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Best Paddle Locations in Portland (and beyond)

With Oregon being one of our home states we know better than most where the best places to drop an Oru kayak or stand up paddle board into the waters are.  Better still, we can hook you up with the best paddle board rentals in Portland.  Not quite ready to stand up on a board?  That’s not a problem.  We also provide the best kayak rental in Portland.  Check our rental page and book your rental.  We’ll have it delivered to your doorstep the next day at no additional cost.

At SUPrents.com we don’t just want to provide you with the best Oru kayaks, Isle and Hydrus stand up paddle board rentals, but we have also compiled a list of some great bodies of water you can make some memories on.  

The Oregon Coast

A beautiful 90 minute drive from Portland will land you right on the Oregon Coast. This place is a heaven for water sports lovers. In the right weather conditions this can be the best place for stand up paddle boarding, surfing and kayaking. So if you want to have fun kayaking and paddle boarding then check the weather and book your trip, If you don't own a paddle board or kayak SUPrents has you covered.  The best paddle board rentals in Portland come from SUPrents.  We offer free next day shipping.

Bend

We Know we know Bend is not in Portland, but we couldn’t help but include our home city.  Hey, it’s still Oregon.  The Beauty of Bend is in its diversity of activities.  Whether you want to Mt. Bike, hike, rock climb, kayak or SUP, Bend can’t be beat.  With the Deschutes River cutting right through downtown you can put in at Drake Park and leisurely let the current take you downstream toward the Les Schwab Amphitheater where you might just catch an Alabama Shakes Concert while floating by.  For the more adventurous, don’t miss the Bend white water park.

With this being our home city you know we’ve got the hookup for you.  SUPrents offers the lowest price SUP rentals in Bend and the nicest boards. 

The Gorge

Absolutely one of the most wild paddle boarding spots near Portland Oregon. It has been rated amongst the top rated SUP destinations, so you can rent one of our paddle boards and enjoy paddling in one of the most beautiful rivers in the region. Also known for it’s windsurfing be sure to check the weather prior to launching!

Willamette River

The Willamette River at the heart of downtown is one of the local favorites because of its location and the stable weather conditions throughout the year. Portlandians love it because they can paddle board or kayak there almost any time throughout the year.  If you are outside Portland and want to come here and rent equipment as well, we will help you make it the best trip of your life by suggesting the right activities for you with the right equipment you can rent. 

Timothy Lake

Oregon is blessed with beautiful lakes, and the Timothy Lake is one of those blessings, with stable weather conditions, this is a perfect place if you want to have a calm and peaceful paddle boarding experience. 

 

As always, rent the gear own the experience!

Inflatable vs Hard Paddle Boards: Speed Comparison

Our friends over at Isle Surf & SUP recently did a really interesting speed comparison between inflatable paddle boards and traditional hard boards. The results might surprise you. They tested multiple boards and found that on average the hard boards were only 5-6% faster than the comparable inflatable boards. Proving once again that unless you're wanting to surf or race, an inflatable is the way to go. Convenience, convenience, convenience! I'll take a 5% speed decrease any day of the week if I don't have to deal with roof racks, worry about my board being damaged and have room to load three friends in my car with four iSUP's. For me, that's what The SUP Life is all about!

To see the results of the speed test and to read the full article click here.

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

Sunset paddle with the pup.

Sunset paddle with the pup.

Sunrise at Sparks Lake.

Sunrise at Sparks Lake.

The green hue of Devils Lake makes for a memorable paddle.

The green hue of Devils Lake makes for a memorable paddle.

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!

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

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.