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Summer 2018 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 2018 Summer SUP season, so there's sure to be something in this guide for everyone!

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20 SUP Brands Worth Following On Instagram

We love that brands share their awesome content on Instagram for all of us to see because you best believe we have been looking! Below we’ve made a list of our favorite stand up paddle board brands that we think are worth following on Instagram.

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5 Things To Look For When Buying A Fishing Paddle Board

Fishing from your stand up paddle board (SUP) is an awesome alternative to fishing from your skiff or boat. Not only can you get a nice little workout in but you can also fish in places where it might be too difficult to fish from a boat, or where boats aren’t allowed. When looking for the perfect SUP to fish from you’re going to want to look for a board that has certain qualities.

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Spring 2018 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, accessories, and of course boards for everyone from a beginner to the advanced SUP'er for the 2018 Spring paddle boarding season, so there's sure to be something in this guide for everyone!

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BOTE Builds SUP Fishing Getaway in Belize

If you’re looking for an off-grid getaway where you can relax and enjoy a bit of SUP fishing among other activities then you’re in for a real treat. Jeff Spiegel and Corey Cooper, CEO at BOTE Boards recently put into motion a getaway unlike any other.

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Accessories You Need For Your SUP

There are tons of tools, gadgets and accessories that can be paired with paddle boarding to make your experience even better. Here, we’ve listed a few accessories for your SUP that are an awesome addition to your everyday paddles.

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How To Take Fishing From The Dock To Your SUP

Making the transition from fishing from the dock to fishing to your SUP can be as simple or as complex as you would like to make it. I find myself falling into both categories, generally depending on the amount of time I have to get out on the water or the fish that I aim to target. With dock fishing, you already have a handful of the items needed to get you fishing off of your SUP and with the information below, you can easily make that transition.

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Paddle Boarding Stuart, Florida

The state of Florida in the United States is a paddle boarding gold mine. With the state being almost fully surrounded by water there is no shortage of places to SUP in this beautiful place.

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Hunter Harlow’s 5 SUP Fishing Tips

Want to start SUP fishing but need a few helpful hints? Here, BOTE SUP fishing ambassador Hunter Harlow shares his expert insight on SUP fishing and gives his top 5 tips. Take a look:

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Holiday SUP Gift and Gear Guide 2017

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. If you're looking for something to get for your lover, mother, brother, sister, friend, or anyone for that matter this holiday season, this guide will be perfect for the stand up paddler in your life. And who's to say you can't get a little something for yourself, 'Tis the season after all!

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Fall Paddle Boarding Gear Guide 2017

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 2017 Fall SUP season, so there's sure to be something in this guide for everyone!

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Why They Won: Supconnect Editor’s Awards 2017

With the 8th Annual Supconnect Editor’s Choice wrapped up and the winners announced we here at Supconnect wanted to give you a bit of insight on the deciding factors that led to the choosing of this year’s winners.

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Supconnect Editor’s Choice Awards 2017 Winners

After two months of deliberations and intense evaluations we are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Supconnect Editor's Choice Awards. After nominating 30 or so men, women, groms and blogs per category, and an abundance of brands and shops in the stand up paddle industry we've finally narrowed down the extremely talented pool of nominees to the final chosen winners.

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Paddle at the Porch Bringing Family Fun to Destin

For its sixth annual event, Paddle at the Porch will be hitting the Destin, FL waters in just one week on August 19, 2017, beginning at 9am. Paddle at the Porch showcases the beautiful emerald green water and white sandy shores of Destin, Florida and is an event that the entire family can enjoy.

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Paddle Boarding Destin, Florida

Destin is a small city situated on the Emerald Coast of Florida. Boasted by multiple beaches, bayous, springs, and most notably, the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Destin is a prime paddle boarding destination.

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How To Choose Your First SUP

Buying your first paddle board can be a challenge. Stand up paddle boards (SUP) aren’t cheap, and a first time buyer can quickly be overwhelmed by all of the options and variations that exist in the market place. Inflatable or hard board? What size should you get? Hull shape? Length? Materials? Price? The stuff one needs to learn seems to go on forever. Answering these basic questions will help you get the SUP that’s right for you.

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Announcing 2017’s Gear of the Year Winners

This week at the annual Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, Utah, Supconnect announced the 2017 Gear of the Year Awards winners from our 8th Annual Supconnect Editor's Choice Awards.

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Best Non-Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards 2017

After personally paddling, weighing, and thoroughly testing 70+ boards, our expert staff has selected the best non-inflatable stand up paddle board 2017 models. These are designated by the "A" grade and organized by categories (inflatable, all-around, touring, etc).

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Best Touring Stand Up Paddle Boards 2017

After personally paddling, weighing, and thoroughly testing 70+ boards, our expert staff has selected the best touring stand up paddle board 2017 models. These are designated by the "A" grade and organized by categories (inflatable, all-around, touring, etc).

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Best Beginner Stand Up Paddle Boards 2017

After personally paddling, weighing, and thoroughly testing 70+ boards, our expert staff has selected the best beginner stand up paddle board 2017 models. These are designated by the "A" grade and organized by categories (inflatable, all-around, touring, etc).

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Summer 2017 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 2017 Summer SUP season, so there's sure to be something in this guide for everyone!

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Tips For SUP Fishing Rookies

So you’ve just purchased your new SUP fishing board and are ready to get out on the water and catch a few fish but want a few helpful hints? Here, SUP fishing expert and BOTE Boards ambassador Ryan Hambel shares a few tips for SUP fishing rookies. Check it out:

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2017 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, accessories, and of course boards for everyone from a beginner to the advanced SUP'er for the 2017 Spring paddle boarding season, so there's sure to be something in this guide for everyone!

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BOTE HD Low Rider Core

Price: $1,550 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 30.15 lbs Sizes: 12'

About the board: The HD Lowrider is an awesome non-inflatable touring board that is fit for intermediate-level paddlers and can be used in a wide range of conditions. Its shape makes the HD a great touring board that could also be used in a race because of its race-board hull design. It looks has beautiful graphics and the deckpad design flows perfectly with the color of the board. Although the board is difficult to carry has a ton of cool accessories and additions that cater to touring and fishing. It has ConnexSUP inserts which allow for endless opportunities to hook up cool gadgets and tools, it has a paddle holder on the rail of the board, cooler tie downs, fishing post inserts more. With the premium look and countless add-ons the HD Lowrider is awarded with Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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BOTE Rackham

Price: $2,349 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Fishing
Weight: 46.6 lbs Sizes: 12', 14'

About the board: The Rackham is a non-inflatable, fishing-specific board that packs a punch all that it encompasses. The board is incredibly stable, perfect for what’s needed in SUP fishing and has a killer mix of colors and graphics. The board is very difficult to carry because of its size and weight, but the board comes with a ton of additions that are perfectly suited for SUP fishing. It has a paddle sheath which conveniently holds your paddle upright, ConnexSUP plugs, 2 fishing post holes, a cup holder, bottle opener, 2 through holes and 2 cooler tie downs. That’s a whole lotta extra awesomeness easily warranting it Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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BOTE Drift

Price: $1,250 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 23.1 lbs Sizes: 11'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable, inflatable, all-around board to paddle short distances then the BOTE Drift is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Classic construction which is durable and has its ups and downs. Due to its width of 32 inches the board is very stable and has 2.01 lbs per foot, weighing 23.1 lbs total, making this board pretty lightweight for its size. Its shape makes the Drift an all-around board that can be used by everyone and was designed for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short distances, around the beach, dock and on rivers. Retailing at $1,250, the board is among the popular mid-tier price point in terms of affordability.

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Outdoor Retailer Announces Expanded Paddlesports Initiative for Summer 2017

Outdoor Retailer is pleased to announce an enhanced paddle initiative with new experiences to be introduced at Summer Market, July 26-29, 2017. In addition to the Open Air Demo returning to Jordanelle, there will be new clinics, education programs and networking sessions available to help drive consumer engagement and sales.

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BOTE Flood Core

Price: $1,499 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 35.1 lbs Sizes: 10'6", 12'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very stable, non-inflatable, all-around board to paddle short to mid-range distances then the BOTE Flood is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the innegra fiberglass co-mingle construction, which is very durable and has its ups and downs. The board has a 32 inch width on the widest point of its deck which makes the board very stable and easy to stand on. The Flood has 2.93 lbs per foot, weighing a total of 35.1 lbs which is moderately heavy. Its shape makes the Flood an all-around board that can also be suited for small days in the waves if you want to catch a couple. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for anyone to paddle short to mid-range distances of 3-5 miles. Retailing at $1,499, the board sits in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

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BOTE Traveller

Price: $1,799 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 25.5 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a fast, non-inflatable, premium touring board to paddle mid to long-range distances then the Traveller from BOTE is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the chainmail construction, which is durable and has its ups and downs. Due to its width of 28 inches the board is somewhat stable and it has 2.04 lbs per foot weighing 25.5 lbs total which is pretty lightweight for a 12’6” board. Its shape makes the Traveller perfect for touring and best for intermediate and advanced paddlers to enjoy recreationally. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for mid to long-range distance paddling of 5-10 miles plus. Retailing at $1,799, the board is at a premium price point but comes with the best that the brand has to offer.

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BOTE HD

Price: $1,749 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Fishing
Weight: 30.7 lbs Sizes: 10'6", 12'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very stable, non-inflatable premium fishing board to paddle short distances then the BOTE HD is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the innegra fiberglass construction which is durable and has both positives and negatives. Because the board is 32 inches wide it is very stable. It has 2.56 lbs per foot and weighs 30.7 lbs total making the HD have an average weight for its size. Its shape makes the HD perfect for SUP fishing and can be used by everyone. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for recreational paddling, around the dock and beach. Retailing at $1,749, the board is among the premium price point but one of the best that the brand has to offer.

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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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Must Have Gear for SUP Fishing

SUP Fishing is quickly becoming one of the go-to ways to have some fun on your stand-up paddle board and for good reason, it’s FUN! We teamed up with the team at BOTE Boards and compiled this list of gear needed for SUP Fishing. Here’s what you need…

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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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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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5th Paddle At The Porch Hits Gulf Waters On August 20

The 5th Annual Paddle at the Porch, a stand up paddle board  (SUP) race, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 20, in the beautiful emerald green Gulf waters behind The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House in Destin, Florida.

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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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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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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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The Process Behind Product Development With BOTE Boards

BOTE Boards have some of the most innovative and eye appealing stand up paddling products on the market. They took home two Supconnect 2015 Gear of the Year awards, one in the Technology category and the other in the Fishing category. We caught up with Corey Cooper, the man behind BOTE Boards and picked his brain about what his development processes are like at BOTE.

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BOTE Announces 2016 HD: The Best All Around Board Made Better

BOTE®, a leader in standup paddle board innovations, announces the release of their updated 2016 HD board. With new features, accessories, and a brand new look, this board embodies everything the Stand-up Paddle Board (SUP) lifestyle has to offer.

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BOTE Paddle Boards Announces The Grambler

BOTE, a leader in standup paddle board innovations, announces the debut of the newest addition to their quiver, the Grambler. A board that was developed as part of BOTE’s rapid prototyping and experimentation program called DarkRoom™, Grambler was designed specifically to be a surfing paddle board with traditional longboard feel and performance.

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BOTE Board Creates Paddleboard To Benefit Special Ops Warrior Foundation

BOTE Board, a leader in Stand Up Paddle board innovation and lifestyle, is proud to announce the ‘Made by the Military’ project. The Made by the Military project was created by BOTE paddle board company as a way to raise money for an important cause, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF).

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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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BŌTE Announces Release of New Board and Carrying System

BOTE, a leader in standup paddle board innovations, announces the debut of their newest addition to their quiver, Traveller. A board that through DarkRoomTM research and development, was designed to be the go to board for the touring category...or what we will call the Traveling Class. The glide, stability, capacity and advanced dynamics are just a few highlights that make the 12’6” Traveller, the board for every paddler.

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Paddle Board Fly Fishing

Ever been fly fishing? How about fly fishing from a stand up paddle board? There's nothing like a good day on the water when you're able to go out and relieve some stress by catching a few fish! Check out this rad video posted a few months back from Deep Ocean Apparel's day on the water fly fishing from their BOTE Boards SUP.

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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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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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BOTE Boards 2015 - Beneath The Surface

Take a look at BOTE's 2015 Lifestyle video - Beneath the Surface. It's a behind the scenes look at the 2015 Lifestyle photo shoot and video filmed in the Florida Keys.

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Summer Boards: The BOTE Drift Inflatable

BOTE have introduced a very chic new model to the 2014 range, the Drift Inflatable. This go-anywhere,do-anything paddle board features the first ever wood inlay deck, making it Tackle Rac compatible and perfect for summer fish-cruising.

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BOTE Discusses Their Chainmail Technology

This week week we're looking at a recent article by BOTE, which looks at the idea, process and finer points behind their new chainmail technology - and what makes it so special. 

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SUP Fishing Popularity Explodes

SUP fishing continues to grow and flourish. This week a BOTE board was even featured on the mainstream fishing show, the Facts of Fishing Check out the clip and more here.

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BOTE Board Releases 2014 Catalogue

DESTIN, Florida - BOTE Board has just released their highly anticipated 2014 Catalogue. This year is shaping up to be the biggest for BOTE, who will be showcasing their new Fish, Paddle and Surf SUP's at the Surf Expo trade Show in Orlando this week, from January 9-11, 2014. 

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New Stand Up Paddle Gear at Surf Expo

Steve Sjuggerud, Associate Publisher of the Stand Up Journal, stops by last week's Surf Expo to check out the new gear on offer from the stand up paddle industry.

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