What is a demo?

You’ve paddled a few times and are really loving it. You think to yourself, “This is something I could get into. I feel good, I’m outside, I’m exercising and don’t even know it. I WANT ONE!” Then you look around and see so many boards in so many sizes and brands and you don’t know if the ads and reviews are telling the truth. You wish someone would just make this easier!

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That’s where a demo comes in. A demo day is where a retailer, such as Paddle Up Nashville, sets aside time for people who are interested in purchasing a paddle board to come learn, and best of all try out, boards that are available for purchase. Just as you would never buy a car without giving it a test drive, so too should you never buy a paddle board without seeing how it feels on the water. Along with the advice of our experienced staff, we can help guide you to a board that will get you everything you want out of your paddling experience, whether it’s casual paddling on lake days or competing in SUP races around the world.

Demo Thursdays!

Every Thursday from 6 pm – 7:30 pm, we bring out a selection of boards for people to test drive. This experience in centered around you; we will ask what you would like out of your paddle board and recommend various options. You are free to paddle around the marina, getting the feel of the board and judging what you like and don’t like. Based on the feedback you give us, we will suggest other boards to try until you feel you’ve found the best one for you. The cost is just $25 for the hour and a half, and there is no limit on the number of boards you can try. This is a laid-back, no pressure event. Once you’re done, we’ll have a cooler of beverages and snacks waiting on our patio so you can kick back and enjoy the sunset.

What to Bring:

When you come to a demo, wear the clothes that you would normally paddle in, a towel and bring any accessories (such as a paddle) that you already own. The combination of board and paddle is important! If you are starting from scratch, we have everything you need available in our shop, from paddles to leashes to PFD’s (personal flotation devices) and we can help get you completely outfitted.

Paddle Up Nashville Pro Shop
525 Basswood Ave
Nashville, TN 37209

  • Thursday: 6pm7:30pm

Weather permitting


  • 525 Basswood Avenue,
  • Nashville, TN 37209
  • neil@paddleupnashville.com
  • 615.571.0708