When it comes to choosing your SUP raceboard or trying to understand which class (length & type) of board will suit you best, it can be a bit overwhelming when you’re new to the sport. Our SUP race Doctor Bryce Dyer talks through the main things you need to consider when choosing the right board for you, your location and your storage needs.
Red Paddle Co Racing will be hosting the ultimate team SUP world championships on the shores of Lake Fuschl, Austria, from August 31st –2nd September 2018.
The Lakeside event will lead on from last year’s success of the Dragon World Championships held on the white sands of Carlise Bay, Barbados, and will see teams of all abilities, from all over the world battling it out to be crowned the 2018 victors.
The Dragon World Championships 2018 promises to be themost entertaining SUP event on the planet with headline partner Nike Swimjoining the ride and a totalprize package of over £7,000/$9,000 up for grabs, this event will be a true celebration of SUP and style.
Races throughout the weekend, featuring the 22ft four-person Red Dragon board, will vary in length and format, designed to not only test speed and power, but team camaraderie, coordination and determination.
Charlie Green, Head of Marketing at Red Paddle Co says:
Following a large number of Dragon races taken place this year all over the world, it’s clear that the teams who work together have the biggest advantage – an advantage which far outweighs any gender or age classification.We have team entries confirmed from around the world and although last year’s event definitely set the bar high, DWC 18 is setto be bigger, better and ultimately the most fun you’ll have on your SUP this year.”
Once again, there will be no divisions with both men, women, all ages and mixed teams competing for the title of Dragon World Champions and a chance to take home the first prize package totalling £4,000/$5,100.
The expansive prize packages include three highly desirable premium waterproof radio and Bluetooth speaker Stereo Activefrom Fusion Entertainment, limited edition Red Paddle Co gin from Scottish gin brand Daffysalong with the winning team taking home their very own 22-ft Dragon board and Carbon paddles.
To further cement the Dragon World Championships as an event for all abilities, Red Paddle Co’s sister accessories brand, Red Original, are sponsoring the Spirit of Red award, awardedto one team for their positive attitude and representing the true spirit of the DWC.
The first day of racing will be rounded off with Saturday evening’s pool party at Fuschlseebad with an exclusive appearance by DJ Richie Mack from London, (Ministry of Sound, recently opened for DJ Yoda and Norman Jay MBE) The Red Paddle Co team will also be joined by local Fuschlsee based brand Red Bull and Daffy’s Gin for a memorable sunset pool party.
Entries are still open with limited spaces still available for individual and team entries. Admissions will be closing on Sunday 26th Augustso make sure you secure your place at the Dragon World Championships 2018. https://www.dragonworldseries.com/new-products
Zane Schweitzer has always been involved in raising the awareness of plastic pollution in our oceans, and recently he was out in Indonesia with 5Gyres carrying out plastic surveys. But he still found time to catch a few waves at Desert Point!
The inflatable paddleboard is being used by hundreds of thousands of paddlers as both a first time intro board to the sport, as well as a more specialist board. They have come a long way since the early iSUPs over 10 years ago, now being stiffer and lighter than ever before. But iSUPs still aren’t good enough to replace the hard composite boards many paddlers use in the higher end of the sport.
In this video we highlight and talk about the negatives to iSUPs. What are the biggest differences between the two board constructions? As a paddler it’s important you are aware of them, and know both the strengths and weakness of iSUPs and hard composite boards, to be sure you make the right decision and buy the best board for you.
When it comes to standing up for the first time on a SUP having a few good tips as well the right kit can make all the difference between getting up and staying up, and not getting to your feet at all!
In this SUPboarder video we go over the key points you need to think about to get you successfully standing up for the first time on a SUP.
If you found this video useful remember to check the next two videos- ‘Paddling straight’ and the ‘Basic step back turn.’
Board : Quroc Crossover 10’4” x 32 watch full review here.
Paddle : Quroc 3 piece glass paddle
This video of top SUP athlete Benoit Carpentier and his family is just great. It shows how SUP really is for everyone to enjoy, and a mega SUP makes it even more accessible. Love it!
‘Watch how my family and I took on the water my aunt and uncle with their wheelchairs for an unforgettable experience on the Starboard giant Stand Up Paddle board: the18’6″ x 60″ Starship SUP is really a good way to include all.’ Benoit Carpentier
So, you’ve decided which iSUP you want to buy, but then you might have to start thinking about which construction (if there’s a choice). This is a tricky decision that many paddlers face, so in this video we take a look at one of RRD’s most popular boards – the RRD 10’4”x 34”. A great size and shape board for mid to heavier weight riders wanting to get into SUP. We take a closer look at what the differences are between these two different constructions – the RRD AirSUP in the Prime construction and the AirEVO in the EVO construction. RRD have put a lot of work into both these boards with good quality materials and design. We’ve found this board comparison/review very interesting and it really shows how you can make an iSUP stiffer with extra materials and R&D.
The most wanted SUP range of our collection. This super friendly and allround orientated type of board glides smoothly on flat water and rides effortlessly in small surf, allowing you to enter a new dimension of excitement. Rocker and scoopline together with a perfect fin placement allow for a great experience of pleasure in an incredible variety of conditions.
Built with a new “ Sandwich Dyneema Belt “ that wraps the whole contour of the board on the deck and bottom as a stringer, the board becomes about 30% stiffer than any conventional inflatable board.
It’s the real inflatable board for everyone.
Easy to be paddled and easy to be inflated and rolled up.
Thanks to its special lightweight technology with one middle HD PVC fabric stripe to increase stifness and a lightweight dropstitch body, the EVO SUP becomes the perfect choice for the family or for any type of use, from lakes to waves!
There are so many great surfers in Australia, and we’re now seeing a good number of them add SUPs to their surf riding quiver of board sports. Looks like these SUP surfers are showing performance SUP surfing at its best out there. And really nice to see one of Australia’s early small board SUP surfers Justin Holland still charging with his powerful top turns and hacks.
Some of Australia’s best SUP surfers competed in the 2018 NSW State SUP Titles in June 2018 with 3 days of consistent swell at One Mile Beach at Nelson Bay, around 4 hours north of Sydney. Some of the big names were Kai Bates, Harry Maskell, Justin Holland, & James Casey showcasing why these boys are/were on the SUP world tour and blasting every wave and section that presented itself.
This is Part 1 as there was too much good footage to fit into one song, so stay tuned for part 2.
The speed and projection that these boys get on any sized wave is second to none, and I love competing against these guys as it always pushes my surfing and the levels seem to rise in each and every contest.
If you’re going to buy one all-round iSUP make sure it’s a good looking one! And they don’t come much better looking than this in 2018 – the Starboard Tikhine 11’2” is a stylish and yet practical iSUP. Being 11’2” x 32” it offers more glide than the shorter all-round mid 10′ iSUPs. And yet because of its 3 fixed fins its still a hard wearing board that will be perfect for family and friends to try out SUP for the first time. The shoulder carry strap makes it easy to carry even after you’ve inflated it. And one thing you can be certain is that this board will turn heads everywhere you go!
Shoulder Carry Strap making them effortless to carry to the water.
Tail carry handle. Can be converted to a paddle holder, one of many Starboard innovations.
The new Tikhine lines featuring custom artwork from Sonni Hönscheid and David Carson with 3 art options available.
11’2″ x 32″ Tikhine This great shape blends nice glide with good stability. Suitable for day trips, yoga sessions and fitness workouts. The increased waterline and higher volume makes the 11’2″ x 32″ a top Tikhine choice for riders above 100 kg.
10’2″ x 31″ Tikhine This fun compact board’s wide tail makes it easy to step back and make quick fun turns. The glide sensation of the very light hull makes it a top choice for riders below 90 kg.
Target rider: The perfect inflatable introduction for first time paddlers and riders who want style.
Key features: Built in shoulder strap, paddle holder and bungee tie-downs on the nose.
GeoSUP is a mobile app available on IOS, developed by the passionate team of SUP experts at SUPboardermag.com.Launched in 2017, GeoSUP tracks and records your paddles, and allows you to share your experiences with others in the GeoSUP community, as well as follow other peoples paddling experiences.Furthermore, all sessions are collated in a world map, so you can search locations for great paddle spots all over the world. You’ll never get bored of stand up paddleboarding when you’ve got GeoSUP!
We interviewed SUPboarder co-founder and lead on GeoSUP, Will Rogers as well as the development team, Marcus from Squareapple and Simon from Studiose, who have all been working hard behind the scenes for many years to bring GeoSUP to life.Hear what they had to say about the GeoSUP journey and what’s still to come!…
Lucy: When did the idea for GeoSUP come about?
Will: We came up with the concept in early 2011, even before we had decided to launch SUPboarder.
Lucy: Why did you want to bring GeoSUP to life? What was the vision?
Will: Simply, we wanted to help make the worlds most accessible board sport MORE accessible!! The rise of SUP got me completely inspired. I wanted to see what other people were doing, where they were exploring, what wind/tide conditions works etc…but there was very little out there to help.
We also knew that this incredible sport was going to attract many millions of people in the years to come, and for many it would be their first board sport/watersport because paddleboarding is so accessible. But even in a very simple sport, challenges exist to the newcomer e.g knowing where to go, which spots work in which wind, where to launch/park, hazards and dangers. These were all things a community of people could contribute to and share, helping others stretch their legs, get inspired and be able to SUP more!
At that time, I used Strava a lot for cycling and liked what it did, but we wanted to really develop something that included the community aspect and ‘spot finder’ which we felt would really be great for SUP particularly as a young sport with lots of newcomers entering it. We also wanted to design a tracking app specifically for the needs of SUP, not just use something designed for cycling and running.
“We wanted to show people at all levels within the sport where SUP can take them. And who’s better to do that than the paddling community?!”
Using GeoSUP you can see exactly where others are paddling near you, as well as further afield, allowing you to discover new spots at home, whilst on holiday, or on a work trip with your iSUP.You can get inspired by the feed and see people paddling some insane long distances, or short mini adventures. It can motivate you to push yourself to the next level. When I’m adventurous or push my paddling boundaries, it makes me feel really, really good. And I think the same is said for many of us. We just need to do it!
For me personally, I love all disciplines of SUP, but I’m particularly keen on SUP adventure and I was getting tired of finding new paddle spots using google maps. I wanted GeoSUP to be a tool to help me easily find an adventure.I still remember the first time it did…. I saw this session in the feed near Bath, UK and I went and did it – it was a wonderful feeling!
Lucy: GeoSUP launched in 2017, yet you came up with the concept in 2011, why did it take so long?!
Will: Back in 2011, SUP was just getting started in the UK. We had seen similar community based products available in other sports such as climbing, but these sports were way more established.A lot of discussions led us to conclude that not enough people were SUPing yet, the market wasn’t ready for GeoSUP. In the same year, the concept of SUPboarder was tabled, as it was clear that a magazine was needed to support the growth of the sport. So we went ahead and contracted with a developer to create SUPboarder.
But, we wanted to keep the idea ticking over so asked the developer to prototype GeoSUP. The first GeoSUP in 2012 was a browser based solution that we tested with friends, family and other SUPers, but it soon became clear that it needed to be app based to take advantage of the incredible technology packed into smart phones that was rapidly developing.App development was a scary and expensive prospect for us, and we parked the idea because there was no way we could fund it. Instead we focussed our efforts on establishing SUPboarder as a leading magazine.
Lucy: So what changed?
Will: We were looking for a new developer to support the growing traffic and development needs of SUPboarder. Our search led us to Squareapple who we also told about our plans for GeoSUP. When Squareapple said they also had the capability to develop apps, we were sold on developing a partnership and we quickly dusted off and updated the GeoSUP brief.
Lucy: You mentioned GeoSUP has some SUP specific features? Tell us more.
Will: As long as you have an internet connection, GeoSUP will capture wind data as it records your location. Wind is one of the biggest environmental factors when SUPing, so it’s important to capture.
“The app is 100% for paddleboarding, so the community is all passionate paddlers with one thing in common… SUP!”
Lucy: Where did the name GeoSUP come from?
Will: We took inspiration from Geocaching which is an outdoor recreational activity where participants use GPS to hide and seek containers called caches all over the world.A big part of GeoSUP is finding spots to paddle, so it seemed to fit well.
Lucy: Marcus, tell us about your involvement as lead developer.
Marcus: GeoSUP is a really exciting app to be involved with. It’s been a long journey bringing it to life, but amazing to see the app being used and submitting so many interesting sessions all over the world. We know it’s not 100% perfect yet, but we are working on improvements all the time and of course battling to keep up with mobile technology changes. I’m not a big board sports guy, but learning to SUP while we developed the app was amazing. My novice level helped us create an app that was also useful for beginners getting into the sport.
Starboard paddler Marie Buchanan Scilly Island SUP
Starboard paddler Marie Buchanan Scilly Island SUP
Starboard paddler Marie Buchanan Scilly Island SUP
Starboard paddler Marie Buchanan Scilly Island SUP
Lucy: Simon, you designed the look of the app and how users interact with it. What was the goal from a design point of view?
Simon: Studiose was approached to design the user interface for GeoSUP and I started paddleboarding while we were working on the project. I’m now a regular paddler with my wife and children, and we’re looking at buying our second board now! Being ‘easy-to-use’ was critical in the design of the app as it would firstly be used before getting on the water with cumbersome kit. We made it quick to start recording a session by making the ’START’ button the first thing the user sees after opening the app. We designed a simple, yet bold UI that’s responsive to operate while on the water with the phone protected inside a waterproof case. Users can quickly view and share their SUP session data for all to see and enjoy, and to become part of a global community – which is ultimately the overall goal for GEOSUP.
Lucy: So Will, who is GeoSUP best suited for?
Will: GeoSUP is a great tool for anyone who’s into SUP.Its packed full of features to help you get more from your paddleboarding…..Record and track your progression, find and follow friends, see what others are doing on their SUPs, find new spots, see how you rank against others, promote your SUP business, promote yourself as a SUP athlete… The list goes on!
Over the last 18 months we’ve learnt a lot from the users and we’ve plans for loads more developments and improvements.
Lucy: Go on, tell us more about what’s next for GeoSUP?!
Will: We are hoping to start development for android very soon, as there’s a lot of demand for it now.We will also make some improvements to app stability and add some new features to improve the experience. There’s also demand for smart/gps watch integration/syncing particularly from the racing community.We are also looking into that but a lot of SUPers who really benefit from GeoSUP don’t have this type of technology and like to paddle with their phone from a safety point of view. More phones are waterproof now as well, so there’s less and less barrier to having it on the water with you.
We will also see elements of GeoSUP integrated into the next generation SUPboarder website that will launch this autumn – when we survey our readers one of the biggest requests is tips on places to SUP, and GeoSUP helps with just that. SUPboarder reviews, comparisons and head to head board tests will also use GeoSUP more and more going forward.Real data is very useful to support these reviews and tests, and recording them on GeoSUP keeps everything transparent so the consumer can see exactly how the kit performs.
“GeoSUP is still very much developing with lots of exciting new features and improvements planned. The GeoSUP adventure has only just started! Watch this space!”
In this SUPboarder review we look at the Riber 290, the smallest inflatable SUP in the Riber range and the cheapest too. At £289 you get alot of board for your money, but this board will not suit everyone. The Riber 290 is definitely a board for the lighter riders – sub 75kg. Being a relatively narrow board at 27.5” wide it offers lighter paddlers a board that glides well on the water. Riber also do a Unicorn and Jolly Roger edition in the same size for the kids.
When we see Top SUP racers competing in events all over the world, many of us forget about all the prep they have to do before a race. The travelling and kit prep can be tiring enough without making sure your body and mind are race fit too.
But the results are worth it. Great to see Mo Freitas taking some great downwind glides in the Molokai 2 Oahu 2018 race event.