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Escape to the beautiful islands of Oakmont 

click to enlarge Ian Smith, founder of SurfSUP Adventures, leads a group on stand-up paddleboards through the islands of Oakmont Eco Tour on Fri., Aug. 23, 2019. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP photo: Jared Wickerham
  • Ian Smith, founder of SurfSUP Adventures, leads a group on stand-up paddleboards through the islands of Oakmont Eco Tour on Fri., Aug. 23, 2019.
"Explore the gorgeous beaches, coves, and wildlife." Sounds like a standard vacation brochure for adventurous tourists. Except this time, your tour guide will be leading a group on stand-up paddleboards through the exotic islands of ... Oakmont.

"The quaint borough of Oakmont, located just 14 miles from Downtown Pittsburgh, is a perfect place for padding on the Allegheny River," reads a description on SurfSUP Adventures' website for its Islands of Oakmont Eco Tour, shown below in a photo essay by CP's resident paddle-boarding photographer Jared Wickerham who joined SurfSUP founder Ian Smith on last Friday's tour.

click to enlarge CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP photo: Jared Wickerham
click to enlarge CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP photo: Jared Wickerham
click to enlarge CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP photo: Jared Wickerham
click to enlarge CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP photo: Jared Wickerham
click to enlarge CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP photo: Jared Wickerham
click to enlarge CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP photo: Jared Wickerham
click to enlarge CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP photo: Jared Wickerham
SurfSUP also hosts other tours, including tours in Moraine State Park and white water stand-up paddleboarding in the Connoquenessing River near Ellwood City. Tours vary in price but include all necessary gear and bottled water, as well as souvenir photography.

Tours this week include a sunset paddle-boarding adventure in Moraine State Park on Wed., Aug. 28; Islands of Oakmont Eco Tours on both Wed., Aug. 28 and Thu., Aug. 29; and, Moraine State Park Eco Tours on Thu., Aug. 29 and Sat., Aug. 31.
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