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New! Bounce SUP boards

I saw this company at Surf Expo in September. This is the company that built my Surftech B-1 Flowmaster as a private label board. I love the construction of my board with Bounce’s very own patented Bounce Technology. It looks great as well as performing well too.

Super Cruiser

I was finally able to jump on one of their boards at Charles River Canoe & Kayak in Newton, MA. Their 11’4 Super Cruiser behaved just as I had hoped, wonderful. They offer this board in two models. The original model made with their Thermal Composite Technology (TCT). TCT has basically replaced the epoxy in a standard fiberglass board with plastic. This allows the board to give a little (or bounce) when you run into something instead of cracking and destroying your board. The newest model has the same great shape and technology but is made without the foam core. Since the board is hollow, its lighter but just as durable.

Multi-Purpose
Multi-Purpose

If the displacement hull of the Super Cruiser isn’t your style, check out their new Multi-Purpose. It comes with the same TCT construction as the Super cruiser but is more versatile. It comes in a 11′ and 10’6″ model and is great for surfing, yoga, whitewater and everything else.

If the TCT technology isn’t enough to make you want one, the fact that their boards are designed and made in the USA is a huge selling point.  Way to go Bounce SUP for bringing SUP construction to the next level, in our own backyard.

Bounce SUP

Wheelchair Paddleboarding

California surfer Kawika Watts created the “on-it” ability board, which allows those in wheelchairs the freedom to stand-up paddleboard, even offering free lessons for the board to anyone who wants them. NBC’s Hallie Jackson reports. 

Check out their site here: http://www.onitabilityboards.org/

Standup Journal

This brings an exciting new opportunity for wheelchair bound sports enthusiasts. Everyone should have the chance to get out on the water and enjoy the sport that we all love so much!

 

GEAR SPOTLIGHT: “Choke Hold” Extended Ergo Bump Paddle Handle

Riviera Choke Hold The After Market “CHOKE HOLD”  Extended Ergo Bump Paddle Handle is great for those who like to choke down on the paddle in sprints or into the wind for added torque in your stroke.  The “Choke Hold” is easily added to your existing paddle…  Because the choke hold paddle handle is longer than a typical handle you can cut below your existing handle and add the new Choke without having to shorten your overall paddle length. – Riviera Paddle Surf

This new handle will be great for paddlers taking the sport to the extremes. When I’m out paddling as a relaxing afternoon activity I tend to keep my hand on top of the handle, so this wouldn’t be very useful. When I’m out paddling in whitewater or racing giving it my all, this could make a big difference in comfort. The bumps in this handle will allow your hands to find a naturally comfortable position on the paddle and keep it there. This is not an essential piece of gear, but it sure would be nice for paddlers who spend all their free time on the water.

“It is super useful for short sprints to buoys, for upwind, for the starts and coming into the finish line.” – Connor Baxter

Gear Spotlight: BOTE’s Rackham

BOTE just released this brand new board at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City last week. They are really pushing the market with what accessories a SUP board can offer.

Combining our best selling 12′ HD with the advanced features of our 14′ Ahab, the 12′ Rackham is the most versatile paddle board we have ever offered. Featuring displacement hull technology, the Rackham paddles effortlessly. The recessed standing platform and thick bow keep the paddler and gear high and dry…And speaking of gear, the Rackham sports a capacity of near 400 pounds. Stow your paddle in the Paddlesheath®, your fishing rods and tackle in the Tackle Rac®, and stake out via two thru holes–One of which is Power Pole® Micro compatible. -BOTE

The Rackham will be available in four different editions: Classic, Native, Realtree and Bug Slinger. This will be a great board for piling all your gear on and going out for an adventure.

 

2015 Rackham board colors

The greatest feature on the board is the Paddle Sheath. I’m hoping this little feature will  be on many boards in the future. It appears to be a quick easy and way to store your paddle while you do something else. It can be a real struggle to figure out where to put your paddle so it doesn’t float away while you’re resting. As long as this feature works as well as they are advertising, its going to change what we look for in a board.

BOTE Paddle Sheath

Stand Up For the Lake

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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!

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