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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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

I am thrilled to be working with incredible Native American talent here in Michigan!  Collaborating with designer Jillian Waterman on her new swimwear line and paddleboard designer Jason Thelan on his stunning 5’9” Fish surfboard, the “Petoskey Stone Fish.” Their creativity and craftsmanship are truly inspiring. Grateful for the chance to create something special together! 

#IndigenousFashion #NativeAmericanDesigners #MichiganTalent #JillianWaterman #JasonThelan #LittleBayBoards #PetoskeyStoneFish #SwimwearDesign #PaddleboardArt #LocalCreatives #SupportLocal #IndigenousArt #NativeStyle #CommunityCollaboration #FashionInnovation #SurfboardDesign #InspiredByLocals #CulturalCraftsmanship #NativeEmpowerment #CreativeCommunity #FashionForward #IndigenousCreators #LocalTalent #ArtisticVision #MichiganPride #TogetherWeRise

I am thrilled to be working with incredible Native American talent here in Michigan! Collaborating with designer Jillian Waterman on her new swimwear line and paddleboard designer Jason Thelan on his stunning 5’9” Fish surfboard, the “Petoskey Stone Fish.” Their creativity and craftsmanship are truly inspiring. Grateful for the chance to create something special together!

#IndigenousFashion #NativeAmericanDesigners #MichiganTalent #JillianWaterman #JasonThelan #LittleBayBoards #PetoskeyStoneFish #SwimwearDesign #PaddleboardArt #LocalCreatives #SupportLocal #IndigenousArt #NativeStyle #CommunityCollaboration #FashionInnovation #SurfboardDesign #InspiredByLocals #CulturalCraftsmanship #NativeEmpowerment #CreativeCommunity #FashionForward #IndigenousCreators #LocalTalent #ArtisticVision #MichiganPride #TogetherWeRise
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Choose the North is looking for young professionals who are interested in sharing their journey to Northern Michigan. Our interviews are video based and highlight why the interviewee settled in Northern Michigan, what they do for work, how they ended up in their position, and some of their favorite activities to do in the North.

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Do you or someone you know #choosethenorth?

Choose the North is looking for young professionals who are interested in sharing their journey to Northern Michigan. Our interviews are video based and highlight why the interviewee settled in Northern Michigan, what they do for work, how they ended up in their position, and some of their favorite activities to do in the North.

Interested in learning more? Visit linktr.ee/choosethenorth to view past interviews, or shoot us a message!

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Thrilled to work with the incredibly talented indigenous designer, Jillian Waterman, and paddleboard designer, Jason Thelan, with Little Bay Boards! Their innovative designs are simply stunning, and it’s been an absolute joy to shoot their products with such amazing local talent. Grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with these bad asses! 💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽

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Thrilled to work with the incredibly talented indigenous designer, Jillian Waterman, and paddleboard designer, Jason Thelan, with Little Bay Boards! Their innovative designs are simply stunning, and it’s been an absolute joy to shoot their products with such amazing local talent. Grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with these bad asses! 💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽

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Awesome neighbors!!! And.... What beautifully phenomenal boards made by littlebayboards come by and grab your fav board just in time for 🌞⛱️ 
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Awesome neighbors!!! And.... What beautifully phenomenal boards made by littlebayboards come by and grab your fav board just in time for 🌞⛱️
P s
The show today at Nub`s knob posted by harborspringsarea
Today only!!!

P.p.s
Whenever you`re ready here`s another way we can help grab your favorite flavors of Canary Island garlic and herb olive oils when you get six bottles get $10 flat rate shipping anywhere in the US www.vigoacuisine.com

#paddleboard #littlebayboards #nubsnob #paddleboarding #paddleboardingadventures #outdoorliving #outdooradventures #outdoorlife #michiganders #campinglife #skinubs
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Not everyone is going to think the things you want to do in life are a good idea.

Not everyone will be welcoming in a session.

Not everyone appreciates the same art as you.

Not everyone will love hearing you play. 

Don’t let that stop you from sharing who you are and what you love with the world!!
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PC to Steph Cope and a special thanks to Little Bay Boards for letting us borrow some of your gorgeous usable art for this shoot!

Not everyone is going to think the things you want to do in life are a good idea.

Not everyone will be welcoming in a session.

Not everyone appreciates the same art as you.

Not everyone will love hearing you play.

Don’t let that stop you from sharing who you are and what you love with the world!!
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PC to Steph Cope and a special thanks to Little Bay Boards for letting us borrow some of your gorgeous usable art for this shoot!
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There’s nothing like that first paddle feeling!  I got up to the lake this weekend for Father’s Day — and was able to take my littlebayboards out.  Looking forward to my next trip, and  more time on the board.

WETSU! WETSU!
XO  JT

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There’s nothing like that first paddle feeling!  I got up to the lake this weekend for Father’s Day — and was able to take my littlebayboards out.  Looking forward to my next trip, and  more time on the board.

WETSU! WETSU!
XO  JT

#wetsuseason #wetsulife #paddleboarding #visitmichigan #aginggracefully #interiordesign #newblog #chicagoblogger #everydaystyle #styleover50 #homedecor
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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...