ABOUT SURF DAYTON: Surf Dayton is a community information source for everything river SUP, surf, and whitewater kayaking related around Dayton, OH. Dayton has several waves and a few new events throughout the year. We have a great community of paddlers and surfers and want everyone to enjoy our local whitewater features. If you have information or images you would to see updated or featured, email sthomassup@gmail.com

We will also be hosting river surf, whitewater SUP , and flatwater SUP clinics starting this summer! Book yours today! 


SERVICES: Beginning July 2019, we will be offering private lessons and group clinics for river surfing, River SUP, as well as Flatwater SUP lessons. We’ll provide everything you need to have fun on the water with professional instruction. We contribute organized and powerful programs to maximize fun and progression.

Our mission is to spread the joy the of being on the water and grow the sport of river surfing and paddleboarding with quality instruction and sharing the stoke! We bring a surf culture vibe to our landlocked surf community and spread the importance of clean water and environmental values.


Shannon Thomas
Surf Dayton founder

Dayton native, started out canoeing and kayaking the local rivers and transitioned into Stand Up Paddleboarding in 2012 and fell in love with river surfing and whitewater paddle boarding. Traveling full time around the country, with his dog Bailey, in search of rivers to surf during the peak season, makes a point to come back to Dayton to surf the features here in late Summer/Fall during the prime surf levels.

CPR/First Aid Certified
ACA SUP Certified Level 1 & 2

Jake Brown

One of the friendliest guys you can meet, Jake grew up surfing and lifeguarding for years in Santa Cruz, CA. He now resides in Ohio with his dog TJ and works as an EMT for the city of Dayton Fire Department and when he’s not saving lives, he’s shredding at the local river waves.

CPR/First Aid Certified
Advanced Open Water SCUBA
Coastal Kayak Instructor
Ocean Lifeguard