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Shark SUPs All Round 10′ x 32” / All round iSUP £625 / $829

SUPboarder reviews the 2017 Shark SUPs All Round Regular 10′. A good value entry level SUP that will suit a the first paddler want to get into SUP without spending a fortune. Following on from the other Shark SUPs boards, it comes with simple but practical bag and a two way High Pressure pump. Being 10′ long and light at 10kg the board is easy to use and turn for the whole family young and old.

Board details:
  • Length       10′
  • Width         32″
  • Thickness   6″
  • Fin set up  1 x Plastic US box centre fin 2x min side fins
  • Weight       10 kg
  • Rider size   <85kg
  • Deflection  14 mm

For more information about the 2017 Shark SUPs All Round 10′ check out the Shark SUPs website here.
Also if you want to compare the Shark SUPs Touring board with other boards on the market check out the SUPboarder equipment guide here.

It can be overwhelming deciding what type of SUP to buy especially if it’s your first SUP. All-round, race, touring, family fun, or surf? etc.. SUPboarder goes through some questions you need to ask yourself before you buy your first SUP, to help you make the right decision and the whole process a more enjoyable experience.

For more guidance remember to check out the SUPboarder Equipment Guide.

Smik SUP are a brand that have been gathering traction over the past year with more great videos coming out from the Ozzy brand led by Australian surf legend Scotty Mckercher. We have yet to get our hands on some of these boards, but if the waves they test them on have anything to go by, their shapes and performance should be right up there.

Have you had a go on a Smik or do you own one? We would love to know your thoughts.

Red Paddle Co have announced a $6,000 USD prize purse for the Dragon World Championships.

The event will be the first of its kind and the first ever dedicated, global team race event. Taking place in Carlisle Bay, Barbados on 28th – 30th October 2017 the inaugural competition will see teams of all abilities, from all over the world battling it out to be crowned the victors.
The races, which will feature the 22ft, four-person Red Dragon board are designed to test team camaraderie as much as flat out speed and power. As such, event organisers Red Paddle Co have announced that there will be no divisions with both men, women and mixed teams competing for the title of Dragon World Champions.
Brand Communications Manager George Shillito says: “The Dragon board class has always been about creating a fun and fast SUP race division for all. Having attended events all over the globe (since the launch of the Dragon last October) it is clear, that the teams who work together have the biggest advantage – an advantage which far outweighs any gender classification.”
Part of the $6000 prize purse will be allocated to the Dragon Run, a 9km downwind open water race for the more experienced paddle boarders. The Dragon Run kickstarts the two days of racing and is open to both Dragon teams and individual paddlers who will battle it out downwind to arrive at the main event site at Paddle Barbados.
“It’s incredible to be partnering such a diverse and innovative event” says Marcus Hamilton from Fusion Entertainment, “As official partner of the Championships I cannot wait to see the teams in action, it’s going to be awesome. Where better place is there to celebrate this incredible sport, crown some new World Champions and of course have a party or two?”
To further cement the Red Paddle Co Dragon World Championships as an event for all, there will be an additional Grand Prize for one lucky team chosen at random.
Entries will be closing on October 1st so make sure you secure your place at the Dragon World Championships and enter before October 1st. https://www.dragonworldseries.com/enter-now
For more information on the Dragon World Championships visit: https://www.dragonworldseries.com/dragon-world-championships


About Red Paddle Co:
Red Paddle Co is an inflatable paddle board manufacturer based in the UK which is selling its products to 58 countries worldwide. They believe that riding an inflatable paddle board shouldn’t mean you have to compromise on performance, looks or quality. Riding a Red Paddle Co board offers the ultimate in convenience while delivering an authentic experience. Find out more at www.redpaddleco.com

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Check out Sebastian Gomez’s latest SUP surfing session at Puerto Escondido, Mexico. Big drops insane barrels and a few meaty beatings! Sebastian you’re killing it.

Watching this video makes us think about how much we need a big wave SUP surf comp. Can you imagine Sebastian Gomez and some of the worlds best charging on this stuff… The live feed would be well worth it!

Voyage of Te Mana - Jess & Nick

Jess and Nick and their floating home Te Mana are back with part 2 of their adventures exploring the beautiful waters of Polynesia and the South Pacific. Having bought their boat in Tahiti they’ve been island hoping over the last few months, with SUPs onboard, recently arriving in Tonga…

Voyage of Te Mana - Jess & Nick

We’ve been floating in French Polynesia full time now for a few months. And although l’d have classified us as water babies when we were living on land (forever trying to be in or on the sea, SUPing and surfing around the waterways of Sydney and the beautiful South Coast), it’s just not the same as living constantly surrounded by ocean and its never ending motion… and of course, its never ending challenges.

And there have definitely been challenges aplenty for us with our newfound life afloat… as you would expect – having not really sailed much before we dove right into the deep end and bought ourselves a yacht in Tahiti!

“Don’t they say there’s no time like the present, and if you’re going to do it… do it properly? So we did. And we are learning… by doing… quickly!”

With it clearly not being our long engrained love of sailing that lead us here, it was more so the realisation that there’s no better way to access Polynesia’s many gems than by boat. And although space is always at a premium on a yacht, on board Te Mana (our 40 foot Beneteau Oceanis) we’ve managed to squeeze in as much of our land life’s garage contents as we could. Our arsenal of toys includes 5 surf boards, snorkelling/freediving set ups, spear guns, fishing rods, cameras and underwater housings of all shapes and sizes, and of course our SUPs. Although Nick has left his surf SUP on land (at this stage!), we’ve bought along our two favourite Red Paddle Co SUPs, as the option for below deck storage on passages (rather than strapping them on deck as with traditional SUPs) was just too good to pass up.

Aside from literally allowing us to walk on water, SUPing forms a massive part of our daily cruising life. When we’re at anchor, not only are they our method of choice for up close and personal exploration of some of the world’s most stunning tropical islands, atolls, and coral reefs, but they also provide us with fitness, transport to/from land, surfing (you’ve got to pick your wave here to ride an inflatable on!!!), skurfing, and of course just plain and simple fun and enjoyment.

Someone asked the other day if we were missing our life on land… lets just say there was no time lost in answering!

“So until that answer changes, it looks like we’ll keep floating on, SUPing, surfing and sailing our way across the Pacific.”

Jess and Nick will be sharing their sailing & SUP adventures on SUPboarder with regular blogs. But in the meantime check out their website Voyage of Te Mana. 

You can read Voyage of Te Mana #1 on SUPboarder here. 

We know there are waves in the Mediterranean, but it’s being at the right place to score them that can be the challenge! Crete get its fair share of waves and earlier this year that’s where the first ever SUP surf contest was held in Greece… the “SUP Style Challenge by Nixon”. We hear from the organisers WBSF about the first (and by the sounds of it not the last) SUP surf event to hit Greece. 

SUP surf is rather new as a sport in Greece, but growing really fast. Dave Reed, race director from the UK Pro Surf Association, joined us at this event as a Head Judge of the races. Falasarna Beach in Northern Crete, held the event on the 28th July and after a full day with waves and great performances from the athletes, these were the final 4 winners:

1st FERBUS YORGOS
2nd FARSARIS MIKHALIS
3rd KALATZAKIS NIKOS
4th KARAISKOS THANOS

The video shows pretty much what happened that day and proves that Greece can provide the right wave conditions, along with good action from the riders and of course the worldwide known Cretan hospitality.

The event was supported by the local authorities in the Region of Crete. This was the first SUP Surf event and will definitely not be the last.

It looks like a really well run event from start to finish. So if you want a SUP trip away with a competition too, Greece is the place to head. 

When it comes to SUP racing knowing how hard to paddle and for how long can be a really tricky thing to work out. For most of the race you should be paddling at a general race pace… but what is your general race pace and how do you keep it up? These are questions all levels of racers should try and answer before entering a race. In this SUP race video Ben Fisher gives us some of his general race pace tips and tricks to get you paddling harder for longer and keeping a happy general race pace.

Bravo 20 Electric pump / RRP €250

We all love an electric SUP pump… but there are electric SUP pumps and then there’s the Bravo 20 Electric SUP pump! We have been very impressed how the pump works and looks. Loads of charging adaptors for 110v – 230v and the ability to run it off and charge it from a car as well. The battery life is long, allowing us to pump almost 8 x 200L surf iSUP boards on one charge.

Bravo 20 Electric pump

  • Capacity             125L a min
  • Max psi              22psi
  • Weight               3.5kg
  • Time                  3:30sec

Note from Bravo about about the cigarette lighter charger:
This is not just to recharge the battery, when the battery is full or half (and you see it from the colour led on the gauge, green or orange), you can also use the pump directly connected to the car lighter (pump will take part of the energy from the internal battery and part from the car)
When the battery is down (red) then you can charge with the 12v cigarette lighter plug

Check out the Scoprega / Bravo website www.scoprega.it for more information and where to get hold of this electric pump. 

The latest video and board details about the all new JP Surf Slate has got us very excited. After reviewing the smallest and biggest JP Surf Slate in the 2016/17 shape we are loving the look of the changes that JP has made to the new 2018 model.

  • More pulled in at the tail and nose
  • Better looking tail pad and raised centre arch EVA pad
  • A little bit longer in overall length in all the models
  • Tougher rail constructions
  • Totally new tail shape

The Surf Slate was a fun board before and wow was it fast, but we always felt that the tail shape of the board could be more pulled in to improve turning performance. On the new promo video, it looks like the bottom turns and the ability to drive the board up the face vertically is definitely more achievable now.

We love the fact that JP Australia have taken this epic board back to the shaping floor and made these changes. We can’t wait to get our hands on one of these new Slates.

BUT… like all boards we don’t really know how it performs until we get it on a wave, so look out for the SUPboarder review to see what the JP Australia Surf Slate is really like!

Check out the older reviews of the JP Surf Slate here below.

It’s about time someone made a surf film that unites all board sports as equals, under one production. And who better to do it than one of the best all round waterman in the world… Kai Lenny. Keep an eye out for this film, available for one week only on http://redbull.tv 02.10.2017

In Paradigm Lost, Kai shares incredible sessions with World Champions in BIG WAVE, PROGRESSIVE SURFING, KITE SURFING, WINDSURFING and SUP—and shows the endless possibilities that come with a wide open mind.

Kai also introduces the world’s best pro surfers to a new chapter in surfing with one of the most exciting developments in years – the SURF FOIL.

Filmed over three years, in six countries, Paradigm Lost captures the highest level of water sports action in beautiful 4K. In between the action are heartfelt stories of the characters at the top of their sports.

Cast & Crew:

Kai Lenny, Albee Layer, Jamie O’Brien, Levi Siver, John John Florence, Kelly Slater, Airton Cozzolino, Marcilio Browne, Kalani Chapman, Ryan Hipwood, Julian Wilson, Ridge Lenny, Matt Meola, Ian Walsh, Dusty Payne, Greg Long, Robby Naish, Laird Hamilton, Victor Lopez, Clyde Aikau, Dave Kalama _ Experience the world of Red Bull like you have never seen it before. With the best action sports clips on the web and original series, prepare for your “stoke factor” to be at an all time high.


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