Kathy Osterman Beach Welcomes Chicago Paddle Company

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Chicago Paddle Co. launches Chicago’s newest stand up paddle board experience.

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CPC co-founder Westy paddles at Kathy Osterman (Hollywood) Beach

There are not many places where you can paddle right in the middle of one of the country’s greatest cities with the Chicago skyline as your backdrop.

Chicago Paddle Company (CPC) announces the launch of their company and newest location. Located at Kathy Osterman (Hollywood) Beach on the shore of Lake Michigan, Chicago Paddle Co. is Chicago’s newest stand up paddle boarding (SUP) experience. Offering rentals, lessons, and classes to both first-time and experienced paddlers, CPC provides the opportunity to enjoy all that stand up paddle boarding has to offer from family recreation to fitness and race training.

Chicago Paddle Co. offers a variety of services and experiences such as beginner lessons, private and group lessons, stand up paddle yoga, Pilates, fitness, kid’s classes, and more. As the fastest growing water sport in the world, Chicago Paddle Co. is pleased to bring the fun of stand up paddle boarding to the shores of Lake Michigan. Derived in Hawaii, stand up paddle boarding entails balancing atop a large surf-like board while propelling across a body of water with a single paddle. Due to its versatility and ease of learning, stand up paddling is exploding across the nation and has become the most popular way for people of all ages to explore various waterways.

“The true beauty of stand up paddling is that it really can be done anywhere there is water from lakes to rivers to oceans,” explains co-founder Michael Westenberger. “The Great Lakes, particularly Lake Michigan, offer a really unique setting for a range of paddle activities including leisure paddling, SUP surfing, fitness classes and racing. There are not many places where you can paddle right in the middle of one of the country’s greatest cities with the Chicago skyline as your backdrop.”

Meet Westy

Owner/Co-founder Michael Westenberger – simply known as “Westy” is originally from Green Bay Wisconsin, and has most recently been residing in Key West, FL. In addition to being an elite YOLO board team rider, Westy holds certifications from the World Paddle Association and is Adult and Pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED Certified. Refining his paddling expertise in both stand up paddling and outrigger canoe, Westy has migrated back to his Midwest roots to launch Chicago Paddle Co.

About Chicago Paddle Company (CPC)

Open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CPC plans to be instrumental in expanding the Chicago stand up paddling community and educating people on the versatile sport with the goal of bringing paddle sports to the local community through clinics, lessons, and group classes. CPC exclusively offers the finest in stand up paddle equipment: YOLO Boards and Kialoa paddles.

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