Photos of the Week

Each week we feature our favorite standup paddle board photos from customers, staff and SUPer's worldwide.

For a chance to be featured submit your photos to contact@suprents.com

 Kelly and little Ellie thinking about an afternoon paddle.

Kelly and little Ellie thinking about an afternoon paddle.

 Pure Joy!

Pure Joy!

 Palm trees and paddle boards

Palm trees and paddle boards

Photos of the Week

Each week we feature our favorite standup paddle board photos from customers, staff and SUPer's worldwide.

For a chance to be featured submit your photos to contact@suprents.com 

 Incredible birds eye view!

Incredible birds eye view!

 Post work paddle

Post work paddle

 Sailboats, sun and fun!

Sailboats, sun and fun!

SUPrents.com lands in Kauai

Winters in the Northwest can leave my family and I feeling a little depleted in the Vitamin D department.  To combat that deficiency we took a trip to the beautiful Hawaiian island of Kauai.  My wife and I have been making the trip to Hawaii for one reason or another for the last 10 years.  However, this was the first time my son would get to experience island life.

When we visit the islands we make sure to soak up plenty of sun on the beach, but we also love to explore all the island has to offer.  Some of that exploring can only be done by boat (Secret Falls being one example). Lucky for us the inflatable paddle boards from SUPrents.com are easily toted around in the trunk of our car allowing us to pull our car over and be ready for a stand up paddle board session whenever inspiration strikes.  Heck, to prove how portable these boards are I took the Tower Adventurer iSUP on a 5 hour hike to Hanakapiai Falls.  

All in all it was an excellent trip, that I'm sure we will be making again!!

Photos of the Week

Each week we feature our favorite standup paddle board photos from customers, staff and SUPer's worldwide.

This week we went with a theme... SUP kids!

For a chance to be featured submit your photos to contact@suprents.com 

 Parker getting his pump on in Hawaii!

Parker getting his pump on in Hawaii!

 Little Eloise helping mom and dad deflate the board!

Little Eloise helping mom and dad deflate the board!

 Sibling love... before fighting over who gets to ride with dad first!

Sibling love... before fighting over who gets to ride with dad first!

Sunny San Diego with a SUPrents.com iSUP

My family loves San Diego! It's where my wife and I went to university and eventually got married, so needless to say we have tons of great memories tied up in this beautiful city.  We love visiting now because we still have friends and family in the area. We try to visit at least once or twice a year and we recently went down for a quick getaway to escape the cold and snow in Bend, Oregon. I packed the San Diego essentials - boardies, sunnies, flip flops and an inflatable standup paddle board from the SUPrents.com board stash!

I threw the board in the trunk of the rental car and was ready to hit the water whenever we had a few free minutes. Downtime is hard to come by when we're in SD because we're trying to see everyone, go everywhere and pump as many california burritos and acai bowls as possible into our stomachs, but that's where the beauty of having an iSUP comes in.... you throw the board in the trunk and you're ready to hit the water anytime/anywhere. All you need is 30 minutes to spare and it's on! It doesn't get much more convenient than that!

Here's a few pictures from our 3 days in sunny SD on the SUPrents.com iSUP...

Photos of the Week

Each week we feature our favorite standup paddle board photos from customers, staff and SUPer's worldwide.

For a chance to be featured submit your photos to contact@suprents.com 

 Mission Bay morning paddle - San Diego

Mission Bay morning paddle - San Diego

 Paddling into the cotton candy sunset - Shelter Island, San Diego

Paddling into the cotton candy sunset - Shelter Island, San Diego

 SUPrents.com co-founder Eric cruises the beach on Coronado Island - San Diego

SUPrents.com co-founder Eric cruises the beach on Coronado Island - San Diego

America's 10 Best Locations for a SUP Adventure

 

Stand up paddling is quickly becoming one of the most popular water sports among outdoor enthusiasts. The combination of thrill, fitness, and exploration has contributed to a massive increase in the number of paddlers across the country.

The beauty of SUP is that it can be enjoyed virtually anywhere with a sizable body of water, especially for those with a strong imagination and will for adventure.

According to experienced paddler and SUP Magazine editor, Joe Carberry, ” SUP has so many elements, one being the art of exploration. That adventure aspect helps us to escape. And SUP has opened up endless possibilities of unique places to travel and paddle.”

Traveling with such large boards can be difficult and expensive. With advent of SUPrents.com you no longer have to worry about traveling with a board.  SUPrents.com ships rental paddle boards nationwide. The paddle board will be waiting for you at your destination.


1. Apostle Islands on Lake Superior- This ideal Great Lakes journey is located near Duluth, Minnesota. Paddling is the best way to experience the many shorelines, sea caves, beaches and forests that the Apostle Islands have to offer. 

 


2. Mangroves in the Florida Keys- With so many spots to explore in the Florida Keys, the mile-long Cowkey Channel through a tropical mangrove forest is the best place to experience the area’s wildlife. But be sure to pack plenty of Bug Spray as the area is notorious for blood-thirsty insects.
 

 

3. Naples Canals in Long Beach- Think the famous Venice Canals in Italy, but in Long Beach, California and on a much smaller scale. Paddling through expensive houses and luxurious boats makes for an awesome afternoon of paddling. If you’re feeling festive, the best time to paddle the canals is during the annual Christmas boat parade. 
 

 


4. Austin, Texas- Paddle along the Colorado River as it flows through the heart of the most vibrant city in Texas. To experience what Austin is best known for, cruise along Zilker Park during The Austin City Limits Music Fest in October. Listen to amazing live music while getting your paddle on. 
 

 

5. Lake Tahoe’s Crystal Bay- The ideal mountain activity for the summer. Paddle east from Kings Beach State Recreation Area to Crystal Bay with the picturesque Tahoe Mountains in the background. 

 

6. Padre Islands in Texas-Take a break from the massive party-scene while visiting this popular spring break destination. Paddle around the Laguna Madre bay on the west side of the Island– a great spot to explore and ride waves in perfect weather. 
 

 Check out the rest of the top 10 at   GrindTV .  Originally written by Nate Hoppes, May 2012

Check out the rest of the top 10 at  GrindTV.  Originally written by Nate Hoppes, May 2012

Learn to Stand Up Paddle

SUP Body Positioning

 

 

When starting out the path of learning to stand up paddle board, you first want to find the center of the board and position your feet in a parallel stance about shoulder width apart around the center point of the board. You’ll want your knees to be bended slightly. You can practice rocking the board side to side by moving you weight. This is the counter-balancing motion that you need to learn to balance. It takes about 30 minutes to find your balance and to get the muscle memory. It feels really tipsy at first, but in no time you’ll be very comfortable and able to take small waves from all directions without falling.

 

 

Standup Paddling

 

 

For gripping the paddle, you’re opposite hand (left hand if paddling on the right side of the board) should be on the top paddle handle, and your inside hand should be palm facing in on the shaft of the paddle. You want long strokes to maximize efficiency, reaching as far forward as you can before darting the paddle into the water. As you pull the paddle back, you want to work it with the core of your body. Your arms should be fairly straight through-out the process. When you pull the paddle out of the water at the end of your stroke, you sort of drop you top hand towards the opposite side of the board and bring the paddle thru the air flatly to minimize wind resistance. The paddle should cut thru the air like a knife. You’ll see beginners doing this incorrectly and fighting against the wind with their paddle. The windier it is, the more you can feel the difference here. The paddle will be a straight shaft with a paddle that angles forward. You want the angle going forward, so the paddle has the ability to bend and recoil as you paddle it from front to back. Very frequently, beginners mistakenly paddle with the paddle angling backwards.

 

 

Alternating your Standup Paddle Stroke

 


Unless you’ve got a racing dedicated board (that typically have very pronounced V hulls), you’ll notice the direction of the board change with every stroke. By the time you’ve done five strokes on the right side of the board you’ll notice the direction you’re now heading is 15 degrees to the left. As such, you want to switch to the other side and do five strokes there. You alternate back and forth. Additionally, it helps minimize this if you lean out towards the side you are paddling on. Also, different boards track differently based on the different shapes of their bottom.

 

Turning a Stand Up Paddle Board

 

 

If you just keep paddling on one side of the board you will follow a slow, rounded turning radius on most stand up paddle boards (with dedicated racing boards the exception). This is how most beginners turn. It’s slow and inefficient. Once you feel comfortable with your balance, you can make very quick turns by just walking back on your board. Position your......continue reading (here)

 

Fed up with the Status Quo

Here at suprents.com we are shaking up the paddle board rental industry.  Like you, we’ve been victims of the limitations of renting a paddle board.  Whether that limit is the location of the rental company, or the exorbitant costs charged by those rental companies we’ve felt the same pain that you guys have.  When we started suprents.com we set out to change things and I think we have succeeded.

 

The first problem is a big one,  the board is huge!  At over 10 feet long you can’t just throw these things in the trunk of the car... unless you rent from us.  With our inflatable paddle boards you are no longer limited to the bay, lake or bend in the river the where the rental hut is located.  For instance, you're on vacation in Kauai and you want to paddle in Hanalei Bay but the weather is terrible.  With our boards you can throw them in your subcompact rental car and drive up to the Wailua River for a lazy river paddle. The point is, you are no longer limited by where you rent the board!  You don’t have a roof rack on your rental car? Who cares!  We can fit 4 boards in the trunk of an average sedan.

 

At suprents.com we knew that still wasn’t good enough.  Who wants to call all over to find a good price on a rental, only to find out you have to drive 45 minutes to pick up the board?  We don’t even make you leave home to go and pick the board up.  Your board will arrive at your hotel, home or vacation rental with everything you need to be on the water in minutes. 

 

So, we’ve solved the location problem, but a premium service like this has to cost more than the hut down by the beach, right?  Wrong!  We are so passionate about making paddle boarding available wherever you are that we decided to make it cheaper than all the local rental companies.   Our prices start at $17 per day!  The national average price per day is closer to $60.  So go ahead and splurge on those Orbitwheels you were eyeing in the Skymall catalogue on the flight over.  

 

Lets review.  

1.  suprents.com is ultra portable! 

2. We fit 4 boards in the trunk of the car!

3. We ship the boards to your door!

4. We are by far the most affordable rental company!

 

It’s a no brainer.  Our method is better in every possible way.  So go ahead and spring for that ocean front hotel room (or those Orbitwheels).  You just saved $43/day by renting from us!

How rigid are Suprents.com paddle boards?

Here at SUPrents.com we are all about dispelling rumors.  Lately, there has been a nasty rumor going around.  Thankfully, it doesn't have anything to do with Ashley Madison.  The rumor is that inflatable paddle boards leave much to be desired in terms of ride quality.  We have been receiving questions regarding the rigidity and durability of the boards.  We get it.  We were skeptical when we first heard of inflatable paddle boards as well.  We were picturing someone standing on a glorified pool toy half submerged in water.  Thankfully that is not the case.  The Tower Adventurer paddle board is so rigid we put one of the owners of Suprents.com on the board being held 3 feet off the ground to demonstrate just how stiff this SUP gets.  

 One of our co-founders Scott took the family to the Oregon Coast recently.  Somehow he was able to sucker Jeff and Rick into holding him and the board up so he could demonstrate just how rigid our inflatable boards are.

One of our co-founders Scott took the family to the Oregon Coast recently.  Somehow he was able to sucker Jeff and Rick into holding him and the board up so he could demonstrate just how rigid our inflatable boards are.

The development of iSups or inflatable paddle boards has improved so much in the last 2 years it is truly astonishing.  With the advent of drop stitch technology inflatable paddle boards have essentially leveled the playing field with traditional fiberglass boards in terms of rider experience and far surpassed them in terms of convenience. 

We have heard the complaints from people that have tried an inflatable SUP in the past and hated it.  When pressed for more information it turns out these people were on a cheap 4 inch thick glorified kids pool toy over 3 years ago.  After some convincing, we got them to try the 6 inch thick Tower Adventurer board and they were shocked at how well it performed.  This board is made of 6 inch thick military grade drop stitch rubber.  This is the same material used in Zodiac rafts.  The way we see it, if it’s good enough for the Navy Seals it has to be good enough to SUP.  

 Jeff and Rick were not harmed during the photo shoot. ;)

Jeff and Rick were not harmed during the photo shoot. ;)

Still skeptical?  Take one out for yourself and see.  Our rental program is the perfect way to try before you buy.  Starting next week if you rent a board from us and decide you want to keep it we'll sell it to you at a discounted rate.


Epic Sparks Lake Sunrise Session

It doesn't get much better than this! We headed up to the Cascade Lakes outside Bend, Oregon with 2 inflatable paddle boards in the trunk of the car, coffee and a GoPro and scored a breathtaking sunrise at Sparks Lake. With the sun rising over the Cascade Mountain range and a foggy mist dancing over the water it ended up being one of those days we'll remember for years to come. We explored the lake while testing out our new rental boards and soaked it all in. 

Check out this video for a glimpse!

Sparks Lake

Eric and Scott made the early morning trek out to Sparks Lake at the foot of Mount Bachelor, Broken Top and The Three Sisters to test out the brand new Tower Adventurer paddle boards.  We could bore you with the details but I'll just let these pictures do all the talking.

 Pre-sunrise.  Temps were not quite ideal, but the beauty was undeniable.

Pre-sunrise.  Temps were not quite ideal, but the beauty was undeniable.

 We really lucked out with an awesome sunrise just outside Bend, Oregon.

We really lucked out with an awesome sunrise just outside Bend, Oregon.

 The new Tower Adventurer inflatable paddle boards performed amazingly!

The new Tower Adventurer inflatable paddle boards performed amazingly!