Transporting your paddleboard is and important part of paddling. It’s not just strapping into your car and driving to a local river or surf spot but also how you carry it once you get there. SUP Wheels has a great solution for moving your board on locationonce it’s off the car. The SUP Wheels EVOLUTION allows you to pull your paddleboard as you walk or bike to your desired secret spot. It makes it easy to move a big bulky paddleboard without having to be physically strong to muscle it to the beach or river.
It’s large heavy duty plastic wheels and sturdy cross axle makes it strong and easy to roll over bumps, curbs for maybe your best friend taking a nap on the side of the trail.
You simply slide the tale of your board into the sup wheels and secure the rubber bungee cord around the fin. The opening is large enough for even the biggest SUP and surfboards. Then attach the included handle at the nose and run the thick strapping down the board and around the fin. This gives you a nice solid handle to carry and drag your board to the desired spot.
This is a perfect item to keep in your car and use as needed depending on the paddling location. It folds down to store relatively flat in your trunk or closet.
I wish I would’ve had this sup wheels on my Winooski river trip two years ago. We paddled 65 miles in five days but had to portage nine dams. The worst was 4 damn in one day through the Vermont State Capital, Montpelier. The longest of the portages was at the Bolton Dam where it would have been nice to use the SUP Wheels on the 1/4 mile hike.
What I like about these SUP Wheels are that it’s lightweight yet strong plastic. It could take some abuse on the trail or river and still work no problem. Its large diameter wheels makes it easy to roll over bigger objects like rocks or logs. I also really like the strap and handle that comes with it. Much better design than some of the suction cup models on the market today.
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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!!!!!!!
If you didn’t know… today was the 2nd annual Onion River Race & Ramble held on the Winooski River in Vermont. The course started below the Bolton Dam and finished at the bridge in Richmond. This ten mile stretch is a gorgeous scenic cut through the green mountains.
The morning started out a little chilly for early June but attendance wasn’t affected from the cooler temps. Close to 90 people signed up this year to show their support and have fun at the same time which was almost double the turnout from last year. Umiak Outfitters helped out again by providing the shuttle for the eager participants. Noah from the Friends of the Winooski River led the group with a safety briefing before the heats started.
Early in the race was the biggest obstacle, a set of rapids and rock garden, that stood between the racers and the flat water below. The tricky eddy lines surprised many paddlers letting them feel the cold temperatures of the Winooski River in June. There were many safety boaters on the water to help people to shore and recover their gear.
Below the rapids lay many many miles of reasonably flat water on a normal day but today was different. A Northerly wind of 17 mph gave the paddlers a steady head wind most of the trip. At the end of the ten mile stretch you passed under the Richmond bridge and thus the finish line.
After the racers finished and pulled their boats to shore they celebrated with a feast provided by Richmond Grange and sat down to reflect on the past few hours and enjoy some much needed food.
All in all the day was beautiful, the people showed up to had fun and the Winooski River was once again conquered…at least for today.
Can flood control, renewable energy and recreation coexist at the Waterbury Reservoir?
That’s the biggest question facing state and local officials about the 850-acre reservoir, a mecca for swimmers, boaters and stand-up paddleboarders.
The question arose now because Green Mountain Power is applying to renew its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license to operate a hydroelectric plant at the dam. The license expired nearly two decades ago.
By law, the state’s Agency of Natural Resources must ensure the hydro plant meets water-quality standards set in the federal Clean Water Act, according to Jeff Crocker, a river ecologist with the agency’s watershed division.
The Main Options
1. The state would like to see the water levels at the reservoir remain relatively constant, instead of high levels in the summer and low levels in the winter.
2. Permanently lowering the reservoir to its wintertime level of 562 feet above sea level. That would shrink the reservoir’s surface area by 40 percent, essentially eliminating recreation space.
3. Lowering the water level even further, to 550 feet above sea level.
Join Friends of the Waterbury Reservoir at the Vt. Dept. of Environmental Conservation’s public information meeting on October 7, 2014, 6:30-8:30 at Thatcher Brook Primary School in Waterbury. Go to that meeting armed with reliable information, share your questions and comments about this very complex issue, and be prepared to listen to a variety of perspectives.
Submit your comments within the public comment period which ends October 21, 2014, via email to ANR.WSMDRivers@state.vt.us or letter to Jeff Crocker, VT Dept. of Environmental Conservation, 1 National Life Dr., Main 2, Montpelier, VT 05620-3522.
We have compiled a list of local Vermont shops and Guides that rent paddleboards, host free demo days and guided tours. There are many amazing river, lakes and ponds to SUP on in Vermont, and these companies will take you there!
Paddle Surf Champlain
Experience the fun and freedom of Stand Up Paddleboarding — SUP — on the Northeast’s premier mountain lake.
What’s better than taking in the spectacular Lake Champlain sunsets, gliding past lush and colorful shoreline, enjoying Green Mountain and Adirondack vistas, all while taking part in a growing new sport rooted in the Hawaiian spirit of Aloha …
Wednesday Night SUP’er Club: An everyone-welcome weekly group paddleboard tour; Departing from the Oakledge Park beach, 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday.
Family Jam! Drop-in session for kids and parents. Anything goes, including frisbees, hula hoops, paddle skis and SUP jousting. Every Friday, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Canoe, Kayak, and Stand-Up Paddleboard(SUP) Rentals & Shuttle
Daily on the hour 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Explore the scenic Lamoille River at your leisure. Our guides will shuttle you upriver, launch you with basic paddling instruction if needed, then send you on your way. Feel free to take a picnic lunch, bathing suits, fishing poles, stop on a beach or just enjoy a relaxing day on the river. Single kayaks and SUPs are $40, canoe and tandem kayaks are $70. One canoe or kayak rental is included in your Adventure Connection Package.
NEW! SUP YOGA
Wednesday, 9:30 am – 11:00 am What better way to enjoy the art of Yoga than floating on a paddleboard on a beautiful, calm, serene pond setting in the mountains of Vermont! Practice traditional poses on the water along with free time to Stand Up Paddleboard. Never tried either? No problem—this is geared toward all levels from beginners to advanced as you challenge yourself. It’s easier than you think. $40 per person.
Every Thursday evening throughout the summer, we are hosting Stand Up Paddleboard Demos on Lake Champlain from 6-8 (weather permitting)
These demos are free and open to the public – we just ask that you RSVP. I know, it sounds too good to be true – but you better believe it. Please RSVP by email to email@example.com. Sign up early as demo slots will fill up quickly.
Equipment Provided: SUP, Paddle, PFD
Location: We will meet at boat launch (please do not park in the boat launch parking lot) near the US Coast Guard Station.
Our friends over at EyeShaka Apparel sent us some sick new gear to sport and show off to the paddling community in Vermont.
We love the T-shirts and Trucker Hats!!!
They also sent us some really cool Shaka stickers which we placed in a few paddling spots around the Stowe area. Find one of them, snap a photo, send it to us and you may just win something for your participation.
“The shaka symbolizes a lifestyle and way of thinking that we as owners embrace everyday. The sign of the shaka originated from Hawaii and is universally known in the action sports world, in particular those based around the ocean. It signifies a carefree attitude, an ecstatic feeling, and a unique perspective on life.”
“But I think deep, deep down inside ingrained in everyone, the real reason we started surfing is the fun, the stoke of walking down the beach with your three bros and you come down the stairs and there’s a killer little peak down the beach and there’s no one out and you’re coming down the beach like, “Dude we’re going to score!” You surf for two hours, getting little tubes and having the best session ever and come home all sunburned and don’t have a care in the world. That’s what it’s about. That stoke.” -Rob Machado
As much as we love paddling in Vermont, occasionally we leave the state and paddle other places as well. Buck Pond is located in Vermontsville, NY which almost counts as paddling in VT. It has a similar feel to several VT lakes as well. With a ban on motorized boats, it has a serene setting to enjoy your surroundings. A portion of the lake is covered with lily pads which the loons seem to use to setup sneak attacks on the numerous fish underneath.
There is a car top put in at one end of the pond just inside Buck Pond State Park complete with a dock and a swimming area at the other end with a few small paths leading to campsites in between. The pond itself is not very big. I leisurely paddled around the edge in under an hour on a BIC 12’6 Wing Ace-Tec. I also saw some fisherman out in the middle so this could be a great spot if you’re looking to catch some fish without any wake from our gasoline using friends. A great place to paddle if you’re in the area and looking for a quick afternoon paddle.
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!