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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...

Custom Board Candy: April Zilg’s Custom Hobie Apex Raw

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April Zilg talks about her custom 12'6" Hobie Apex Raw race stand up paddle board shaped by Mark Johnson. When to order a custom board: When you know exactly what you want to change on a production board When the conditions you paddle in dictate specific design...

How to Choose Your First Paddleboard: A Beginner’s Primer

How to choose your first paddleboard
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How to choose your first paddleboard Paddling season is here!  Maybe you tried SUP last year and have decided it’s time to take the plunge and get your own board. Maybe you just think it looks fun and cool and you want to give it a...

Review: Yolo Yak Stand Up Paddleboard

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The Yolo Yak could quite possibly be the toughest SUP on Earth. It's heavy duty, made of roto-molded polyethelene. It's a beast. It is hard to paddle in strong currents and wind, but super stable. You can fit 5 kids on this thing as a...

First look at the 2015 Hobie Apex 4R 14’x27.5″ Stand Up Paddle Board

Hobie Apex 4R 14 Stand Up Paddleboard
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The first thing you'll notice about the 2015 Hobie Apex 4R 14'x27.5" stand up paddle board is how light it is. At 25 lbs, this is a one-hander all-day long. Carrying it to the shore, dock, garage or car is easy. The next thing is...

SIC X PRO LITE 12.6 Review: First impressions

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I was shocked. Honestly. My first experience on SICs 2 years ago was that they nailed the downwind. BUT, the boards were big, sometimes heavy. This next generation laughs in the face of their elder predecessors. I took the SIC X PRO LITE 12.6 for a...

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...

The Inland Paddler: Selecting a New Board & Finding That Perfect Dance Partner

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My first love… she was a gorgeous blonde beauty with long lines, a smooth glide and a distinctive tattoo marking her lineage…it was a Naish Nalu 11’6”…and she slid me across a choppy Lake Crabtree like no other watercraft I’d ever paddled. It was...

NCP heating up the Prone paddleboard molds and continues killer customs tradition

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If you are following Brian Szymanski on Instagram (@brianszymanski8560), you've been watching some seriously cool boards coming out of North County Paddleboards (NCP) (Instagram @ncp_paddleboards). If you are unfamiliar with NCP, you should look into them. They've been around for a LONG time and...

Surftech 2016 Preview Bark Commander Light, Bark Contender Light and Bark Vapor

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Mike Pilgrim with Surftech Product Development walks us through some highlights of the Surftech Bark Line for 2016. Specifically, we walk through the Bark Contender Light, Bark Commander Light, and the Bark Vapor. Bark Contender Light Race SUP Specs: Finally a Contender smaller paddlers can call their...

Starboard Race 14′ x 25″ first thoughts

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This past Friday, I grabbed one of the Starboard Race 14' x 25" demos from Carolina Paddleboard Company and paddled into a ripping outgoing tide and an 8-knot ENE wind around the Harbor Island Loop in Wrightsville Beach. Of all the boards I've tried in the past...

Kern River on an Inflatable Prone!

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Shredding the Whitewater on a prone paddleboard Jack Bark.  He just makes everything look easy. And fun!  Love this video featuring the prone master taking on the whitewater in the Kern River on the new Bark inflatable prone!      

Starboard All Star Showdown – The 2016 14’ x 25” All Star vs. the 2015 14’ x 25” All Star

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I remember seeing a few internet posts in the winter in which there was some speculation on whether the 14’ x 25” 2016 Starboard All Star was as fast as the 2015 model in flat water. I’m here to put any speculation to rest....

Hobie Mirage Eclipse creates an entirely new class of SUP (stand up pedal)

Hobie Eclipse
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Standing. pedaling. How many more divisions are there? Is it a biathlon? Whatever it is, it's going to be at the Carolina Cup to try. Like a segway? Whatever gets you on the water. Go for it. Riding the Eclipse is as easy as walking....

2015 Infinity Blackfish ST Stand Up Paddle Raceboard

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From the Infinity 2015 Catalogue: Blackfish series of boards is the latest evolution in design by Dave Boehne. Taking the concept of hydrodynamic surf design in an all-new collection of boards that have taken the race paddle scene by storm. The concept was simple as...

Crossfit Games adds Prone Paddleboarding with help of Brian Szymanski

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Are you ready for a pop in the prone world? How about Crossfit Games adding 50 prone boards built by Brian Szymanski. CrossFit was interested in adding a new challenge and have always wanted to do something in the ocean sports realm. Dave Castro, CrossFit's...

Custom Board Candy: Anthony Maltese’s El Tigre from Riviera Paddlesurf

Riviera Paddlesurf El Tigre
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This is Anthony Maltese SUP Surfing his Riviera "El Tigre." El Tigre is the custom model based on the the Nugg that Taylor and Brandon Rambo, Brennan Rose and Anthony Taylor have been using and making subtle changes in the past few years. It's still a...

Surftech Bark D2 Review: First Impressions

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My first thought when I stepped on the board was comfort. I felt very comfortable. That could be because I paddled Matt Becker's custom Bark after the 2012 Carolina Cup for a year. The D2 is a modified version of that board. Who would like...

Hobie and QuickBlade collaboration with matching custom boards and paddles

Hobie Performance Lab and QuickBlade Match Sticks
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In a world of paranoid competition and shrinking markets, how do two companies like Hobie and Quickblade come together for an artistic and craftsmanship collaboration? How the houses of two craftsmen came together Jimmy Terrell from QuickBlade reads an article in the LA Times (Great article: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-made-in-california-hobie-20151023-story.html). Jimmy calls Sean...

Riviera Paddlesurf 2015 Catalogue

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We saw the whole line at the 2015 Surf Expo in Orlando, FL earlier this month and the boards look great. Check out the Nugg, which is a blast to paddle. I also got to try the new downwind board. It's really worth checking...

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...

Naish releases specs on 2017 Malolo SUP Foilboard and Malolo Hydrofoil

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Naish has just released the specs on the 2017 Malolo SUP Foilboard and Malolo Hydrofoil. It looks like the race continues between Kai and Connor. The official launch date is early Fall 2016, but they hope to have more images and video to share in the next...

2016 STARBOARD SUP “HYPERNUT” 6’9 23″ 69L/ SUP TOMO

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STARBOARD Dream Team "SUP TOMO" riding on STARBOARD "HYPER NUT" 6'9 23" 69L. Super fun at small waves condition!!

Brian Szymanski discusses the Lahui Kai Team Race 12’6″

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Brian Szymanski shaped paddle boards have won more championships in the last four years than any other boards. In this video, "Shizzy" explains design details for the Lahui Kai Team Race 12'6", the best performing boards at the 2014 Battle of the Paddle. More about...

SUPTHINKTANK: Makers of LiftSUP handles and ConnexSUP plugs

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We got to meet up with Matt with SUPTHINKTANK at the 2015 Surf Expo in Orlando and walked through LiftSUP handles and ConnexSUP plug system. LiftSUP is the first reinforced, injection molded handle designed specifically for Stand Up Paddleboards. hey sit flush with the deck...

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