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In this video #2 we look at weather forecasts, tides, and how to find the best locations to get you on the water for your first successful downwinder. This video is done in a vblog style and we aim to provide you with all the information and inspiration needed to give downwinding a try.

Downwinding is great fun, and to give it a go for the first time you really don’t need to have the latest specialist kit or be a super athlete. We really hope that this video series will give you the confidence to get out on the water in the wind with the kit you’ve got in the garage, and give downwinding a go!

About the series & other information
This new SUPboarder video series is all about feeling the wind on your back and how to get into one of the most exhilarating sides to our sport… Downwinding. It’s one of the simplest SUP disciplines and it can be done almost anywhere, from narrow rivers to open seas. This series of 3 videos is going to give you all the downwind information you need to get you on the water safely.

Watch part 1 here : Get into Downwinding series # 1 The basics & getting started

If you want to find out more about the route paddled in this video check out the paddle on GeoSUP for the full detail, and also look at the web link here, to finds out the highlight information : www.geosup.com

Boards used
Lucy on SIC Bullet 14’x27”
Reuben on SIC RS 14’x26”

 

We take a ‘First Look’ at the new SIC surf SUP… the SIC Slice 9’0”. Up until now we’ve only managed to get our hands on SIC’s race & downwind boards. From a new range this 9’0” surf shape will offer a big paddling/surfing window for a lot of intermediate to advanced SUP surfers.  Look out for the full review on SUPboarder soon.

Length 9’0”
Width 29”
Volume 135L

Remember these first look videos are not full SUPboarder reviews, they’re not even close! They are unedited, gut feeling videos showing what’s in the box and how they look for the first time.

This new SUPboarder video series is all about feeling the wind on your back and how to get into one of the most exhilarating sides to our sport… Downwinding. It’s one of the simplest SUP disciplines and it can be done almost anywhere, from narrow rivers to open seas. This series of 3 videos is going to give you all the downwind information you need to get you on the water safely.

Starting off with this video #1 we talk about what exactly downwinding is and we take a look at the basic gear needed to get you on the water safely for the first time. Look out for video #2 where we will be doing a small estuary/river downwinder and giving you all the information you need for a successful first downwinder. And in #3 we will be talking about going on more adventurous paddles in more open water/sea states.

Downwinding is great fun, and to give it a go for the first time you really don’t need to have the latest specialist kit or be a super athlete. We really hope that this video series will give you the confidence to get out on the water in the wind and give downwinding a go!

For the northern hemisphere winter is the time for wind and swell, and the two together can mean one thing… great SUP downwinding. We’ve got hold of arguably one of the best downwinding boards in the business – the SIC Bullet 14′. As well as doing a full SUPboarder review we’re going to be doing a series of videos using the SIC including a ‘getting into downwinding series’ teaching the downwinding basics and more. Starting on lakes and estuaries on windy days then moving out into open ocean swell to catch some endless glides.

The SIC Bullet may be the ideal board for downwinding but that doesn’t mean you need to have it to go downwinding. We will be talking about taking your 10’5” downwinding too.

Downwinding is a fantastic side to our sport and it’s so simple. It involves travelling in one direction only, downwind with the waves and wind on your back. It doesn’t have to be about crossing oceans. It really can be for everyone. We look forward to showing you what downwinding is all about.

Length 14′
Width 27.25”
Volume 269L

Remember these first look videos are not full SUPboarder reviews, they’re not even close! They are unedited, gut feeling videos showing what’s in the box and how they look for the first time.

SIC RS 14′ Carbon composite / £2755

In this SUPboarder review we look at the 2018 SIC RS 14′. The RS is a 14′ all water raceboard that has a very simple, subtle shape compared to other top boards on the market. The smooth lines and curves make this board fast in a wide range of conditions. A board that an intermediate to advanced mid weight paddler will love.

Board details:
  • Length        14′
  • Width         26″
  • Volume      306l
  • Fin set up  US box and 8.3′ 12k carbon race fin
  • Weight       11.9 kg
  • Rider size   100kg & under

Other sizes in board range;
12’6 x 23.5”
12’6 x 25”
12’6 x 27”
14′ x 23”
14 x 24.5”
14′ x 28”

For more information on the SIC RS range visit SIC’s website here : SICmaui

Check out the GeoSUP tracks of the test paddlers here :
Reuben’s GeoSUP paddle
Will’s GeoSUP paddle

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There’s something about new boards and new faces riding them. OK… Harry Maskell and SIC surf SUPs aren’t the newest kids on the block but they are both looking good on the water. Harry has already proven himself at the ISA worlds but it’s good to see him surfing in some better swell. 

We look forward to seeing more of them in action this year for sure.

”After an impressive silver medal finish at the ISA World Championships in Denmark, Harry Maskell stopped through New England in September en route to California for the Pacific Paddle Games. His timing couldn’t have been better – New England saw it’s best run of Hurricane swell on record, with Rhode Island being a hot spot for day after day of overhead surf. Harry was able to jump on the new SIC Triton, among other surf craft, and enjoy some of the best conditions the east coast of the USA has to offer. Video by: Sam Morrissey – Endeavor Studios” Words : SIC

If you’re into SIC boards we will be reviewing the RS 14′ x 26” soon on SUPboarder.

SIC ambassador, Will Schmidt, released the trailer of his upcoming documentary, ‘Through My Eyes’.
In May of 2014, Will successfully attempted what is now historically the first and only solo and largely unassisted stand up paddle of the Pacific Coast of the United States from Canada to Mexico. Armed with an assortment of video, global positioning, and audio equipment, he was able to document this extraordinary journey that is told through his own eyes.

We can’t wait to see the full documentary.

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We haven’t heard or seen much of former SUP surf world champ Caio Vaz lately. Turns out he’s not been up to much….  just riding Beastly Barrrels in Indo! Surfing big waves in Desert Point and Sumatra takes skill and a lot of balls. Both of which Caio has lots of!!!

The Stand Up World Tour champion is looking on fire at the moment and he also looks like he is on a new board. The new video from Vaz TV,  Caio Vaz rides a ‘SIC maui’ logo up surf SUP.  SIC already have an outstanding open water race team and it looks like they’re set to make a mark on the surf SUP market too. With his vertical hacks and smooth surfing Caio Vaz is the man for the job… But then lets face it he could probably make a door surf sick too.

 

The Hood River is an amazing place for all things powered by wind, including the SIC Maui team. And on a recent tour of the States, they headed to the windy Hood River gorge for a bit of downwind SUP action.  This video just shows you how far you really can go on just a few paddle strokes and some good board trimming.