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Old 03-05-2014, 06:57 AM   #1
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SUP? Stand Up Paddle Boards

I follow the great thread here on kayaks and Airstreams. Stand up paddleboards are another great way to get on the water and I thought it might be interesting to talk about those. My home town - Bend, Oregon - was just named the #1 SUP spot by Outdoor Magazine: 2014 Travel Awards: Best SUP Getaway | Travel Awards | OutsideOnline.com

I don't know about that as we have an awfully short warm season. But I've been thinking it might be a great way to add a dimension to Streaming. Anyone have any experience SUPing?

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Old 03-05-2014, 07:31 AM   #2
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I live on Lake Champlain and my wife and I bought SUPs last year. They're pretty easy to get the hang of and will help strengthen your core. I have a bad shoulder and find it more pleasant than my kayak.
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Old 03-05-2014, 04:14 PM   #3
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We live in S. California and bought SUP's last year. We have used both in the ocean and in some marinas. Not to tough unless a windy and rough day in the ocean. Takes a little used to getting your balance but what the worst that can happen. you fall in!
Looking forward when I can throw them into my EB27 and head out.
So much fun even my dog enjoys it, hoping to get him in the ocean
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:17 PM   #4
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I am like a cat - don't like to get wet unless it is a hot day and a nice cool pool or lake is handy.

SUP'g is popular here, even in winter. (They wear wetsuits). Thought you might like this photo. It was taken on a calm, fairly warm winter's day at White Rock Beach. It has an ethereal, walking on water effect....

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I really want to try my hands at one this coming summer. I am very tall, so this kind of stuff teens to be difficult for me, but it looks like a ton of fun.
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I use my Airstream to camp by the rivers or lakes all the time! SUPing is one of the hottest new sports.

Most people use inflatables to paddle calm lakes but others are running class I-V rivers. There are lots of ways to use your board.

Best to get an inflatable that will roll up and fit into a backpack for easier storage.

One of SUPings best surfers lives in Oregon and catches a one hour wave behind the sternwheeler boat on the Hood River. You can see it on Youtube.

Lots of fun!
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Old 03-07-2014, 06:21 AM   #7
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Inflatable SUP.? Didn't know there was such a thing.
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I've also thought about getting an inflatable, but it's not looking like we have any spare space in our Interstate. Bummer. And, we'd have to have 2 of them so we could both paddle out.

I've ridden an inflatable before and I really liked it. They're quite rigid when inflated properly, so, just as easy to ride as a standard board. The only thing I noticed was that it was slower.
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does this paddling stress the lower back? I had to be careful buying a Kayak because of that.. The SUP sure looks like fun
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does this paddling stress the lower back? I had to be careful buying a Kayak because of that.. The SUP sure looks like fun
It does not bother my back.

I've been kayaking a handful of times, and that DOES bother my back. And I used to own a Concept 2 rowing machine, and if I rowed too much or too hard, that would sometimes aggravate my lower back.
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good to know thank you
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where do you get a deal on inflatables?
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where do you get a deal on inflatables?
You could try Tower Paddle Boards. Best Stand Up Paddle Boards by Tower SUP.

They're based in San Diego, and their prices are great. The inflatable that I tried was a Tower. I have nothing else to compare it to, but, I'd buy one from them if I had room for one. Their model is 6" thick, I believe, whereas some other companies make theirs more like 4" thick. I was told that the added thickness gives it more bouyancy and rigidity. Probably also makes it a bit slower.
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Thank you! I'm getting a tower board, can't wait,thx
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