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

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

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!