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Monthly Archives: August 2014

  • What's SUP with Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards?

    With stand up paddle boarding riding an epic wave of popularity, sales of inflatable stand up paddle (SUP) boards are blowing up as well!

    RoadBikeOutlet now carries three different SUP boards. The Aqua Marina SPK-1, SPK-2 and SPK-3 are rigid when inflated and have a similar feel to a hard board, but are considerably more portable and easier to store.

    These inflatable SUP boards are made from commercial grade PVC material with drop-stitch construction. All three boards have a D rings for cargo, a leash, or even convert the SPK-1 and -2 boards to a sit down kayak by adding the handy Kayak Seat! The three fin set up (one large fin in the center, two smaller fins on each side is perfect for tracking on flat water, while the anti-slip deck pad will keep you on your feet. Included with each package are the SUP board, 3 piece paddle, starter pump, three fins, a patch/repair kit and a carry bag.

    The origins of modern stand-up paddling (and many other water sports) are most likely Hawaiian. The “beach boys” of Waikiki combined their skills at surfing and outrigger canoe paddling, eventually using the stand-up boards to keep a bird’s eye view of their students taking surf lessons. In more recent times, surfers would resort to standing up on large boards on small surf days while waiting for the next big swell.

    Folks from St. Augustine to Seattle, from the Great Lakes to backyard ponds (and beyond!) are enjoying inflatable SUP boards for flat water paddling fun.

    Stand up paddle boarder using an Aqua Marina SPK-1 on the calm Atlantic Ocean Stand up paddle boarder using an Aqua Marina SPK-1 on the calm Atlantic Ocean

    A SUP board is considered by the Coast Guard a vessel when used “beyond the narrow limits of a swimming, surfing or bathing area.” If this is the case, one must wear a lifejacket and carry a whistle. If a stand up paddle board is used within a designated “swimming, surfing or bathing area,” the Coast Guard does not consider it to be a vessel.

    Think about an inflatable stand up paddle board as a durable, lighter and versatile alternative to traditional hard SUP boards. Whether you live in a landlocked area or have a vacation coming up by the sea, all you need is some water and a sense of adventure to enjoy the latest water sport craze of stand up paddle boarding.

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