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

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.

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

Best Waterproof Shockproof Digital Camera

Last summer we went to Fiji for a little surf, sun, and honeymooning and put in some serious time researching and figuring out the best waterproof shockproof digital camera we were going to get to take with us on our trip halfway across the world. Our budget was between $200-300 and we hoped to find a sweet digital camera that was waterproof, shockproof, freeze proof, and took great pictures underwater and on land (who needs two cameras, right?) Plus we spend most of our free time in the water anyway so why not have a digital camera that’s waterproof.

After a lot of searching we narrowed it down to the below six options. We ended up going with the Panasonic Lumix, but still think the other waterproof shockproof digital cameras in this list are serious contenders. Remember, you get what you pay for so spend wisely and DO YOUR HOMEWORK. We hope the below reviews can help you sort through the chaos and narrow your choices down to only the best waterproof shockproof digital camera contenders.

CameraCamera NameRatingCostNotes
Olympus TG-620 Tough iHS Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue) with Case and Float Strap ★ ★ ★ ★ $149.99Bestseller in Underwater Photography on Amazon.
Panasonic Lumix TS4 12.1 TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Zoom (Orange) ★ ★ ★ $294Voted best rugged, waterproof camera of 2012 by Gizmodo.
Nikon COOLPIX AW100 16 MP CMOS Waterproof Digital Camera with GPS and Full HD 1080p Video (Camouflage) Nikon COOLPIX AW100 16 MP CMOS Waterproof Digital Camera with GPS and Full HD 1080p Video (Camouflage)Nikon COOLPIX AW100 16 MP CMOS Waterproof Digital Camera with GPS and Full HD 1080p Video (Camouflage) ★ ★ ★ ★ $279.99Works well in low lighting situations.
Fujifilm FinePix XP60 16 MP Digital Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Yellow) ★ ★ ★ ★ $177Great value for price point.
Canon PowerShot D20 12.1 MP CMOS Waterproof Digital Camera with 5x Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens a 3.0-Inch LCD and GPS Tracking (Blue) ★ ★ ★ ★ $295Full HD video capabilities, optical image stabilization.
Kodak Easyshare Sport Waterproof Camera ★ ★ ★$94.25Decent camera for the price, but there are better options if you're willing to spend a little more.

If you see a camera that is waterproof and shockproof that you think rocks and is not on our list, let us know and we’ll get right on it. These digital waterproof cameras are great whether you are stand up paddle boarding, surfing, swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, or scuba diving. Plus they are a ton of fun and the pictures they take are of high quality and look great. We love taking pictures here at SUP Surf Blog and look for a gallery of photos we’ve taken out on the water coming soon!

Outdoor Retailer Show 2013

Check out whatsSUP with our favorite brands at Outdoor Retailer 2013

This week the Outdoor Retailer Show is happening in Utah. We’re not at the event, but we’ve been following what our favorite SUP brands are up to. Check out some of the posts from SUP brands such as Focus SUP, BIC Sup, and Riviera Paddlesurf and what they’re up to at the Outdoor Retailer Conference and the SUP Demo Days!

BIC SUP is currently at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market and has a lot of boards and gear to show off. They are posting the photos on their Facebook and Twitter all week long so visit their page and join in on the fun. Here are some pictures that Bic Surf posted from Outdoor Retailer:

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Focus SUP teamed up with Body Glove to do some demo day action. Here’s a pic they posted of the event:

Focus SUP and Body Glove at Outdoor Retailer

The Focus SUP carbon paddle boards look so sweet. We need to get our hands on one of those. One of our editors has the Focus SUP Surf Diva board and she loves it!

Riviera Paddlesurf also made a splash at the demo days.  Check out their tented action:

Riviera Paddlesurf Outdoor Retailer

 

That looks like so much fun. We wish we could have been out there. Enjoy the glide. We like that phrase!

And Stand Up Paddle Magazine has a SUP tank at the Outdoor Retailer show. Check them out doing some SUP paddleboard yoga action in the sup tank:

Stand Up Paddle Magazine Sup Tank

Stand Up Paddle magazine has a full lineup of brands and fun stuff going on in their SUP tank all week. Dang, did we mention how we wished we were in Utah at Outdoor Retailer for this event? Because we do!

If any of you SUP stand up paddle board peeps and friends of SUP Surf blog are at Outdoor Retailer and want to send us pics and your thoughts on the event, please do. We would love that!

Mahalo,

SUP SURF BLOG

Tower Adventurer Inflatable SUP 45% Off

Deal of The Day on Amazon Gold Box

Tower Adventurer Inflatable SUP

This board comes with a pump and an adjustable paddle. All for under $600. Sweet.

We were browsing our Twitter feed today and noticed that the Tower Adventurer Inflatable SUP 45% Off on Amazon Today. Like, whoa. The board is 9’10″ and its list price is $1,075.00. It is currently on sale for 45% off the list price which comes out to $594.15. Plus it’s eligible for Amazon Prime which means you could pump that board up and be up and paddling in less than 48 hours. Don’t you love technology? Here’s a link to check out the board:

Tower Adventurer 9’10″ Inflatable SUP (6″ Thick) with Pump and 3-PC Adjustable Paddle

It’s got an average review of 4.5 stars on Amazon which is a good sign. It’s extra thick (6 inches) which people seem to like.

We haven’t tried this board so we can’t give you our personal thumbs up, but we can give it two thumbs up on price. While researching this post we searched the web for reviews of the Tower Adventurer Inflatable SUP and we found this video review featuring a woman named Linda from Encinitas, CA. In the video Linda mentions that she likes the board because it is portable and she drives a sedan. However, she did admit that it’s not as stable as the rigid boards but it is a good option if you want an inflatable. We think this is the general sentiment around inflatable paddle board SUPs in general.

The board rolls up to about one foot in diameter when its deflated so it’s a lot easier to transport if you have a smaller car or plan to take your SUP with you on a trip. And if you do decide to travel with your Tower Adventurer Inflatable SUP, can you think about taking us with you? HA!

We know stand up paddle boards are expensive and can be a big investment, so we’re all about finding deals and letting you know about them as soon as we do. If you are looking for an inflatable SUP, we hope you find this deal of the day from Amazon on the Tower Adventurer inflatable SUP to be helpful! 

Safety Reminder & Advisory for Stand-up Paddle Boards from LASD Marina del Rey

Editor’s Note: The following is a repost from https://local.nixle.com/alert/5035472/. We often SUP in Marina Del Rey and want to spread this important safety message.

With the summer months upon us, the use of Stand-up Paddleboards (SUP) in Marina del Rey has increased significantly. Over the Fourth of July weekend, Sheriff’s Harbor Patrol deputies issued numerous warnings regarding the safety equipment requirements for SUPs.

SUPs that are being used for coastal and harbor cruising are classified as vessels by the United States Coast Guard. As vessels, SUPs are subject to vessel safety equipment requirements when being used outside of the surf zone. These regulations do not apply to SUPs being used for surfing only.

A life jacket or personal floatation device (PFD) is required while using SUPs. The use of a leash attached to the board and operator does not fulfill this requirement. The PFD does not have to be worn by the operator, unless the operator is 12 years of age or younger. Those not required to wear a PFD shall have it onboard the SUP, and readily available to the operator. There is a PFD designed specifically for use by SUP operators known as a “Special Use Device” – Type 5. The Type 5 PFD comes in a fanny pack configuration, and can be activated by manual inflation or by using the attached CO2 cartridge. The special use PFDs are available at most surf shops that carry SUPs, as well as most marine supply stores.

SUP operators are also required to have a sound signaling device, such as a whistle, for making an efficient sound signal. If an SUP is being operated at night, between sunset and sunrise, lighting and visual distress devices must also be carried.

So remember, an SUP operated outside of 200 yards from shore, or anywhere outside of designated swim areas of the Marina del Rey Harbor is subject to citation by marine law enforcement, should these safety regulations be violated.

Be safe this summer! If you have any questions, please contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Harbor Patrol Office at Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station at 310-482-6000.

SUP SURF BLOG Recommends Purchasing A Life Jacket or PFD. Below are some recommendations:

Amazon ImageOnyx M-24 Manual Inflatable Paddle Board Belt Pack Life Jacket

Amazon ImageStearns Suspenders Manually Inflatable Belt-Pack Life Jacket, Blue

Amazon ImageO’Neill Superlite USCG Vest (Blk/Met/Blk, Large)

Amazon ImageX20 Universal Adult Life Jacket Vest – Blue & Black

Amazon ImageKent Adult Compliance PFD Type II Life Jacket (Large/3 X-Large, Orange)

 

 

The SUP Cup: August 16-17th 2013 in Bastrop, Texas

Editor’s Note: We received the following information on The SUP cup today in our inbox and wanted to spread the word to all of you. It seems like a cool event, and we love hearing stories about people doing what they love and pursuing their passions.

The SUP Cup Texas

Former Banker on a Mission to Make Bastrop ‘the Fastest Growing SUP Destination in Texas’ Harle quits job, starts river company and organizes aggressive first-year event to put ‘historically hip’ town on the paddle board map BASTROP, Texas 

Lee Harle was tired of just talking about his hopes and dreams, so he decided to do something about it. He quit his full-time job in the banking industry and jumped into his new professional adventure with both feet…literally. In 2012, Harle traded in his suit and tie for some board shorts and flip flops, launching the Bastrop River Company in an up-and-coming community on the east side of Austin, Tx. It’s a story that is becoming more and more common: professional leaves the daily 9-to-5 grind and chases their life-long dream. But no matter how many times the story is told, it never loses its romanticism. It’s a story of hope and optimism, especially for those people who feel “stuck” in the “real world.” Harle’s story is no different, but it also has an element of inspiration, because he’s on a mission to make his new home in Bastrop “the fastest growing SUP destination in Texas.”

“Bastrop has an unappreciated gem in the Colorado River,” Harle said. “I want people to celebrate the river and all its potential adventures.” While Harle’s river company rents tubes and kayaks, he has become a huge advocate for stand up paddle boarding. “There is nothing like experiencing the Colorado River on the deck of a SUP board,” Harle explained. “Stand up paddle boarding is the fastest growing sport in the world, and we want to help introduce people to it and make Bastrop the best place to SUP in Texas.” To help Harle’s vision for paddle boarding in Bastrop, he is organizing The SUP Cup, a 2-day event that puts the sport in the spotlight. The event, which is scheduled for Aug. 16-17, has turned into more than a SUP event, though. “We have created a festival-like event – with vendors, kid-friendly activities and a concert,” Harle said. “We want to familiarize people with SUP, but our main goal remains celebrating the river.” The SUP Cup will be highlighted by three paddle boarding events – a sprint race, a 6-mile down river race and an obstacle challenge. There are divisions for hard-core paddlers and “weekend warriors,” alike. There is prize money for the overall champion of The SUP Cup. “You don’t have to be the fastest paddler in the world to compete,” Harle said. “We will have some world-class paddlers in the competitive division, but first-time paddlers can compete in the recreational division. It’s all about getting in the river and having fun.