Welcome to Little Bay Boards

Premium Custom Wood Stand Up Paddle Boards | Combining Eco-Friendly Elegance with Unmatched Craftsmanship | Visit us at 355 N. Division Rd, Petoskey, Michigan

WHY RIDE A REAL WOOD STAND UP PADDLE BOARD?

Feel the resonance

Experience a deeper connection with the waters you ride

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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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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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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The First Board

The First Board

Weight: 28 lbs This First Board, the one that started it all, was built for Jason’s daughter (who was 9 years old at the time) who...

Snow and Skate

Snow and Skate

Something we dabble in as just another way to use up woods we have laying around the shop. We’ve modified our resin and glass system, to...

The Chest Plate Board

The Chest Plate Board

Weight: 6 lbs   A 48” classic shape Wake board. Truly an allrounder shape for performance. Its name comes from its looks, reminding...

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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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...

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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

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!
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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
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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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💗The Women’s Summer SUP retreat is now booking!!

June 28-30th in Traverse City!  Lodging, rentals, lessons and most meals are included in registration, plus so much more!  Link in bio!🏄‍♀️

☀️These retreats are limited in space and fill up quickly so grab your spot or reach out with questions soon! 
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#upliftretreats 
#michiganadventures 
#sicwomenofwatersports 
#mindbodyspirit 
#summervibes 
#womensupportingwomen 
#womenbusinessowners 
#letsgosomewhere

💗The Women’s Summer SUP retreat is now booking!!

June 28-30th in Traverse City! Lodging, rentals, lessons and most meals are included in registration, plus so much more! Link in bio!🏄‍♀️

☀️These retreats are limited in space and fill up quickly so grab your spot or reach out with questions soon!
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#upliftretreats
#michiganadventures
#sicwomenofwatersports
#mindbodyspirit
#summervibes
#womensupportingwomen
#womenbusinessowners
#letsgosomewhere
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Discover the seamless blend of modern architecture and bohemian charm at Cabaña Serena in Rincón, Puerto Rico. Our 10-foot ceilings and fully-equipped kitchen meet meticulous design, while our 9-foot tall doors open wide to connect you with the serene outdoors. Experience the art of sophisticated living where every detail embodies leisure and comfort. #ModernBohemian #cabanaserenarincon #architecturelovers #standuppaddleboard #rincon #rinconpr #puertorico🇵🇷

Discover the seamless blend of modern architecture and bohemian charm at Cabaña Serena in Rincón, Puerto Rico. Our 10-foot ceilings and fully-equipped kitchen meet meticulous design, while our 9-foot tall doors open wide to connect you with the serene outdoors. Experience the art of sophisticated living where every detail embodies leisure and comfort. #ModernBohemian #cabanaserenarincon #architecturelovers #standuppaddleboard #rincon #rinconpr #puertorico🇵🇷 ...

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Symmetrical artwork is what I’m the most passionate about and man o man does it make building this so enjoyable.

Symmetrical artwork is what I’m the most passionate about and man o man does it make building this so enjoyable. ...

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✨Join us this Friday at Little Bay Boards 355 N. Division rd. 4-8pm! Come check out some amazing artwork, find a few gifts from local makers, or enjoy friends and snacks!

✨Join us this Friday at Little Bay Boards 355 N. Division rd. 4-8pm! Come check out some amazing artwork, find a few gifts from local makers, or enjoy friends and snacks! ...

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This airy and welcoming space beautifully showcases a handcrafted wooden Stand Up Paddle board created by the skilled artisans at littlebayboards, which hangs as a striking art piece on the wall. The board's rich wooden texture provides a warm contrast against the room's cool, polished concrete floors, creating a harmonious balance between rustic charm and contemporary design. Each element of the room's decor, from the paddle board artistry to the sleek wooden finishes, contributes to a sense of refined comfort that is sure to delight our guests.

This airy and welcoming space beautifully showcases a handcrafted wooden Stand Up Paddle board created by the skilled artisans at littlebayboards, which hangs as a striking art piece on the wall. The board`s rich wooden texture provides a warm contrast against the room`s cool, polished concrete floors, creating a harmonious balance between rustic charm and contemporary design. Each element of the room`s decor, from the paddle board artistry to the sleek wooden finishes, contributes to a sense of refined comfort that is sure to delight our guests. ...

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