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Top 5 SUP Destinations in USA

After about 5 years on the road Mike Tavares and his trusty sidekick Shredder have explored countless coastlines, rivers, and lakes from coast to coast. After seeing so much diversity and opportunity to paddle in the US, Mike does his best to narrow down the best 5 places you must paddle board in the U.S.A.

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Aqua Marina Calling for Ambassadors to Join Team

If you could use some help in achieving your goals and want to partner with a brand that shares the same love for the water and paddling as you, Aqua Marina could be the perfect fit for you.

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A Look Back at 2016 Chattajack

Following the 2016 Chattajack (held in October), one participant edited together an incredible video highlighting the race and one’s journey and dedication to take part in it. Have a look at the documentary-style video below.

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Hannah Ray | Iowa SUP River Surfing

The whitewater park in Charles City Iowa has got quite the wave and it's home to Werner Paddles athlete, Hannah Ray Childs. Along with some great surfing talent, what we love most about her is the fun she is having and the positive energy she brings to our sport.

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Places To Visit In 2017

Planning on getting in a few trips in 2017? Well, lucky for you there are countless locations and destinations that are a stand up paddler’s dream. We’ve compiled a few places where you’re bound to have a blast at with beautiful scenery surrounding you.

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5 Reasons Tahiti Is The Perfect Place To Paddle Board

We all dream of an exotic vacation packed with relaxation, sunshine, and the warm water of the tropics. We see photos of crystal-clear water with beautiful mountainous backdrops and think to ourselves what it would be like to be in a place that perfect. Tahiti is a place where these dreams and thoughts are a reality. We here at Supconnect agree that Tahiti stands out as one of the ideal places to paddle board. Here are five reasons why:

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How To Layer Up For Cold Water Paddling

Why chose a drysuit over a wetsuit in cold water paddling? To put it simply, a drysuit is designed for longer periods of exposure in colder conditions. The layering beneath the drysuit is key though, so here are some suggestions on how to layer up before you paddle out in the cold water.

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The Uniform for SUP Whitewater

River paddle boarding and especially whitewater SUP is a different beast, compared to other disciplines of stand up paddling such as SUP Yoga and SUP Surfing. Its influences are more from the kayak and rafting world. River hydrology is different than the coast, and there are different hazards. Also, the outerwear of kayakers is the uniform of river paddle boarders. Learn about the whitewater SUP uniform here...

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5 Places to Paddle in Cold Weather

When thinking of stand up paddling many imagine the warm, clear waters of somewhere tropical like Hawaii, Tahiti, or Florida as the perfect, most beautiful places to get on a SUP and explore. While there is no doubt that the places listed above are dreamy, there are places farther away from the equator that require a bit more than wearing just a bikini or board shorts but are still breathtakingly beautiful when paddling around. Here are five places to paddle in colder climates that are worth that extra layer or two of clothing and braving the cold.

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Reader's Choice: Top SUP Destinations of 2016

Where did you travel this year? Was it tropical? Was it on the coast or to a lake? With stand up paddling (SUP) the options are endless as you can take your paddle board on practically any body of water. And with the convenience of inflatables you are able to take your SUP with you wherever you go! With our audience voting for the top SUP destinations in the 2016 Supconnect Polls, here are the top SUP destinations for 2016 voted for and nominated by you and your peers.

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Paddle Boarding Annapolis, Maryland

Annapolis, the state capital of Maryland, and commonly known as “America’s sailing capital, has been taken by storm by paddle sports!” Situated on the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Severn river, Annapolis offers a wide variety of paddling conditions.

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Man SUPs Entirety of Wisconsin River

Film producer and avid stand up paddler Jesse Hieb recently completed a solo, self-supported SUP journey down all 430 miles of the Wisconsin River. Why? He wanted to create a documentary that tells the story of the revitalization of the river through experiencing all 430 miles of it. We caught up with Jesse to ask about his trip and documentary. Check out our interview:

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Why Female Paddlers Need SlipIns

Seasons, weather, and locations may change but one thing that should be a constant in any female stand up paddler’s set of gear should be a SlipIn Surfskin. Here’s why:

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Badfish SUP Season Highlights

2016 was another year for the books! This year team Badfish SUP proved that river stand up paddling is no joke and they continue to innovate and impress with each new year. Here, Badfish SUP compiled highlight clips from 2016. Check it out!

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2016 Holiday SUP Gift and Gear Guide

Can you believe 2016 is coming to an end?! With the gift-giving holidays right around the corner, it's time to think about getting something awesome for the SUP'er in your life so here at Supconnect, we've put together a gift/gear guide of the newest and coolest items to have recently hit the shelves and racks on the SUP market.

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World’s Smallest Inflatable Life Jacket

Restube, a young company from Germany, has developed the smallest and lightest inflatable life jacket ever. With the SUP scene caring more and more about safety this is a product every paddle boarder should take a look at.

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Miles Harvey 2016 SUP Highlights

Team Werner Paddle’s Miles Harvey has been on the SUP river surfing scene for what seems like a LONG time now, but then you realize he is still just 14-years-old! Check out his 2016 highlight reel, you may want to makes sure you’re sitting down.

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Paddler SUPs To Protest Pipeline

Have you heard of the story of Standup4Greatbear Expedition? Boardworks SUP ambassador Norm Hann paddled 400km from Kitimat to Bella Bella, Canada, the proposed route of a pipeline. His mission was to bring awareness to the threat of these oil tankers, and doing so created a documentary about the expedition.

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Red Paddle Co Launches New Designs For 2017

Red Paddle Co is proud to announce the release of its 2017 stand-up paddleboard (SUP) range. Introducing a number of new features, as well as three brand new innovative designs which fall in to the fastest growing categories – racing and touring – the British brand continues to excel in both design and technical specification.

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Second Stand Up Paddler Completes 3 Lakes Challenge, Solo & Unsupported

As a newcomer to stand up paddling Roger Chandler took quickly to a paddle board, likely due to his extensive background in sea kayaking. After only six or so months experience on a SUP Roger decided to challenge himself and take part in the 3 Lakes Challenge, as the second stand up paddler ever to do so. Here is his story...

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Top Reasons You Need An Inflatable Paddle Board

Inflatables are an awesome choice for stand up paddling and even have quite a few advantages over their hard board counterparts. We've teamed up with the folks at Boardworks to get you a list of the Top Reasons of why you must have an inflatable in your SUP quiver.

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The People’s Choice Awards Are Back! | Supconnect Polls 2016 Launching November 1

Now that the Supconnect Awards have been wrapped it's time to bring back a fan favorite, the Supconnect Polls -- the People's Choice Awards, where you, the consumer, the fan, the people who make this sport so awesome, can decide who your favorite athletes are, where the best SUP destination is, what the best video from the year was and more! You nominate, you vote, and YOU DECIDE!

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6 Ways To Help Speed Up Recovery While You Are Injured

Supconnect’s 2016 Woman of the Year, Seychelle Hattingh, just recently got struck with an unfortunate injury to the ribs and has been working on her recovery over the past few weeks. We reached out to her to get her tips and advice on how you can help to speed up recovery while you’re injured to get you back on the water as soon as possible. Here’s what she said:

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SUP Adventurer Paddles 1800km In Exploration Of The Amazon River

In September 2015, UK paddler Charlie Head departed the United Kingdom and headed to Peru, to the primary source of the Amazon River, a glacier that is 4000 meters up in the Andes Mountains. From there, he embarked on an eight week paddle along 1800km of the Amazon to Iquitos, taking in whitewater, equipment catastrophes and one of his trademark animal rescues. The journey was filmed as part of a documentary for Red Bull TV.

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Starboard Brand Video | 2017

Take a look at Starboard’s 2016 SUP Brand video that was recently released. Take a sneak peek at the 2017 innovations and products hitting the market soon.

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Summer Market 2016 Forum: Stand Up & Be Heard

During the Summer Outdoor Retailer show in Utah held in August a forum was held with stand up paddle industry leaders. The forum gathered experts and industry professionals to discuss the state of the SUP industry, safety and regulations, the future of our industry, and more!

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Helicopter SUP Expeditions in Canada

If you’re yearning for an adventure that takes you to beautiful and untouched places, then hold on to your seat, helicopter seat that is! Canada's first certified SUP Instructor Bodie Shandro from PaddleSurfIt.com, has started up a new Heli-SUP touring adventure during the summer months in British Columbia, Canada.

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Paddlers Set To Take On 240km Stand Up Paddle Challenge

An international team of four men and one woman (including two Algarvians) is paddling down the Spanish Border across Northern Portugal to Porto on stand up paddle boards. They will cross through the beautiful Douro Valley which has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status.

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World’s First Flexible Water Sports Jet-Engine Makes It’s Way To The Market

Water sports are a great way to exercise, but in life it’s all about choices. SCUBAJET accepts the challenge and brings the most popular aquatic activities to the next level. The water sports gear impresses with an innovative design and allows to make decisions based on individual needs by combining motor power and paddling.

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2016 Fall Paddle Boarding Gear Guide

Seasons are a-changin' and the cooler weather and fall colors will be making their way to your oceans and waterways in no time. Here, we’ve put together a list of SUP gear, SUP accessories, SUP boards and all the must have's for everyone from a beginner to the advanced SUP'er for the 2016 Fall SUP season, so there's sure to be something in this guide for everyone!

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Dry Your Wetsuit In Under 20 Minutes With Blawesome

Blawesome launches in crowd-funding site Kickstarter. Starting from $65 to the 200 first backers, Blawesome is the first compact, durable and portable blower that dries and deodorizes your wetsuit in just 18 minutes.

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Adventurers Stand Up Paddle Board Through The Heart Of Sweden In World First

On August 4th, Australian adventure athlete, Tarran Kent-Hume crossed the finish line in Stockholm with his team of 5 Stand Up Paddle Boarders. The adventure is a 700km paddle from Gothenburg to Stockholm via the Gota Canal and Baltic Sea. As well as being a world first it’s one of the toughest SUP events out there.

7 Hot Spots on West Coast, USA

It’s safe to say that a major part of the stand up paddle (SUP) industry lies on West Coast of the United States. The West Coast of the U.S. is lit with a vast amount of places to paddle, not to mention that they are drop-dead gorgeous locations to match. Here, we’ve decided to list seven hot spots along the west coast that are worth a visit.

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Paddle Logger App Announces Upgraded Features & Design

Paddle Logger has changed and undergone a re-invigoration for 2016. Keeping the stuff we like, kicking the stuff we don’t to the curb. The last 18 months or so has been a great learning curve for myself in building an app and generating a great international community of users.

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The Benefit Of Training Indoors

Between wind, weather, chop, swell, no babysitter, working too many hours and missing daylight, and a plethora of other reasons, sometimes the day just doesn’t allow for getting on the water. So, while we can accept the fact that indoor SUP training definitely is not as stress-relieving and euphoric as actually being on the water, it does have quite a few benefits. And when done appropriately, can be affordable AND highly effective.

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6 Benefits Of The LiftSUP Handle

The LiftSUP handle has already proven to be a key tool in helping to carry and transport your paddle board from the parking lot to the water’s edge and beyond. But did you know that the LiftSUP handle is more than just a handle and can be used in a number of situations? There are actually quite a few uses for it that help to make the life of a stand up paddler easier and more fun. Here are 6 benefits of the LiftSUP handle.

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Starboard Introduces "Pocket Of Plastic" Challenge

As stand up paddle boarders it is our duty to do our part to keep the oceans and waterways that we play in clean. With that in mind, the folks at Starboard are starting the “Pocket of Plastic” challenge with the goal for everyone to pick up trash when out on the water.

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4 Hot Spots In Southern Oregon

The whole state of Oregon is absolutely beautiful, but the Rogue Valley certainly ranks at the top for scenic views, awesome people and great outdoor activities. We have the Rogue River, the Applegate, the Illinois and the Smith River, along with about 10 lakes within an hour of Grants Pass that are all great for paddle boarding. The hot, sunny summers along with usually mild winters means we can paddle board year-round at several of the lakes. There are so many places in the Southern Oregon area to SUP, but listed below are a few of our favorites!

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River SUP Top Mistakes

Stand up paddling on the river is tough. It’s one of the most technical avenues of paddle boarding and there are a lot of mistakes that rookies, and even sometimes experienced paddle boarders make. Here, pro stand up paddler and SUP river expert Dan Gavere lists some of the top mistakes made by river SUP rookies. Check it out:

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Bart De Zwart Sets New Record At 2016 MR340 Race

Legendary long distance stand up paddler Bart de Zwart just finished up the MR340, a 340-mile paddling race on the Missouri River, and he just set the new record for fastest time, beating the previous record by a whopping 10 hours! Here he recaps the race and how he got to the finish.

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Swimwear That Works For The Female Paddle Boarder

Wedgies. Nipple peeks. Bikini plumber’s crack. Slippage, slide-age, and strap issues. Swimsuit issues. Nope I’m not talking about the Sports Illustrated ones, I’m talking about the reasons why you hate all the bikinis you own, especially for surf and SUP. I was tired of suits that fit great when they were dry, and felt like droopy wallpaper when they got wet. But once I tried Calavera Swimwear, all that changed.

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Top Must Do SUP Downwinders

As we sit in the heat of downwind season we've decided to compile a list of the top must-do downwinders around the world. We teamed up with the crew at SIC Maui who've built some of the best downwind boards on the market, so they know a thing-or-two about a good downwind run when they see it.

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10 Nutrition Tips for Peak SUP Performance

Nothing puts more of a damper on your downwinder than quick crash of energy and stamina. And even the most proficient of paddlers, and strategic of strokes will lose steam if the fuel coming in is lacking the proper nutrients. If you are looking to increase your speed, replenish your muscles after race-training, achieve 3-legged down dog, or simply just wanting some healthy snacks to carry with you on your typical Sunday Funday, Jodelle Fitzwater put together her Top 10 Nutrition tips to keep you SUP-er strong and paddling long!

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SUP Paddler Goes On An EPIC Adventure Down The Grand Canyon

With permits hard to come by, it is a blessing to be asked to join a Grand Canyon trip, for some, a once in a lifetime opportunity. So when Danny Mongno, Werner Paddle's marketing manager, a kayaker for close to 30 years, was invited why on earth did he decide to stand up paddle it? Read more...

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2016 Summer Paddle Boarding Gear Guide

Whip out your boardshorts and bikinis, it’s summer time! Nothin’s better than summer and we’re so stoked that our favorite time of the year is finally here. Here, we’ve put together a list of SUP gear, SUP accessories, SUP boards and all the must have's for everyone from a beginner to the advanced SUP'er for the 2016 Summer SUP season, so there's sure to be something in this guide for everyone!

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SUP Athletes Compete For The First Time At 2016 Yukon River Quest

For the first time in its 18 year history, stand up paddlers have been invited to compete and participate in the in the 2016 Yukon River Quest. In the first year of being invited to the Yukon River Quest stand up paddle boarding (SUP) will be in the event as an experimental category and has attracted some of the world’s most renowned adventure and endurance stand up paddlers.

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UK Woman Paddles 3 Lakes In 3 Days

After reconnecting with nature and finding a better balance in life, Sian Sykes wanted to challenge herself with a new adventure, and one that’s never been done before. Sian just recently completed the first SUP solo, unsupported mission of the UK's lakes..Sian took on three lakes, in three countries, in three days and paddled a total of 69km!

GoPro Mountain Games 2016 Recap & Results

The GoPro Games really outdid themselves with the stand up paddle events this year. The number of competitors was higher than any previous year having close to 100 SUP athletes registered for the event. They spiced things up with the start for the SUP Cross event and they kept the crowd on their feet with the SUP invitational event.

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How To Keep Your SUP Dog Safe

There are risks to taking your pet paddle boarding and we want to ensure that they are just as safe as we are when on board. We reached out to Boardworks' Mike Tavares for some tips on how to keep your dog safe while paddle boarding. Mike brings his pooch Shredder on his SUP with him more often than not and Shred dog is a true SUP pup.

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What To Expect At The 2016 GoPro Mountain Games

The very exciting and highly anticipated GoPro Mountain Games are this weekend and it’s going to be a weekend filled with thrills, spills and excitement as the perfect way to kick into gear for the summer SUP season. Here we dive into the games and describe the event location, courses and contenders! Check it out:

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Starboard Joins Sustainable Surf Ecoboard Project

In celebration of the United Nations designated World Oceans Day, nonprofit environmental organization Sustainable Surf is proud to announce that leading Stand Up Paddleboard & Windsurf brand, Starboard, has joined their ECOBOARD Project program as their newest partner.

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Protect Your SUP From The Sun With The Topless Boardbag

Local San Diegan, Geno Jenkins, saw a need in the surf and SUP industry and in 2006 he created a simple solution for quick and easy UV protection for boards. A simple slip on UV Cover called a Topless Boardbag and it's made in San Diego.

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Tips For Running Whitewater On A SUP

When you get confident paddle boarding in flat water try the transition into some easy whitewater. Running whitewater is a super fun challenge that can help you progress your paddle skills. Here are a few tips that help balance and keep you in control in whitewater.

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5 Stand Up Paddlers Trek 115 Miles Down The Potomac River

This May, a team of three Boardworks Ambassadors plus two friends in Washington D.C. launched a four-day, 115-mile trek down the tidal Potomac River to raise awareness of the river’s recreational potential and importance of environmentally-friendly use.

River Surfing Basics On Your Paddle Board

River surfing expert and Boardworks Surf paddle board pro Mike Tavares shares a few helpful hints on how to get in and out of a wave while on the river. Here, Mike goes over a few basics and things to know about the river, gear needed and tips on entry and exit from the wave. Check it out:

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Gear Checklist For A SUP Expedition

Are you preparing for an upcoming SUP expedition and want to know a list of items to bring? SUP expedition expert Paul Clark shares his gear list for the solo paddler and lists everything you need to bring from maps and food to repair kits and more for when you’re on a solo SUP expedition.

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BIC SUP Wing Paddle Board Series 2016 Video

The BIC SUP Ace-Tec Wing Series are award-winning touring shapes that were designed for efficiency and stability. The Wing series offers a smooth and effortless paddling experience. Perfect for sunrise cruises along your local lake, destination day-tripping to secluded spots as well as serious exploration in extreme conditions.

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Learn How To Catch A River Wave In 4 Simple Steps

If you’ve tried river surfing on your stand up paddle board (SUP) but just couldn’t get the hang of it, fear not because river expert Alex Mauer breaks down the four steps you need to take to make catching a wave on the river a piece of cake.

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The 3 Types Of Drop Stitch Technology Used To Build Inflatable SUPs

Red Paddle Co. is known for their quality inflatable stand up paddle boards and they continue to develop products that are not only beautiful but also well put together. Red Paddle Co has recently just announced a new technology and material they have started to use in their boards called MSL Technology.

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6 Amazing Places To Paddle Board In Japan

Although small in size, Japan is one place that has no shortage of places to stand up paddle board (SUP). As a nation completely surrounded by water there are endless opportunities to grab your SUP and find the perfect place to get on the water. Professional paddle boarder and Starboard SUP Dream Team athlete Tomo Murabayashi calls Japan home and has given us some insight to six amazing places to paddle board in Japan.

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Badfish SUP Adds Natali Zollinger To Pro Team Roster

Badfish is excited to announce the addition of Natali Zollinger to Badfish’s roster of Pros. Natali has been paddling Badfish boards off and on for the past couple of years and is not just a strong paddler, but a remarkable ambassador for the sport of stand up paddling.

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SUP-Supported Owyhee River Trip Gear List

Expedition paddler Paul Clark, a.k.a. the “duffel bag paddler boarder” just returned from a 150-mile expedition down the upper and middle sections of the Owyhee river. Here, Paul walks us through his trip and gives us a detailed list and description of the gear he took on this 150-mile, 9-day expedition. Take a look…

Largest Paddling Festival In The Northwest Splashes Down In May 2016

For expert paddlers or those looking to dip their paddle in the water for the first time, the sixth annual Northwest Paddling Festival is THE place to be to get started for a summer on the water. Held at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, Friday May 6 and Saturday May 7, the festival is the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest.

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Video | Winter Paddle Boarding Lake Superior

Have a look at what paddle boarding during the winter looks like on Lake Superior. This video was shot throughout the months of January and February 2016 and captures the lake's stunning scenes. -20 degree Fahrenheit air drives the steam out of the lake as shown early in the video which the locals call sea smoke.

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Kai Bates SUP Surfs Tidal Bore In Papua New Guinea

Australian stand up paddler Kai Bates recently went on an amazing trip to Papua New Guinea to take a chance at riding the tidal bore that frequents the river Digul in West Papua New Guinea. After a two-day plane trip, eight hour car rides and long boat journeys Kai made it to the river and had a blast. Watch the video from his trip here.

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What Is River Surfing?

What is river surfing? If you find yourself asking this question then here we have the answer for you! River surfing expert Alex Mauer dives into this question and explains not only what river surfing is but how it differs from surfing in the ocean and more! Check it out:

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Lauren Rodriguez To Enter Grueling 340 Mile SUP Race Across Missouri: The MR340

The MR340, a 340 mile paddling race on the Missouri River will take place on July 19th, 2016 and no female has ever crossed the finish line. This year, Lauren Rodriguez will attempt at being one of the first, if not the first, female to finish this race and all alongside her team of eight including Shane Perrin, who once held the World Record for longest paddle in 24 hours. As only one of two females entering the race this year Lauren is determined to not only cross the finish line but to also raise funds and awareness for GoRedforWomen.

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Paddle Boarding Rocky Hammock, Florida At Florida Outdoor Experience

Florida Outdoor Experience (F.O.E.)is located in a small settlement between Chiefland, Florida and Cedar Key, Florida along part of Florida’s West Coast that is known as “The Nature Coast.” With F.O.E.’s close proximity to miles of undeveloped Gulf Coast line, the Suwannee River, and several natural springs, F.O.E. has become one of Florida’s prime destinations for stand up paddle boarders. This is one of the few places that you can experience Florida’s natural beauty; the way it was 100 years ago.

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70 Stand Up Paddlers Set To Paddle The Guadiana River In One Day

In 2014 Nick Robinson paddled 32km down the Guadiana River and loved it so much, that he vowed to do it again. In 2015 he created the "Guadiana Challenge" and asked 12 stand up paddlers to come with. 18 willing paddlers clamored to join him. Now this year more than 70 paddlers from all over Portugal and Europe will paddle down alongside Nick from the picturesque Alentejan town of Mertola and onto the Algarve's jewel of the river, Alcoutim.

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Londoners Invited To Join Campaign To Clean London Waterways

Between April 8 and 13, 2016, London’s waterways will host recreational paddlers collecting rubbish from canoes, paddle boards and  kayaks all in a bid to raise awareness of the plastics pollution problem and to clean London’s waterways.

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Experience A Himalayan SUP Expedition With WSA

The Water Skills Academy are offering you the opportunity to be part of a unique and one off Stand Up Paddle Board adventure experience across the Himalayas. Visiting Nepal and Bhutan this one off adventure has access to parts of the planet rarely seen by western eyes, guided by some of the most experienced SUP guides and expedition leaders in the world.

Lakeshore Paddleboard Co 2016 SUP Product Catalog

Lakeshore welcomes you to explore their new 2016 line up of standup paddleboards and related accessories. Lakeshore’s main goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle consisting of fitness, adventure, competition, and fun. They proudly offer products that truly represent the environment we live, and play in.

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SUP Essentials: Free Access To Lakes, Rivers & Seashores

Stand Up Paddling is a fast growing sport and local authorities in Slovenia, a picturesque country in Middle Europe, spotted an easy way to collect some quick and easy cash. Being resourceful, they just skipped businesses as planned on the Californian coast and want to collect directly from paddlers to avoid the middleman. Slovenian paddlers are outraged at these new rules and fees and are fighting back with protests against the new rules. Read more...

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2016 Spring Paddle Boarding Gear Guide

The sun is starting to shine, ice is melting and spring is starting to peek it’s head around the corner. With temperatures rising and waterways defrosting into lakes and rivers again, it’s time to start getting geared up and ready to get back on the water and out of the winter hibernation. Here, we’ve put together a list of SUP gear, SUP accessories, SUP boards and all the must have's for everyone from a beginner to the advanced SUP'er for the 2016 Spring SUP season, so there's sure to be something in this guide for everyone!

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Kayalu Introduces Kayalite-SUP™ Light For Stand Up Paddle Boards

Kayalu Gear is now shipping the Kayalite‑SUP, a portable, 360° high-visibility light for stand-up paddle boards. Capable of recovering from a rollover in shallow surf or direct impact, the Kayalite-SUP represents a significant improvement over existing portable SUP night visibility solutions. Kayalu has been granted two U.S. patents for technology incorporated into the Kayalite‑SUP.

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Winter Whitewater SUP In Hood River, Oregon

On a sunny February day in northern Oregon, paddle boarders and kayakers meet on the Hood River. There is a camaraderie between river people. Water levels are up and the call for paddling the “backyard run” has been made. For many of these paddlers, this is a daily run. A short shuttle from the town of Hood River for 14 miles of continuous Class III+ whitewater hurdling down a forested canyon before its confluence with the Columbia River Gorge.

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SUP Pictures By Jason Wilson

We all can appreciate a good photo when we see one and in the Supconnect Photographer Series, we do just that. We connect with exceptional photographers in and out of the stand up paddle boarding world and showcase some of their many fantastic photos. This week, we are stoked to highlight Jason Wilson from Lake Tahoe, California.

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Paddle Boarding Central Idaho, U.S.A

Aptly known as the “Whitewater State,” Idaho boasts more navigable river miles than any other in the U.S. not to mention a profusion of pristine alpine lakes — all swathed in a tapestry of national forests (Boise, Sawtooth and Salmon-Challis), dramatic mountains, and deep gorges. Central Idaho, in particular, offers up the highest concentration of these goods. For these qualities — its rivers, lakes, mountains and unspoiled natural character — this picturesque, Rocky-Mountain state is a veritable Stand Up Paddling wonderland.

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Wetsox Originals Goes 100% Recycled

WETSOX, the company dedicated to making it easier to get in and out of your cold-water gear, announced today that all of the designs in their Originals collection are now made from 100% recycled material.

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8 Tips to Camp with a Paddleboard

Are you interested in taking a SUP camping trip but don’t know where to start? Expert camper and SUP expeditioner Gabriel Gray shares his tips on what type of gear you need, how to plan your trip and more. Check it out…

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F-One Showcases 2016 SUP Collection

Have a look at F-One SUPs brand new collection of stand up paddle boards for 2016. The range has been revised and you'll be conquered. With these complete lines of wave and race boards as well as paddles adapted to all kinds of practice, it is only up to you to get the best gear to go enjoy the conditions around you!

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Paddle Boarding Slovenia

Slovenia is a miniature, picturesque country located in the heart of Europe between the Alps and the Adriatic sea. Due to its untouched nature and extraordinary geographic diversity it is often referred to as the beauty-spot of Europe, a perfect place for stand up paddling.

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Top SUP Destinations For 2015

Where did you travel this year? Was it tropical? Was it on the coast or to a lake? With stand up paddling (SUP) the options are endless as you can take your paddle board on practically any body of water. And with the convenience of inflatables you are able to take your SUP with you wherever you go! With our audience voting for the top SUP destinations in the 2015 Supconnect Polls, here are the top SUP destinations for 2015 voted for and nominated by you and your peers. Check it out:

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Top 10 SUP Videos Of 2015

Can you believe that 2015 has come and gone and we’re already paddling our way through 2016? 2015 saw tons of incredible videos featuring stand up paddle boarders from all over the world. We saw dolphins, whales, wipeouts, icebergs and more! Check out the Top 10 SUP videos of 2015…

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Expedition Paddling Down The Desolate South Fork Flathead River

In the beginning of October 2015 Gabriel Gray along with Jackson Berger and Casey Shedd packed via horseback with all inflatable SUPs and began the journey of a lifetime. The trip was completely off grid, without any reception, full of crazy adventure, and a test of grit and endurance due to unexpected water levels. Here, Gabriel Gray recounts his Supconnect Polls winning Journey for his adventure down the South Fork Flathead River in Montana.

Mo Freitas' Top 10 SUP Event Picks For 2015

2015 was a stand out year for the young Mo Freitas. Mo traveled across the globe and was a top performing athlete in practically every race in which he participated. To get the perspective from a top stand up paddle professional athlete on the best SUP events in the world we called up Mo and talked to him about his top SUP event picks for 2015 and his reasoning behind his picks.

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Riviera Paddlesurf Launches 2016 Catalog

Riviera Paddlesurf announces the launch of their 2016 Catalog. We have been hard at work and are excited to introduce updates and additions to our 2016 line. Our popular 12’6” Voyager and Riviera 10’6” & 11’6” Originals have been refined. We are introducing two new SUP Surf models, the “El Tigre” and our Ryan Helm signature model called the “Whirling Dervish”.

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#optoutside The Short Film

On Black Friday 2015 REI closed their doors in hopes of inspiring people to go outside. A group a friends inspired by this message set out to have an epic day of adventure in Central Oregon and create a short film documenting the journey. These guys went paddle boarding on their Pau Hana SUPs, skiing, and mountain biking in the middle of a beautiful snowy winter in Bend, Oregon.

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Rogue SUP Recaps 2015

Rogue was everywhere in 2015. From Lake Tahoe, to China, to Mexico, to all over the United States and beyond, the crew at Rogue stayed busy. With team riders like Fernando Stalla, Bicho Jimenez, Josh Riccio traveling and competing all over the world, the Rogue team visited some insanely beautiful places. Check out this newly released video from Rogue highlighting their 2015 year.

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Go Into The Wild In SUP Paradise, Tahiti

Tahiti is the perfect place for stand up paddling (SUP). It was even voted as SUP Destination of the Year for 2015 in the Supconnect Polls. The folks at F-One just released this incredibly beautiful movie featuring their Tahitian SUP ambassadors Aude Lionet-Chanfour, Poenaiki Raioha and Patrice Chanzy.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Take Your SUP On Holiday

We do not know what is better: SUP on your favorite local lake or going on holiday. However, we reckon that it is even better when you combine these two. Taking your SUP on your next holiday trip really is the best of both worlds! Need some extra reasons why you should do that? Make sure to check out the five reasons below if you want to know why your holiday experience will improve when you bring your SUP with you!

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Brand Ambassadors Wanted: Starboard SUP Looks To Fill 100 Ambassador Positions In The USA

Starboard SUP announced this week that they will be launching a new initiative – growing the National Grassroots Team Program in the USA by enlisting 100 new Brand Ambassadors. “We see a lot of potential in the US market,” said Starboard CEO and brand visionary, Svein Rasmussen, “…and it all starts on the front lines with passionate locals who, like us, want to take SUP to the next level".

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Winter SUPing: How To Stay Warm In Frigid Temperatures

As winter settles rubber thickens and sessions tend to get shorter. After surfing for over 10 years on frigid water (literally frigid) Igor Goni has managed to basket some tricks here and there which have helped him extend his time in the water regardless the season. Here are some tips on how to stay warm while stand up paddling in frigid temperatures.

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Meet 17-Year-Old SUP Businesswoman, Elle Chase

17-year-old Elle Chase isn’t like most juniors in high school. Elle is a full-on SUP businesswoman with her extremely successful stand up paddle and kayak rental and sale business, Chase Crew, located in Ottertail, Minnesota.

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2015 Holiday SUP Gift & Gear Guide

Can you believe 2015 is almost over?! With the holidays right around the corner, it's time to think about getting something awesome for the SUP'er in your life so here at Supconnect, we've put together a gift/gear guide of the newest and coolest items to have recently hit the shelves and racks on the SUP market.

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4th Annual Chattajack Race To Be Bigger Than Ever

The 4th Annual Chattajack paddle board and kayak race is set to go off this weekend and it's guaranteed to be a great race and bigger than ever. The Chattajack is a 31-mile SUP/Kayak race in Chattanooga, Tennessee with the Chattajack course running the length of the Tennessee River gorge.

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How To Make Paddles With Werner Paddles

With a mission statement of "Ultimate Paddle Performance" and 50 years of handcrafting paddles, the crew at Werner Paddles have a ton of experience and endless knowledge of the craft of paddle making. Werner Paddles have been on the cutting edge of innovation and technology with their paddles so we wanted to pick their brains and get a little bit of insight as to what the process of paddle making truly is.

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Exploring France By Paddle Board

Ever dream of going on a paddle boarding trip with four of your closest friends? Well that is exactly what this group of five Frenchmen did. SUPrise Paddle is the name of a group that consists of these five friends. They travel around and make short documentaries of their travels.

Paddle Boarding Oregon, U.S.A

Located in the heart of the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Oregon boasts a large collection of bodies of water and a myriad of environmental conditions to accompany them. What this means to a paddler is that flexibility in destinations, and knowing where the hidden gems are located, can make the difference between a picturesque day paddle and a grueling seven mile upwind grind back to your vehicle.

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The Future Of Cold Water Paddling | Starboard Enters The SUP Suit Market

Starboard Apparel is proud to announce the release of the All Star SUP Suit, a brand that is part of the ongoing evolution of modern day water-sports as pioneers and innovators. Developed with the most advanced ultra flex technology on the market, this suit is set to change the way people paddle in cold water climates.

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Werner Paddles Redesigns And Introduces Entire SUP Lineup

Among all of the madness from the Surf Expo and tradeshow hysteria, we've recently been informed of Werner Paddles' entire new paddle and design lineup for 2016, and it looks superb! As a brief background, Werner Paddles is a family-owned business that has been handcrafting paddles in the USA for 50 years, so they've had quite a good amount of time to fine-tune and perfect their craft.

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Explore The Green River With Beau Nixon

Australian Beau Nixon recently went on quite the adventure with his family while visiting the U.S. Beau and his family took a 10-day, 193km paddle down the Green River in Utah. Watch his journey and see what adventures he and his family faces while on the river.

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The Gorge Demands A Leash And A PFD!

Following the tragic events that took the life of paddler Andres Pombo in the days leading up to the 2015 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge, SUP athlete and enthusiast Brett Downen gives his take on why wearing a leash and a PFD on the Columbia Gorge is not only a good idea, but an absolute necessity.

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Exploring The Stunning Sognefjord

Watch as Titus Kodzoman of SUPNorway and Sean White of WESUP explore the endless beauty of the Sognefjord. They saw sea-eagles and porpoise everyday, hundreds of perfect waterfalls, and a one-meter long salmon leaping along with many other exciting and beautiful joys that the Sognefjord has to offer.

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Montana Rooted: Chasing Waves On The Alberton Gorge

The next frontier of standup paddle boarding has arrived. Team Badfish is on a mission to spread the gospel of whitewater SUP, and their run through Montana's Alberton Gorge is bound to bring a slew of converts. Check out this insane little edit following the Badfish SUP team around the beautiful Alberton Gorge in Montana.

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Paddle Boarders Complete 40 Mile Crossing Of Lake Geneva

Steeve Fleury and Robert Etienne went on a inspiring SUP expedition Saturday June 13th 2015. They crossed the line of the Bol d’Or with some 500 sailboats to make through an epic day on lake Léman, marked by many challenges. Read more about the expedition here.

SUP Pictures By Flux Photography

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and we believe it. In our SUP Photography Series we highlight and connect with exceptional photographers in and out of the stand up paddle boarding world and showcase some of their many fabulous photos. This week in our latest exhibit, we are thrilled to share the exquisite talent of photographer Lorenzo Vladimir Menendez of Flux Photography.

Supconnect Editor's Choice Awards Voting Extended!

The 2015 Supconnect Awards in partnership with the AWSI and presented by Turtle Bay is extending the voting period for the 2015 Editor's Choice portion of their awards. The Supconnect Awards started in 2010 as a way of recognizing individuals that made exceptional contributions to the sport. As such, it’s the world’s first and original awards in the stand up paddle industry.

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SUP Gear Review: Boardworks Shubu Raven

At 12 feet 6 inches long and 30 inches wide, the Boardworks SHUBU “SHow Up and Blow Up” Raven is the perfect all-around board. This board is excellent for traveling, recreation, touring, flat water tacing, multi-day SUP trips, surfing, whitewater, families, fitness, yoga, pilates and more…

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2015 Payette River Games TV Broadcast

In case you missed the television broadcast of the 2015 Payette River Games you're in luck because we've got the video broadcast here for you! Watch this full replay of the Payette River Games TV broadcast that aired on CBS Sports Network.

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Paddle Boarding Nutrition With Pitaya Plus

Meet the Co-Founders of Pitaya Plus, the newest superfood to hit the market. Pitaya, similar to the popularized super fruit Acai, is rich in antioxidants, packed with powerful Vitamins C and B and active enzymes but is lower in sugar and calories than Acai. When not operating out of La Jolla, California, Co-founders Chuck Casano and Ben Hiddlestone can be found enjoying the coastal waters of San Diego paddle boarding and surfing.

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Race the Lake of the Sky 2015 Recap Video

Race the Lake of the Sky 2015 was definitely a year to remember. Relive the excitement through moments captured in this year's edit! See if you can spot your friends, fans smiling faces in this highlight reel by Jobe Pilgrim. Enjoy!

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Payette River Games 2015 Airing on CBS Sports

If you were unable to make it to the Payette River Games this year, fear not because it will be broadcast on CBS Sports this Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 12:00pm EST. One of the Presenting sponsors of the event, Werner Paddles provided excellent inside coverage of the event adding to the awesomeness that is the Payette River Games.

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Rogue Recap: Payette River Games 2015

Follow the Rogue Team as they travel to quite possibly the best SUP contest of the year. The Payette River Games, in beautiful Cascade, Idaho. The Payette River Games (PRG) is known for being the competition with the largest prize purse to-date in stand up paddle boarding. This alone makes the PRG's an event that draws athletes far and wide for their shot to win a chunk of the prize money.

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Mo Freitas Masters The River At The 2015 Payette River Games

This year at the Payette River Games there was an endless amount of excitement and anticipation on who would walk away with the first place prize of $10,000 USD. In a surprising (but not really) ending to the weekend it was Payette River Games newcomer Mo Freitas who took home the cake.

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SIC Maui Giving Away X-12.6 Air-Glide

There is only one week left in the SIC Maui (Sandwich Islands Composites) Charitable Acts contest where the winner receives a SIC X-12.6 Air-Glide inflatable stand up paddleboard.

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Payette River Games 2015 Wrap Up

After a wild three days of competing in Cascade, Idaho, the Payette River Games have wrapped up. As an event that attracts open ocean racers and world class surfers to river whitewater, PRG is a celebration of elite stand up paddling diversity. Read the wrap up and results from the 2015 PRGs here.

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SUP Pictures By Paul Clark

We all can appreciate a good photo when we see one and in the Supconnect Photographer Series, we do just that. We connect with exceptional photographers in and out of the stand up paddle boarding world and showcase some of their many fabulous photos. This week, we are stoked to highlight Paul Clark.

Dan Gavere SUP White-water Master

Oregon based paddler Dan Gavere, a world-class kayaker, made the transition into a pioneer river and whitewater SUP master. Here, he sits down with team Starboard for the latest installation of Tiki Team Talk.

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What To Look For At The 2015 Payette River Games

It's here. The 3rd annual Payette River Games, with the largest prize purse in stand up paddling at $50,000, takes place this weekend at the famous Kelly's Whitewater Park in Cascade, Idaho. Here's what you can look for at this year's event…

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Payette River Games Insider Coverage With Werner Paddles

The Payette River Games will be this weekend, June 19 - 21 and you can bet that the world's best stand up paddlers will be there to fight for their piece of the pie. Werner Paddles athlete, Fiona Wylde, will be one of those elite racers to run the river and in the video below, Fiona talks about her passion for stand up paddling and why Werner Paddles is the fit for her.

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10 Stand Up Paddling Summer Must Have's

Summer is here once again and paddle boarding season is in full swing! Here are a few items we think you should get your hands on to make your summer SUP experience an enjoyable one. See our 2015 Summer must-have's below.

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Badfish SUP at the 2015 GoPro Mountain Games

As usual, the Vail Valley Foundation put on a great event this year at the 2015 GoPro Mountain Games and Badfish/Boardworks athletes dominated the SUP events, taking 10 of 15 possible podium spots in the SUP events. Check out this awesome highlights video from the 2015 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado June 5-7 2015.

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Okavango SUP Expedition

Escape + Explore is a Safari to make a difference. Chris Bertish (Mavericks Champion/SUP World Record holder & Inspirational Speaker) leads a team of Intrepid Explorers as the first team to navigate the wild and rugged area NG32 of the Botswana, Okavango Delta, an area never explored by Stand up paddle board before.

Payette River Games 2014 Highlights

In just a few weeks the highly anticipated Payette River Games will cause a stir in beautiful Cascade, Idaho. In this video by Pau Hana, you will see all of the SUP events at the PRG14 and some heavy hitters who showed up to be a part of the fun! Check it out and get psyched for the event this year!

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How To Carry and Store Your SUP Leash

It's important to store your gear correctly so that you have a nice life span of your gear as well as having a benefit to your performance out in the water. Here, Sean Poynter gives us a few tips on how to properly store your leash when not in use. See Sean's tips below and his tips to keep in mind when storing your leash.

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Buffalo National River SUP Expedition

SUP Explorer and Boardworks ambassador Gabriel Gray just got back from an incredible stand up paddle boarding expedition to raise awareness for his cause Fight to SOAR, which was established to create awareness for our waterways. Gabriel took a trip down the nearly 150 miles long Buffalo National River in Arkansas.

SUP Pictures By Sam Aiken Photography

In our new photography series that showcases the work of exceptional photographers in and out of the stand up paddle boarding world, we are proud to highlight 27 year-old photographer out of Colorado, Sam Aiken. Sam has an eye for photography that captures a unique essence of the sport that we all love.

Golden Games Athlete Review

As a SUP athlete I love events that test my skill on the water and push my abilities to new levels. I want to be as well rounded of an athlete as I can be. This event is growing every year and hosts races that test your SUP skills on many levels. This review is based upon my racing experience and is my personal opinion.

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Bart de Zwart Explores Turkey During World SUP Excursion

Starboard SUP ambassador and SUP Extraoidenaire, Bart de Zwart, lands in Istanbul, Turkey on the second to last stop on his World SUP Excursion. While in Turkey, Bart discovers minarets, ships and Turkish delight. Read more from his blog below.

Paddle Every Damn Day

Check out this sick river paddling video of Harmony Dawn and friends in the Columbia Gorge. Edited by the river master himself, Dan Gavere.

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SUP Camp Counselor Opportunity

Are you ready to have the best summer of your life? Come have a blast with Cody! We are looking to hire upbeat, outdoorsy and fun counselors to care for our campers. The incumbent will plan, direct, and implement activities in his or her area of expertise and coordinate the activities into the entire camp program.

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How To Become A SUP Coach

As SUP grows through its variety of disciplines, locations and SUP clubs, the requirement for good, fun and safe coaching is needed. This, more often than not, comes in the form of a SUP Coach. So, why become a coach? There are often several reasons why paddlers attend coaching courses.

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River Walkers - A Film About White Water SUP

River SUP pros Dan Gavere, Corran Addison, Adam Cumming, Chris Emerick and Harmony Dawn star in a new film from Waterlust.org that dives into the exciting sport of White Water SUP.

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Bart de Zwart Visits Ethiopia On His World SUP Excursion

Starboard SUP ambassador Bart de Zwart recently set off on an incredible adventure around the world, what he calls 'The Ultimate Crossing.' During this excursion, Bart seeks to explore unseen places one normally wouldn't see or hear of, and he is exploring all of these places while on his SUP. His most recent stop took him to Ethiopia.

Dan Gavere Scores At Lost Lake

Starboard SUP river guru Dan Gavere and Harmony Dawn score a blue bird morning paddle on a mirrored Lost Lake with Mt. Hood in the background. They are both paddling the Starboard All Star SUP.

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Bart de Zwart Hits Nepal During World SUP Excursion

After exploring the isolated island of Yap in Micronesia, SUP explorer Bart de Zwart heads to Nepal to continue his journey. During his stay in Kathmandu, Nepal, Bart experiences first-hand the recent earthquake that was devastating to the country. Read about his time in Nepal here:

First High School SUP PE Class Being Offered In California

In recent years many schools across the United States have been adding specialized physical education courses (PE) that directly involve water sports. One of the more popular courses being offered along the coasts have been surf PE and in Dana Point, California high school teacher Rick Stinson has started the first SUP High School PE class.

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Paddle Board Podcast Hits The Water For Its Launch Weekend

If you are a fan of the hottest and fastest growing water sport in the world, then Friday May 1st 2015 is a date to mark in your diary. It’s the official launch of the SUPfm podcast, an online radio series devoted to stand up paddle boarding (SUP).

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SUP Fitness: How Many Calories Does Paddle Boarding Burn?

Standup paddle boarding can offer a fun and relaxing activity that mostly anyone can do, it is also one of the best workouts out there. People with all body shapes, sizes and ages are engaging in standup paddle boarding as a fun fitness activity. As many people have heard, standup paddle boarding is the best workout for a complete body workout. So, how many calories does paddle boarding burn? Find out here.

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The Ultimate Crossing: Bart De Zwart's World SUP Excursion

Expedition, big wave, and long distance paddler Bart de Zwart has set off on a world-wide SUP excursion where he intends to visit the corners of the world to explore unseen places one normally wouldn't see or hear of, and he is exploring all of these places while on his SUP. As a part of the Starboard SUP Dream Team, Bart has had the chance to travel the world and experience many different cultures and places so this adventure will be one to add to the books.

ConnexSUP: The Perfect Place To Start On Your Next SUP Adventure

No matter the ‘unknown’ you’ve set out to discover, having the right gear can make or break the trip. Having the ConnexSUP system from SUP Think Tank installed on your board gives you all the flexibility you need to get the gear you want or need on your board and make sure it stays there.

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Surf Bucket: Warm Up Your Wetsuit

One of the worst things about having to wear a wetsuit? Having to put on a cold and wet wetsuit! The Surfbucket might be able to fix that problem!

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World’s First Self-Inflating Electric Standup Paddleboard

SipaBoards come equipped with an electric battery that powers both the self-inflation pump and the safely hidden jet engine. Just as a bit of speed straightens out the first shaky pedals on a bicycle, the extra push of the motor helps keep balance and direction.

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Paddle Boarding Gold Coast, Australia

Located in Australia’s north-eastern State of Queensland, the Gold Coast is home to prized surf breaks. But, it’s running through the green behind the gold where you’ll find a superb range of flat water destinations that are perfect for Boga and recreational paddlers.

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Iceberg SUP Golf

You may remember the insane story that we shared in January called Paddle Boarding Among Icebergs. This was an epic short documentary shot in the iceberg-ridden Lake Michigan and the photos and video from the film were stunning. Well, we're pleased to say that Seth and fellow photographer Josh Nowicki are at it again, this time with a quick and fun video called "Iceberg Golf."

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Paddle Boarding Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Vanuatu is a scattering of 83 tropical islands amidst the blue waters of the South Pacific. Often referred to as the Happiest Place on Earth, stand up paddle boarders, divers and cavers will be left with serious face-ache after visiting Santo’s palm-fringed shores.

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Swimbuds Sport Waterproof Headphones

One of the most common accessories a person will want during their workout is a set of headphones to listen to tunes while they sweat. With stand up paddling being a water sport, access to waterproof accessories can be limited making iPods, mp3 players, etc. hard to take with you when paddling.

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The Art of Stand Up Paddling Being Revised

In 2011, Falcon Guides published an instructional guide to SUP called The Art of Standup Paddling. The original had chapters on buying boards and paddles, water safety, etiquette and the history of standup paddling - where did it come from and where is it going?

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FCS SUP Gear Giveaway

FCS SUP has just announced that they are giving away FREE GEAR! That’s right, free gear! All you have to do to have your chance at winning some gear is to enter your name and email through the FCS SUP Giveaway campaign located on FCS SUP’s Facebook page and like FCS SUP on Facebook.

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SUP Pictures by Desirée Gardner Photography

We are proud to highlight the very first photographer in our new series that showcases the work of exceptional photographers in and out of the stand up paddle boarding world. Our first photographer, whose work is incredibly stunning and who is able to capture why so many of us love stand up paddling, is 27 year-old Desirée Gardner from Panama City Beach, Florida.

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Can I Surf That World Premiere Announced

A project that has been two years in the making is finally complete. The film Can I Surf That follows the journey of four water women with an insatiable appetite for whitewater SUP and adventure.

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WETSOX Makes a Splash in the Cold-Water Surf World

If you've worn a wetsuit before, you know what a pain it can be to wriggle out of it when you're soaking wet, especially if your extremities are numb from icy water. Enter WETSOX, a thin, split-toe sock made from rashguard-like material that makes slipping in and out of your wetsuit and booties super easy.

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Paddle Boarding With Alligators

Alligators are members of the animal kingdom that can be pretty dangerous to be around. At the end of January 2015, Nick Halloran went paddle boarding with a few of his friends through Myakka State Park in Florida and they came across quite a few gators! There is even one point in the video where there is an extremely close call and he almost gets knocked off his BOTE board by the gator.

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Europe To Host First Annual SUP Conference

2015 will see the worlds first SUP and Surf Coaching and Development conference.  The aim is to professionally update existing coaches, share ideas and develop together regardless of existing affiliations or associations. It is a unique opportunity for not only coaches, schools, clubs and professionals to come together but also those looking to develop their skills.

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First Waves To Showcase River SUP Film

First Waves, a program that teaches teens about standup paddle boarding, filmmaking, video technology, and using digital media to generate awareness and inspiration for waterway conservation is set to premiere first film.

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Paddle Boarding Israel

I bet you never thought of Israel as a great destination for SUP, surf, windsurf and kite! You’ll be surprised to discover in this article the wide variety and unique conditions Israel has to offer.

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Fight to SOAR, Apalachicola River Expedition

Gabriel Gray, and expedition paddle boarder, took an expedition trip with Boardworks teammate Jessica Cichra and professional photographer, Desiree Gardner, on their stand up paddle boards down the Apalachicola River to help raise awareness for our Nation's rivers.

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2015 Payette River Games Rules and Regulations

The Payette River Games have just released their 2015 race course information with course changes and board restriction rules. Take a look at what to expect for this year's race below.

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Anthony Vela's Top 10 Events Picks

At the end of each year, SUP athlete and enthusiast, Anthony Vela, gives us a list of his Top 10 picks for events that occurred in 2014.

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2014 SUP Holiday Gift Guide

Happy Holidays! It's time to get something awesome for the SUP'er in your life so here at Supconnect, we have put together a gift guide to help you decide what to get for your lover, mother, brother, sister, friend, or anyone for that matter.

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Man Swigs Beer While Being Towed On Paddleboard

In what can be a classic case of Sunday Fun day, a man attaches a chair to a paddleboard and cracks open a beer while being towed by a speed boat on the Canning River in Perth, Australia. Take a gander if you’re in for a good laugh.

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Sternwheel Surfing With Mike Tavares

Boardworks Surf athlete Mike Tavares just put out a rad video with him and Dan Gavere surfing behind a sternwheeler on the Columbia River Gorge.

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Top 10 Gift Ideas for SUP Accessories by FCS

The Holidays aren’t right around the corner anymore, they have arrived and holiday shopping is about to commence in full force. The biggest shopping days of the year, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to name a few, are days away, so we’ve put together the perfect gift guide of SUP accessories for the SUP’er in your life.

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Beau Nixon SUP Hunter River Paddle

Beau Nixon is at it again with his Australian standup paddling travel adventures. He just released this new adventure from his three day paddle  downstream on his Naish Inflatable SUP along the Hunter River in New South Wales, Australia.

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Shane Perrin Sets New SUP World Record

Last week we reported that Glide SUP athlete Shane Perrin would attempt the World Record for longest paddle in 24 hours. After his successful attempt, we had a quick chat with Shane to talk a little bit about his new world record.

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Lake Powell Expedition On A Standup Paddleboard

On September 6th, Mike Tavares and Zack Hughes, Co-Owner and Master Shaper of Badfish SUP, launched on Lake Powell into what would be an unforgettable self-support journey across an iconic American landscape.

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Beau Nixon Explores The Clarence River

Beau Nixon has been doing SUP adventures throughout Australia and he has put together some amazing how-to videos of his adventure. On his most recent venture, Beau takes us down the Clarence River.

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Boardworks SUP Debuts At 2014 Paddle Expo

Boardworks SUP to Debut at 2014 Paddle Expo with System X Distribution. Boardworks Surf will be using System X Distribution to distribute Boardworks Inflatable SUP’s and Badfish SUP products to the European Market.

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A Day In The Life With Badfish SUP

The ‘Can I Surf That’ ladies have been traveling all over North America to surf and paddle the best river waves around. They recently posted a blog where they hang with the crew of Boardworks’ Badfish SUP and surf a wave near Glenwood.

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SUP Film Entered Into London Film Fest Needs Your Help

The Source2Sea team have had their epic short film entered as the only SUP entry for the London Surf Film Festival and really need the help of the SUP community. They want to share their short film, spread the paddleboard message and maybe even win the festival.

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Night SUP Surfing

Supconnect community assistant, Alex Mauer, goes night surfing with Nocqua Lights - check it out.

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Stalla And Appleby Win 2014 Payette River Games

After an incredible weekend of competition, Fernando Stalla and Candice Appleby are taking home $10,000 apiece for winning the 2014 Payette River Games - the biggest event of its kind to date.

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Amazing Lake Tahoe SUP Video

Lake Tahoe is a magical place that gets under your skin. Once you've been there, you'll go back - or spend your life thinking about it. While photos can't fully do it justice, this incredibly filmed and edited video by goadrift.com comes pretty close.

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GoPro Mountain Games SUP Races In Vail, Colorado

This weekend (June 5-8) the Go Pro Mountain Games will rock Vail off its tent pegs, bringing 53, 000 spectators and roughly 3,000 athletes to Colorado for the biggest and best mountain sport and lifestyle celebration in the USA.

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Gabriel Gray Paddles For The Flint River, Georgia

Boardworks Team paddler Gabriel Gray, founder of SOAR (Save our American Rivers) Recently completed a journey down the Headwaters of the Flint River in Georgia in order to raise awareness for one of the nations most endangered water ways.

Boardworks Wake SUP Boards

New Boardworks Surf SUPs are designed specifically for Wake SUP Surfing! check out the awesome SUP video.

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Watch 'Big Muddy Moose' Trailer

Watch the trailer and read more about Scott Mestrezat's documentary 'Big Muddy Moose', which chronicles his SUP journey down the Missouri, from Montana to St. Louis.

Should River Racing Boards Be Regulated?

One of the hot topics in the world of river racing is the size of boards being used - should they be regulated? To shed some light on the topic, Alex Mauer, one of the best river racing and surfing talents in the US, weighs in.

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SUP In Siloam Springs Whitewater Rec Park

Today we've got a spot review on Siloam Springs Whitewater Recreation Park, written by Bad Fish team rider, Claire Chappell, who's been taking advantage of some great inland river waves.

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Alex Mauer In Winter Training

DENVER, Colorado - Supconnect cathces up with Alex Mauer, who is training for a World record attempt for the longest time spent surfing a wave.

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Stand Up Paddle Athletes Association To Form in 2014

SAN DIEGO, California - There is big news afoot for competitive paddlers and enthusiasts. On December 31, 2013, the Stand Up Paddle Athletes Association will become "a unified voice for stand up paddle athletes, while also representing the interests of stand up paddle board officials, sponsors, media, consumers and manufacturers."

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Canadian Paddler Braves Freezing Conditions To Stay Stoked

LAKE ONTARIO, Canada - Let us introduce you to Cameron McCreath, possibly the most hard-core SUP fan we've encountered. On a monumentally cold day in December, fueled by the stoke of watching the Pipe Masters webcast, he decided to suit up and take on his home break. 

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Paddle Boarding Grand Canyon, Arizona

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Arizona - There aren’t words or pictures that can do justice to the Grand Canyon. It’s one of those landmark destinations that really needs to be seen in person to fully capture the magnitude of the region. Whitewater rafting, kayak and canoe trips down the Colorado River, the aquatic corridor that runs through the canyon, have been popular for some time now, but with a growing SUP river and whitewater scene, paddle boards are becoming more prominent. Last week we caught up with Markus Leppaenen, an experienced kayaker from Time4Charity, about his 25 day SUP-Kayak camping trip down the Grand Canyon.

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Alex Mauer Prepares To Break World Record

DENVER, Colorado - Colorado's favorite stand up paddler, Alex Mauer, recently set his sights on a very unique challenge that is set to put himself int the history books by setting a new world record for the longest time spent surfing a wave.

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Pau Hana Surf Supply Big EZ Hawaiian II

As part of the Pau Hana Surf Supply board range, Owner and shaper Todd Caranto created the Pau Hana Big EZ Hawaiian for absolute stability for all types of water—ocean, lakes, marinas, bays, and rivers.

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Paddle Boarding Humboldt County, California

What many people may not realize about where I live is that the Redwoods also offer a paddleboard paradise! Learn about SUP in the Redwoods of Humboldt County - A Farnorcal SUP Paradise by Tim Haywood. Photo By: Jack Miller

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Scott Mestrezat Currently Paddling the Entire Missouri

Recently a young and ambitious 27 year old by the name of Scott Mestrezat decided to take on an extremely new and somewhat crazy adventure!··He decided to journey along the entire 2,400 miles of the Missouri River on his stand up paddleboard he built himself.

Timson to Paddle 101 Mile Non-Stop Solo SUP

Spencer Timson will travel 101 miles on a non-stop, solo, stand up paddle trip from the Isle of Mull on the West Coast of Scotland up through the Caledonian Canal to the Moray Firth on the East Coast of Scotland. Find out why...

Paddle Boarding Tidal Bore, Sumatra, Indonesia

It was only 1 year ago that I returned from my first visit to Teluk Meranti where, together with a few friends, I went to Surf the Bono, a tidal bore wave on the Kampar river in Sumatra, Indonesia.

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7 River Surfing Etiquette Rules

Any ocean surfer knows that there is an unspoken code they follow not only in the water but on the beach and in the parking lot.  However, now that river surfing is blowing up for SUPers, what etiquette do we follow in this setting?

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Should Men & Women Get Equal SUP Prize Money?

This past weeked Candice Appleby took command of the River Rock race and came out on top wining a $3500 prize which equalled the top men's prize won by Chase Kosterlitz.  Some are super stoked about this equal pay out while others are still debating the issue.

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Boardworks Announces New Line of Wake SUP Boards

Boardworks Surf, one of the world’s leading Stand Up Paddle Board manufacturers, announced today its new line of Wake SUP boards.  They are the only company to come out with production SUPs designed specifically for Wake SUP Surfing!

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Wet Suit Free SUP at Dillon Looks Promising

Recently some paddlers feared that SUP could become banned from Dillon Reservoir regarding a wet suit requirement controversy.  However, after a meeting this past Tuesday with the Dillon Reservoir Recreation Committee (DRReC) everything is looking very positive for the committee and stand up paddlers alike. Read on to watch local news coverage! (Photo by: www.tenmilecreekkayaks.com)

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Will Dillon Lake & SUP Live Happily Ever After?

Stand up Paddle seems tailor made for a town like Dillon, Colorado.  All you have to do is look at the photos on their town website to know that you have found somewhere special to SUP.  However, can the town leadership of Dillon and the growing stand up paddle community come together to find a solution to all of their needs?

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Yukon 383 SUP Film Teaser Released

On June 26, 2012 Ben Friberg set out on the Yukon River in Canada’s Yukon Territory to Stand Up Paddle (SUP) as far as he possibly could in 24 hours.  This fall there will be a full film released about the journey and here is the teaser...

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"Inspired to Ride: La Ruta Maya" Movie Trailer Release

One man attempting to travel 179 miles, in four days, on a stand up paddle board, alone, equals an absolutely incredible story!  But why do this, and what was the motivation?  Find out more by catching a glimpse of the newly released movie trailer "Inspired To Ride: La Ruta Maya" featuring extreme SUPer Shane Perrin.

Boardworks SHUBU SUP Cross Just Days Away

Get ready for one of the most fun SUP events of the year! The Boardworks Weber River Show Up & Blow Up SUP Cross is less than a week away and the slots are filling up!

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24-Hour Stand Up Paddle Distance World Record

Ben Friberg sets Stand Up Paddling Distance World Record on the Yukon River in Canada’s YukonTerritory.  He paddled 238 miles (383 Kilometers) in one day (24 hours) on June, 27th 2012.  Read on for all the amazing details! 

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Boardworks Surf's Weber River SUP Race 2012

Boardworks Surf's Weber River SUP Race 2012 is just a few weeks away and it will be packed with action, setting up the stage for the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, the outdoor's industry largest gathering. 

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Troutman & Jackson Bring Top Kayak Talent to SUP

Nick Troutman, a former World Freestyle Champion, and Dane Jackson, a freestyle kayak wunderkind, continue to showcase how stand up paddle boarding offers incredible cross-training benefits even for world-class athletes in other sports. 

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Patent Pending Re'Leash Releasable SUP Leash

As River SUP grows and becomes more popular, it also becomes ever more important to keep people safe and use appropriate equipment.··That is why there is a patent pending, co-branded solution by Badfish SUP and their partners at Boardworks Surf for a new releasable, river specific SUP leash.

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Boardworks to Hold Inflatable Demo in Colorado

Summer paddling is underway in Colorado and the Boardworks Surf is making a splash across the state with the “Show Up & Blow Up” SUP demo tour, hosting stand up paddling demos, clinics, and competitions at three prominent river festivals in Colorado: CKS Paddlefest (Buena Vista), FIBArk (Salida), and the Gunnison River Festival.

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Boardworks SUP Returns to Weber River

Boardworks SUP is pleased to announce the return of the Boardworks Show Up & Blow Up SUP Cross, a really fun, high octane, fast & furious technical race down Utah’s Weber River.

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Raven Stand Up Paddleboard by Boardworks Surf

The new Boardworks Raven is designed for all purpose cruising, recreational racing, fishing, or just plain getting out on the water. This model is designed for speed and stability in flatter water making it the perfect all purpose board for lakes, bays, harbors, and that deep docile river.

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Boardworks/Badfish MCIT Stand Up Paddleboard

Boardworks Surf and Badfish Stand Up Paddle have challenged the design constraints of existing drop-stitch inflatable SUP technology to create a board with tapered rails and enhanced rigidity.  The result is the MCIT.

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Boardworks Inland Demo Tour Stops in Alabama

Now that winter is long gone in the southeast, the Boardworks whitewater Tour is under way. The first competition/festival along the way is always fun because you get to shake off all of the winter blues and get back into the swing of things and this year started with a bang. With the introduction of the Boardworks Tour this year, there was a ton of excitement in the air as we arrived in Alabama.

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Paddle Boarding Wolf River, Memphis

April 7th, 2012, a group of 8 paddlers, to include British Adventurer Dave Cornthwaite and Canadian Adventurer Rod Wellington will paddle the Wolf River from its source to its confluence with the Mississippi River, a distance of some 105+ miles.

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Shane Perrin Paddles 170-mile Ancient Mayan Route

Shane Perrin, who was on dialysis just a short while ago, has undertaken one of the most remarkable stand up paddle journeys in the books to date. He paddled 170 miles along an Ancient Mayan Route, from the heart of Belize to the waters of the Caribbean Sea.

Rocky Mountain Surf Festival 2012

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This one of a kind Polynesian themed extravaganza will feature surfing contests, music, food and product vendors, costumes, a hula contest, limbo events, a Goof Board competition, a floating parade of rafts punching the monster wave/hole and the world’s best river stand up paddlers displaying their paddling prowess on the snowmelt swollen Colorado River.

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Paddling for Life in the Ganges River, India

A few months ago, Terry Plunkett, an avid stand up paddler from Southern California, was standing in the parking lot at the San Onofre State Beach Park in San Diego with an unmistakable awe-struck expression, just a few minutes after talking to Michele Baldwin. Here is what Plunkett heard.

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Boardworks & Badfish Unveil New Inflatable SUP

After joining up back in July of this year, Boardworks and Badfish have been working hard to advance the technology of whitewater SUP. Now, they have announced the new inflatable MCIT stand up paddleboard to be offered in 2012.

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Boardworks & Badfish Unveil New Inflatable SUP

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After joining up back in July of this year, Boardworks and Badfish have been working hard to advance the technology of whitewater SUP. Now, they have announced the new inflatable MCIT stand up paddleboard to be offered in 2012.

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US Army Veteran Paddles Cape Fear River

Former US Army Special Operations Command member Mark Gellert completes 202-mile, solo paddle down North Carolina's Cape Fear River in support of the Stand by the Wounded organization.

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Surftech B-1 Stand Up Paddleboard

Surftech has once again raised the bar in board construction with the introduction of the B-1 Bomber, a nearly indestructible stand up paddleboard built to take a beating in whitewater, flatwater or surf sessions.

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Stand Up Paddle Expedition with Dave Cornthwaite

Dave Cornthwaite takes a much-needed break to talk about his journey so far and what it means to stand up paddle every day on one the world's most iconic rivers, the Mississippi. Read about his daily routine and his record-setting day of 77.2 miles.

Alex Linnell - First to Stand Up Paddle the Mississippi

After paddling for 70 days, from Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, Alex Linnell has become the first person to stand up paddle the entire length of the Mississippi River. Let that sink in for a second then read on for an interview with Alex and his family.

The Boardroom - Badfish SUP MVP

Suit up in your best three-piece neoprene and tie that leash into a Double Windsor, it's time to step into The Boardroom. This week, Mike Harvey from Badfish SUP runs us through the Mountain Valley Paddleboard (MVP).

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SUP River Ferry with Nikki Gregg

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Why did the stand up paddle board cross the river? Not sure why, but Nikki Gregg can tell us how in this instructional video showing us the proper and safe technique to use when ferrying a SUP across the river.

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Boardworks Sponsors Whitewater SUP Event

Slater Trout and Nikki Gregg win the Boardworks sponsored H2O Overdrive Weber River SUP cross, the first whitewater Stand Up Paddle event of its kind in Utah, giving the name “Show Up and Blow Up” a whole new meaning.

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Alex Linnell Breaks SUP Distance Record

Alex Linnell is breaking records and taking names. On July 29th he logged mile 1,809, making his SUP journey the longest yet. Read more and support Alex as he makes his way to the Gulf.

Paddle Boarding The Netherlands

With all the water it has to offer, the Netherlands is a stand up paddlers dream and with blossoming tulip fields, stout windmills and wandering waterways, every glance is a frame-ready photograph.

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Alex Linnell SUP-PORTING the Mississippi

One SUP, one paddle, one Mississippi River, one mission to be the first. Alex Linnell is enroute to the Gulf of Mexico and to setting the SUP distance record. Follow him as he paddles down the iconic, beautiful and sometimes-dangerous Mississippi River.

Mississippi SUP Expedition - UPDATE

Dave Cornthwaite checks in with SUP Connect and while taking a much needed break from his daily paddle, he sits down to answer some questions about his journey.

Mississippi SUP Expedition 2011

The word adventure is thrown around a lot. Most of the time it is an overstatement but sometimes, as in Dave Cornthwaite’s case, it is perhaps the most appropriate word to use.

Paddle Boarding Austin, Texas

Deep in the heart of Texas… there's a Stand Up Paddler's paradise.· Austin has been the capital of Texas for over 100 years, and the "Live Music Capitol" for as long as most can remember.· In the last three years Austin has also become the SUP capital of Texas.

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FCS Stand Up Paddleboard Day Bag

FCS introduces a day-use bag, specifically designed for stand up paddleboards. A center handle on the middle of the bag solves much of the difficulty in carrying and handling your stand up paddleboard, whether it be a surfing, cross-over, or other types of sup boards.

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Tahoe SUP, Stand Up Paddle Board Company

Tahoe SUP has become known for both its pioneering efforts and distinctive product line. In a time when stand up paddle boarding was seen purely in terms of surfing, Tahoe SUP not only had the vision to identify the inland potential of the sport, but also to rollout a full product line specifically tailored for the touring market.

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Hybrid SUP Paddle by Boardworks

The Hybrid Carbon/Fiberglass SUP Paddle offers an impressively attractive balance among performance, durability, and price point. The lightweight properties of carbon mixed with the durability and affordability features of firberglass makes this paddle an excellent choice for those looking for affordable performance and durability in a SUP paddle.

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Paddle Boarding Huasteca, Mexico

Just about everyone is familiar with Mexico's beaches.· Gulf, Caribbean and Pacific sides all offer opportunities for great SUP surfing.· Now it’s time to explore the endless beautiful rivers that Mexico has to offer.

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Talks of SUP Inland Possibilities

The modern recreational explosion of standup paddling has completely revolutionized the way in which everyone (and I mean, everyone!) can interact with bodies of water, wherever they may be found.

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Paddle Boarding West Virginia

Folks have been cruising the ocean waves for years with a paddle in hand and it’s about time we bring this toy to the waters of West Virginia.· SUP, stand up paddle, is a great sport for rivers and lakes.

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Whitewater SUP Safety From a Wahine

With all the dangers involved in whitewater SUP, some may wonder what pleasure is found in this unique discipline of the sport.· River running can be deeply rewarding and is both physically and mentally challenging.

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How to Be Safe in the Rapids on SUP

The world’s first casualties of standup paddling took place on a river, highlighting the exceptional dangers posed by running fresh water.

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Boardworks Kicks Off Expo with River Run

To begin their fourth consecutive show at Outdoor Retailer, Boardworks Surf hosted its’ Second Annual Weber River Run on stand up paddleboards. With the growing interest in SUP, there could not have been a better way to launch into the show week.

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