Learn to paddle, rock climb, and much more at the Pursuit Series. Photo: Courtesy of the Pursuit Series

Pursuit Series | One Epic Outdoorsman Festival

Here at SUP Magazine, getting outdoors is what inspires us. While paddling may be our favorite activity (don't call us biased), we love getting after other sports such as mountain biking, rock climbing, trail running and so forth. Not only is it good to mix it up, but practicing different sports is great cross training for paddling. But with expensive equipment and a lack of proper training, it can be intimidating to try a new sport for the first time.

If only you could try all those sports you've been meaning to practice in one place, at one time, with gear and expert instruction provided. It may seem to good to be true, but that's what the Camelbak Pursuit Series is all about. This summer, the good folks at the Outbound Collective are launching a three-day festival that will introduce outdoor enthusiasts to a wide-range of different sports and outdoor activities, from standup paddling to backpacking essentials and everything in between. We caught up with the founders to learn more about this intriguing new event. –JH

What is the Outbound Collective and how popular is SUP among your audience?

We launched the site about four years ago and have grown it to reach six million folks. It's a place where people can go and learn about the best things to do in the outdoors and nearby.

SUP is one of our 10 most popular activities on the site and that's growing. It’s one of those sports that a lot of people have expressed interest in. But that is one of the reasons we are doing the Pursuit Series because people are generally curious about learning a lot of different outdoor activities, but a lot of times people don't have that good friend who can teach them or can’t access the equipment. So that's why we wanted to start this event series and get people outside.

So what is the Pursuit Series all about?

The Pursuit Series is a three-day event in which people come to this festival-like setting where everything takes place and all the gear is provided for them to use. We want to be every person's weekend, meaning we will have classes offered for beginners to those who are experts. There will be over 300 different classes and they will all take place in a very intimate setting with 1:5 or 1:10 instructor/participant ratios. In addition to standup paddling instruction, there will be a range of different classes offered such as intro to backpacking, mountain biking, gourmet cooking in the outdoors, rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, nature photography, archery, fly fishing and much more. So we really are opening the outdoors to a lot of people.

Small class sizes mean excellent opportunities to learn. Photo: Courtesy of the Pursuit Series

Talk about the standup paddling classes you will provide?

Obviously a paddleboard can be a really large investment for someone. So to be able to be picked up, taken to a lake, hop on a board and learn from top guides about paddling really takes that intimidation out of the equation. We will be partnering with Jimmy Styks and each day will offer six on-water classes with 10 participants and two instructors. A lot of this class will be introduction because that is what we will be catering to.

Are there class options for more advanced paddlers?

Yes! We will be having classes on dry land where we demonstrate how to go fishing off your paddleboard or how to go for a multi-day trip. We will also have a class about the difference between inflatable and hard boards, so people might get a feel for what type of board they prefer. So for those who want to further their skills or utilize paddling for additional adventure, you can talk to an expert about places you can go and how to have that experience.

What happens when the day is over?

Everyone will get to hang out and camp. We have several different camping options including more luxurious camping options, to more traditional campsites where participants can do standard tent camping. We will have Lagunitas pouring beer, a wine partner, appetizers and presentations from athletes. Once the stars come out, we will have 15 to 20 fire pits with s'mores, drinks and live music.

Price, Dates, Locations?

A 3-day pass is $400 and includes all activities, expert instruction, and required gear. Plus complimentary nightly socials, beer, camp cocktails, s’mores bar, music, and an epic welcome kit filled with $100’s worth of products from our partners.

Aug 11-13; Salt Lake City, UT (Snowbasin)

Sept 8-10; San Francisco, CA (Sanborn RP)


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