Stand Up Outfitters
Downtown at 244 Craven Street, New Bern, NC 28560
The Landing at 1305 Country Club Rd, New Bern, NC 28562
Hours: Seasonal hours vary
As of Feb. 2016, Downtown 11:00 – 5:00 and The Landing 9:00 – 5:00
About Stand Up Outfitters
Owners Kate and Charley Lewis believe you should be able to try before you buy and have the best buying experience possible. To that end, Stand Up Outfitters maintains a large selection of boards available for demo and rentals. The shop has a quiver of SIC Maui, Naish, Starboard, Amundson Hawaii, Bark, Surftech and Hala SUPs accompanied by paddles from Quickblade, Kialoa, SIC Maui, Starboard and Naish. Situated in the idyllic North Carolina town of New Bern, one of the oldest European colonial towns in North Carolina, their downtown location is one block from the Neuse River and The Landing is waterfront paddle property.
In addition to SUPs and paddles, Stand Up Outfitters sells a wide range of accessories for boards and paddles, wetsuits and neoprene gear, mens and womens athletic and paddling apparel, Kaenon sunglasses, Shelta hats, Carver skateboards, Indo Boards, hydration packs and more. Paddlers can also grab bottled water, energy drinks and energy bars before or after their paddle. The shop’s clientele is notable for its diversity and lack of any one dominant demographic in a vibrant community where customers range from athletic grandmas to elite athletes.
New Bern is located at the confluence of two rivers and has a two-block section of downtown perfect for eating and shopping. Start your day at The Baker’s Kitchen with french toast and delicious butter syrup. You can pop in for lunch at 247 Craven and try the famous PBT (Pimiento Cheese, Bacon, Tomato). For an evening meal, look no further than The Chelsea. They have great beer on tap and consistently good food. While you are visiting, don’t forget to say hello to Ed at Trent River Coffee for a funky coffee shop experience.
Stand Up Outfitter’s shop at The Landing, their waterfront location, is open to friendly paddlers looking for a spot to launch their boards. Public access points include Pollock Street, Glenburnie Park, Flanners Beach, Creekside Park and Brices Creek.
The shop offers lessons from its qualified staff. Paddlers also have the opportunity to participate in group training sessions during the annual Spring Training Camp – Weekly practices and training schedule runs from February through April. Once spring training is finished, get ready to join the crew for their Thursday Socials – a weekly group paddle that runs from May through November.
Events in the Area
Every autumn Stand Up Outfitters hosts The Colonial Race on the Neuse River; 2016 will be their fifth year organizing this fantastic event traversing the scenic North Carolina countryside. Check the SUP Examiner Calendar for this year’s dates.