Summer SUP Gear Guide 2019

SAN DIEGO, California - 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 2019 Summer SUP season, so there's sure to be something in this guide for everyone!

Take a look at the 2019 Summer Gear Guide below:

 Paddles & Accessories


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Body Glove Sustainable Activewear

Make a statement with Body Glove's eco-friendly sportswear collection. The collection works great for when you're on and off the water and has trendy and flattering styles that work for just about everyone. The collection is in collaboration with professional surfer Tatiana Weston-Webb and consists of sports bras, tanks, sweatshirts, shorts, and leggings inspired by Tati's desire to be active in nature. Each piece is made of either recycled polyester or organic cotton for attractive, supportive and sustainable activewear.

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FCS Changing Poncho

Make changing in public places cozy and easy. The classic parking-lot towel change after your time on the water is much easier and more convenient with the Changing Poncho from FCS.

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Stage SwitchBlade Paddle

The STAGE SwitchBlade paddle is used similar to a kayak paddle while stand up paddleboarding. This method creates a steady rhythm, which provides better balance and increased maneuverability. These paddles are great for beginners learning to balance and for experts running rivers or paddling into currents and small waves. Once you try the STAGE Switchblade, you will not want to go back to a single paddle again.

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Headhunter Reef Safe Sunscreen

Headhunter created the "Original" Face Stick for surfing. Hands free, pocket sized protection. This unique powder dry formula is similar to foundation make-up and can even be applied in the water! Stays visible on your skin so you know it's working. Approved for all conditions and climates.


 Boards - Inflatables


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Surftech Alta Ho / Alta Ko

The Air-Travel Alta introduces two unique graphics, with women specific lengths and shapes to the Surftech Air-Travel lineup. These models provide any type of paddler with the best option for their recreational and touring adventures. The Surftech inflatable boards combine progressive outlines, strategically placed handles and fin boxes, an integrated DeckPad, high pressure valve, and the most advanced drop stitch technology to create one of the most lightweight inflatable compact travel partners.

See our review of the Alta HERE.

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Red Paddle Co 11’3” Sport

The 11’3” Sport inflatable SUP has been designed as the perfect step up board delivering more speed and dynamic performance. It’s secret lies in the boards sleek shape which cuts through the water cleanly, and the drawn-out nose section gives more glide across the water. At 32” wide it remains super stable and features Red Paddle Co’s patented RSS system offering unrivaled stiffness whilst the single US-fin and square tail make it super responsive.

See our review of the Sport HERE.

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Pau Hana 11’6” CALYPSO

The 11’6” Calypso is the first of its kind from Pau Hana. Brand new for 2019 this Stand Up Kayak inflatable hybrid combines the best features of both Stand Up Paddle Boards and Kayaks. The Versatile design is stable and comfortable for paddlers of all skill levels. The 11’6” Calypso comes with a custom kayak seat that provides a comfortable place for riders to sit and paddle while they give their legs a break. The 11’6” Calypso also features a large window in the deck so you can explore underwater from the surface. This window is a unique feature that can be enjoyed by anyone from a child who peers curiously through the deck to fisherman on the prowl for their next catch. The 11’6” Calypso also comes with a built in 5mm bungee for securing items and D-ring attachment points for an array of other accessories.

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 Body Glove Performer 11

The new and improved Body Glove Performer 11 inflatable SUP offers an industry leading paddling package and value. It’s a great beginner-to-intermediate board due to its overall shape and 34-inch width. Designed by paddling champion Luke Hopkins, the Performer's durable construction makes for more fun and less worry. Three unbreakable, fixed fins offer incredible tracking. The triple layer stringer and reinforced side rails maximize stiffness and rigidity, making this board perform like a hard board.

See our review of the Performer HERE.

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Aqua Marina Race

The Aqua Marina Race comes in 12’6" and 14’0", and gives enough stability to be in control when conditions get choppy, yet fast and slippery to cover distances quickly. With the extra stiffness and rigidity from the lightweight double layer technology, this board will make you question a hard board. The combination of speed, stability and floatation is so impressive for such narrow boards. The tool-free slide-in Race fin makes the new RACE a ready-to-race package.

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Slingshot Crossbreed

From relaxing summer days on the beach with family and friends to backcountry adventures in pristine lakes and streams, Slingshot’s Crossbreed inflatable paddleboard is your ticket to user-friendly fun in the great outdoors. With a wide waist, tapered tail and gently rockered-nose, the Crossbreed is designed to be versatile. This board shape excels in all conditions and is lightweight, durable, portable, safe and it feels like a hardboard when fully inflated.

See our review of the Crossbreed HERE.


 Boards - Hard Tops


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Surftech Bark Aleka

The Aleka Tuflite V-Tech is the perfect SUP for any paddler that seeks versatility. Joe BARK shaped the Aleka to be stable enough for flat-water cruising, but it will also perform well in small to medium surf. The prAna collaboration adds an amazing aesthetic with patterns matching their 2018 Swim Line. This SUP is specifically designed for a paddler interested in sport and fitness. It is narrower and less stable than entry level boards making it more efficient while also allowing the user to properly engage entire core strength with every paddle stroke.

See our review of the Aleka HERE.

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Surftech Catalyst

The CATALYST Tuflite V-Tech is the perfect board for the whole family. Joe BARK shaped the Catalyst for flat-water cruising plus it still performs in small to medium surf. The prAna collaboration utilizes a print from the 2019 sim collection that looks great and is appealing to everyone that gets on it. Utilizing quality fiberglass, EPS, Greenpoxy resin (plant based epoxy system), and Surftech molding methods we achieved a very durable and lightweight board. The Catalyst is included with 4 deck tie downs, ledge handle, rear padded handle, and 3/4 deckpad.

See our review of the Catalyst HERE.

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 SIC Maui Okeanos

This new series is focused on fitness, touring and voyaging the unknown, so thus the name was chosen. The Okeanos shares similar DNA with the RS series, however, this board is made for recreational paddling and journeying rather than racing. The board has been outfitted with numerous tie-downs and inserts to mount your cargo and accessories and is capable of running either a single fin or two thrusters (sold separately) for paddling in shallow or rocky waters and reducing the draft of the board.

See our review of the Okeanos HERE.

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 Boardworks Solr

The Boardworks Solr is fast becoming one of our favorite boards and is sold in a convenient board + paddle package. This is the perfect board for beginners wanting to get on the water and start paddling. The Solr comes with our custom full carbon fiber two piece, adjustable paddle. Storage options on the forward deck consist of four anchor points that allow for bungie or deck tie-downs allowing for ample secure storage for extra gear. Our ultra-comfortable Honey Fomb heat embossed deck pad offers the highest level of traction without the usual water retention of brushed open foam traction pads. The Solr package checks off all the boxes by being light weight, stable and convenient. It’s the perfect board for beginners or intermediate paddlers who want to get on the water and start paddling today.

Make sure to head to your local retailer to find all these items and more during this Summer season!

Last modified onFriday, 20 March 2020 16:55

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