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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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Best Touring Standup Paddle Boards 2018

After personally paddling, weighing, and thoroughly testing 110+ boards, our expert staff has selected the best touring stand up paddle board 2018 models. These are designated by the "A" grade and organized by categories (inflatable, all-around, touring, etc).

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Best Non-Inflatable Standup Paddle Boards 2018

After personally paddling, weighing, and thoroughly testing 70+ boards, our expert staff has selected the best non-inflatable stand up paddle board 2018 models. These are designated by the "A" grade and organized by categories (inflatable, all-around, touring, etc).

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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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Best Beginner Stand Up Paddle Boards 2018

After personally paddling, weighing, and thoroughly testing 110+ boards, our expert staff has selected the best beginner stand up paddle board 2018 models. These are designated by the "A" grade and organized by categories (inflatable, all-around, touring, etc).

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Best Standup Paddle Boards 2018

After personally paddling, weighing, and thoroughly testing 110+ boards, our expert staff has selected the best stand up paddle board 2018 models. These are designated by the "A" grade and organized by categories (inflatable, all-around, touring, etc).

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Pau Hana Endurance

Price: $1,599 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 31.3 lbs Sizes: 12'

About the board: Yes, yes, yes! The Pau Hana Endurance is super fun. It’s very stable and is a great board for many uses. The Endurance can be great for touring, racing and all around family fun, making this board incredibly versatile. It’s also offered in Pau Hana’s Ricochet technology which makes the board virtually indestructible, which if you ask us is a huge plus. It has a beautiful finish and is arguably the most durable board around, which is a hard combo to come by. The board does come in at a heavier weight, about 31lbs, but the durability, graphics and fun factor alone easily carry this board into the A-grade tier.Read more HERE.

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Pau Hana Malibu Tour

Price: $999 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight:  32.1lbs Sizes: 11'6"

About the board:The Pau Hana Malibu is a plastic paddle board that has changed the concept of plastic boards. Plastic boards to date have dealt with a number of challenges. One, the graphics tend to be very plain, usually just white boards. Two, they don’t have a really nice finish and tend to have a seam that goes all along the rails on the both sides. Three, they are quite heavy. And four, they also don’t float as well as composite boards, normally. The Malibu changes all of that. In fact, the Malibu is the plastic board that can fool you into thinking you are paddling a composite board and to boot it looks stunning. Pau Hana has done a really great job and at the price point it comes at it is an excellent board and a great buy.Read more HERE.

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Pau Hana Navio

Price: $1,295 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight:  28.3lbs Sizes: 11'

About the board:The Navio is not clearly a flat water board, it’s not clearly a touring board, it’s a combination of both. It comes with the best in class of everything you can think of. It has a beautiful deck, and just beautiful graphics all around. It has a lot of add ons too, so if you want to have your iPad mounted on it, a GoPro, maybe a gps, a fishing pole, a cooler, you name it, you can strap it onto this board. It is highly stable and also tracks really well. It is fairly lightweight for the type of board it is, so phenomenal job by Pau Hana. If you are looking for a primarily touring board that can be very comfortable paddling on flat water, maybe to play around with your family and have kids on the board or some gear for the expedition, the Navio is a great choice.Read more HERE.

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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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Pau Hana Grom

Price: $499 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Kids
Weight: lbs Sizes: 6'

About the board: The Pau Hana Grom is just that: a board for groms. If you’re looking to get a board that can double as a starter paddle board and a surfboard for your kid then the Pau Hana Grom is something you need to look at. The Grom is a very affordable, non-inflatable paddle board that will work great as an all around paddle board and will be a board that your grom can handle with ease. One thing to keep in mind here though is that because this paddle board is meant for the kiddos it will eventually be something that your kids will grow out of. The board is likely going to be best suited for kids 13-years-old and younger. Read more HERE.

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How To Lift A Stand Up Paddle Board To Avoid Injury

Often times, stand up paddle boards can be big, bulky and weigh a lot which can make the task of lifting the board quite difficult. Because of the weight and size of many of the stand up paddle boards on the market there is a higher chance of injuring or straining your back when attempting to lift the board if not done properly. Here, Pau Hana’s Todd Caranto gives a few tips on how to lift a paddle board properly in order to avoid injury or strain to your back.

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Pau Hana Bimini

Price: $2,599 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Group SUP
Weight: lbs Sizes: 15'

About the board: If you’re looking for an XXL or group SUP as we like to call it here at Supconnect then the Pau Hana Bimini is worth taking a look at. The Bimini was built with a focus towards fishing but can be used for group paddling and fun. The board is best for paddling only short distances around the beach and dock but does have the capability of attaching a motor to it if you want to take it long distances. The board is at a premium price but packs a lot of fun with it. Read more HERE.

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Paddle Boarding Lake Powell

Lake Powell is one of the world’s top SUP destinations. The incredible canyons and natural landscapes are unlike anywhere else on earth. Here we describe everything you need to know (and more!) about this epic SUP destination.

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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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How To Position A Fin On A SUP

So you know how to install your fin into your board but want to learn how to properly position the fin within the fin box? Todd from Pau Hana Surf Supply demonstrates how to properly position a fin on a stand up paddle board (SUP).

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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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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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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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Pau Hana Lotus

Price: $1,149 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Yoga
Weight: 35.3 lbs Sizes: 10'

About the board: The award-winning Lotus from Pau Hana is the ultimate SUP yoga paddle board that works for paddlers of all skill sets. The board is non-inflatable and is incredibly stable (as it should be since it’s geared for yoga). The Lotus has some beautiful looks, suited exactly in line for what someone who enjoys Yoga might like. The shape design is unique for boards in this category and has a squared nose and tail, which is very uncommon to see. It is pretty heavy and difficult to carry however, once you’re in the water you feel comfortable and stable while practicing yoga. The board also has multiple attachment points that can be used to hold you paddle or attach a number of your favorite accessories. The unique design and suitability for practicing yoga gives the Lotus a well-earned “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Pau Hana Mini Sport

Price: $1,299 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 26.1 lbs Sizes: 10'10"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable, non-inflatable, touring board to paddle mid to long-range distances then the Pau Hana Mini Sport is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the EPX Standard Epoxy construction which is durable and has its ups and downs. The board is 29 inches wide which makes it somewhat stable, not ideal for beginners. It has 2.43 lbs per foot and weighs 26.1 lbs total which puts the board at an average weight for its length of 10’10”. Its shape makes the Mini Sport touring board that can be used by intermediate paddlers and was designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for mid to long-range distance paddling between 3-10 miles. Retailing at $1,299, the board is in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

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Pau Hana Big EZ Angler

Price: $1,599 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Fishing
Weight: 37.7 lbs Sizes: 11'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very stable, non-inflatable, fishing-specific board to paddle short distances then the Big EZ Angler from Pau Hana is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Ricochet construction, which is highly durable and the board has both ups and downs. Due to its large width of 36 inches the board is incredibly stable, just what you need for fishing. Its construction is extremely durable and strong, however it causes the board to be a bit heavier. The board has 3.43 lbs per foot which is on the heavier side for a board at 11 feet. Its shape makes the Big EZ Angler a board that can be used by everyone and was designed primarily for SUP fishing, however, it can easily double as a board that the entire family can enjoy. Retailing at $1,599, the board sits just above the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

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Pau Hana Viper

Price: $2,199 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight: 28.2 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a fast, non-inflatable, race board to paddle then the Viper from Pau Hana is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Vector Carbon Fiber construction which is relatively durable and has its ups and downs. Because the board is 24 inches wide the Viper is very unstable, however, it is fast. The board has 2.01 lbs per foot and weighs 28.2 lbs total which is pretty lightweight for a 14ft board. Its shape makes the Viper a race board that should be used by advanced paddlers and was designed for competition. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for flatwater racing. Retailing at $2,199, the board is in the high-tier price point but is among 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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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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Pau Hana SUP Releases Video Series From Adventure To Hawaii

Boarding Pass Excursion is a micro travel series designed to deliver stoke in 60 second bite sized pieces. The series follows Pau Hana Surf Supply founder, Todd Caranto, as he explores new places around the world to paddle and discovers the local Stand Up Paddle Boarding culture through: SUP yoga, SUP fishing, SUP surfing, and SUP Touring, always ready for a cold beer and fresh local grinds. Check out the video series below.

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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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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Todd Caranto Catches A Fish While SUP Surfing

Now this is something you don’t see everyday! While on a recent trip to Hawaii, SUP shaper Todd Caranto caught a bluefin trevally fish while simultaneously surfing on a Pau Hana Big EZ Angler stand up paddle board on Oahu's North Shore. After getting rolled in a wave, he recovers control to reel in the prize.

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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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How to Install Fins on the Board

If you’ve never installed a fin into a stand up paddle board it can be a bit tricky to figure out. With screws and tools needed with most fin sets it can seem like a complicated process but fear not, the team at Pau Hana SUP have created a simple tutorial on how to install your fin. Here, Todd Caranto, board designer at Pau Hana, shows how to correctly install a fin and not lose the screw.

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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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#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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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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SUP Yoga With Soyela Shafer

Join Soyela Shafer and Pau Hana Surf Supply for SUP yoga at Mother's Beach as they share a few tips for SUP Yoga beginners and more!

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Pau Hana Introduces Its Impact-Resistant Technology and It's Awesome!

Have you ever tried throwing a 17 pound bowling ball into your standup paddle board? Chances are you haven't and that's because you would destroy your prized possession, but that is exactly what the team at Pau Hana Surf Supply is doing with their new Big EZ standup paddle board.

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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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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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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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Supconnect Pre-Show for Battle of the Paddle is Today

TODAY IS THE DAY! Supconnect is pleased and excited to bring all of you an exclusive #SupconnectLive Pre-Show Webcast to take a closer look at the Battle of the Paddle, its competitors and current stand up paddle buzz!

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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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Perrin Paddleboards Everglades Challenge & More

Leslie Kolovich (SUP Radio Show) interviewed Shane Perrin just hours after he returned home to St Louis from Key West Florida! ·He not only tells the AMAZING story of the highs and lows of paddling 300 miles, but also of taking it another 100 miles to Key West!  Read & Listen to the Radio Show Here!

Paddle Boarding Geothermal Spring Crater, Midway, Utah

As Stand up Paddle grows throughout the world, many find that there are various disciplines of SUP that they enjoy.  One of the most popular at the moment appears to be SUP Yoga.  But, how many people can say that they have done SUP Yoga in a geothermal spring?

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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.

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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Pau Hana Crossfit Wins Gear of Year Award

Just yesterday news stands were hit with the latest Outside spring/summer Buyer’s Guide by Outside Magazine. This year there is extra awesome news for stand up paddlers world wide and especially for SUP board manufacturer Pau Hana Surf Supply.

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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.

SUP Race Series in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The Yas Marina Sup Race 2011 is the 1st of seven races for the national sup championship of the UAE SUP LEAGUE. The race took place at the marina of the Abu Dhabi Yas Island Formula One Race Track. Taimeir, the race director, recounts the race.

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Pau Hana Big EZ Stand Up Paddleboard

The Pau Hana Big EZ Stand Up Paddleboard is made to float. No matter the rider's size, this thing ain't gonna sink. Thick and buoyant, the Big EZ is made for all around conditions and mediums.

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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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Outdoor Retailer Kicks Off with Open Air Demo

The Outdoor Retailer 2011 Summer Market kicks off with the Open Air Demo, supported by over 150 brands including a strong showing of stand up paddle exhibitors such as Boardworks, Rusty, Rogue and many more.

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12'6" Crossfit by Pau Hana

The 12’6” SG2 Crossfit stand up paddle (sup) board is made for high performance training in flatwater or ocean, but is also a competitive stock class raceboard with race proven results in the 2011 Battle of the Paddle in Honolulu Hawaii.

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Surf Expo to Host Early Sup Demo

Retailers will be able to meet with representatives, demo new boards, paddles and equipment at Surf Expo's Board Demo Day for Wake, Kite and SUP products exhibiting at the show.

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