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If you missed it, Vermont had a living legend from the outdoor sports industry visit our beautiful state this week. Chuck Patterson enjoyed a paddle from Shelburne Bay to Burlington visiting Juniper Island along the way.
We connected up with him at Perkins Pier where he talked about his experiences and tips and tricks to make us more efficient paddlers. WND & WVS, the local paddle shop in Burlington, setup the whole event and their staff was on hand with the Naish and Starboard SUP fleets for us to demo.
It was such a great time and with a 50% chance of thunderstorms that never came it turned out to be a beautiful afternoon and sunset. Come back again soon Chuck!!!!!!!
Last month at Surf Expo I caught up with Jessica Leasure, a sales manager for La Siesta, and she showed me their line up of hammocks, chairs and accessories.
LA SIESTA is a leader in south-american hammocks and hammock chairs. Made by hand in Colombia, Mexico and Brazil, the LA SIESTA brands and products are a gauge of quality and authenticity.
LA SIESTA has offices in Miami, Spain and Germany. It has specialised in the development, marketing and distribution of hammocks and hammock chairs since 1991. It was founded by Dorothee and Alexander Grisar and focuses on offering the best quality hammocks and hammock chairs while holding the highest standard in the respect of nature, environment and human interaction.
Their product offerings are quite extensive and they have many different styles to choose from including the traditional hammock, a hammock with wood spreader bars, a lightweight travel/packable hammock and many accessories.
La Siesta also has many products for kids & babies including smaller hammocks & chairs, a cool raindrop design hanging nests and an infant style hammock.
Check out this cool video of the Travel Hammock being setup all around the world.
Visit their website to see all their products and colors.
Have you heard of Bounce SUP?… Well if not then listen up!
James, Ty and the crew talked with us about their new board design incorporating a Hollow Thermal Composite Technology or H-TCT. We asked Ty, Why he came to Bounce after working for some of the top board company in the industry? and he replied:
“Bounce made a board for Surftech when I was there as a sales manager called the B-1 that was originally a 10’6″ and it was the most durable thing that we had ever seen. There are roto-molded products out there and a bunch of other things but this is something that’s patented and I really truly believe in, This is something completely different that is really revolutionized board construction. Its made in the USA and is really a no brainer for me.”
James goes onto say that,
“It’s really exciting because Bounce has a technology that no one else has. You go around in this industry and there’s many marketing stories that they try to differentiate like shapes, designs, patterns, deck pads and whatever but for board technologies this is a truly unique composite not only in the Stand-Up Paddleboard industry but with composites in general. What’s different is that we’re replacing the epoxy resin with a thermo plastic resin, in this case polypropylene. It gives us the best of both worlds. We have a true composite board, woven fiberglass with extra material in the areas you need more strength but with that different resin it elongates When you hit a resin board it cracks. When you hit our board the resin expands and allows the fiberglass fibers to do what their truly supposed to do.
What type of paddling does the Bounce SUP boards fall in?
“We’re not the race guys, We’re not the Surf guys. Those markets are extremely saturated but the Bounce SUP board are great for the rental markets, fleet markets, the everyday household board, the fun board or the board you dont mind your kids touching. We believe we have a unique solution that does an amazing job but dont just talk to me get out there and talk to one of our customers.” – James
You said you guys are based out of the USA?
“Manufactured 100% in Oceanside California, so we build every single board by hand that has ever touched the water.” -James
Erin liked this board so much she is now the proud owner of her very own Super Cruiser Touring model with the H-TCT technology.
The 7th annual Battle of the Paddle starts up today at it’s new location, Salt Creek Beach. It’s one of the biggest SUP races out there with lots of things happening throughout the day.
With 4′-5′ surf predicted for the weekend, today’s Elite Race will be thrilling to watch as they battle their way through the surf zone during 4 separate laps. Relax and listen to music throughout the day while checking out the grand Expo in your spare time.
If today wasn’t enough SUP fun, stick around for a second day that will host the Distance races and kids races with some more great music. If you’re in the area and Love to SUP, this is the place to be!
2014 Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle is proudly sponsored by: Kona Brewing Company, Riviera PaddleSurf, Dana Point Resorts, Go Pro, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Tommy Bahama, Patagonia, Hobie Surf Shop, Duke’s Restaurant, Northern Trust, City of Dana Point, Waikoko, Kind Bar, and Flips.
An annual cleanup of the Winooski River is underway. Approximately 200 volunteers will cleanup the river throughout the week. They will pile trash into 10 canoes and haul it up the banks into a waiting pickup truck. In years past they have removed several large objects including a XXL tractor tire and a water heater.
They started yesterday just upriver of Waterbury, VT and are headed downstream a little bit at a time. They may not be on SUPs, but they are working towards making our rivers more beautiful for everyone to enjoy. This event is a collaborative effort by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, American Rivers and Umiak Outfitters.
If you see them out there this week, show your support by honking at them! They are out there working very hard!
Did you have a blast at the 2014 Vermont Paddleboard Festival?Are you looking for another great SUP event in Vermont? Don’t miss out on Stand Up For The Lake in Burlington, VT. The event is in partnership with the 2014 Maritime Festival. There will be music, food, demos, clinics and races! It promises to be a good time with lots of SUPers!
Add August 9th to your calendars so you don’t miss the fun!