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Gear Spotlight: Otentik Sunshade

We meet up with Ella at Surf Expo this year and got to talking. She was working the Otentik booth with a really cool product. The Otentik Sunshade is a simple, lightweight and quick way to get out of the sun while enjoying the outdoors. I instantly thought of 100s of different occasions I could have used this sunshade while camping, paddling, relaxing at the beach or just in the backyard around the pool.


Otentik is a young Israeli start up, specializing in developing innovative lifestyle solutions. One of our recent and most useful products we have come up with is Otentik’s Sunshade. The product was released in2011, with great success around the world. No doubt the best solution for the beach: fast and easy to set up, lightweight and the most efficient protection from the sun.

Otentik Sunshade beach 1

The Idea to develop Otentik occurred to us when we saw Parasol flying away on a windy afternoon at the beach. It took two years and several prototypes to find the ideal solution. The Otentik Sunshade’s user friendly design employs sand bags instead of stakes and can be used on any terrain. The sunshade is available in different colors, is light weight and easy to carry.

Otentik Sunshade river

The ease of use and versatility of this product lead to the development of the brand, Otentik. The Sunshade, and Otentik lifestyle, goes with us practically everywhere. It is a must have product for all the outdoors lovers. CLICK HERE to visit their website and read all about Otentik.

Otentik Sunshade sand bags

Otentik Sunshade easy set up

Gear Spotlight: La Siesta Hammocks at Surf Expo 2015

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 Booth Surf Expo Jan 2015

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.

IMG_6098 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-styles

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 cool photos of you relaxing in your La Siesta Hammock? Share them with us and we’ll feature it on our Facebook page. vermontsup@gmail.com

Gear Spotlight: Bounce SUP at Surf Expo 2015

Have you heard of Bounce SUP?… Well if not then listen up!

Bounce SUP Boards
Bounce SUP booth at Surf Expo 2015

Erin from Vermont SUP was lucky enough to catch up with the Bounce crew at Surf Expo 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Bounce SUP Team Surf Expo 2015
The Bounce crew at Surf Expo 2015

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.

Bounce SUP baseball bat test
Bat test at Surf Expo 2015

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

bounce SUP building
Photo from Bounce SUP Facebook page

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.

Erin in the Demo Pool with her new Bounce SUP
Erin in the Demo Pool with her new Bounce SUP

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.


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


Sunrise orlando florida surf expo 2014
© 2014 – JTJPhotography.com

Last week Orlando, FL grew even bigger as the 2014 Surf Expo came to town. This huge vendor show is held twice a year at the Orange County Convention Center with all aspects of the summer action sports scene present like Surf, Wake, Kite, Apparel, Fashion, Resorts, Boats and of course SUP.

torch paddles crew
© 2014 – JTJPhotography.com

I was lucky enough to connect up with the guys from Torch Paddles to talk about their vision & passion for paddling. David Swanson, Buck Bailey, Johnny Quintana and Creighton Baird were stoked to talk a little bit about the new Torch Paddles for SUPs and Canoes.

Torch Paddles are based out of Salt Lake City, UT where they work hard to make unique and functional products. Buck Bailey continues saying “Our manufacturers are based out of Salt Lake City, UT so it makes it really convenient for us to work with them on our current paddle line as well as new products for the future.” 

torch paddle night sup
Source: www.torchpaddles.com

Where is the one place you would want to go with the Torch to paddle and When?

“If we could go and paddle anywhere in the world it would have to be one of the bioluminescent bays out in the Bahamas & Caribbean. We’ve been wanting to do that for 2 years now. You asked me when I want to do it…next week, we leave on Monday. I wish the cruise was already booked. – Creighton

What’s the coolest place you’ve paddle with the Torch?

“Ohhhh, I’m not sure I’m allowed to say it…but…um…we were at [the] Crater Lake area, it’s a 2,000 ft deep lake with some of the clearest water I’ve ever seen.  You could see about 60 feet down with our paddles, so that was pretty awesome. ” – Buck

torch paddles sup vermont crater lake
Source: www.torchpaddles.com

“My favorite place to paddle with the Torch is honestly anywhere within 10 minutes of my house. You get home from work and the lake or river is right there. It’s just something fun and relaxing that you can do into the night.”  – Creighton  

Why a Torch Paddle over a regular paddle?

“A lot of people out there paddleboarding and more people are beginning to go out night paddling. Going night paddling with the Torch just makes sense. It lights up everything underneath you, the rivers, the fish, the coral. Anything underneath your board, you can see. It makes for a fun and unforgettable experience.” – Creighton

torch paddles led under water
Source: www.torchpaddles.com

What does have Torch Paddles have in store for the future?

“This type of paddle is new to the industry and hasn’t really existed before the Torch. Now we just need to get more people out there paddling so more people see it, to cause more intrigue. As for the future…. I wish I could tell you what’s next with Torch and our products. We have some big ideas in the works, but you’ll just have to wait patiently like everyone else, Ha Ha” – Creighton 

torch paddles 24 hours
Source: www.torchpaddles.com

After broswing their website I found out they started Torch Treasure. I love this idea! Its simple…

  1. Paddle around with the Torch
  2. Search for the treasure hidden all around the West
  3. Find the loot and celebrate!!!

Click Here to visit the Torch Treasure website and start your treasure hunt.

torch treasure 2
Source: www.torchpaddles.com