FORT WALTON BEACH, Florida — 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.
BOTE Lead Designer, Corey Cooper shares his vision, “With Traveller, we are aiming to DEFINE a category in SUP. I have always felt that the touring, adventure, expedition board category has been tremendously ignored concerning design and development, including us. To me it seemed to be a byproduct of bigger, heavier race boards or sleeker, longer recreational boards... and whatever didn’t fit into those categories, automatically became the ‘Touring’ board.” Cooper adds, “Traveller is different in that everything about the board, was designed from the ground up for traveling. From how it carries you and your gear all the way to how you carry it.”
The Traveller is one of the most progressive boards on the market, and will be the first board to feature the new patent pending TraveLinkTM system, that will revolutionize the way you transport your board. The adjustable and padded TraveLinkTM Carry sling clips into the Traveller, and out of your hands in a matter of seconds. This system was created so you could literally throw your board over your shoulder and go- your fingers will never go numb carrying a board again. Cooper explains, “We looked at how people transported their boards and designed a system to assist carrying your board, while toting around all the other gear necessary for a day long paddling trip. Once you get to the water, you can remove the sling from the rails of the board and secure it to the deck out of your way. It’s just another BOTE innovation that will change the way you paddle.”
Pete Buzzelli, Director of the DarkRoom, worked alongside Cooper creating the first Traveller. “Corey came to me with a design concept that resembled a dolphin. The combination of the bottlenose entry with a swept v to at hull really gave the board a unique look, I was intrigued. The goal was to develop a board that any paddler could push effciently, in most conditions, be extremely stable, and have enough capacity to carry a 12-pack of beer... or two!” In regards to paddling dynamics, Buzzelli adds, “I paddle upwards of 6 miles per day on race boards, so when the time to test the Traveller, I figured I’d add it into my paddling routine for a week or so. I was completely shocked how well it paddled for a larger board and knew immediately we had a game changer on our hands. It truly is a pleasure to paddle, and I am excited to see how the SUP industry reacts to it.”
Available July 2015, the Traveller is the board for every paddler.
“When I think of the modern day traveler, I think of back packs, quick flights, stopping at a coffee shop, sight-seeing, etc. I wanted the board to integrate into this lifestyle and really become a staple for Standup Paddling” -Corey Cooper
For more information on Traveller, visit www.boteboard.com.
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