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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. 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 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!!