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Beauty, style, artistry & a ride like no other.

One of a kind, custom gifts, BUILT TO last a lifetime.

River Board

This is THE FIRST “River Board” made by Little Bay Boards. This new frame design accommodates a translucent “river“ spine running from top to bottom. With dark coloration reminiscent of historic barn wood, this board is as elegant as they come. This board will always be one of a kind and will always be THE FIRST of unique River Boards to come.


Call or Text Jason to have this one of a kind board shipped to you for Christmas.


Swirl Board

This Swirl Board is sure to impress with it’s glowing varied color tones and natural swooping shapes.


Call or Text Jason to make this board the favorite gift of the season!

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.
— Jenn

VIP Custom SUP Board Gift box

This Custom SUP Board Gift Box fits perfectly under the Christmas tree and allows you to easily gift a Custom Board to your loved one.

The Custom SUP Board Gift Box includes:

The box

  • Hand built with reclaimed wood scraps

  • Your names, custom engraved on top!


  • A 12 inch “Baby Board“ to inspire the designing process

  • An invitation to a design consultation with artist & board builder Jason Thelen

  • A hat or tee shirt to help share the excitement for this Custom Build

$1,300 downpayment secures your spot on our board building table in our busy wood shop. Space is limited! To ensure your ride is ready for Summer 2019, call or Text Jason today!


Check out some of our previous Custom Built hollow core wooden Standup Paddle Boards.

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Hollow Core Wooden Standup Paddle Board

"Changing the look, the feel and the ride."

Jason Thelen, Artist & Boardbuilder


The Beginning
It’s only natural Jason Thelen feels a deep rooted connection the the natural world. He lives on the shores of Lake Michigan and the heavily wooded lands of northern Michigan. He is also the great-great-great grandson of Chief Petoskey, a legendary figure amongst the native Odawas and the namesake of a both a town and Michigan’s state stone--a fossil as unique as the boards hand-crafted by Jason.  

It started with a simple request from his then nine-year old daughter, she wanted a paddleboard, but she didn’t want one bought from the store. As a master carpenter Jason knew he could create something as special and as one-of-a-kind as his daughter. In the spring of 2012 production began on his first custom Stand Up Paddle Board.

It quickly became clear his creation struck a chord when people began gathering around his car to admire his daughter’s SUP. “Where can I get one” soon led to the creation of Little Bay Boards and a side project developed into a full-fledged business, based out of his dad’s makeshift workshop/garage.

A Lesson in Science
As a carpenter and craftsmen working for his father-in-law’s energy efficient construction company, Jason knew the importance of sourcing material carefully and the science behind every eco-friendly home they built. A little research into wooden surfboards led him to strike up a relationship with Paul Jensen, the man who perfected the craft of building hollow, wooden surfboards.

 The pair discussed paddleboard structure, focusing on the difference between buoyancy on freshwater versus saltwater, waves driven by wind not tides and the calculations needed for lake-specific boards.

The Next Level

Following nearly five years and over 60 custom orders, Jason realized that his art had become his true passion, and the demand for his boards had grown beyond his wildest dreams.  He decided to move out of his home based workshop and into a larger facility to expand productions significantly. The demand has continued to increase as word spreads about Little Bay Boards. Today you can still find Jason, working on custom boards and creating new concepts to continue the growth of Little Bay Boards. Stop by and say hello!

Classic VW Bug with Wooden Paddle Board
Working with Jason was fantastic and I could not be happier with the board he designed and created. We spoke at length about how I would be using it and I mentioned my son is my shadow, he’s with me all the time. Jason used that piece of info and made sure the board he crafted for me would also accommodate an enthusiastic eight-year old! He and I were out the other day for a ride and Lake Charlevoix was a little choppy, but I would have never noticed because the ride was so smooth and I was able to paddle effortlessly through through the water. I’m looking forward to many more happy summers on the lake with my Little Bay Board! This board NEVER fails to get attention!
— Melissa