I recently had the opportunity to test out Starboard’s brand new 12’6 Touring, and have to say I came away mightily impressed! The Touring seems to be a distant cousin to their Race BOP from a couple of years ago, but oriented more towards all-round stable touring as opposed to being a dedicated race machine.
Boards and Gear
Based in North Vancouver, Kelvin Humenny has been known to create the finest hand crafted stand up paddleboards anywhere, and his latest 14′ flatwater race board, the Sliver, maintains that exceptional level of workmanship. Dimensions are 14′ft long, a fairly narrow 26″ wide, and 4 3/4 thick, and weighs in at 34 pounds, which is
Please note: This board has been sold! Well, the time has come to start thinning out the quiver, as things are getting a bit tight here in the PaddleSurf.ca headquarters. =) This 12’6 Starboard Cruiser was my very first SUP, and is a quality built board that has seen three years of regular but gentle
Think Kayaks, the brains behind some of the most high performance surf skis and kayaks around, has recently introduced their first foray into stand up paddleboards, with the Think XO, a 14′x28 hollow carbon race board. Check out this video from Deep Cove Outdoors, showing the board ripping around the Cove… For more information check
Victoria, BC based Ocean Rodeo is not only a well known developer of performance kiteboarding equipment, but also for their innovative action sport specific drysuits. They released the industry’s very first surf specific drysuit five years ago, and for 2012 they’ve launched the Soul, a drysuit designed with stand up paddleboarding in mind. Incorporating the
Before we get started, please note that there’s been a fair bit of discussion regarding PFDs in the SUP World these past few months, primarily with regards to Bob Purdy’s initiative to have Transport Canada recognize a standard surf leash as a suitable alternative to a PFD. Either way though, PFD laws in Canada presently
Starboard produces two versions of this particular board, the Coast Runner and the Open Ocean. Both built off of the same outline, but the Open Ocean has extra rocker up front to help deal with steeper offshore downwind swell… Pretty much specifically for something like the Maliko Gulch run on Maui. The Coast Runner has
Jason Heinz from Epic Surf Co. dropped us a line recently to show us his brand new 12’6 stock class race boards. The boards are 12’6″ x 27″ X 5″, and are available in either a carbon finish for $1,600 or gel coat finish at $1,400, and judging by their shapes, look like they’d be
Here’s one from Slingshot, based in Hood River Oregon. Interesting.. Slingshot Sports introduces the Space Pickle stand up paddleboard. Designed for performance wave riding in knee to shoulder high waves, this board is a carving machine. Last summer we, (Slingshot Sports) soft launched the Crossbreed, an all-rounder SUP. The second and third boards in our
Fast, stable and light, with little compromise in other departments when it comes to flatwater racing and general touring. That’s the review in a nutshell for the 2011 Starboard 12’6 Race, which has finally landed in the PaddleSurf.ca quiver, and I couldn’t be more stoked! So with that said, I’d been looking for a go-to
Please note: This board has been sold I hate to have to do this to myself, but my beloved Starboard K15 AST needs to find a new home. Its been an amazing board but at the end of the day, it just doesn’t get out on the water as often as my other boards. If
For the 2010 season, Starboard brought in renown paddleboard shaper Bryan Szymanski from North County Paddleboards to design their high end 12’6 race boards and the feedback was fantastic, resulting in tons of podium wins throughout the 2010 race season. For 2011, Bryan returned to update the race shapes and renamed them The Ace, which
Dave Mel has been shaping windsurf and surfboards on Maui for over thirty years and during that time has amassed an incredible amount of experience and passion for the craft. Over the past few years, Dave has been translating that passion into a line up of custom performance stand up paddleboards and the results have
Boardworks Surf Canada is now the exclusive wholesale Canadian distributor for Kahuna Creations, a producer of stand up land paddles and longboard skateboards. Stand Up Land Paddles? Yeps… basically a long paddle designed to be used with a longboard skateboard to mimic the action of SUP… Looks like a great cross training device for sure!
Spring’s just around the corner, and we’re looking forward to what’s proving to become a massive 2011 SUP season here in Canada. We’re halfway through March and though the rest of Canada is still frozen, we’re already fielding daily phone calls and emails from people all over Canada wanting to find out about more about
I’ve had a Starboard Race fin for a few months now, but the weather’s been pretty unfriendly to stand up paddleboarding around here lately, so only recently managed to finally get it out on the water. Paddle location was up in Vernon, on Kalamalka Lake with the Kalavida Surf Shop and Bob Purdy from PaddleForThePlanet.ca.
So with Christmas just around the corner, we thought it’d be cool to highlight a couple great gift ideas for that stand up paddleboarder on your list, or if you’re just looking for a lil something for yourself, well that’s fine too! As a stand up paddleboarder, unless you’ve got an inflatable or bi/trisect board,
Who would have expected that the SUP scene would come this far in one year? The sport has been growing by leaps and bounds in the US and around the world but was slow to finally reach Canada. That all changed this year and now we can proudly say that Stand Up Paddle Boarding has