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Gear Review: SUSTAINABLE ACTIVEWEAR FOR SUP WOMEN

As paddlers and active outdoors women, it’s important we have the activewear that allows us to perform at our best.

But it’s also important that the activewear we purchase is produced responsibly to avoid inadvertently harming the environment that gives us so much. With endless activewear brands offering the latest and greatest in textile technology, we figured we’d take a look at the companies that are taking the extra steps to create products that are seriously sustainable as well as stylish or cutting-edge.—Shari Coble

prAna Sabin TBack Top1 activewear

prAna Sabin T-Back Top
Designers at prAna updated the Sabin T-Back Top, but fear not, it still features the same lightweight, quick-drying and shape-retaining performance “Chakara” fabric, which is unique to the brand. The top’s gathered front and ventilated racerback allow for extra comfort while you’re working it, and the built-in shelf bra with removable cups give the option for more or less fitted support. You’ll be doing something good for your performance and for the planet when wearing prAna, as they’re a Bluesign Certified brand, which means that the company is held to the textile industry’s highest standards for environmental health and safety, as well as chemical management.
$65, prana.com

Jala SUP Yoga Legging activewear

Jala SUP Yoga Legging
Whether you’re practicing SUP yoga or paddle surfing, these extra long leggings will protect you from the elements while also keeping your style in check. Constructed from eco-friendly, quick-drying fabric with UPF50+, the leggings are long enough to wear over the heels or to bunch around the ankle. Four-way stretch material helps you stay comfortable and makes for a perfect fit on your backside. With a name like “Jala,” which means “sacred waters of life” in Sanskrit, we can’t help but think this brand speaks directly to SUP ladies.
$76, jalaclothing.com

Cozy Orange Vesta Jacket activewear

Cozy Orange Vesta Jacket
Designed for function, the Vesta Jacket provides support and compression without sacrificing breathability or comfort. Created from Cozy Orange’s own Revive Eco Lux—a recycled polyester and lycra blend—this jacket has pilling resistance and stretch for added comfort to the already super soft material. The fitted waist and the chafe-free side seams flatter all body shapes, while also adding a little flair. Thumb holes in the sleeves allow for extra coverage when your hands are chilly, and the zipper pockets keep your accessories safe while providing easy-access. And, the company takes their sustainability practices super seriously by continuously going under evaluation by sustainability teams to ensure their production process is truly eco-friendly.
$78, cozyorange.com

Patagonia Active Mesh Bra Howling Turquoise activewear

Patagonia Women’s Active Mesh Bra
If you’ve never had a seamless bra, this one by Patagonia is the one to try for a chafe-free future. Redesigned from its original, now a few generations ago, the Active Mesh Bra is a v-back and offers moderate support while staying flexible enough to move with you. Wide reinforced straps help keep everything in place without digging into your skin or obstructing movement. The recycled polyester, nylon and spandex jersey blend is double-layered and moisture-wicking, while that annoying clothes tag that usually needs to be cut out of the back can be easily torn out so you stay scratch- and itch-free. The sizing on this item tends to run small, so we suggest trying one on in-store, or, ordering a size up.
$39, patagonia.com

Threads for Thought Zabrina Long Sleeve activewear

Threads for Thought Zabrina Long Sleeve Tee
Threads for Thought came to creation on the notion that apparel should be more sustainable and they’ve carried that concept as they’ve grown from graphic tees to a full apparel line that even offers activewear, like this performance long-sleeve tee. Lightweight, with moisture-wicking fabric the scoop neck top is fabricated with a recycled polyester-spandex and features a laser-cut detail on the center back for a stylish touch and extra breathability.
$55, threadsforthought.com

Alternative Apparel Eco Jersey Joggers activewear

Alternative Apparel Eco-Jersey Jogger Pants
Once you put these joggers on, you won’t want to take them off. Constructed from Alternative Apparel’s eco-jersey fabric—a blend of polyester, cotton, and rayon—the material on these is dyed with completely non-toxic, chemical-free dyes and feels extra good against your skin. Side stripes add some detail to the outer leg, and a back right pocket keeps you from having to carry your junk. Oh, and we forgot to mention that the Alternative Apparel is a Certified Green Business, as designated by Los Angeles.
$52, alternativeapparel.com

Teeki Mermaid Fairyqueen Teal Tank activewear

Teeki Mermaid FairyQueen Tank
Channel the waterwoman goddess within while you sport this trippy tank by Teeki, which features a mystical mermaid scale pattern. The high neck top is a shorter cut (you’ll most likely show some belly in it) and lining-free to stay lightweight, while the breathable, stretchy material makes you feel like you’re not wearing anything. Teeki’s entire line is made from recycled or sustainable materials, which we think is crazy cool—just like their apparel.
$38, teeki.com

The OM Collection H2OM Capris activewear

The OM Collection H2OM Capri Leggings in Sri Yantra
Designed specifically for SUP women, the H2OM Capris feature a unique pattern of the sacred Sri Yantra mandala over an image of the ocean, designed by artist and outdoors lover Marisa Aragon Ware. Constructed of recycled polyester and lycra, these capris will take you from land to sea as they’re quick-drying and stay in place when wet. The material is a medium-thickness, offering extra support and coverage, while keeping you as comfortable as these are funky.
$79, theomcollection.com

FIRST TO CIRCUMNAVIGATE LAKE SUPERIOR ON A SUP

DULUTH, Minnesota – 23 year-old Jared Munch isn’t your average college student. Rather than living carefree and with no responsibilities Jared wanted to experience more. A couple of years ago, Jared decided and committed to circumnavigate Lake Superior by SUP and after two long years of preparations he was the first person ever to do so. The journey covered 1350 miles over 46 days on the lake and was largely a solo and unsupported expedition. To learn more about his expedition over the summer we caught up with Jared to talk about what his experience was like out on the water. Take a look:

Lake Superior is quite the task, what was your motivation in doing this extensive paddle?

I had originally been looking at a study abroad option in Patagonia that was designed specifically for whitewater kayakers. It looked awesome, but it was expensive and wasn’t going to help me with my major (civil engineering). I started looking for other ways to broaden my paddling experience and the idea came to me as soon as I looked out my dormitory window. I remember thinking “Why am I trying to travel hallway around the world to have a cool adventure when I have THAT right in my backyard?” At first I thought paddling around Lake Superior was just a crazy idea. It had never been done before on a SUP. I at least took the dignity of writing the idea on a whiteboard for further considerations. After a month of staring at the whiteboard, I knew that it had to be done. This all occurred almost two years before I actually departed.

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Views of Lake Superior as seen by Jared Munch. | Photos Courtesy: Jared Munch & SUP Connect
Did you train for this beforehand? What was your training schedule like?

Training? No. That’s for people with time and money haha. My “training” consisted of me frantically scrambling between school and work for the two semesters leading into the summer. I was working anywhere from 30-50 hours a week on top of being a full time college student just to fund my summer adventure. Physically, I wasn’t in tip top shape when I started. I was over prepared mentally though. I spent a lot of time in class 5 whitewater and surfing Lake Superior. I was totally comfortable being out there in some big water. In addition, I had gotten pretty good at making use of little supplies, and just being miserable in general over the last year during my “training”.

How long did it take you?

It depends on how you look at it. To me, it took me two years on planning and squirrelling away money to pull it off. My total number of days actually paddling around the lake was only 46. I left in early May, then returned to Duluth for two weeks to teach whitewater classes and raise more money for the rest of summer. I left again in June and got back at the end of July.

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It wasn’t all easy paddling on Munch’s 46-day expedition. | Photo Courtesy: Jared Munch & SUP Connect
How far on average would you paddle each day?

Over the summer, including my days off for waiting out the weather, I averaged just under 30 miles/day. My biggest day was 52 miles.

Was your adventure supported or unsupported?

Out of the 1350 miles, 1150 were solo. The other 200 miles were in the company of my dad, brother, and friends. I carried all of my food and gear on the board. I shipped resupplies of food to myself at 150-200 mile intervals.

What gear did you take with you?
  • Board: C4 Waterman Wai Nui
  • Paddles: C4 Waterman Carbon X-Wing, Two-piece sea kayak paddle for heavy headwinds, and a flatwater canoe paddle for beam winds
  • Clothing: NRS farmer John Wetsuit, 7mm booties, semi-dri wear, down jacket, camp clothing
  • Food: Lots of dehydrated food from Camp Chow and lots of Cliff Bars
  • Tent: MSR Carbon reflex
  • Stove: MSR pocket Rocket
  • Others: dry bags, GoPro, first aid kit, small sail for emergency use only, compass, gps, sleeping pad, and my trusty Pillow Pet
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Gear Shots. | Photos Courtesy: Jared Munch & SUP Connect
Hardships?

Dealing with the wind was a huge thing for me. Keeping a 14’ board tracking well in a strong beam wind is one thing, but put a bunch of camping gear on it and you will have a much larger problem. Hunger was also a big thing for me. I had no possible way of eating as many calories as I was burning. I lost 15 pounds in the first three weeks. The remoteness was difficult at times, but I mostly enjoyed the thrill of having only myself for any type of support.

Biggest thing you learned after going on this adventure?

Paddling flatwater all day isn’t very fun. You start to hope for some storms and nasty weather just for an ounce of excitement.

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Munch getting the nasty weather that he had hoped for. | Photo Courtesy: Jared Munch & SUP Connect
Would you consider doing it again?

The exact same trip? No. A circumnavigation of the lake was a one and done thing for me. I would feel weird doing it again. There’s kind of a spiritual thing about the lake to me. The memories from the trip are so vivid in my mind that I don’t want to relive them or change anything about them. I’m sure I’ll paddle parts of the shoreline again, or tour to some of the more remote surf breaks that I found, but I will not do another full circle continuously.

Do you have any other SUP adventures planned in the future?

Yes I do. Next spring I will be completing the first descent of the Steel River of Norther Ontario. We’re going to hit it as the snow is melting, which means living in a drysuit for a week and paddling lots of whitewater with camping gear on the board. Very little about the trip will be easy, but that’s what makes it an expedition.

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Munch enjoying his solo time on his 46-day expedition of Lake Superior. | Photos Courtesy: Jared Munch & SUp Connect

We look forward to seeing a lot more expeditions from this young talent and we wish him the best of luck in his endeavors. To see a sneak peak at the documentary that Jared is editing check out the video preview below!

A SUPerior Adventure Teaser from Jared Munch on Vimeo.

Stand Up for Patagonia!

Aussie Chris Theobald is a stand up paddleboarder, mountain guide and journalist in the Torres del Paine, Chile, Patagonia. Driven by a desire to paddle in incredible places Chris left behind his beautiful home, headed to Santiago to buy a board and then set off on a glacial ice SUP adventure.

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This incredible SUP Patagonia experience is shared with us thanks to the mind blowing photography by Marcel Urbina Tarifeño. And with an important environmental message, to ensure we sustain such beautiful environments to paddle in. Chris tells his SUP story…

CLICK HERE for the rest of the story.

2014 Battle of the Paddle Begins!

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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