SUPing with Sharks in Manhattan Beach

Local Paddlers Run into Leopard Sharks in the Water

There have been a lot of shark sightings of two Great White Sharks in Manhattan Beach at El Porto all summer long. I was out paddling to the buoy in August when I saw a fin. It did not look like a dolphin fin, but smaller, sharper and more square. Another stand up paddler was near me and said it was most definitely not a dolphin. Creepy. About 20 minutes later on my water back from the buoy I looked down and saw a grey / brown mass about 7 ft long. It scared the crap out of me. I tried to be calm but it’s hard when you see something like that. Fairly certain it was the great white shark everyone keeps talking about. But enough about that, let’s talk about leopard sharks.

Leopard sharks hang out towards the bottom sand in beach breaks and eat fish. They can range in size from little to small and they don’t want to gnaw on humans or bite your legs off. While this is comforting, it still feels eery to be swimming and surfing next to them. Sometimes while surfing your legs might dangle in the water and brush up alongside one of these suckers. Spooky for sure.

Yesterday while SUPing in Manhattan Beach we came across dozens of leopard sharks. I mean, dozens. Sharks in Manhattan Beach? That has been the headline all summer long. And they are all swimming around the bottom of the beach break really close to shore. I’ve never seen anything like that before. What’s bringing them in so close to the water?  Here is a video of the leopard sharks swimming around the bottom. There were more than this but these are the ones I was able to catch.

The above video was shot using my Go Pro Camera. I was holding it in my hand but I think next time I want to duct tape my Go Pro Camera to my paddle to get some more interesting views.

It’s amazing what you can see when you’re stand up paddling above the water like this. When you are surfing, you are sitting on your board with your legs in the water and you can’t see a thing. What’s better? At this point I’m not sure. We’ve been surfing for a long time and have never seen sharks in Manhattan Beach like this. Is it global warming? Different migration patterns? We aren’t sure, but we’d like to learn more and find out.

What do you think? Are there sharks in your home break? Does SUPing provide a different perspective for you? Post in the comments and let us know!

Race Recap: Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle 2013

Rainbow Sandals & Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle

Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle

This past week was a big week for me because I completed my first stand up paddle board race at the Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle. The event was held at Dana Point Harbor, CA and was a fun filled weekend for event participants and spectators alike. I have been surfing most of my life but I’ve never been involved in any surf or water sport competition other than triathlons and open water swim races. The amount of people at this event was mind blowing to me.

My friend Christine and I headed out to Dana Point around 7:30am. We live about an hour away so we strapped our boards on the car and headed to the OC for the Battle of the Paddle. We weren’t really sure what to expect as neither of us had ever done anything like this before. To top it off, neither of us felt very trained for the event. To say we had butterflies in our stomachs is an understatement.

We got to the race and there was a drop off spot for our boards while we drove another 1-2 miles to park our car. Thank goodness for the board drop off. We got our bib numbers, tags, and goodie bags and picked a spot on the beach to lay our boards and hang out before our race. We got a free pair of Rainbow Sandals in our bags which was pretty sweet. I already own 2 pairs of Rainbows (they are THE BEST) so I got my husband a pair in his size so he can be cool like me now. One of my pairs is almost 10 years old now – I got them when I interviewed Sparky for a story in Transworld Business in 2003. Talk about a flashback!

Back to the race. We saw on the beach and watched the elites charge the loops of the course and maneuver their paddles in and out of the surf at one of the critical buoy turns. It freaked us out. We were sitting on the beach with our mouths dropped open thinking we bit off more than we could chew. We were scared. Everyone racing had boards at least 2-3 feet longer than us. I was racing on my 9’6” Surf Diva SUP by Focus which was definitely one of the smallest boards in the race. Oh well. I wanted to race and that was all I had!

After the elite course, Christine and I weren’t sure what to do. We met these ladies on the beach who asked us why we weren’t getting ready. We said we were scared. She said “Oh please, my husband is 52 and out there. Just go out and do it.” We were motivated by her words and suited up. We decided to hang back and take it slow. 4 loops. 1 mile each. 4 miles total. That’s it. I can do this. Here’s a map of the course:

Battle of the Paddle Open SUP Race Course

The race course.

We paddled out and hung to the back of the pack. Paddling out in the surf was the easy part for me because the waves weren’t too big and I’m used to it from surfing. I paddled to the first buoy and made my turn. Okay, not so bad. My second turn was in the surf line and as I was turning a set came in. This wasn’t a big deal except the front runners of the unlimited board size class were coming in and I didn’t want to get in their way. I hustled to get through the buoy without disrupting anyone’s line. There was a fierce headwind and ocean chop during the first loop that was fierce at first but died down as the race went on and by the third lap the sun was out.

By the third loop I was ready to be done but my only goal was to finish and my only competition was myself and I kept going. It was much easier to focus without the frontrunners behind me making me super nervous. By the time I completed the 4th lap and came into the beach I was exhausted. But I did it! I was hungry, tired, and thirsty but I did it!

Battle of the Paddle 2013

We did it! Our first paddleboard race!

I can see why people get addicted to paddle boarding. Here are some overall observations from my first race:

  • Size Matters: When I first got my paddle board people told me I’d never be able to race on a 9’6”. I didn’t understand why. Now I do.
  • Hydrate: I saw a lot of people with hydration packs while they paddled. Smart. The ocean water and the exertion dehydrated you quickly.
  • Eat Properly: Make sure to eat before the race. I spent so much time waiting around before my time start that I didn’t eat right before and that hurt me early on.

Overall the Battle of the Paddle was a ton of fun. Thank you to Sparky from Rainbow Sandals for creating such an amazing event. I hope to compete in another Paddle Board race again soon!

BOUNDLESS TV Show: Two Best Friends Compete in 32 Mile Stand-Up Paddleboard Race in Hawaii

Show Airs Wednesday Nights at 10pm on Esquire Network

Simon and Turbo compete in eight of the toughest races in the world – in only five months on the Esquire Network series BOUNDLESS. On Wednesdays at 10pm, they have four days to train in Hawaii before competing against the world’s best in the “Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships.”  To complete the course, the pair must paddleboard over 10-foot open ocean swells to cross the 32-mile Channel of Bones between Molokai and Oahu.

Boundless Hawaii Esquire Network

Irish National SUP Racing Tour – Round 2 Recap

Bundoran, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Bundoran Co. Donegal Ireland

Bundoran, Co. Donegal, in the North West of Ireland played host to leg 2 of the Irish National SUP Racing Tour on the 21st and 22nd of September 2013.

Bundoran itself is famous for “The Peak”, a world class point break in the middle of the town.

The long range forecast promised big swell and light wind, and in the end delivered on its promises, with all the main surf breaks firing.

The weekend comprised of two disciplines, a Technical Race of 4.5k, to be held on the Saturday, and the Marathon Race of 22k, which was held on the Sunday.

The event was hosted by Emmet O’Doherty of www.SupDude.ie

SUP Dude Stand Up Paddle Surf school

Technical Race:

Starting early on Saturday morning, the competitors arrived at Bundoran Main Beach to be greated by 6-foot breakers that were pounding the shore.

The race briefing outlined the course: 3 laps of a 1.5k loop, with buoys placed in and out of the surf.

Those who could surf their 12’6 raceboards would be at a distinct advantage! (Mental note: do more 12’6 surfing practice)

7 racers set off through some serious surf with a powerful rip and side swell ricocheting off the head land to the right of the bay. It was anyone’s game…

Mark Gaul fighting the pain

Mark Gaul fighting the pain

By the 2nd lap the pain was showing and all competitors dug deep. Mark Gaul (Jimmy Lewis) unfortunately took a hard wipe-out and limped home with a cracked rib. (A recent x-ray has since given some justification to all his moaning) Unfortunately this put Mark out for the Marathon.

By the 3rd lap, the swell had built a couple of foot and some large double overhead bombs rolled through to the spectator’s amusement. Serious wipe-outs were had as the guys tried surfing their 12’6 race boards back into shore.

Experience allowed Bundoran local Emmet O’Doherty (Surftech, SupDude) to surf all the way in and take 2nd place, with Peter “Speedboat” Kosinski (Starboard, Surfdock) taking 1st.

For me, after a disappointing start I was placing 5th, however some lucky wave rides on the 2nd lap saw me jump 2 places, and maintain my 3rd position to the finish.

In 4th position was David Mangan (Starboard), 5th was Keith Gorman (Naish, Surfdock), 6th, Mark “It hurts to breathe” Gaul, 7th Patrick Crawford.

Marathon:

On Sunday it was the 22km Marathon starting from Streedagh Beach in County Sligo (a beach that almost made my top 5),  following the coast northwards around Mullaghmore, past County Leitrim, and round through into Bundoran Main Beach, in County Donegal.

Mullaghmore island sup

The course – Everyone was excited about rounding Mullaghmore Head

There were a lot of nerves & excitement amongst the competitors, partly due to the long distance but also due to the exposed nature of the course.

Everyone was stoked to be partaking in such an amazing paddle and to witness the breath-taking scenery of the north-west coast from such a different perspective.

Luckily, the weather was ideal with a good tail wind and great visibility, perfect conditions for a SUP marathon.

All competitors were given the safety briefing, and it was mandatory to have leashes, buoyancy aids, mobile phones, and hydration packs. For those with irish skin (i.e. me), I also lathered up with sun cream.

Streedagh

As we set off, the first few kilometres there was very little distance between any of the competitors.

Peter Kosinski chose a tight line close to shore, which gave him a bumpier ride and meant he had to avoid some of the massive reef breaks.

Keith Gorman powered into second, and I followed close behind. Keith and I are roughly the same speed and we kept close together up to the half way point at Mullaghmore.

David Mangan and Emmet were following closely but Keith and I started to edge away as we came to the headland.

The leg from Streedagh to Mullaghmore was pretty much straight downwind, and as we got further out to shore the wind swell picked up and you could ride some bumps.

The scenery was spectacular, especially rounding Mullaghmore with the  castle in the background, and massive waves crashing onto the rocky outcrops, which made for constant noisy rumble for the entire paddle.

Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo

Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo

Heading around the point of Mullaghmore there was a large spread between first and last. I was in 3rd position behind Keith Gorman and Peter Kosinski steaming ahead.

Big 4 metre rollers were coming from left to right (which meant I fell in a few times) and there were lots of weird currents and rips affecting the paddle round the point, which made for a bumpy ride.

I was feeling strong rounding the head and after catching some wind chop I was gaining on Keith, my friend and Dublin paddle partner.

After clearing the point, I was level with Keith, and the water turned to perfect glass, and from then on it was a straight race to Bundoran.

Jimmy Lewis UK & Ireland

Jonathan chasing down Keith at Mullaghmore Head.

My beloved board (Jimmy Lewis Blade II) excels in flat water so I stepped forward, engaged the nose and upped the tempo. After a few kilometres I had put in a good effort and had increased my lead on Keith, with Peter Kosinski still 1 kilometre ahead.

With 10k to go, Bundoran still looked very far away but it was possible to see the sand dunes of Tullan Strand and the blue roof of the swimming pool to get your bearings.

I was still increasing the distance between myself and Keith, but over my right shoulder I saw another racer, David Mangan making a late charge with 5k to go. For the last few kilometres, David and Keith were neck and neck and were battling it out fiercely.

At this stage of any long distance race, mental as well as physical exhaustion sets in, and it becomes increasingly hard to concentrate on your stroke, foot position, and board trim. I spotted a dolphin about 100 metres away and funnily that gave me a boost for the last few kilometres.

With 2k to go, I could see David and Keith gaining on me, and I was seriously tiring. The last thing I wanted was to lose my 2nd place in the last kilometre. I knew that the last 500metres were through the break zone and as we had all learned from the Technical Race, anything could happen.

As I hit the break-zone, a massive set came through and cleaned me out. Knowing that if either Keith or Dave caught a wave properly I was toast, I jumped back on the board only to be hit by another massive wave. I finally got back onto the board and managed to catch one of the smaller waves most of the way into shore, and pretty much crawled to the finish line, placing 2nd, exhausted but elated.

David Mangan came shortly after in 3rd, Keith in 4th, and Emmet in 5th.

The overwhelming feeling from everyone was a sense of achievement, not only in racing a gruelling course, but also from finishing such a long distance safely.

A massive well done to all the competitors, and Emmet O’Doherty from SUP Dude for holding the event.

Next stop: The final leg of the Irish National Tour is in County Kerry, October 5th/6th.

Overall Results

Technical Race:

  • Peter Kosinski – 52 mins
  • Emmet O’Doherty +4.24
  • Jonathan Coyle +7.22
  • David Mangan +8.29
  • Keith Gorman +12.51
  • Mark Gaul +14.38
  • Patrick Crawford (2 laps crossover) +9.01

Marathon:

  • Peter Kosinski – 3hrs 12 minutes
  • Jonathan Coyle + 11.43
  • David Mangan +13.10
  • Keith Gorman +17.47
  • Emmet O’Doherty +47.46

September 28th: Glow Stand Up Paddle Board Paddle in Santa Monica

GLOW Paddle Board Session This Saturday Night at the SM Pier!

Editor’s Note: We received the below email today from Poseidon paddle and surf shop in Santa Monica. This sounds like an AWESOME event. Hope to see some of you out there!

Glow Stand Up paddleboard

Photo courtesy of gearjunkie.com

This Saturday Sept 28t from 7pm -3am is GLOW an all night artistic expression session featuring illumination inspired artists.

Check out the city of Santa Monica’s glow website here to get a better idea about the event.

Poseidon Paddle and Surf shop will be coordinating a Glow Stand Up Paddle Board night paddle during the event from 9pm-10pm.  Poseidon will provide glow in the dark sticks to attach to paddles and boards. Please arrive at Poseidon no later than 8pm to decorate your board and paddle with your glow sticks. We will have tape to attach them to your boards and paddles.

Meet at the shop at 7pm, leaving from the shop to head to the beach at 8pm. If you want to come by earlier in the day to decorate your board feel free.

My cell is 310.383.8317 in case you have any questions or feel free to call the shop.

We will have about 12 boards available for rentals. A one hr rental is $35, 2hrs is $50, wetsuit rental is $15. I recommend calling ahead and reserving a board if you need one.

Weather is forecasted to be 82 degrees and surf is supposed to be small. All the stars are lining up for an epic night!

Glow Stand Up Paddle Board? This sounds awesome. Count us in.

A SUP Adventure at the Newport Aquatic Center

Newport Aquatic Center SUP Stand Up Paddle Board Rentals

Stand Up PaddleBoarding in Newport Beach, CA

My parents and I headed out to Newport Aquatic center around 9am to rent some SUPs for the morning. The Back Bay was brimming with eager renters, most trying to SUP for the first time like my parents. I had just recently started my love affair with the whole SUP culture over summer vacation in Lake Tahoe. Hands down, the most beautiful experience with it’s glass-like crystal blue waters. Every inch of the lake’s shore is more beautiful than the last, especially in places like Crystal Bay…but back to Newport.

Stand Up Paddle Board Rentals Newport Beach

It was a gray morning that broke way into a beautifully crisp blue sky once the marine layer retreated. We rented boards, gave my parents a 2 minute tutorial on what I had learned and were off! We paddled into the sprawling waters of the back bay, passing all types of birds, paddling over jumping fish and streaking through the paintings of the artists along the shore.

BIC Sport Stand Up Paddle Board Rentals

Half of the experience is just enjoying the scenery and the other half is being efficient with the paddle. I love to SUP because of the way it makes both my mind and body feel afterwards. It’s the ultimate clarity when its just you and nature at it’s finest. I took a few moments in-between to just sit, breathe and be thankful for the beauty and blessings that surround me.

Newport Aquatic Center

After about an hour and only one fall on my dads behalf (he hit a mud bank), the wind started to kick up, so we called it a day. Overall a great experience in the back bay and a huge thumbs up from my parents. Who says that you can’t have fun over 60??? Mechanically, its a great way to strengthen and use muscles that you might neglect otherwise. They had a blast and we will definitely return and bring the rest of the family with us, dogs and all. We are truly lucky to live in an area with the Newport Back Bay as our playground!

Newport Aquatic Center Back Bay

Top 5 Stand Up Paddling Wave Spots in Ireland

Do they SUP in Ireland? Heck Yes! Check out These Top 5 Stand Up Paddling Wave Spots in Ireland.

Ireland East Strand Surfing SUP

Portrush ripper Oliver Boyd. Photo courtesy of Andy Hill Photography

Over the past years Ireland has become synonymous with surfing. Despite the (slightly) colder temperatures, the amount, quality and variety of waves available, as well as the relative lack of crowds, makes Ireland easily compete with the best spots around the world. Ireland is spoiled with miles of pristine beaches for those new to the sport, and even more miles of rugged coastline that can challenge the most expert SUP surfer.

As if I needed to help prove the point, Mullaghmore in Co. Sligo was voted in the top 5 big of the biggest, heaviest & scariest waves in the world.

If you are like me and you don’t get excited by being smashed by 500 tons of water, never fear. Finding a break suitable to your standard is never a problem in Ireland since:

1) There are so many surf spots to choose from.

2) Ireland isn’t that big! (You can drive from Dublin on the east coast to the west coast in 3 hours).

When I first began writing this piece, I started off thinking it would be super easy to pick the 5 best Stand Up Paddling Wave Spots in Ireland due to the hundreds (if not thousands) of spots to choose from. After a mere 30 seconds however, I then realized how hard it would be to choose between these spots, as all of them are so good!

With this in mind, the below 5 are chosen as spots for all SUP surfers, from beginner upwards.

They are also selected as for each one of them, it is possible to rent SUP boards, and/or get lessons from our top class instructors.

But beware – this is by no means the limit of what Ireland has to offer. There are SO many more places to discover, they are just waiting for you to paddle out.

Spot #1: Causeway coast (Northern Ireland)Causeway Coast Ireland, SUP Surf Spot

The Causeway Coast, in Northern Ireland, is a 4800 mile stretch of rugged coastline, boasting many beach breaks and reefs. Portrush is the surf capital, with two breaks to choose from, East & West strand, each within walking distance of the town. (Think of it like a slightly colder and less tanned Biarritz).

East Strand is sometimes known as “East the Beast”… in the winter it can produce double over head monsters.

A short drive east or west can bring you more choice, and more of a challenge.

When it’s flat, you can paddle around the rocky coast line, exploring the many caves and inlets. It’s also really close to the famous “Giant’s Causeway”.

For more information, visit: http://www.causewaycoastandglens.com/.

The Causeway Coast Ireland SUP Surfing

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Lewis UK & Ireland

Rossnowlagh Donegal Ireland SUP Surfing Wave Spot

Spot #2: Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal (North West Ireland)

Rossnowlagh is my all-time favourite spot, and is as famous for its place in Irish surf history as it is for its waves.

A classical beach break, it cannot be beaten during those light wind summer days. Waves break up and down the two miles of pristine golden beach, and it is one of the most chilled-out places to surf in the country. It’s also one of the safest beaches around, with many surf schools providing instruction & rentals to young and old.When there are no waves, flat water paddling can be just as rewarding, with numerous dolphin sightings (I saw two pods this summer) and basking shark.

Rossnowlagh is also famous for the “Intercounties Surf Championship”, which has been running since 1969, and is by far the biggest surfing party in the country.

For more information, visit: http://www.discover-donegal.com/.

Donegal Ireland SUP Surfing Wave Spot

Photo courtesy of My Donegal Holiday Home

Strandhill SUP Surfing IrelandSpot #3- Strandhill, Co. Sligo (North West Ireland)

Strandhill is another famous beach break, and like all west coast beaches is surrounded by many reef and point breaks.

Nestled at the foot of Ireland’s table mountain, Ben Bulben, spectacular scenery surrounds you, and it is always somewhere to check when you’re on the hunt for waves.

Again, a few miles north and south yield more beach, reef and point breaks.

For more information, visit: http://www.sligotourism.ie.

Strandhill Sligo Ireland Coast SUP Surfing

Photo courtesy of Surfnstay.ie

 

Lanhinch Clare Co Ireland SUP SurfingSpot #4- Lahinch, Co. Clare (South West Ireland)

Lahinch is a classical Irish surfing town, with a cracking nightlife to boot.

Situated right beside the main beach, like Rossnowlagh & Strandhill it has a bustling surf school trade.

The area is spoiled with many additional reef breaks north and south, and when it’s flat, you can visit the Burren or the Cliffs of Moher, which, in addition to their astonishing beauty, are also famous for “Aileens”, a massive wave that has gained world attention over the last few years.

For more information, visit http://www.clare.ie/.

 

Lahinch, Co. Clare Ireland Stand Up Paddleboarding

Photo courtesy of surfholidays.com

Dublin Ireland Stand Up Paddleboarding

Spot #5: The Ferry Wave, Dublin. (East Ireland) – Yes I said East, it’s not a typo!

Traditionally, all surfing activity in Ireland is based on the west coast, with it being battered daily by Atlantic Ocean swells and storms. To those blessed to be living on the west coast (highly jealous), they are treated to some of the best conditions the world has to offer.

But for those living on the east coast of the country, the Dublin Ferry Wave is something of phenomenon. Guaranteed waves, accurate to the minute, are generated by the various incoming ferries into Dublin port.

On a given day as many as 20 SUP surfers can be seen awaiting the incoming craft, tracking the boats on their smartphones, ready to pounce when the waves magically appear.

Each boat generates 3 or 4 waves and allows east-coast based surfers to get some surfing practice without driving to the west coast.

The ferry wave continues to be used daily and was used as a mid-week surf training spot for the members of the Irish SUP team prior to the 2012 SUP world championships in Peru.

For more information, visit: http://www.visitdublin.com/.

Stenaline Ferry Dublin Ireland SUP

Photo courtesy of www.rte.ie

 

SUP Events

2013 SUP Events

We’ve put together this calendar of SUP events for the remainder of 2013. If you haven’t committed to a race yet, now is a great time to get on it. Enjoy!

September

October

November

December

Coming Soon

As you can see, this is only a partial list. If you have an event you would like to see listed here, please fill out the form below and it will be added to the site once we approve. Mahalo!

 

When the Surf is Flat…We SUP!

Stand Up Paddle Boarding When The Surf is Flat

Leo Carrillo State Beach

Last week I (Lindsay) went camping with my family out at Leo Carrillo State Beach in Malibu, CA. Leo Carrillo lies north of Zuma Beach and just south of County Line at the borders of Los Angeles and Ventura county.

The surf was flat all week. We are talking head high…to a seagull. It was miniscule. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Leo Carrillo that small. Well, what do we do when the surf is flat? We SUP!

I took out my 9’6” Surf Diva Focus SUP out on the water for a paddle. I even got my 5 year old niece to come onboard and take a spin. She sat on the front of the board and enjoyed exploring and looking out at the ocean. The water was calm and as smooth as glass. Perfect for introducing a 5 year old into the water. We then took our 10 year old cousin out on “Pinky,” my pink paddleboard and she loved it just as much. It’s pretty great to pass the stoke and introduce the girls to the water at such a young age. I can’t imagine doing anything like that at 5 years old. What an amazing experience. I hope she remembers it as well as I do!

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Leo Carrillo

After we took the paddle boards for a spin, I tried catching a wave in the ankle high lineup only to be told that Stand Up Paddle Boarders aren’t allowed in the lineup at Leo Carrillo. As much of a bummer as it was, I respect that decision. Leo Carrillo is a point break that breaks off a rock and it can get pretty competitive right there at the point. I imagine there’d be a lot more fights and accidents in the water if surfers and surf SUPers were out there on a big swell day. For us we had a great time paddling around on the SUP, got a great workout, and helped introduce our youth to the awesomeness that is stand up paddle boarding. Looking back on it, we probably should have had her wear a life vest. But there is always next time.

Keep on SUPing.

Over and Out,

Lindsay

Cool SUP Gear Site: GO SUP GEAR

We recently got an email from the folks at GO SUP GEAR.COM and decided to post a little writeup about their site.

From John Wrenn at GO SUP GEAR:

GoSupGearThe story behind GOSUPGEAR is a garage full of SUP gear and friends asking over and over where do I find a good used board to get started paddling?

The app is all about finding SUP gear nearby at your local shop or connecting local paddlers down the street. Shipping would be up to the buyer and seller or shop to figure out. I found a great shipper if you want that info want their info?

The details about the SUP classifieds and the improvements we have detailed below. We hope your as stoked as we are about paddle gear listing platform. Its Free to list SUP gear. Give it a try.

Reach paddlers on the beach and on the go. GOSUPGEAR SUP classifieds  is a mobile, social, e-commerce solution for SUP enthusiasts, manufacturers and SUP  shops.

Its very easy to use. Just List, Share, Buy  &  Sell.

1. NEARBY NOTIFICATION: New feature that notifies you when a shop lists gear that meets your recent search.

2. EMAIL: Our improved in-app communication allows private email so you can ask questions about the gear you’re looking to buy or sell.

3. SOCIAL SHARE:  A new feature ( Facebook integration) allows you to let share with friends you are selling gear.


4. ANY DEVICE:  Now you can create listings and view SUP gear on a desktop or tablet or any smartphone.

5. MOBILE WALLET: And last but most definitely not least, we’ve added the ability to purchase gear using GOSUPGEAR integrated payment gateway.

“We’re focused on making an easy-to-use liquid marketplace that creates an incredible experience for paddlers—no matter where they are. A liquid online mobile platform that makes managing your SUP gear easy for everyone,” said Mel Gray, GOSUPGEAR’s Director of Discovery. “GOSUPGEAR makes local SUP shops accessible to customers down the block and across the world.”

Sellers no longer need to waste money on expensive mobile development or complex payment gateways. GOSUPGEAR enables anyone to open a ‘store’ with aggregated listings, description, price and up to eight photos per listing. Sellers can post items directly to Facebook for their followers to discover and share. We’ve built a social commerce platform to help you reach customers at home on their PC, tablet or most valuable retail in the world their phone.

Never feel like your stuck with a slow, outdated or heavy board again.

GOSUPGEAR offers one low fee of 2.00% plus 2.99% payment processing fee per item sold and there is no charge to list items.

GOSUPGEAR is making sophisticated, big-business tools simple and easy to use for anyone whether your in your car or standing on a beach.

Visit GOSUPGEAR.COM or search SUP in the App Store to start finding, buying or selling SUP gear today.

More information is available at GOSUPGEAR.COM