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Naish Mana 8.5 GT-Compact All-around Wave Review

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I had the opportunity to try out the Naish Mana 8'5" last weekend at the East Coast SUP Championships in Wrightsville Beach, NC. I actually didn't set out to demo a single board, but when someone asked me to swap boards in the lineup,...

Anna takes us for a tour of King’s Paddle Sports

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What goes into shaping a custom board?

Custom Inflatables from ULI

ULI Inflatables
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SAN DIEGO—ULI began building inflatable boards in 2003, and have always offered the customization of deckpads, fins and other options.  Now ULI is announcing the availability of custom shapes built to your specifications.  Customers can confer with ULI’s experienced staff to choose the right...

Gear: Bark 12’6″ Contender Review

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I recently purchased a Bark pro-elite 12'6" Contender from Carolina Paddleboard in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. I had been riding a Bark pro-elite 12'6" Competitor. Before that a Hobie 12'6" elite standup paddleboard.   Surftech BARK Contender Specs I've been paddling as an "Average Jane" for a...

ECOLITE YOLOBOARD

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Description http://www.yoloboard.com/ Perfect for taking your workout outside, the EcoLite can be used for core training but also offers faster paddling and easier turns. Constructed with YOLO Board's exclusive 3D Expanding Technology, the EcoLite features front glassed-in bungee grommets, back leash grommets, traction Pad, box fin,...

Transitioning to a narrower board

Larry Cain Narrow Board
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In a recent post I shared a number of tips you can use to enhance stability on your SUP that are especially useful when paddling in rough water and on narrow boards.  Now that we’ve discussed them, let’s take a look at...

Infinity Whiplash 14′ Standup Paddle Raceboard

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First look at the much anticipated Infinity Whiplash 14' Raceboard. Slater Trout's signature raceboard for 2013 and manfactured and distributed by our friends at Boardworks! 14' x 27 wide 23lbs boardworkssup.com infinitysurf.com

The New SIC FX for 2016 walk through with Mark Raaphorst

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SIC had a huge week at the Outdoor Retailers Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah. They won SUPConnect Gear of the Year. Last year, they had the board of the year from Outside Magazine. It seems like they're always holding some kind of trophy...

What’s in Starboard’s Carbon Sandwich?

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What's in your Sandwich? Starboard plays off the popular TV show Iron Chef to demonstrate how their Carbon Sandwich construction is uniquely designed and created with more high quality materials compared to other boards on the market. Utilizing the highest grade materials and strategically...

Surf Expo Update: Paddle Board Gear and Photos

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You are a dog. You hate squirrels. You love tennis balls. You get your email by sniffing dog butts. Now throw that dog—you— into a tennis ball fight an a squirrel convention, held in the museum for dog butts. That's Surf Expo. It's not pretty, it's...

Big Sized Family Fun from Fanatic

Fanatic Flay Air L
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Now doesn't this look like fun for the whole family?! Fanatic has just announced the latest addition to its Fly Air inflatable line - the new Fly Air L.  It's the smaller brother of the Fly Air XL  and it's designed to take up...

Starboard Achieves Gold Level Status ECOBOARDS

Starboard’s Blue Carbon technology
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::Sponsored Post:: Starboard – a SUP and windsurf brand with 25 years of innovative board building and design – reaches Sustainable Surf’s Gold Level status for their Blue Carbon technology board range. It’s no small task – requiring multiple audits of source materials, building facilities and...

Hala Gear first to incorporate ITC (Inflatable Composite Technology) into their inflatable SUPs

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(Quick Note: Sorry about the audio. We're investing in better sound equipment. Turn up the volume.) We had an impressive demonstration of the new Hala Gear ICT, the inflatable standup paddle board to incorporate Inflatable Composite Technology (ICT). ICT is a high-modulus carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic stringer...

Custom Board Candy: Ian Balding Albatross Standup Paddleboard

Ian Balding Albatross Standup Paddleboard
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We're restarting our customs series to help support those craftsmen who are making new and cool boards and paddles. The Ian Balding Albatross Standup Paddleboard The idea to shape the board was to make a downwinder or a board that could be taken out to the...

Lahui Kai Team Training

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The Lahui Kai racing team training session in preparation of Battle of the Paddle 2014. They went on to place 2nd for Team Relay, only off first place by 2 seconds. They also had three placements in the mens' elite top 10!

Art of the Paddle

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One thing that I think is pretty cool is seeing the different graphic designs that paddle-related businesses come up with. (Wow, that's a clunky sentence, but you know what I mean.) Of course, function is paramount, but it doesn't hurt to have something pretty...

Hurley Weir Badfish MVP

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First trial of the Badfish MVP 9'0 at Hurley Weir, River Thames UK.

Gear Review: NSP 9’8″ Elements SUP Surf Board

NSP Element
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Looking for a board to up my skills I bought the NSP Elements 9’8” as a vacation board. I’m a very casual surfer. Big waves make me nervous, but I was hoping to change that. The only thing I’ve had for the surf so far...

Riviera Choke Hold Paddle Grip and Surftech Bark Excursion

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I got a chance to take out the Riviera Choke Hold Paddle Grip on the bump paddle and surf the Surftech Bark Excursion in Newport, Oregon. It was awesome. For more information about Riviera and the Choke Hold paddle grip, go...

Surf Expo 2016 Instagramable recap

surf expo
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Make sure to follow the Distressed Mullet on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/distressedmullet/ A certain Mulleteer we know absolutely fell in love with this touring board from @lahui_kai_paddleboards at #surfexpo!! @annabelanderson @lischell A photo posted by Distressed Mullet (@distressedmullet) on Jan 16, 2016 at 5:16pm PST They can't steal your...

First look at the C4 Opea with Trey Knight at the USNWC

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The River Pro Opae 8'6 Description: Our most high-performance iSUP for river surfing, rapid riding and ocean surfing for the intermediate, and advanced riders weighing 155, 175 and 215 lbs. respectively. This board is wide enough to handle the roughest waters, but has the short profile...

Want to Sell Boards? Start a Meetup!

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It's almost Summer! THANK GOODNESS. The ice storms were starting to weigh me down. And by "weigh me down" I mean "make me lose my mind."  For paddle shops, this (April)  is just about the time when you're starting to lose your minds. Ordering boards,...

Fanatic Fly Air Inflatable Fun in Berlin City

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Join Fanatic riders Paulina Herpel, Phine Scheibe, Kai-Nicolas Steimer and Klaas Voget on a SUP tour through the capital of Berlin with their Fly Air Inflatable boards. For sure pretty cool to quietly paddle far away from the hustle and bustle of this big...

Fanatic’s SUP/Surf Collection for 2015

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Looking for a new board? You're gonna want to take a look at Fanatic's 2015 line!   Waveboards: 2015 sees five brand new shapes being added to the ProWave line - the most extreme high performance Waveriding collection ever! The AllWave guarantees smooth Surfing. Coming in six sizes and available in LTD...

Board Review: SIC Bayonnet 2018

 SIC Bayonet 2018
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 SIC Bayonet 2018 Our Man in The PNW - Joel Yang - loves to geek out on boards and gear as much as we do.  The Stoke on the Water Gorge Guide put this review of the new SIC Bayonet together for us, after a...
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