2013 SUP Awards: Vote for Your Favorite Paddlers

2013 SUP Awards

2013 SUP Awards: Vote for Your Favorite Paddlers

The 2013 SUP Awards are happening this year on Thursday September 26th at Casino San Clemente in Southern California. SUP The Mag has just opened voting for the top stand up paddlers of 2013. Vote for your Top 3 Male Paddlers, Top 3 Female Paddlers, Movie of the Year, Top Philanthropic Effort and Top Expedition now on SUP The Mag’s website. The links can be found below.

Top 3 Female Paddlers - Yes, we put females first because that’s how we roll. Diva power! Here is a list of the top female stand up paddle boarder nominees:

  • Jenny Lee
  • Talia Gangini Decoite
  • Halle Harrison
  • Jenn J. Lee
  • Hayley Mills
  • Izzi Gomez
  • Candice Appleby
  • Angie Jackson
  • Bailey Rosen
  • Nicole Pacelli
  • Suzie Cooney
  • Nikki Gregg
  • Morgan Hoesterey
  • Maro Strickland
  • Karen Wrenn
  • Jenny Kaimbach
  • Gillian Gibree
  • Emmy Merrill
  • Annabel Anderson
  • Andrea Moller

Top 3 Male Paddlers - Here are the nominees:

  •  Dave Kalama
  • Casper Steinfath
  • Mo Freitas
  • Chuck Glynn
  • Noah Yap
  • Zane Schweitzer
  • Travis Grant
  • Shane Perrin
  • Sean Poynter
  • Rob Rojas
  • Michael Tavares
  • Matt Becker
  • Leco Salazar
  • Kody Kerbox
  • Keahi De Aboitiz
  • Kai Lenny
  • Justin Holland
  • Jamie Mitchell
  • Fernando Stalla
  • Dave Boehne
  • Danny Ching
  • Dan Gavere
  • Connor Baxter
  • Colin McPhillips
  • Chuck Patterson
  • Chase Kosterlitz
  • Brennan Rose

Top Expedition – We don’t know what any of these are so we’re not voting on this, but if you do – kudos to you!

  • XF500
  • Down The Missouri
  • Wild West Coast of South Africa
  • Everglades Challenge(S)
  • 11 Cities Tour Nonstop Record

Movie of the Year - This link is filled with video embeds. Pretty awesome!

  • Stand
  • iAfrica
  • 5UP P1RATE5
  • Driftwood

So go on and head over to the SUP The Mag website and get your vote on. The website doesn’t say when voting closes, but we recommend getting your votes in sooner rather than later.

Are you planning on going to the 2013 SUP Awards? If so, post in the comments and let us know!

 

Olympus Tough TG620 Waterproof Digital Camera

Daily Deal: Olympus Tough TG620 Waterproof and Shockproof Digital Camera

You know what’s awesome about being out on the water these days? The ability to capture it all on camera. The technology is insane these days from little video cameras like GoPro to the Sony Action Cam and countless digital waterproof cameras. It’s a great time to be a surfer and a stand up paddler these days.

$129.99 for an Olympus Tough TG620 Digital Camera ($249.99 List Price). Multiple Colors. Free Shipping and Returns.

 

I found this deal today on Groupon for the TG620 Waterproof Digital camera. It is normally $249 but it’s on sale for $129.99 via Groupon Goods. Not too bad. I don’t have this specific camera, but it seems like a great deal that we should be letting fellow water sports folks like us know more about. Oh yeah, it’s shockproof too. Boing!

We all have different types of cameras we use and one of our editors has this version of the Olympus that she really loves, so if you are looking for something a notch above try that one out

If you end up getting in on this deal for the Olympus Tough Tg620 Digital Camera from Groupon Goods, let us know how you like it. And be sure to tell us which color you like. I personally am digging the pink one. Aww shucks.

Or if you want to get us one of these sweet digital waterproof cameras for our birthday, we wouldn’t be opposed. Our birthdays aren’t for another 6 months or so, but we happily accept presents any time of the year.

Okay, hope you’ve enjoyed our rant. We scour the web for good stuff just like this and we hope you enjoy.

Peace, Love, and Good Waves.
-The Folks at SUP SURF BLOG
What about you? Do you own a waterproof camera?
Do you like it? Which one do you have? Post in the comments and let us know!

Things You Should Know About Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards

Here’s the scoop on inflatable paddle boards. Paddle boarding is a ton of fun, but the one draw back is lugging a big ole’ board to and from the river, ocean, or lake, and then back to your car. The paddle boards that can be easily carried are inflatable paddle boards. They are collapsable and can fold down to a small size that can fit in your backpack. These boards generally come along with specifically designed hand pumps. The core material used in the production of these boards is drop stitch. The specific thickness of these boards is maintained by thousands of locked stitches that are made of nylon. When you use the hand pumps that are designed for this purpose your board can inflate up to or above 30 Psi.

Bic Inflatable Paddleboard

A new Bic Inflatable Paddleboard.

People might choose an inflatable Stand Up Paddle board over a normal paddle board because of its excellent qualities like portability and durability. The main advantage of these kind of boards is that they can be easily packed away for travel. When inflated, they are just as strong as normal boards. Since normal boards are heavier and less flexible it is difficult to carry them around while you are traveling making inflatable boards a great option.

By choosing an inflatable stand-up paddle board you never compromise on their performance as they are equally good as normal boards. The costs of these inflatable Stand Up Paddle boards vary depending on their quality and comfort. There are a variety of such boards available and you can choose one depending on your budget and preferences. However most commonly these boards are available at prices that ranges anything between $600 to $1500.

You should be able to get an inflatable board within this price range. There is also a higher price range of these boards such as ranging between $1500 to $2000. These boards will have extra features and quality with a good comfort level. 

The inflatable Stand Up Paddle boards are available in different types and sizes and why the prices also vary. There are boards that are UV protected and hence are more durable. There are boards that allow both the options of sitting down (kayak style) or stand up paddle. If you are looking for a rigid performance similar to a hard board then you should be choosing the needle nose boards. Choosing the best one according to your tastes and preferences would increase the quality of ride you will be having.

Here are some recommended inflatable paddle boards:

Amazon Image Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer Inflatable 9’10″ SUP Package

Tower Paddleboards are some of the best known inflatable paddleboards and SUP packages on the market. They’re also consistently some of the best selling boards on Amazon. To top it off, they were on Shark Tank and Mark Cuban is an investor in the company. AWESOME!

Amazon ImageBadfisher Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboard 

This board is one of the finest of its quality. It is manufactured with the rubber that is UV resistant and with the technology of MCIT. It also comes along with the bag in which you can compactly pack the board as well as the pump.

 

 

Amazon ImageAdvanced Elements Hula 11 Inflatable Paddle Board
This board by Advanced Elements is also rated one of the best. With its attractive price range, it is the best for multi tasking. You could use this board for surfing, stand up paddle boarding, or kayaking. It is apt for all the sports that requires a stiff performance. It comes along with its accessories such as pump, valve adaptor, storage bag and other important things.

 

 

Amazon ImageBIC Sport Stand Up Air Inflatable Paddleboard, 10-Feet 6-Inch
Bic has also come out with an inflatable stand up paddleboard. Their boards are known for durability and this is one option that shouldn’t be ignored.

 

 

Have you ever thought about getting an inflatable stand up paddle board? Why or why not? Post in the comments and let us know.

Tower Adventurer Inflatable Paddle Board

What To Look For When Buying A Stand Up Paddleboard

What To Look For When Buying A Stand Up Paddleboard

Are you planning to buy a stand up paddle board (SUP)? We have put together some tips for you on what to look for when buying a stand up paddleboard. This will help you in choosing the most appropriate SUP boards for your needs. It is important for you to know the varieties of SUP boards available in the market place. They are:

  • All-Around: This type of board is great for those who want to paddle in flatwater half the time and surf the other half of the time. The most suitable board for starters. 
  • Surfing: This board is typically wider and shorter than the standard paddle board and stable enough to withstand strong waves when you are paddle surfing. Most people who buy a surfing type paddle board have previous surfing experience.
  • Touring / Racing: Boards that are longer (typically longer than 12’6”) with a sharp nose and made for long distance racing across both flat water and in the ocean. 

Aspects To Consider When Choosing The Right SUP Board For You

  • Stability and width of the boards. The width of the board is really important as far as balance is concerned. Most of them measure around 36 inches. This is suitable for people of all different heights and weights and is much easier to keep your balance as a broader base is much more comfortable compared to a reduced width. However, you may quickly find that you want to move down to a narrower board after gaining adequate skills from the wider ones so make sure you take that into consideration when purchasing your first board. 
  • Length of the board. It must fit your size in order to displace the amount of water equivalent to your weight.The length of your boards can determine the speed at which they can move at a given duration. For instance, the longer the boards, the higher the speed and vice versa. This is why most people purchase the longer boards for racing purposes.
  • Materials. SUP boards are made of various materials such as fiberglass and epoxy. Plastic made boards are bought by many people because they are durable, long lasting, and can withstand dings. They also tend to be cheaper and more affordable. On the other hand, those made of fiberglass are expensive but used in many paddling activities
  • Board Portability.  This is a CRUCIAL aspect to consider before buying a SUP. As mentioned earlier, these boards can be very huge and heavy. Therefore, you should consider a board with a weight you will be comfortable with in all your paddling outings. You may enjoy that extra foot of board on the way, but it could be a pain in the *** to get on and off your car and down to the beach. You could get board carrying devices like a SUP Slingor a Wheelie, but make sure the board is something that doesn’t break your back carrying to and from the beach.
  • Price. Have an idea of how much you want to spend. Paddleboards are pricey and we recommend you do plenty of research first to make sure you get the best deals. This is where we hope to be of use and will post more on this topic in the future. But for now be prepared for a SUP board to start at around $800 for a NEW board and a little less than that for a used one.  Besides the board price, you should also be prepared to invest in a good Stand Up Paddle, boardbag, leash, and Tie Down Straps for your car.

The places you plan to paddle – lakes, rivers or ocean- will help determine the features of boards most appropriate for you.

Check out this video on how to choose a standup paddleboard for more information:

We hope you found this article helpful to you on what to look for when buying a standup paddleboard. We wish you the best of luck as you search for the right and most suitable stand up paddle boards for your specific need.

If you have any questions for us, post in the comments and let us know how we can help you!

Review: Athleta Breeze Short

A Review on the Women’s Athleta Breeze Short.

Athleta Breeze Short

Summer has arrived and that means sun, warm water, and shedding our winter wetsuits  - yay! There’s nothing I love more than paddling without a wetsuit on. You feel so free!

When I first got my SUP stand up paddleboard I realized I wasn’t IN the water as much (more like ‘on the water’) so I didn’t need a wetsuit. Instead I wore boardshorts and a rashguard. Well, boardshorts for surfing are different than boardshorts for SUP stand up paddleboarding. When I wear boardshorts for surfing, I want them to be longer so they protect my thighs from chafage after sitting on the board for too long. Yeah, it’s not cute or feminine but it’s way better than a huge red rash in between your legs! But I quickly realized that boardshorts for stand up paddleboarding are totally different. They can be cute and short because you aren’t sitting with a board between your legs – you’re standing on it. I immediately began my quest to find some cute boardshorts to wear for SUPping. My friend and fellow supper, Xtine, had these Athleta Breeze shorts and I wanted to give them a try. She bought them in every color so I figured they had to be good. I bought a pair online and gave them a whirl. They are really comfortable and good for bending and being active. They are made with a featherweight stretch material and also have quick and fast drying capabilities. I think they would be a great pair of shorts for any type of water use – swimming, boating, SUP. and surf (if you like a shorter short).

The one thing I didn’t like about these shorts is the metal clasp. It doesn’t lay flat with the drawstring tie waist so it ends up creating a small bulge at the waistline. But it doesn’t bother me enough to do anything about it – but I did want to point it out for the sake of this review.

Athleta makes several different types of boardshorts for women and so far I have found the Breeze Short to be my favorite. It comes in several different colors too so you can always look stylish. They come in black, tan, turquoise (pictured above), earth green, red, and purple.

I’m glad I discovered these shorts just in time for summer so I can ditch my longer shorts when I go SUP paddling and put on a pair of short shorts and go stand up paddleboarding.

For more information on the Athleta Breeze Short, visit Athleta’s website by clicking here.

Do you have a pair of boardshorts that you LOVE to paddleboard or surf in? Post in the comments and let us know!

 

BIC SUP ACE-TEC Wahine Stand Up Paddleboard Review

Amazon Image When I first began looking around for a stand up paddleboards for women I knew one thing: it had to be pink! I have seen stand up paddleboards that are pink before but wasn’t sure of how many existed in the marketplace. I have been paddleboarding several times and love seeing people out on the water and saying SUP to them. I saw this  Wahine Stand-Up Paddleboard (10-Feet 6-Inch, White/Pink) and thought it was pretty neat. I first saw it on Amazon and then I saw it at a local SUP shop in my area (they are sprouting up down here like crazy. It was white (and pink of course) and standing up at 10ft 6 inches tall it was a bit more board than I wanted to purchase but it is made of epoxy which makes it lighter to carry and also a bit more durable and ding resistant.

Overall I liked this board a lot and it was one of the first pink boards I saw during my search to find the perfect SUP for both flat water paddling, paddleboard yoga, and paddlesurfing. I decided that since I’ve already been a surfer for most of my life and had the hang of it that I would probably get the hang of paddleboarding quickly and not need to be on such a large stand up SUP paddleboard. I am glad I stuck with my choice because this board is very cute with its hawaiian wahine style pink flowers but ultimately it was too tall and not light enough for me. I do think it’s a great beginner board for a girl who is just looking to get into stand up paddleboarding and would like something stable for on the water and on flat days.

What about you? Have you tried this stand up paddleboard by BIC sport? Did you know that BIC is the same company that makes the razors? Post in the comments and let me know!

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SUP! Welcome to the SUP Surf Blog. We are experienced surfers who have been surfing most of our lifes and new to the world of stand up paddleboard (aka SUP) . We plan to document our journey along the way here on this fine website you are reading right now and talk about all things SUP and surf related. It took us a lot to take the plunge into the world of stand up paddle boarding given the huge financial commitment a stand up paddle oard and stand up paddle can be. We have done a lot of research, legwork, and talked to many industry experts and plan to share all of our stand up paddle board knowledge with you here on SUP Surf blog.

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