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How about paddling and working in the fjords of Norway? This might just be your opportunity

How about paddling and working in the fjords of Norway? This might just be your opportunity

Fjords are those deep valleys, usually narrow and steepsided that extend below sea level and are naturally filled with seawater. Fjords are found in locations where current or past glaciation extended below current sea level and there’s nowhere more iconic for them than Norway. The countries countless […]

Do you also pick up trash while paddling?

Do you also pick up trash while paddling?

Ever felt obliged to pick up trash while on your leisure paddle? It turns out, it’s not an uncommon thing. A sense of duty takes hold of us paddleboarders as we enter the water and encounter a pile of plastic or trash and compels us […]

The most affordable racing #sup board

The most affordable racing #sup board

I had been looking for a while now for an affordable racing paddleboard as I’ve been wanting to join my fellow folks at 954 Race league in Fort Lauderdale. I was still not ready financially, that is, to purchase a full fledged carbon race board. I am still not there financially. Nevertheless I kept looking around for a racing board and talking to different suppliers and manufacturers. And there just isn’t a good rigid racingboard below 1000 U$D, I imagine because the material to build a carbon board is expensive and the time invested in manufacturing one is also a good factor in this price.

 

So I kept an eye on Amazon and found a few interesting options. And keeping the original spirit of this website, I focused on researching inflatable paddleboards. What were my options for inflatable racing boards? There weren’t many but the ones available were quite interesting. The Bluefin #sprint is the cheapest racing board I have found!

 

 

I was divided between the Aqua Marina Competitive Inflatable, as they are also a great brand, but ended up opting for the price and function of the Bluefin SUP Stand Up Inflatable Paddle Board | 14′ Sprint Model. By looking at the pictures, you can already have an idea of the board. It’s a 14′ board with a SLEEK TOURING RACE DESIGN. It’s a pretty board, functional, projected to be fast and at an affordable inexpensive price of 499 U$D in the US.

 

The SUP is a great race Stand Up Paddle Board package available on the market and these Bluefin iSUP kits come with everything needed for beginner and experienced paddle boarders. I have been paddling for a while but I’m not that active and was recently out for a few months due to a hernia surgery. Now with this board, I plan to be back for good paddling every chance I get.

 

The Bluefin Sprint SUP is:

The Bluefin 14' Sprint board
The Bluefin 14′ Sprint board

Perfect for high speed Paddle boarding and Racing
At 14′ long the Bluefin Sprint SUP has been designed for speed and control.

Suitable For All Types Of Paddle Boarding
Take your Bluefin SUP to any body of water, suitable for lakes, rivers, canals, estuaries and sea. The Bluefin Stand Up Paddle Board can be used for everything from Paddle Board touring to high adrenaline wave riding.

And it comes with: High Pressure Pump, Extendable Paddle, Detachable tracking Fins, and an included backpack. Perfect for high speed paddling and race events the Bluefin Sprint is the ultimate Race Paddleboard.

I am currently evaluating this board and will have a review here soon. The board has the following dimensions:
427cm L x 71cm W x 15CM T and weighs only 13kg (28 lbs).

Check price!

 

Don’t paddle kids at school, make them paddle

Don’t paddle kids at school, make them paddle

A school in Hephzibah, Georgia, is drawing national attention after sending consent forms to parents informing them of a new policy of using paddling as a form of punishment for students, CBS affiliate WRDW-TV reports. The Georgia School of Innovation and the Classics (GSIC), a kindergarten-through-9th-grade charter […]

Reddit post: Advantages of an inflatable board

Reddit post: Advantages of an inflatable board

What advantages have inflatable SUPs in comparison with a rigid board? That was the question on a recent Reddit post  that called my attention to the inherent interest in the topic. As I struggle to keep up with work, personal life and paddleboarding, I have this urge […]

The new ISLE Lotus Inflatable Yoga Paddle Board is a beauty!

The new ISLE Lotus Inflatable Yoga Paddle Board is a beauty!

The new Isle Surf & SUP newsletter spotlights their new fitness and yoga friendly board and they do it in a very presentable way. The newsletter is beautifully designed for a beautifully designed SUP. The new Lotus is an advancement to it’s predecessor the well reviewed ISLE Airtech Inflatable 10’4 Yoga SUP, an ISUP that was a hit in the SUP fitness and yoga communities due to it’s lightweight, easy to carry and inflate, beautifully designed body.

The new Lotus is poised to be a hit as well as it immediately catches ones attention with a flowery design in green, blue and grey. Other than that, it’s still a stable board, that is super easy to carry even when fully inflated. The board pumps up in about 10 minutes to a sturdy SUP great for all your yoga moves. The Lotus pad is about as close to a yoga mat as you can get on a board and the deck pad sticks both when wet and dry. It sticks to your feet to help hold you in position and it has the right shape (quite narrow), size (10,0), and feel of a perfect yoga board (slightly smaller than the previous ISLE Yoga at 10’4).

Check this paddler, about to hit the water on the old ISLE YOga.

Finally warm enough to break out the Sup!!!! #lake #lakelife #sup #islepaddleboards #bringonspring

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The backpack is great and has a full front zip rather than a top-load drawstring, this makes loading and unloading the board, pump, and fin very easy. And according to the ISLE website, the ISLE 10’ Lotus Inflatable Yoga Paddle Board offers a healthy number of features designed for stability, portability and fitness on the water. The shape of the board gives it the glide for leisurely cruising flatwater while the expansive deck pad gives ample room for yoga, Pilates, or any fitness related exercise. The new brushed comfort deck pad serves as the perfect exercise mat while the single front bungee keeps your water bottle and gear out of your way during practice but easy-access at your fingertips.

Wow, check @melelina10k3 pose on the ISLE Yoga.

The ISLE Lotus Inflatable Yoga Paddle Board was designed for those who want to take their yoga practice on land to the water. The boards expansive deck pad gives you ample room for yoga, Pilates and any other fitness related activity. The Lotus’s wider template makes this board super stable and the comfort brush deck pad serves as an extra comfy exercise mat for those intense yoga positions.

10’ – ISLE Lotus Inflatable Yoga Paddle Board
YOGA | ALL AROUND | INFLATABLE
10’ x 32” x 6” | 20 LBS | Rider limit – 240 LBS

The ISLE Lotus Inflatable is still not available on Amazon but you can buy it directly with ISLE on their website.

This video shows details of the ISLE Lotus and some more pictures below. The promotional pictures are equally amazing! Good job ISLE!

Promotional pictures of the ISLE Lotus yoga board in action.
Promotional pictures of the ISLE Lotus yoga board in action.

 

The cheapest iSUP around! Goplus Inflatable 10′ Cruiser SUP StandUp Paddle Board on Amazon

The cheapest iSUP around! Goplus Inflatable 10′ Cruiser SUP StandUp Paddle Board on Amazon

This Goplus SUP board is one of the most stable inflatable standup paddle board for people of all skill levels. Measures 10’x30″x6″ when inflated & is just as firm & stable as other SUPs, can be rolled up into compact package for easy transport and […]

New Kawasaki Jet Ski Inflatable Paddleboard by Tower Paddle Boards

New Kawasaki Jet Ski Inflatable Paddleboard by Tower Paddle Boards

Tower Paddleboards just introduced the Kawasaki Jet Ski® Watercraft Edition, an inflatable 9’10” paddle board designed with a heavy duty tow hook under the nose. Perfect to tie up and tow behind your boat or Jet Ski for ultimate fun in the water. Kawasaki and […]

Stranded at Fyre Festival

Stranded at Fyre Festival

Fyre Festival was all the rage on social media this Friday, April 28th. Look up #fyrefestival on Twitter or the festivals subreddit.

Stranded on Fyre Festival, scene from Castaway.

So from scanning multiple online news sources, as well as twitter, I can safely say this list is the only cross examined and confirmed accounts as to what exactly is happening.
-The “private flights” are chartered 737’s with economy class seating and a soda+chips for each person
-the luxury boutique accommodations are literal disaster relief tents with beds in them (even advertised as disaster relief tents on the manufacturer’s website. Some sources claim it’s the same ones used in the Haiti earthquake disaster.)
-The gourmet chef food handed out so far is two slices of bread, cheese slices and a handful of greens in a styrofoam container
-the “private island” is actually Great Exuma, which has a population of several thousand, with the festival taking place on a beach a stone’s throw from a major resort
-there was luggage stolen from the camp sites by locals
-the music hasn’t even started yet and yet half of the artists have cancelled because they weren’t payed, now it looks like the entire festival is being called off with all further flights cancelled on the tarmac
-the US embassy in the Bahamas is currently offering instance to stranded festivalgoers
-they can’t get enough planes in fast enough because all the incoming Miami flights were canceled
-there are no refunds at this time. The website has made a statement saying all sales are final.

On Netflix: ‘Radical’, the controversial saga of a Brazilian anti-hero surfer

On Netflix: ‘Radical’, the controversial saga of a Brazilian anti-hero surfer

Plotted chronologically with reports, images and videos, “Radical” tells the story of famous and controversial Brazilian surfer Dadá Figueiredo, who rose fast in his career and was an icon of the sport in the 1980s. Vans, known worldwide for being involved in youth culture and […]