The windsurfable stand
up paddleboard, aka, the
Grand Unified Theory of Everything
waves, or flatwater. Sail,
paddle, or surf. Beginner,
intermediate or expert.
just theory -- it's reality. The re-birth several years ago
of this royal Hawaiian sport has revolutionized surfing --
and windsurfing -- worldwide. Stand
up Paddleboarding (SUP) is the world's fastest growing watersport.
And for experienced windsurfers, adding a SUP to your quiver
-- or if you're a beginner, choosing one as your first board
-- makes perfect sense! The windsurfing brands of
SUP's all have mast tracks for your sails and perform wonderfully
as windsurfers in sub-planing and higher-wind planing
conditions. 'Specially if you live inland, or have a busy
time-constrained lifestyle, or have family members to share
a board with -- it's really a no-brainer. You can
get "out there" no matter what! This may
be the easiest money you could ever spend in water sports:
you will always have use for this board! After the beginner
learning curve is over, the SUP keeps on giving.
For the big picture of Stand Up Paddle Boarding go to http://www.whitecapsup.com
paddle mode of SUP can be learned in 5 minutes and
be enjoyed on any lake, river or ocean. It is great, fun cross-training
-- if you want it to be. It's an easy escape -- if you want
it to be. The advantage of SUP board over a basic surf
board is the added width allowing you to stand up and use
a paddle, thus get more power and speed. When you take off
on the wave, you are already standing up!! You're surfing
before you know it! The paddle further acts like a balancing
pole, making it easier to turn and keep your balance. On my
Outer Banks trips, I've had first-timers catch and ride their
very first wave ever attempted. For inland flatwater
-- lake, river, canal, you name it -- it's like walking on
water. Nothing to it, yet amazingly rewarding.
people you might know, in places you've probably been, showing
EVERYTHING an SUP can do:
offers lessons in SUP, too!
OK...let's look at some stand up paddleboards.
(Prices are manufacturer's suggested list but in some cases
I can discount off of that -- call or email for a quote.)
SUP's with mast track for windsurf sails:
and, of course,
<> Epic Gear Adjustable ALUMINUM
tiny sloppy waves we have on our southern coasts to head high
and bigger. Never a no-wind "skunk" on a
trip to the coast again! THAT'S the revolution! The
latest one, anyway. ___________________________________________________________________________________
These two choices, which
I carry in stock,
are typical of many, many brands. Basically, the choice is
between an inexpensive aluminum, around $100, or pricey top-end
100% carbon, around $320. There are some hybrids of fiberglass/carbon
around $220, also.
ALUMINUM adjustable paddle -- $99 --What a value!
In stock! Non-adjustable, $89.
100% carbon SPANKER paddle -- $299 - $354 - Performance, power,
unbelievably light! I use one of these. You can try it. 1
or 2-piece, fixed or adjustable models.
Now, if you would, Please test your knowledge by taking our
Pick a condition: Pick a mode:
Pick a level:
Pick an attitude:
Pick a rider:
___ paddle ___
___ intermediate ___ push the limits
Pick a board that works for all of the above:
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