Eco-Friendly Elegance with Little Bay Boards

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Wood Stand Up Paddle Boards, Surfboards, Lake Inspired Art, Gifts and more!
Combining Eco-Friendly Elegance with Unmatched Craftsmanship
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WHY RIDE A REAL WOOD STAND UP PADDLE BOARD?

Feel the resonance

Experience a deeper connection with the waters you ride

looking up into cedar forest tree canopy magical vibes of eco-friendly paddle boards

Eco-Friendly

Handcrafted

Natural Beauty

Made in the USA

Built with Sustainably Forested Lumber

IN THE BEGINNING

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In 1873, the people living along Little Traverse Bay named their settlement “Petoskey,” in honor of Chief Petosegay.  Chief Petosegay was born on the banks of the Kalamazoo River, moved north, and was raised near the shores of the Little Traverse Bay near what is now Harbor Springs, Michigan.

Hollow Wood Paddle Board skin with wood inlay of Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Little Traverse Bay, Northern Michigan area.

139 years later, Chief Petosegay’s great-great-great-great granddaughter, Shawni, wanted to explore the waterways of northern Michigan.

She asked her father for a Standup Paddle Board, but not just any paddle board made of toxic foam or plastic, she wanted the best paddle board.

With an instinct for earth care, Shawni wanted a stand up paddle board made out of natural materials.

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As a master carpenter, Shawni’s father, Jason Thelen, knew he could build her one of the best paddle boards out of wood, to give her an eco-friendly alternative to the plastic and foam boards that currently dominate the stand up paddle board marketplace.

Custom eco-friendly hollow wood paddle board on the shores of a beach being admired by master paddle board builder Jason Thelen of Petoskey Michigan.

In the spring of 2012, Jason built the first Little Bay Board.

Shawni was now able to experience a deeper connection with nature as she explored the waterways of northern Michigan on her wooden Standup Paddleboard, custom-built by her father.

Jason Thelen's two daughters playing on a wood paddle board the beach in the Little Traverse Bay

Soon after, Jason began having a deeper connection with the folks in the beach parking lots, asking him where they got “that beautiful paddle board?!”

By the summer of 2012, Little Bay Boards was born and Jason began building paddle boards for other people who wanted to experience the best standup paddle boards nature can offer.

Jason Thelen, founder of Little Bay Boards in Petoskey holding a lightweight hollow wood paddle board over his head with overcast skies and beach in the background and a smile on his face
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The Details | FAQ

The Details | FAQ

The Details - About Our Paddle Boards A better ride for a better planet, Eco-Friendly Wood Stand-Up Paddle BoardsEach and every Little Bay...

Our New Story | Scaling SUP

Our New Story | Scaling SUP

It's the same thing every morning. I walk in here and my mind is blown. I breathe in the air, the fresh smell of lumber. I look at...

Custom Paddle Board Gallery

Custom Paddle Board Gallery

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Wow. Just wow! I popped my new board in Burt Lake just hours after we picked it up. Even in the waves it was magic. I can honestly say that there is a real energy that is given off by that real wood. Like it is alive! I will treasure it forever.

Merritt

September 2020

I took my board for her maiden voyage yesterday in Little Traverse Bay. What a special ride it was. It’s true what Jason says, the wood is alive and standing on my Little Bay Boards was unlike any other paddle board. I can’t say enough about the craftmanship and artistry of Jason. Thank you very much.

Kimberly

June 2017

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Exploring the Waves with WETSU Life

Exploring the Waves with WETSU Life

Thank you to Jennifer Telek for including us in her latest adventure, “Water Toys for the Lake” where she reviews our paddle board on her popular blog, Wetsulife.com.

Choose the North

Choose the North

To address the talent challenges faced by many local businesses, the 2023 NLEA/DTE Energy Foundation Interns are launching a talent...

This board is my husband’s and he absolutely loves it! It is incredibly light at 28 lbs and maneuvers so easily. It doesn’t pitch or rock in waves as much as our older “traditional” board. We are extremely happy that we had this beauty crafted by Jason!

Susan

March 2019

I couldn’t be happier with by board from Little Bay Boards!  Its the perfect balance of form and function.  Jason is brilliant with his work and his art is not only beautiful but provides the best ride I’ve ever had.

Joe Guinan

May 2017

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Bears and Bolts

Bears and Bolts

Some Grateful Dead Standup Paddleboard art... Bear and Bolts Constructed in late summer 2020, these Grateful Dead inspired Stand Up Paddle...

We met Jason Thelen today, the artist and builder of my beautiful board. A wonderful experience from start to finish. Though the final product was a surprise, Jason created exactly what I wanted. I immediately put it in the river upon returning home to Leland and was so delighted with the ride. Found my sweet spot for standing and she glided beautifully. The board is very stable and I loved the reverberation of the water through the wood. Jason’s thoughtfulness in construction is even evident in the paddle which is only a pound and is curved to reduce stress on the arms and back. Wow!! So happy!! And the board is only 28 lbs! Thank you Jason! JOY!!

Jenn

May 2018

I have had my board for two years now and love it more every time I go out. I have taken it on vacation in many states. Paddled the ocean and all Great Lakes. It still looks like new. Everywhere I go I get compliments and questions. All of Jason designs are unique and I was thrilled to be able to have input into the design. He is an amazing craftsman, designer and all round great guy. I plan to have my board till I can’t stand on it any longer. It is my greatest stress reliever and adventure taker ever. Thanks Jason!

Nancy Kowalski

October 2015

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Grand Haven – Spring Lake | Wooden Stand Up Paddle Boards | Little Bay Boards

LITTLE BAY BOARDS HAS YOUR SUP BOARD Imagine paddling along Grand Haven State Park at Sunset...Stand Up Paddle Boards Grand Haven, Spring LakeA PERFECT MORNING PADDLING ALONG THE GRAND HAVEN SHORELINE. Just imagine nothing but you and your Little Bay Board enjoying...

South Haven | Wooden Stand Up Paddle Boards | Little Bay Boards

SOUTH HAVEN LOVES LITTLE BAY BOARDS Custom Wooden Stand Up Paddle Boards in South HavenStand Up Paddle Boards in South HavenPADDLE BOARDING ALONG THE SOUTH HAVEN, MICHIGAN SHORELINE. You start your cruise on your Little Bay Board wooden paddle board in the Black...

Saugatuck | Wooden Stand Up Paddle Boards | Little Bay Boards

LITTLE BAY BOARDS ARE CUSTOM MADE FOR YOU Are you looking for a one of a kind stand up paddle board in Saugatuck?Stand Up Paddle Boards in SaugatuckSOAKING IN THE SUMMER RAYS WHILE PADDLE BOARDING ALONG THE SAUGATUCK SHORELINE. Nothing but blue sky, calm waters and...

Muskegon | Wooden Stand Up Paddle Boards | Little Bay Boards

MUSKEGON HEARTS LITTLE BAY BOARDS Handcrafted One of a Kind Wooden Paddle BoardsStand Up Paddle Boards in MuskegonSTAND UP PADDLE BOARDING IN MUSKEGON, MICHIGAN. Little Bay Boards handcrafts one of a kind paddle boards that will have people admiring yours when you...

Ludington | Wooden Stand Up Paddle Boards | Little Bay Boards

LITTLE BAY BOARDS WILL FILL THAT DREAM Are you searching for a Stand Up Paddle Board in Ludington?Stand Up Paddle Boards in LudingtonA PEACEFUL MORNING PADDLING ALONG THE LUDINGTON SHORELINE. Just imagine nothing but you and your Little Bay Board enjoying the early...

Holland, MI | Wooden Stand Up Paddle Boards | Little Bay Boards

LITTLE BAY BOARDS IS HERE Are you looking for a SUP board in Holland?  Look no further...Stand Up Paddle Boards in Holland, MichiganENJOY A SUNSET CRUISE PADDLE BOARDING ALONG THE SHORES OF HOLLAND, MICHIGAN. Just imagine nothing but you and your Little Bay Board...

Traverse City | Wooden Stand Up Paddle Boards | Little Bay Boards

TRAVERSE CITY LOVES LITTLE BAY BOARDS Stand Up Paddle Boards in Traverse CityStand Up Paddle Board Traverse CityWhere to Paddle Board Near Traverse City, Michigan Looking for the perfect spot to paddle board near Traverse City, Michigan? You're in luck! This post will...

Petoskey | Wooden Stand Up Paddle Boards | Little Bay Boards

PETOSKEY LOVES LITTLE BAY BOARDS The Ultimate Custom Wood Paddle BoardA PERFECT EVENING PADDLING ALONG THE LITTLE TRAVERSE BAY AND BEAR RIVER. Just imagine nothing but you and your Little Bay Board enjoying a nice cruise along the Bear River or paddling around in the...

Charlevoix Michigan – Wooden Stand Up Paddle Boards | Little Bay Boards

CHARLEVOIX LOVES LITTLE BAY BOARDS The Ultimate Custom Wood Paddle BoardStand Up Paddle Boards CharlevoixA PERFECT EVENING PADDLING ALONG THE CHARLEVOIX SHORELINE AND PINE RIVER CHANNEL. Just imagine nothing but you and your Little Bay Board enjoying a nice cruise...

I am so in love with my new board. I got everything I had asked for custom plus more.  Thank you so much!

Britney Vandermolen

April 2015

“A metaphor is like a simile.” - Steven Wright

Living the good life on Lac La Belle, Michigan

Camera: iPhone 13 Pro Max

#sup #philosophy #laclabelle #mindfulness #keweenaw #keweenawpeninsula #puremichigan #michiganspring #michiganwinter #mindovermatterathlete #disconnect #selfportraitphotography #selfportrait #upperpeninsulamichigan #upperpeninsula #yespuremichigan #standuppaddleboarding #suplife #standuppaddle #upperpeninsula #upperpeninsulamichigan #lakesuperior #betegrise #mountbohemia #onthewater #standuppaddlemagazinenn #littlebayboards

“A metaphor is like a simile.” - Steven Wright

Living the good life on Lac La Belle, Michigan

Camera: iPhone 13 Pro Max

#sup #philosophy #laclabelle #mindfulness #keweenaw #keweenawpeninsula #puremichigan #michiganspring #michiganwinter #mindovermatterathlete #disconnect #selfportraitphotography #selfportrait #upperpeninsulamichigan #upperpeninsula #yespuremichigan #standuppaddleboarding #suplife #standuppaddle #upperpeninsula #upperpeninsulamichigan #lakesuperior #betegrise #mountbohemia #onthewater #standuppaddlemagazinenn #littlebayboards
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Our pal marybea.art reached out about this cool show next Friday 5/10 at littlebayboards. It will be the first event of the season for your favorite Two Hoots. We are super stoked to see what the other makers have been up to and listen to some incredible musicians. Hope to see you there!!

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Here are the event details from the Little Bay Board's Facebook event page:

Let us gather in celebration of spring! |  BYOB |  Music starts at 6:30

*** Enjoy the Melodies of ***

ELIZA THORP

GABI JUNE

*** Shop for Mother's Day Gifts from Local Makers ***

MK METALS

TWO HOOTS

MARY BEA ART

LITTLE BAY BOARDS

Our pal marybea.art reached out about this cool show next Friday 5/10 at littlebayboards. It will be the first event of the season for your favorite Two Hoots. We are super stoked to see what the other makers have been up to and listen to some incredible musicians. Hope to see you there!!

***

Here are the event details from the Little Bay Board`s Facebook event page:

Let us gather in celebration of spring! | BYOB | Music starts at 6:30

*** Enjoy the Melodies of ***

ELIZA THORP

GABI JUNE

*** Shop for Mother`s Day Gifts from Local Makers ***

MK METALS

TWO HOOTS

MARY BEA ART

LITTLE BAY BOARDS
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Check out what’s new in the shop! A one of a kind handcrafted paddle board from Little Bay Boards. Jason is the wildly talented craftsman behind the brand and we couldn’t be more excited to pair up with him and his team to spread the word about these incredible boards. 

So when you’re in our shop, scan the QR code on the board and it will bring you to their website. There you can see everything they have to offer and learn more about what they do. 

#shoplocal #supportlocal #brandshelpingbrands #petoskeymichigan #charlevoixmichigan #puremichigan #paddleboarding #craftsmanship #handcrafted #lakelife #greatlakes littlebayboards

Check out what’s new in the shop! A one of a kind handcrafted paddle board from Little Bay Boards. Jason is the wildly talented craftsman behind the brand and we couldn’t be more excited to pair up with him and his team to spread the word about these incredible boards.

So when you’re in our shop, scan the QR code on the board and it will bring you to their website. There you can see everything they have to offer and learn more about what they do.

#shoplocal #supportlocal #brandshelpingbrands #petoskeymichigan #charlevoixmichigan #puremichigan #paddleboarding #craftsmanship #handcrafted #lakelife #greatlakes littlebayboards
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A few months out still but mark those calendars!
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The Queen of the Sea - elizathorpmusic - has a busy May coming up as she’ll be performing all across the state.

A few months out still but mark those calendars!

The Queen of the Sea - elizathorpmusic - has a busy May coming up as she’ll be performing all across the state.
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You guys-Im so excited to have my antiques & vintage collection trilliumwoodscoffee again this summer season! 

Trillium Woods is a coffee shop on the way up to Good Hart on M-119//The Tunnel of Trees, that overlooks the shores of Lake Michigan! 

It’s such an awesome spot to meet friends for coffee & go for a swim after, get some work done(we have internet out there!), and go shopping for antiques//other fun goods!

I hope to see you out there this summer🌊🌞✨

Do you want to visit Good Hart this summer?

You guys-Im so excited to have my antiques & vintage collection trilliumwoodscoffee again this summer season!

Trillium Woods is a coffee shop on the way up to Good Hart on M-119//The Tunnel of Trees, that overlooks the shores of Lake Michigan!

It’s such an awesome spot to meet friends for coffee & go for a swim after, get some work done(we have internet out there!), and go shopping for antiques//other fun goods!

I hope to see you out there this summer🌊🌞✨

Do you want to visit Good Hart this summer?
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Discover the charm of Cabaña Serena, our Rincón 🇵🇷 retreat, where bohemian elegance meets surf-town cool. This room features two plush queen beds and is adorned with handcrafted “Stand Up Paddle” paddles from littlebayboards , evoking the spirit of the sea. The inviting rattan pendant light illuminates the space with a warm, artisanal glow. The thoughtful contrast of rich woods
and sleek polished concrete offers a unique aesthetic, perfect for guests who appreciate the beauty in detail. Come, stay, and immerse yourself in one of the island West Coast most enchanting hideaway. #RinconBoho #SurfStyleLiving #sup #suptravel #retreattravel #reconnecttravvel
#leisuretravel #HandcraftedHideaway #cabanaserena #cabanaserenarincon #surftrip #ecolodging

Discover the charm of Cabaña Serena, our Rincón 🇵🇷 retreat, where bohemian elegance meets surf-town cool. This room features two plush queen beds and is adorned with handcrafted “Stand Up Paddle” paddles from littlebayboards , evoking the spirit of the sea. The inviting rattan pendant light illuminates the space with a warm, artisanal glow. The thoughtful contrast of rich woods
and sleek polished concrete offers a unique aesthetic, perfect for guests who appreciate the beauty in detail. Come, stay, and immerse yourself in one of the island West Coast most enchanting hideaway. #RinconBoho #SurfStyleLiving #sup #suptravel #retreattravel #reconnecttravvel
#leisuretravel #HandcraftedHideaway #cabanaserena #cabanaserenarincon #surftrip #ecolodging
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They’re here! Our beautiful wall art from littlebayboards! 
Thank you so much to Jason and the team for working with me on this awesome project! These pieces are available at the studio! Stop by this week and check them out! 

#119studio #littlebayboards #wallart #m119 #tunneloftrees #trillium #harborspringsmichigan #downtownharborsprings #harborspringsarea #petoskeyarea #michiganphotographer #michiganinteriordesigner #michigan #michigansmallbusiness #supportsmallbusiness #michiganshops #northernmichigan #shopsmall

They’re here! Our beautiful wall art from littlebayboards!
Thank you so much to Jason and the team for working with me on this awesome project! These pieces are available at the studio! Stop by this week and check them out!

#119studio #littlebayboards #wallart #m119 #tunneloftrees #trillium #harborspringsmichigan #downtownharborsprings #harborspringsarea #petoskeyarea #michiganphotographer #michiganinteriordesigner #michigan #michigansmallbusiness #supportsmallbusiness #michiganshops #northernmichigan #shopsmall
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Life with Luna Moon: Mystery on the Road Again
Retreat Edition, full length video is on YouTube! 
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Join us in Big Bay, MI 7/26 - 7/28 SUP Yoga Retreat! Save with our early bird rate! Link in bio! 🌊🏄🏼‍♀️ 
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#lunamoonsup #paddleboarding #supyoga #namaste #community #retreat

Life with Luna Moon: Mystery on the Road Again
Retreat Edition, full length video is on YouTube!
.
Join us in Big Bay, MI 7/26 - 7/28 SUP Yoga Retreat! Save with our early bird rate! Link in bio! 🌊🏄🏼‍♀️
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#lunamoonsup #paddleboarding #supyoga #namaste #community #retreat
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We are super excited to be collaborating with Little Bay Boards on some custom wall art for 119 Studio! These beautiful works of art will be available at the studio soon! Here’s a sneak peek! 👀
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#119studio #littlebayboards #paddleboards #paddleboarding #littletraversebay #harborspringsarea #harborspringsmichigan #petoskeyarea #petoskeymichigan #northernmichigan #michiganmade #ecofriendly #customwork #trillium #downtownharborsprings #michigan #michiganphotographer #michigansmallbusiness #michigangifts

We are super excited to be collaborating with Little Bay Boards on some custom wall art for 119 Studio! These beautiful works of art will be available at the studio soon! Here’s a sneak peek! 👀
littlebayboards

#119studio #littlebayboards #paddleboards #paddleboarding #littletraversebay #harborspringsarea #harborspringsmichigan #petoskeyarea #petoskeymichigan #northernmichigan #michiganmade #ecofriendly #customwork #trillium #downtownharborsprings #michigan #michiganphotographer #michigansmallbusiness #michigangifts
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Might as well start thinking about summer……

#doworksister

Might as well start thinking about summer……

#doworksister
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How to Care for your Paddleboard

How to Care for your Paddleboard

How to Care for your Little Bay Board - Wooden PaddleboardOVERVIEWWhile our boards are pretty darn durable, let's face the facts, you...