Buy Local Shop Profile: SUP Music City, Nashville, Tennessee

Where are you located?

We are located on Nashville’s Downtown Riverfront…we tour from Shelby Park down the Cumberland River into the Riverfront Park where Broadway (the road with all of the honky tonks) ends and Nissan Stadium and the Bridge Building on the other bank. Majestic skyline…really sweet.


What board companies do you carry?

Rhizotomy Paddleboards, woop, woop! Popping graphics and, dare I say, artesinal designs.


What paddles do you carry?

Rhizotomy Paddleboards

Do you have Paddleboard Rentals?


Do you offer lessons?


What other services do you provide?

A perfect 3 mile point-to-point paddle on the river ending at the Downtown Riverfront. Bridges, the skyline, the stadium…fantastic.


What is your biggest challenge as a retailer?

The commoditization of the brands. There are so many brands out now compared to 5, 7 years ago. The difference of quality can be vast. Matching customers to get what they really need can be challenging for sure.

On a scale of 1-10, how healthy is the sport?


On a scale of 1-10, how likely will the sport continue to grow in this next year?


Where will we see the growth if any?

Designs in river-oriented and inflatable boards.

Do you have any advice for manufacturers?

Keep innovating, guys!

What kind of paddling settings and conditions are near your shop? Remember – we need all the details!! Make us want to paddle there!

It’s flat water with our freshwater lakes nearby as well as the Cumberland River. It’s all about the views with us and they are phat!


What is it about paddling that gets you up in the morning? That gets you excited? We REALLY want to know!

It’s the continual growth and challenge. Learning to SUP in Hawai’i, it’s hard. You have to take some lumps but it’s all about surfing and racing. Now that I’m mostly on flatwater, it’s about the mechanics and Zen of getting BOTH sides of my stroke perfected that is really the stoke. I try to pass that on.

Describe your local paddle community. When do you get together and what are they like?

There’s a few gatherings but it’s just like a small town. We all know each other and cooperate but compete in our own little aquatic domains.

What local events do you have and what are their dates and locations?

Nashville’s race is at the end of July on the Riverfront

Best piece of SUP advice you give to paddlers?

Get good gear and work on your stroke. Paddle with fun people!

What are your must-have accessories for every paddler?

These days, a leash.