While you might not see a lot of surfing in the landlocked state of North Dakota, one retired surfer is teaching about a much calmer water sport.
Avalon lives and works in Florida, but comes back to his hometown of Bismarck/Mandan every summer.
This summer the 64-year-old is teaching people how to paddle board.
Avalon says surfing in Florida got to be a little too hard for him so he picked up standing paddle boarding around a year and a half ago.
Now, he's looking for anyone else in the area, who is interested in trying something new.
Much like surfing the hardest part of paddle boarding is to pop up and keep your balance.
"Down in Florida there are people in their 70s, 80s that are standing on it, doing it. It is a little strenuous in the beginning, but once you get used to it, just take your time and calm waters, it's easy to do, not hard at all." says Avalon, paddle board instructor.
He has given four lessons so far in the Bismarck/Mandan area and no one has fallen in yet.
"I just enjoy everyday, I have to because I'm getting old, I think people my age would never do something like this, or attempt to, I want to do this as long as I can." says Avalon.
Avalon's love for nature extends far beyond the water, he's also a certified arborist, passionate about caring for trees.
If interested in a paddle board lesson call him at 701-301-7428.