Free stand-up paddle events at Deerfield Beach and Cocoa Beach next week.

QuikSilverEdition will be paddling out two Big Board Clinics in Florida this April featuring world-renowned paddleboard champion and QuikSilverEdition athlete Jamie Mitchell. The free, open to the public event offers participants the opportunity to receive instruction and training from Mitchell and other experienced paddleboard athletes.

Mitchell is one of the world's top ocean athletes, displaying world champion style in everything from long distance paddle boarding to stand-up paddle surfing. At the Big Board Clinics presented by QuiksilverEdition, this legendary watermen will for the first time ever share his secrets of technique, training and toughness. Focusing on both paddleboarding and stand-up paddling, Mitchell will, during this exclusive all-day program, comprehensively cover everything including board skills, race strategy, new equipment, nutrition, strength training and surf style.

The Florida Big Board Clinics will be held in Deerfield Beach and Cocoa Beach on Florida's Atlantic Coast. The Deerfield Beach Clinic, sponsored by Island Water Sports, will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2008. Ron Jon's Surf Shop and The Cocoa Beach Surf Museum have teamed up to sponsor the Cocoa beach Clinic which will be held on Thursday, April 10, 2008.

Stand-up paddleboarding has become an increasingly popular water sport in recent years with such world-class events as the QuikSilverEdition Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race including a stand-up division and the emergence of the QuikSilverEdition Ku Ikaika Challenge, the first-ever big wave stand-up event held this year at Makaha, attracting watermen from around the world. The sport has also been widely covered in the pages of magazines such as Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Men's Journal, Surfer Magazine and Surfer's Journal.

The Deerfield Beach Clinic

April 8, 2008, 10am to 3pm

Location: North side of the Deerfield Beach Pier at 2nd

Cocoa Beach Clinic

April 10, 2008, 10am to 3pm

Location: On the beach at the Holiday Inn 1300N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach FL 32931