Urban Stand Up Paddle-Boarding, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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You might ask what urban adventures are available to tour in the beautiful city of Pittsburgh? There is no better way to view the urban skyline than on a stand-up paddleboard.


Urban paddling is something you can do in many cities, thanks to the rivers running through or alongside them. But, urban stand up paddle boarding is a totally unique experience of its own, especially in Pittsburgh, PA. The Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers merge to form the Ohio hence the “SUP3Rivers”.

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Established in 2011, SUP3Rivers is a grass roots based urban stand up paddle boarding adventure outfitter based out of South Side Riverfront Park and Allegheny Landing in the North Shore. Their mission is to provide safe urban adventures on the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers making the sport accessible, safe and affordable to the residents and visitors of Pittsburgh, PA. The SUP3River's friendly 1st timer paddle tour highlights the city’s bridges and landmarks such as PNC Park, Heinz Field, Point State Park, USS Requin, several bridges, city scape views and the riverfront trails that connect all along the rivers. “Our goal is to continue branding an urban SUP community in the downtown Pittsburgh area with a focus on safety. We are not selling equipment, we are branding and sharing the experience" states Owner, Matthew Rumbaugh.


The ideal time to SUP in Pittsburgh, PA is mid-May through late September. Experienced paddlers can access the rivers year-round but the wind, current and commercial traffic can be challenging. Inexperienced paddlers should avoid the rivers from October 1st til April 1st. No matter what the season you will need to wear a PFD and leash. Safety is first and foremost to ensure you enjoy a gnarly urban adventure.

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Photos courtesy: SUP3rivers

Other Paddle Boarding Outfitters:

Be sure to reach out and show some SUP3 LUV to the other paddle boarding outfitters outside of SUP3Rivers city location. “The SUP community we collectively support and helped to brand in Pittsburgh has grown tremendously, extending far beyond our city walls. The SUP Community is a "Universal" community. There is simply no better way to view our beautiful city than on a paddleboard.” states co-owner Connie Bradley.

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For more info pertaining to SUP3Rivers end-of-the-season 10K Paddle & Music FEST click HERE.

Last modified onMonday, 21 September 2020 10:33
Matthew Rumbaugh

Matthew Rumbaugh's daytime job is in HealthCare/TeleHealth for the last 16 years and Connie Bradley works for Clarion University of Pennsylvania as a counselor. Both are extremely active and engaged in watersports especially Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Their mission is to provide an awesome SAFE urban paddle boarding experience and give back to the community. SUP3Rivers has allowed for that by raising awareness and raising money for the non-profit "Friends of the RiverFront". Matthew credits the "Live Like Jay Foundation" for opening SUP3Rivers, "We branded a culture of giving and being content and happy..."

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