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  • Stuart Murray
    Is it possible that men are actually holding women back ???
    Stuart Murray

    Nice Alex and a good reminder for all that we make this what it is and what it can be.

  • Donna Riley
    Boardworks SHUBU vs NRS Big Earl
    Alex Mauer

    Both boards will float you just fine! That being said everything these days is going to 6 inch thick. Go with the Earl 6 or check out the Hala Nass from Halagear.com! The Hala is a great board for lakes, rivers an ever surfs ocean bumps well! I have used tht board in all conditions it's 12'6x31x6 that would be the perfect board!

  • Pahoku Brian
    Numb Feet
    Bruce Wood

    I have had this issue and now I use the VentureGlide whenever I need to rest my numb feet, Check out www.Ventureglide.com I now can paddle long distance without the problem.

  • Evelyn O'Doherty
    Hand calluses
    Evelyn O'Doherty

    Hi Janet, I have a hand grip on the paddle to keep it from slipping. I think I'll have to try going back to gloves (which I used to wear but got out of the habit). Cream doesn't even BEGIN to penetrate these babies which are raised and hard. Maybe a parafin treatment for the hands?? Seems extreme. I'll let you know if I discover the miracle cure!

  • scott sawyer
    Grand Canyon
    Alex Mauer

    Scott, contact the rafting company and see if they will let you go along on a SUP!

  • scott sawyer
    San Diego
    Tony

    Whenever I can; but not as much as I would like. They're "good people" and very welcoming.

  • Kasey Benchimol
    SUP Therapy
    Bob Babcock

    SUP is an extraordinary platform for therapy of many kinds. I started SUP as balance therapy in 2007. I was diagnosed with a Vestibular Schwannoma in 2003, had radiation to kill the tumor in 2004. After that I experienced a lot of problems. Dizziness, loss of balance was the worst, occasional falls and often unable to drive. It was a downward spiral for a few years, putting on weight, lack of exercise...not fun. Then in 2007 my brother gave me a board as a gift to use for potential therapy. I thought he was nuts since typical vestibular therapy hadn't done much for me. It took a long while before I could stand without falling for more than a few minutes and I was on a pretty stable board...Starboard 12-6 cruiser. I finally started seeing real improvement in about 3 months, at 6 months I was surfing. The change was drammatic enough to allow me to co-found the Cape Cod Bay Challenge. In August of 2008 8 of us ( including my brother Bill and best friend Mike and co-founder) made the first crossing of the bay...28 miles. In the process of training for the event I lost 50 lbs, added muscle, and truthfully started a new chapter in my life. The 5th Anniversary Cape Cod bay Challenge was this year...(there was 80 of us this year)....to date we have raised close to $400,000 for Christopher's Haven in Boston. An amazing charity that provides housing and support to kids and their parents that come to Mass General Hospital for cancer treatment...primarily because of the proton beam radiation available here...same treatment I had in 2004. I have a particular theory in regards to why SUP is so effective as vestibular therapy. The broad flat horizon coupled with pushing yourself to balance on a board really focuses on transitioning the vestibular systems to be more reliant on vision and the feedback for propreoception is second to none. Taken together it works wonders. It brought back normal. I know the visual component is critical...on very foggy days I still struggle when the sky and ocean are one flat gray color. 6 years ago i was overweight, balance challenged and in a downward spiral. Today I'm in better shape than I have been in years, have made many great new friends, helped in a small way to change the lives of some kids with cancer and their folks, had some truly amazing experiences, and gotten to really know and my older brother who moved away when I was 7 (47 years ago). Strange to think that a brain tumor could be a good thing in your life but it was in mine because it caused my intro to SUP. I also brought my boards to a Waves for the Brave event and they are the perfect answer to getting disabled vets onto waves. The stability and size makes it much easier for the vets to enjoy the water. Seeing a young vet that lost his arm from the shoulder down catch a wave and ride it to the beach with a grin that went on forever provides therapy not just for him but for anyone within view. You wear your own smile for days.

  • Libby Eaton
    New to Paddleboarding
    Ryan

    Libby, Try your local surf/SUP shop. They may be able to work with you on a trade in for a new board if you don't want to deal with craigslist or forums. Plus they'll be able to tell you about demo days, and places to offer rentals, so that you can try a few different shapes and sizes before you make a decision. The brand is really more of a personal preference. The real thing you need to look for is board volume. The wider and deeper the board the more side to side stability it'll have. 10'6" should be a pretty good length, and I'd recommend a width of 30"+ for what you're looking to do. Also that flat bottom surf board style board will help keep you nice and stable for yoga. Plus they'll turn in tighter areas easier. Remember though the more time you spend on any board the more comfortable you'll get and the more stable you'll be. I use a similar board to your Ohana and can hold most yoga poses pretty well on it (my flexibility limits me more than the board). I'm also on the water at least 5 days a week though. The nice thing about a "race" board is that it glides really well. So if you want to do some long distance paddling it'll be a lot easier on you.

  • Susan Simmons
    Doggie on board
    Ryan

    Hey Susan, not sure where you're taking off from, but if you can try beaching your board. That's how I usually start when I take my Black Lab out. This way he can just walk onto the board and I'll have him sit. Then I'll push off and hop on. You may also want to try paddling on your knees until you both are comfortable on the board together. It took a time or two until we were both able to stand up together, but once you guys are both comfortable you'll have a great time together.

  • Kasey Benchimol
    Locking up my SUP
    Kasey Benchimol

    Yeah I saw the post and actually shared it to my company's facebook page as well! It's been soo helpful and now we have docks locks in our shop!!

  • Jonette Albers
    Dillon Reservoir Wetsuit/Drysuit Requirement Review
    Josh

    Unfortunately I have no expertise here, just some real life experience paddling both in and out of wetsuits. The few times I have tried to paddle on Dillon Reservoir I have had to unzip my full suit and paddle with the top folded down for fear that my body was going to overheat. I could barely breathe! I understand that the lake can be cold, but for a few months every year the water is a great temperature. I was just out there last week and made sure I "fell off" my board multiple times just so I could get some relief and help my body cool off. Paddling flatwater is really no different than being in a kayak or a canoe on flatwater. Why do we need wetsuits on boards? I never enter the water unless I do so on purpose (which I know is not allowed, but I'm not about to die from heat exhaustion out there). I vote to let people decide for themselves which layers to wear when paddling. In the colder months, by all means a wetsuit would be nice just for the fact that the air is cold, not the water. Once you've actually learned to paddleboard (which generally takes minutes, not hours), you realize the water temperature is irrelevant because you're not going to fall in, and it's the air temperature that makes all the difference. The air temperature in a full wetsuit just makes the reservoir unpaddleable (I just made up a new word there) in the summer months, when the lake should be bustling with people!

  • Susan Simmons
    Fish Box?
    Susan Simmons

    Thanks everyone. I really appreciate these forums because I can ask or respond and not be judged!

  • Kristen
    Go Pros - where do you mount it?
    Started by Kristen 3 Replies
    Muz Adnan

    I have mine mounted at the nose of my board. I use the GoPro surf mount. Like Erin said, you could use any mounts such as surf mount, flat adhesive mount, or even a suction cup to your board. Its all about personal preference I guess. In addition, it all depends on what perspective you want. Self POV, head angle, chest angle, etc... Correct me if I'm wrong anyone...

  • Evelyn O'Doherty
    SUP ATX boards
    jeff trower

    I am very happy with my SUP ATX - I use it in the ocean and in the harbors - I bought an 11' even though at 195# I should probably be on a 12' but it works very well for me - great service - bought it as a scratch and dent from their showroom - it only has a small amount of discoloration that you wouldn't notice unless it was pointed out to you it's my first board and I will own more but all in all I am very happy with it

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  • Andreas
    Exchange Flats/Houses for Holidays !
    Started by Andreas 3 Replies
    Andreas

    Hello Everybody out there, after my fantastic holidays in New Zealand , I want to come back on this. are there any suggestions how we could get this going, Offering the flat is I think easy, we could make a catalog with questions to answer. What would you need for your decision ? Are here in this Forum enough interested Users to get this going ? Or should we do this somewhere else ? I think we just should collect a few ideas, and than start this OK Andreas

  • Erin Blunt Robbins
    Did you surf prior to SUP surfing?
    Ashley Ingram

    I learned to surf first, but never got consistent at it. When we bought our SUPs something clicked and now I am catching three times the waves as before. I always keep an eye out for those at the water level, and I tend to stay on the outside of everyone anyway.

  • James Marcus
    SUP Dogs
    Erin Blunt Robbins

    Unfortunately the blog is not coming up. Maybe give us the link?

  • Deb Wertheim
    Certification?
    Kristin Thomas

    Another one to think about is ACA's 3 day training. Just saw this posted by Jake Constable on Facebook: there will be one in RHODE ISLAND in April. " I'm pleased to announce that the Kayak Centre of Rhode Island will be hosting a Level 2 SUP ICW - April 13th - 15th. - Please Contact the ACA to register for the Class. Level 2: Essentials of SUP - Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW) - American Canoe Association www.americancanoe.org The Level 2: Essentials of SUP Instructor Certification Workshop links below are for you reference, you will receive pre-course work from the Instructor Trainer, Jimmy Blakeney prior to the workshop.

  • Evelyn O'Doherty
    Cold weather SUP ideas?
    Andreas

    Hi Evelyn, I am living close to the Alps, and recently I had to cross a little Ice-Break at the shore to go out with my SUP, My main-sport is dinghy sailing ( competetions) and I am on the water with this the whole year. The requirements regarding warm clothing, are as I found, are not so different for SUP and dinghy-sailing. actually I found it easier to stay warm on the SUP than on the Dinghy. I am wearing a Gore-Text layered dry-suit for SUP in winter, with a layer of thin Ski-Underwear underneath it and if it is below 0 (Celcius = frost ) another layer of functional ski wear (another thin layer ) , and of course a racing Life-Jacket obove it, this set-up keeps me warm and transports the sweat away from the skin, because this is the main thing you want to avoid, getting to warm and sweating a lot than getting wet and very cold. The disadvantage of this set up is, that the relativly stiff dry-suit can hinder you a bit when you are trying to get ond the board, but this depends on the cut of course - friends of mine have a Neopren-Dry-Suite which is more flexible. The dry suite has water-tight socks attached to it, so it is easy to slip in and wear some ( again from Skiing) functional soks in it. I found the feeds do not get frozen that much like in sailing where you do not use them so much and the blood circulation is difficult because of the hiking-straps you are hanging in. A different thing are the fingers, but this too is even worse in sailing - if it is above frost I do not wear gloves, the blood circulation keeps my fingers warm ennough, but this can be very bad, if you are falling in the water and getting wet fingers, the wind and the temperature are stronger than the "inner oven" to keep the fingers warm. In sailing we use regulary rubber gloves for gardening, those are keeping the Wind-Chill away from the skin and still keeping the feeling for ropes and in SUP the paddle, if it is really cold have a pair of thin inner gloves for skiing - gloves underneath them, this will keep your hands warm. Take another pair of dry inner gloves out on the water, I always pt them into my dry-suit, so they stay warm and giving this "pain-relieve" if you are puttting them above your cold hands. The ears are protected with a had band, so the heat can escape over the had and minimizes sweating but still the ears will stay on their places after 2 hours of paddling in the frost. If I get a wet head, because of unplaned water encounterings :-) I again have a woolen cap under my warm dry suite which I can get out in emergancies and which will get me warm for my way home. Hope this helps a little. Best regards from snowy Europe Andreas

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