentic Mexican Restaurant with Guacamole made at your table and Margaritas you won’t want to stop drinking!
Where would you recommend travelers stay nearby?
One King West is our hotel of choice! A boutique hotel in the downtown core, it’s central to everything a tourist could possibly need and our top tip ask to see the Vault in the basement, it is an old converted bank!
Are there any additional activities nearby that you recommend?
Take in a concert, head over to the St. Lawrence Market for some food shopping on the weekends, Get some tickets for the Blue Jays or Toronto Raptors. If you are a thrill seeker you could always head up to the top of the CN Tower and do the edgewalk where you walk around the top! Its a 1,815 feet up adventure you will never forget!
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You have had no or limited experience on a board or have limited skills. You aren’t comfortable in bumpy water, have only paddled a few times and/or haven’t fallen off a board yet. (If you have fallen it’s by accident and likely not because you were pushing your skills to the next level.)
You are relaxed standing on a board must know how to swim, can fall off and climb back on your board with no problem. you have paddle 5 plus times and can paddle comfortably in boat and wind waves (not on knees), can paddle straight and have directional control of your board. You can paddle in up to 8knots of wind and small wind and boat wakes comfortably.
You paddle regularly and, know how to paddle straight, have directional control, and can create speed with a full body stroke. You can fall off and get back on your board. You may also know how to walk on your board, know a cross bow and experience paddling with boat wakes or wind waves without getting on your knees. You can paddle in wind up to 12knots if needed and have paddled in slow moving water (river and/or Ocean) conditions and may even have a race or two under your belt. You are able to read the water in average conditions, and understand rules of the road in busy waterways
You paddle often, probably own your own board (or several), you can pivot turn, surf waves 2-4ft waves and/or race, and/or downwinder, and/or moving water conditions class 1 river.You race, surf, whitewater, downwinders, podium or get close in local races you train to paddle and paddle to train.
You are comfortable in more than one of the following: 10k plus races, surf 4-5+, whitewater, downwinders, multi-day excursions and may even teach of lead groups for any of the above
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This trip is rated Moderate  The daily hikes range from 4-8 miles (shorter options available daily) on dirt trails and small country roads with gently rolling hills.
A conditioning regimen beginning at least 2-3 months prior to departure is highly recommended. Walking/hiking, running and biking are all great ways to physically prepare for this adventure. The better shape you are in, the more you’ll be able to enjoy all that the Czech Republic countryside has to offer! Note: Most days include a van transfer ranging in length from 30 minutes to 2 hours.