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© 2018 by VanillaGorilla Paddle Surf.


Lessons, Clinics, Coaching, and Paddle Programs

For the Individual

All LESSONS or PADDLE PLANS can cover a wide range of topics and will be customized to the individual.

Personalized lessons run the gamut from General Fitness and Paddle Technique to Open Ocean Paddling and SUP Surfing​. Lessons can include video analysis upon request. 


Individual Paddling PLANS can either be "Flat-Rate" or "Coached." Plans are priced based on number of workouts per week. 


In the static flat rate option, the plan is sent to the paddler once it is paid for and is not adjusted. These plans are great for someone who has one goal race and can adapt their schedule to fit in the prescribed number of workouts. 

A paddler could also opt for a "Coached" option that is dynamic and changes with the needs of the paddler. This is great for a paddler that wants an annual training plan, is trying to peak for multiple races, or has a complicated schedule that needs extra attention from a coach to move workouts around time off the water. 

Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or to help you find out the best plan for you!!

Send me a Video!

Paddling on a plan, but not sure your technique is the most efficient it can be? Email me a video of your stroke and we can get you on the right track. This is also a great option for past clinic participants who have been working on their stroke and want a quick check-in to brush up.  

For your Group

All LESSONS and GROUP CLINICS can cover a wide range of topics and will be customized to your club, environment, and goals.

Some examples include: 

  • Open Ocean Paddling

  • SUP Surfing

  • Race boards in the Surf Zone

  • Paddle Technique

  • Race Strategy & Preparation

  • General Fitness

All clinics can include Video Analysis if desired!

Hire me to Speak!

I love public speaking! If my story speaks to you and you have an event where you would like for me to share it with others, please don't hesitate to contact me

If your in my area...

Join me weekly for: 

  • "Tuesday Training"

  • "Thirsty Thursdays"

  • Long Weekend Paddles

Check the schedule on the Facebook Group HERE  and shoot me an email to let me know you're coming out! 

New to Paddling?

Check out my "New Paddlers" shopping list on Amazon to get some of the basics you need to start paddling and practicing on your own! Then, when you feel ready, come take a lesson with me :-)  Although, I'm always happy to take beginners out as well!! 

What some happy paddlers say:  

I so much enjoyed April's teaching style...knowledgeable, light-hearted, passionate, and fun (and funny!). Would recommend April/this workshop to paddlers of all levels. 

Hands down some of the Best coaching I've received. April is ahhhmazing! Broke it all down on land (Surfset) & after the weather cleared, we took it to the h2O... what a huge HUGE difference! One of many--> Big take aways "kiss my bicep". Luved it! Be back for round two!

You are such an inspiration. You are a good coach and teacher and can "reach" people and communicate effectively. You aren't stuck in one mindset of it has to be this technique or not at all, you are still growing and excelling physically and mentally in the sport and are open to adaptations. You are an awesome resource!!!

For some reason I woke up last week and decided it was time to do an ocean race. I am a short course girl and 10 miles is a big deal to me. I would NEVER have thought I could do this race without your influence. Not just your clinic a few weeks ago that got me so hooked and feeling comfy on the ocean, but your coaching of "Jane Doe". She and her Graveyard race motivated me to set a goal. April, it was the coolest thing I've ever done! The 8 miles up the coast were awesome. My mantra was 'Bury your paddle!' I finished and earned my first top 3 on a 12'6. Wow! Thank you so much for sharing your passion and skills.