It’s a board that leaves Reuben a little a lost for words (which doesn’t happen that often!). The F-one Madeiro Pro series of boards is F-one’s answer to pure performance SUP surfing shapes. But unlike most pro shaped boards this is a big board. At 136L its got volume to float bigger riders who want a pro feel on a wave, and at 32” wide it’s going to offer a good amount of stability too. And then there’s the weight!… at 7.7kg its a very light board for its size.
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.
Are you struggling to know what to buy the SUPer in your family? Or do you SUP and want to give some ideas to avoid receiving another pair of boring socks this Christmas?!! Yes a full carbon board would be great to add to the list but if you’re looking for something a bit more affordable below are afew ideas to bring a smile to any paddleboarders face this Christmas…
PalmlessMitts– Open palm mitts which keep your hands warm whilst still allowing you to maintain your paddle grip. Available from Palm, Prolimit, Neil Pryde (£23.95-£28.95)
Hydro Holder – A great little gadget to ensure you stay hydrated on the water and your paddling essentials stay secure. Sticks to any hard, flat surface. Ideal for holding a water bottle, radio, phone etc… (£9.95)
SUP Books – Paddling Britain: 50 best places to explore by SUP, kayak & canoe by Lizzie Carr includes top places to paddle, safety tips, kit suggestions and weather advice. (£14.99) OrBeneath the Surface by Zane Schweitzer. True waterman Zane gives a fascinating inside into his life by sharing stories and telling us what makes him tick. An adventure story and self help book all in one! Available on Amazon (£15)
Palm Neoflex Leggings. Extremely comfortable full length leggings made of thin and ultra stretchy neoprene with a soft thermospan liner. The ideal paddling trousers all year round. Available in mens and womens. The SUPboarder teams go to item of clothing when board testing! Other neoflex products also available from Palm including tops & shorts. (£79.95)
Geo SUP – A mobile app which allows you to track, analyse and record your paddles, share your experiences and follow others, so you can search for great new paddle spots all over the world. An easy way to record your paddles as well as being a great training tool too.Currently available on IOS only however an android version coming soon. (£4.99)
Dry Bag – As a paddleboarder you can never have enough dry bags! Available in all different shapes and sizes. Check out some great dry bags from Riber, Palm, & Aqua Marina, (£11.95+)
Red Original Drinks Bottle. A high quality, super insulated, marine grade stainless steel flask which not only looks good it does a great job too. 24 hrs cold, 12 hrs hot. Red Paddle Original does a wide range of other great SUP accessories including deck bags, quick dry towels, board locks, carry straps, performance tees, cool bags and more… (£25)
Wave Pool Voucher – A ticket for guaranteed waves… what’s not to like about that!? Ok you might not get sand between your toes and that salty post surf look but the waves are getting pretty good! Artificial wave pools are being constructed all over the world including Surf Snowdonia in N.Wales, Kelly Slaters surf ranch, NLand Surf Park USA, Siam park Tenerife, Eisbach Munich to name a few. (£30+)
SUPboarder Goodies – Yes you could say we’re bias! But we love our new selection of quality SUPboarder Caps which we have available in a choice of colours and designs. (£19.99 – £28.99) Other SUPboarder clothing also available including tees, hoodies and baby grows!
And for those paddleboarders who just want to know it all, how about a SUPboarder Pro Subscription. The next level of SUPboarder with extended product reviews, additional tuitional videos and features, a limited edition gift, ask the experts and more… (£24.99 a yr or just £2.49 per month.)
Changing Robe –An essential SUPers accessory to allow you to change with ease and comfort wherever you are and whatever the weather. Available in a range of materials including lightweight micro fleece as well as weatherproof ripstop. From our experience the best ones come with hoods, large hand warming pockets and big arm holes! Check out those from Palm, Red Padddle Co & Robie (£38.99- £120)
Electric iSUP Pump – Don’t waste energy pumping, save it for paddling!. Compact, quiet, quick and easy to use the latest upgraded 12v Bravo electric pump allows you and your iSUP to get on the water with minimal effort. Includes an integrated rechargeable 12v DC battery. (£199)
Neoprene Jacket – Designed to get wet and go over a wetsuit. Perfect to put on post surf, during comp heats or to take with you on a longer paddle. Very cosy! Available from Ion in different styles mens & ladies. (£149)
There really are some great SUP accessories out there. No reason not to keep paddling and stoked on SUP all year round! Hope Santa brings you everything you’ve wished for… including that carbon board!
Our race doctor Bryce Dyer is looking at answering the question… Are expensive SUP paddles worth it? With so many paddles out there to choose from, at all kinds of price points where do you start and is a $300-400 paddle different to a $100-200 paddle? This doesn’t just apply to race paddles but all paddles. Believe it or not even a newer paddler would benefit from paddling a nice paddle. Once you have used a good paddle you will never go back!
In this SUPboarder review we look at one of the newest boards from the UK based SUP company Hatha. The Hatha Aura is an all round yoga/fitness board. At the competitive package price point of £625 including a 3 piece glass paddle, the Hatha Aura would be a great board for a beginner all round paddler wanting to get into SUP and take to the water to do some yoga and fitness too. A good looking inflatable SUP that show cases the brand Hatha at their best.
Fin set up 2+1 (Single US box and 2 mini side fins)
Meet the Aura and take your fitness outdoors. The Aura boasts a full length deck pad with a discreet visual alignment guide to maintain the perfect position. The 10 inch FCS ii connect fin makes getting onto the water even easier. This is our first board in our range to boast our “TFT” Thermo Fusion Technology making the board both lighter and stronger. It is constructed using our premium Military grade PVC making it extremely durable.
The Aura is packed with features, including front D-rings that perfectly align with the Hatha docking station. Front and rear paddle holders will keep your paddle safe and out of the way. As the Aura has no central carry handle so we have developed the Cario System which is a unique padded shoulder strap which attaches to the side of the board leaving your hands free! (patent pending).
Included is a three piece adjustable composite paddle with double locking clips and also stainless steel locking pins to minimise any twisting. It has a rubber ABS edge to the blade to protect your paddle as well as your board.
Also included is a colour coded heavy duty wheeled bag packed with features, including shoulder and waist straps, internal pockets, large front zip and a secret pouch to tuck away the shoulder straps when not needed. There is a double pump and a robust 10’ coiled leash inside the box.
Surfing on a wave is a great simple way of enjoying play time with mother nature, without such a risk of broken bones or death like in many other extreme sports! But the want to progress to the next level is only human, and the desire to push that turn a little harder or ride that wave a bit longer is in all of us (even though some of us might hide it a bit better than others!) Don’t get me wrong… comfortably cruising down the mellow clean face of a 2 foot wave is pretty cool. But there’s still something great about watching top level riders in our sport cranking power cutbacks and busting airs on a SUP that makes us want to experience it too… or am I the only one?! But the truth is… Are we ever going to be able to achieve those airs on the boards we are riding? Are the power turns in the critical pocket of the waves achievable on a board that actually floats our weight? Without a doubt, riding smaller boards on waves does make these types of extreme manouvers more achievable. The smaller boards are just setup for it… but are we setup for it? If you want to ride smaller surf SUPs you are going to have to get used to having water over your feet and standing on a board that has to keep moving, otherwise it’s going to be sinking. It’s possible for some of us but it does require a certain skill level, a higher level of fitness and more time on the water. Something unfortunately many of us can’t realistically achieve. But is that the only way? Is using small, unstable, sinking boards the only direction of surf progression for us SUP surfers?… Hell no!
We had to wait for it… but longboard surf SUPs are finally here!
For me when SUP first arrived on the block I was already into longboard and shortboard surfing (pop up style) and must admit like many was abit unsure about SUP surfing at first. Having a go in the surf with a SUP board that was big, very slow and unresponsive, the total opposite to the surf shapes I was previously used to, almost put me off. But after I tracked down a more responsive wave shape and gave it a go I was hooked. As you may know, I love gear, boards in particular… the shapes, the designs and how they effect the riding feel on a wave. I was always amazed that even in the earlier days of SUP there wasn’t really a longboard SUP shape… or one that I would class as a surf longboard shape anyway! 12’x30’’ and weighing 14kg really wasn’t going to tick that box for me! But why wasn’t there? SUP is perfect for this longboard style of boards. I knew what I needed… a 9’-10’ performance surf shape, not too thick in the rail shape.
‘Something that I could still bury a rail in a bigger wave to force a bigger turn or carve off the top…. I just needed to be teleported to NOW! ‘
Looking into the 2019 SUP ranges we finally have a decent number of good looking longboard SUP shapes that really should perform well. I know that some brands have been making good longboard shapes for a while now, but for me it’s not until you have all the big SUP brands joining the party that its time to say that SUP longboarding is really part of the sport. SUP longboards are now available major brands all around the world, not just from small local shapers. Starboard was the icing on the SUP longboard cake for me. Yes they had the Nut boards before but it wasn’t until I saw the new Starboard longboard I got really excited!
What’s so special about Longboards anyway?
It’s simple to explain. Take the tail shape of a good small pro shape board (thin at the rails, with a good amount of tail rocker and a nice fin setup – maybe quad or preferably a US box with small side fins 2+1). Then add 7’ on to it and round the nose off at the front. Then you have a board that’s not that wide but not too narrow, nice and long which gets you into waves super early. But it still has the ability to get you back on the tail to crank a turn almost as hard as a small performance board. Also this board is happy to ride 1’ to 10’ and you won’t have to surf every day to get fit enough to use it. What you can do on a longboard SUP is pretty much anything and if you watch the best longboard SUP surfers they absolutely rip. They’re fast, turn hard, can handle big waves, and the boards allow you to walk the board and nose ride. The surf skills you can pick up on a longboard SUP are immense, and as a result they’re great for personal progression. Compared to longboard prone surfing you really do get the best out of both worlds… surfing and SUP! Or keeping on the theme… have your cake and eat it!
High level aspirations are good but are realistic aspirations better?
So does this mean that we should all sell our small pro shape boards or stop aspiring to use them? No definitely not. But there is a point where you need to be realistic about what you can achieve with your SUP surfing. With enough time on the water every body could get on a small (in relation to their size) performance shaped SUP . But if you put half the amount of time into using a good SUP longboard your progression and level would defintely be higher. Longboard SUPs still require learning new skills, the boards are thinner than most boards and less stable than your average 10’ all round SUP board. But despite all this the performance gain is so much greater. I will still be using my smaller SUP in the surf for sure, but this new generation of longboard SUP really does have me scratching my head to which board to take when I open up the back of my van!
The years to come…
The longboards on the market today are good but there is still a way to go yet to find the perfect shape and design. Just like in surfing, it will never stop. In the next few years I would like to see longboard SUPs available in thinner widths. Not so much that we are sinking like on our shorter boards, but widths around 26’ -27’ would be great to use on a wave. The dream size and shape is still out there for me. But that’s part of the fun… trying to find it!
We look forward to seeing more amping videos from riders like Jackson Close above using 9-10’ boards in the surf, cracking some hard turns and walking the board to get their toes on the nose. The longboard surfing style might not be for everyone but I can guarantee it will put a big smile on your face. I for one will be doing a lot more of it this year. Look out for the feature articles we will be doing over the next few months on SUP surfing longboard techniques and other longboard reviews too. Get out there, give it a go and as always, any questions you have about longboard surfing send them over. I will happily get back to you.
The great thing about stand up paddleboarding is that it’s simple. You really don’t need much equipment to get you out on the water having fun, but there are a few bits of kit that are essential as well as other bits that are optional extras. We’re going to quickly talk you through the main bits of kit you’re going to need to get you on the water paddleboarding safely, comfortably and as easily as possible.
Aqua Marina Super Trip 12’2” x 34” – Best for, larger paddlers/family’s. Watch full review here.
Aqua Marina Beast 10’6” x 32” – Best for, mid weight paddlers. Watch full review here.
Aqua Marina Magma 10’10” x 30” – Best for, lighter weight paddlers. Watch full review here.
Kialoa Insanity Fiberglass 2 pcs paddle. Watch full review here.
So lets talk SUP rocker-lines or board rocker shapes. Understanding what rocker is on a board doesn’t have to be complicated or a subject that only applies to more advanced paddlers. Understanding the basics about rocker-line shapes can really give you a good grasp on how certain boards should perform on the water. In this video we look at rocker-lines in the simplest way, and which boards you should expect to see the different types of rocker-lines on.
This is a really interesting concept. It’s not the first time a company has tried 2 or 3 piece boards, but previously it’s mainly been with hard wearing plastic boards that are heavy in weight and therefore not ideal. But could this idea be a go, with lightweight, multi section boards? Especially for those racers out there? The idea of being able to break down your 14′ race board into two sections would really reduce travel dramas and airline costs. Maybe there’s even the option of buying a smaller section to make a 14′ into a 12’6”?!
Award winning inflatable paddle boarding giant, Red Paddle Co has launched its own accessories brand, Red Original, to offer everything you need for the ultimate paddle boarding experience, before, during and after getting on the water.
Red Paddle Co is renowned for products that are loaded with cutting-edge innovation and attention to the smallest detail. The new Red Original brand, featuring a range of accessories and clothing, is no exception, with performance, style and user – centric design at the forefront of the new collection.
Products include a watertight cool bag, which provides a host of unique features not available from any other British brand. The range also boasts an insulated drinks bottle, uniquely made from marine grade stainless steel and a luxury changing robe which will keep you warm and your modesty intact whilst getting changed, as there aren’t always dressing rooms when on an adventure!
The Red Original range isn’t just about what you carry and use on your favourite activities, it’s also about what you wear. The collection will soon include performance clothing to keep you dry, protected and bursting with stylish confidence when you’re out doing what you love the most! All are perfect for paddling, but also compliment any active lifestyle.
John Hibbard, CEO and co-founder explains: “Over the past 10 years we’ve grown a global brand that is built on designing quality products that exceed expectation.”
“However, whilst we had the paddle boards, we were frustrated that well thought out products designed with our sport and active lifestyle in mind were still missing. So, we set out on a mission to design our own premium range, featuring all the elements we personally wanted, utilising the expertise we have built up over the past 10 years.”
“Red Original signifies that these are signature products for us, we decided to focus on doing a few things really well, so when someone tries them for the first time, they really get the value of it. We’ve tried to take a no compromise approach to materials and construction, so the quality that our loyal followers know and have come to expect, is a given.”
To celebrate the new brand and product launch, Red Original are offering one lucky winner the opportunity to win the full range of products, including a Red Paddle Co Sport board of your choice (with paddle and leash), so you can go out and create your own #OriginalAdventure. To be in with a chance to win just head to the competition page on the Red Original website: https://red-store.online/blogs/news/competition-time
The Red Original range can be purchased through www.red-store.online, a new ecommerce store which is now live.
Some key products and features include:
Watertight Cool Bag- RRP £160-£180
This is a soft sided, but seriously robust cool bag that leaves all others in its wake! With many an adventure lost or made with a cold beer and, trust me, we’ve tried it, we decided that in order to create that ultimate experience, we’d make our very own Red Original cool bag.
The bag has a totally waterproof YKK Aquaseal Zip, meaning water can’t get in or out. Together with the premium, high density waterproof fabric and thermal lock insulation which deliver what can only be described, as remarkable insulating capabilities, we’re confident that you won’t find a British designed cool bag like this anywhere else in the UK. You will be amazed at how long ice lasts for. This is a one off and we’re pretty chuffed with it! Not least because this bag can carry (tried and tested, obviously!) up to 54 ice cold cans! It also features an international patent pending system to attach it securely to your board, so you can easily take it with you for any paddling adventure as well as for an epic day at the beach.
Some key features of the cool bag:
100% waterproof, corrosion resistant zip so liquids don’t get in, or out. What goes on tour stays (cold) on tour!
Luggage Tensioning System, allows users to attach the bag directly to the deck of the board without fear of it moving around or falling off
Thermal-Lock Insulation which keeps contents properly hot or cold (for hours)
Premium high density waterproof fabric for durability, during rugged adventures
Adjustable Shoulder strap with expandable exterior pockets for storing other travel essentials
Wave webbing daisy chain for attaching almost any additional kit using a carabiner or bungee
Reinforced carry handles, designed so you can carry heavy loads with ease, or with a friend
Available in 2 sizes
Insulated Drinks Bottle RRP £25
Ever had that amazing drinks bottle that you can never leave home without, that failsafe bottle that doesn’t leak, is the perfect size, and does the ‘do’ when you’re out doing what you do? No? Nor us! So, we set forth and designed our own!
The water is our playground – rivers, lakes and the sea – and with plastic pollution at an all-time high we crafted a premium quality, marine grade stainless steel bottle for our ultimate drink experience. This baby won’t corrode like some other metal drinks bottles can and with a canteen and sports cap as standard, you can enjoy your drink hot or cold – all 750 ml of it!
Some key features of the insulated drinks bottle:
Insulated double-walled construction, which creates a vacuum between the outside environment and inside liquid, helping to keep cold drinks cold for 24hrs and hot drinks hot for 12hrs with no external condensation
The sports cap attachment enables easy drinking whatever adventure or sport you’re enjoying, with a comfortable rubberised mouthpiece
Field tested for leakage and passed with flying colours!
Large 750ml/25oz capacity, so big enough to carry 3 cups of coffee or a whole bottle of wine!
Luxury Changing Robe RRP £45 for adult size, £32 kids
Seizing the moment and getting ‘out there’ – whether you’re paddling, wild swimming, surfing or puddle jumping – might mean getting wet!
Don’t struggle with the cold indignity of a beach towel. Put it away under a Red Original luxury towelling robe and eliminate those awkward car park moments praying the towel doesn’t spring open mid-change! Bit cold out there was it?!
Available in three sizes these super soft towelling change robes will get you dry in a flash and warm in the process – perfect for kids at the beach. The sleeves have been designed to ensure your modesty is kept intact but won’t get in the way whilst you get changed.
Some key features of the luxury changing robe:
Heavy weight 430 gsm 100% cotton, so the absorbent fluffy towelling dries you quickly with minimal fuss – you can really tell the difference to any other robe you might have tried before, and we have tried lots! / you won’t want to take it off!
Generous cut to avoid any unwanted exposure, and pockets to keep your hands warm and out of the wind
Drawcord hood, so you can shield yourself from the elements when the wind starts to blow
Three sizes (small / Kids 4”- 5’1” / Medium: Recommended for 5’1″-5’11” /Large: Recommended for 5’11” – 6’5″)
Soft Microfibre Towel RRP £25
Generally speaking, we hated microfibre towels, until we created our own. The brand new Red Original one is compact, lightweight and super absorbent, but still a large beach size. We searched hard to find the softest microfibre fabric we could which can also absorb four times its weight in water but dries much faster than a standard beach towel. The anti-bacterial properties will also keep your towel fresh, so this neat design really packs a punch, even when you’re away for a period of time.
The towel has been specially designed for multiple uses, with the integrated strap and hanging loop ideal for all watersports, the gym, a day at the beach or your next trip away.
Some key features of the microfibre towel
Ultra Absorbent – four times its weight in water in fact
Has Anti-Odour and Anti-Bacterial properties, which means it stops it smelling when wet and stays fresher for longer
Uber lightweight so perfect where space is at a premium and you want to reduce load.
Super soft meaning you have the benefits of a regular towel, yet it won’t stick to your skin like other microfibre towels can
Easy pack strap, so hang it up to dry or keep it rolled up tight – it’s these small things that make a big difference
Any paddle will get you SUP surfing but some paddles are better for taking surfing than others. Reuben talks about why different SUP surfing paddle blade sizes & shapes make a difference in the surf and who they would be best suited for.
Reuben unpacks the new 2018 Red Paddle Co Ride 10’8” ready for the full SUPboarder comparison/ review in a few weeks. The Red Paddle Co 10’8” is a great board for a bigger rider or for carrying extra passengers.
The boards in full review will be:
Ride 9’8” x 31”
Ride 10’6” x 32”
Ride 10’6” x 32” (10 year Special colour-way)
Ride 10’8” x 34”
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.
In this weeks review/comparison video we look at 4 paddles from the Starboard paddle range. Starboard make a wide range of paddles in different types, sizes and constructions, to suit every paddlers needs – from the worlds fastest racers to the first time paddlers. We talk through the paddles we’ve been testing over the last 2 months, to help you understand more about the Starboard paddles available and which one would suit different paddlers best.
Paddles in review
Lima Carbon Balsa – blade size M & oval carbon shaft S40 : £325