What's with all this volume? When we all Started in SUP we had a rule of thumb of 30-40 liters over your weight for flat water paddling. Now we are seeing boards that easily top the 300+ liter mark. So, who are these boards good for? YOU, if the conditions are right. We still hold true that a lighter weight paddler will get thrashed about in bigger conditions, but if you are confident and don't go too crazy with the volume of your board, the ... read more
Congratulations to all the participants of the 2017 Carolina Cup. It was another great event full of the usual carnage, mayhem and sportsmanship. Our hats go off to repeat Champions Annabel Anderson and Titouan Puyo. This year we saw new faces break into the top remaining spots giving us all hope that the sport is in good hands for years to come. As is tradition...we put together a little shameless plug for ourselves. ... read more
Cris Rosario of Paddleboard Specialists introduces us to Tino Jandke from Sunova Surfboards. Tino gives us insight into the beginnings of Sunova, Bert Burger's innovative shapes and his construction using balsa.
This is a longer video than we usually do but, if you stick with it, you'll get a valuable education into shapes, stringers, rails, vents, board flex and more. It really makes you appreciate what goes into Sunova boards.
John Amundson walks through the all new 2017 Amundson 14x27 TRX with Cris Rosario of Paddleboard Specialists.
Paddleboard Specialists is the Midwest's premier dealer for Amundson stand up paddle boards (SUP). We have a dedicated staff that tests every Amundson model we offer and is thoroughly knowledgeable about their performance. We offer the largest selection of in stock stand up paddle boards in the United States along with an incre ... read more
What does this have to do with SUP?
If you live in a climate that turns our beloved playground to ice...do not fear. There are a lot of ways to stay in paddle shape over the winter. One of our favorites is XC Skiing. We use the same major muscle groups and it also helps with those smaller muscles that help keep us balanced on a paddleboard. Stay tuned for more on our #XC2PADDLE series and in store #XC2PADDLE specific clinics. ... read more
Travis Grant joined us live from Hawaii for a discussion on how he got into paddling, his role in the making of the NSP DC race boards and Quickblade Trifecta, his training philosophy, and more.
This is less than 10 minutes of more than an hour that Travis shared with us. If you'd like to be a part of the live discussion, join us! Upcoming dates available at our events page. ... read more
SNEAK PEEK: Cris gives us a look at a prototype of JP Australia's **2017** 12' x 32.5" Outback. With plenty of width throughout, lots of volume, and some key attachment features, this shape makes an excellent day cruiser or fishing board.
Super stable (for those sidearm casts) with a deep cutting nose, it paddles like butta' while feeling rock solid under your feet. There are mounting slots for a pole rack, front and rear rigging points for ge ... read more
AUGUST 6, 2016 - Midwest Standup Paddle Festival!
Cris and Kevin try their best to stay on topic and explain the Super Lap format of this year's 6 mile race at the Midwest Standup Paddle Festival.
For more information on the event, and to register, visit http://www.paddleboardspecialists.com/info_events.asp?id=102 ... read more
Shot on location in Wrightsville Beach, NC at the 2016 Carolina Cup.
Big thanks to
Titouan Puyo - 1st place 2016 Carolina Cup (men's and overall)
Danny Ching - 3rd place 2016 Carolina Cup (men's and overall)
Sonni Hönscheid - 3rd place 2016 Carolina Cup (women's)
Zane Kekoa Schweitzer - Champion, 2016 Ultimate Waterman
Jeramie Vaine - SUP yogi extraord ... read more
Kevin Julka and Cris Rosario of Paddleboard Specialists give their first impressions of the 2016 Surftech BARK Vapor 14' and the 2016 SIC FX14' Pro. These two all-condition boards are definitely creating a class of their own with the ability to handle chop and wind while still maintaining flat-water speed.
The SIC FX Pro, with less nose rocker and more tail rocker, is closer to a true "all-condition" board, but definitely requires more from the ... read more
Cris Rosario from Paddleboardboard Specialists compares the 2016 BARK Vapor and the 2016 SIC FX Pro.
In 2016 we are introduced to new shapes from Joe Bark via SURFTECH and Mark Raaphorst via SIC. To say these guys know what they're doing is a huge understatement. Both know more about what makes a board perform than just about anyone in the industry. So, when they decide to come out with very similar shapes in the same year, we should ... read more
In 2016 we are introduced to new shapes from Joe Bark via SURFTECH and Mark Raaphorst via SIC. To say
these guys know what they're doing is a huge understatement. Both know more about what makes a board perform
than just about anyone in the industry. So, when they decide to come out with very similar shapes in the same year,
we should probably pay attention.
We've been fans of Joe Bark since his first performance SUP came out. The 2016 Vapor series, Contender Lite Pro Elite and Commander 12 light are awesome additions to one of the best performance lines of stand up paddleboards available. Gary Stone from Paddleboard Specialists and Joe Bark review the 2016 lineup and Gary shares some quick insights into the flat water performance of the new Vapor series in this clip. Expect first availability of the ... read more
It seems like every week we get a phone call or email from another light woman that is frustrated with the performance she is able to get from her board and paddle. This is always comprised of three elements.
1. She isn't on the right board for her specific situation. (her height, weight, strength, range of water conditions she wants to paddle in)
2. She isn't paddling with a paddle that is sized properly for her in terms of blade s ... read more
For 2015 Naish has completely redesigned the Javelin series. They are flatter, have much more volume in the front of the board combined with much harder rails and a bow shape designed to prevent water from wrapping and to make it easier to get the board on plane...and keep it there.
Our shop ambassadors David and Kevin have 3 races under their belt now and have 5 podium finishes in 6 possible starts including 2 1st place finishes in the 14' cla ... read more
If you're in the market for a super high performance paddle Werner and Quickblade make the highest quality paddles on the planet. At Paddleboard Specialists we stock a wide range of sup paddles and our staff is incredibly knowledgeable about the differences ... read more
Paddleboard Specialists carries a full line of production prone paddleboards from Surftech. Available in Elite or AST construction, The Commander is available in 14' or 12' and the 10'6 Sprinter is available for lighter paddlers . Visit paddleboardspecialists.com or give us a call tod ... read more
The Starboard RACE is a new model from Starboard for 2015. Designed to fit right between their Sprint flat water specific race board and the All Star all conditions race/tour model, the Race has a light, lively and aggressive feel on the water. It's a little nervous but also a ton of fun. In this video we review the 12'6" x 27.5" brushed carbon version. There are ... read more
RRD designed the Air Tour Light stripe models to be comfortable, easy and fun recreational SUP boards at a competitive price point.
Their travel bag and pump are well thought out and executed, the boards paddle well and deliver an enjoyable on the water experience for recreational paddlers wanting an inflatable board. Available in 32" and 34" widths depending upo ... read more
Sometimes an SUP board comes along that surprises us. The Gran Turismo 12'6" is one of those boards. It is a really, really efficient shape. I have paddled so many boards that weigh around 32 pounds and I have never paddled one that feels as slippery and is as responsive as this one. Even with a moderate rocker nose this board is flat out quick and also quite easy to ... read more
The quality of inflatable stand up paddleboards is all over the map. Starboard's options are built to the very highest standard, include top quality accessories and have 100% quality control. They combine high pressures (18psi) for a stiff on the water feel with very low weights making them really easy to manage both in the trunk of your car and getting the board into and out of the water once inflated.
We've been fans of John Amundon's designs since the beginning. This is the third iteration of the 12'6" x 29" TR and TR-X series and the most versatile and capable to date. For paddlers up to 185 pounds looking for a really efficient, comfortable, easy and fast touring board for a variety of water conditions the TR series are some of the best.
Blk Box stand up paddleboards are made with total passion for design, construction and performance. That says it all for Blk Box designs and Blk Box owner Matt Campbell. The production versions of his awesome custom creations are much more durable and cost effective and are equipped with all the right stuff from a custom designed fin made for Blk Box by Lar ... read more
We've been fans of John Amundon's designs for about 5 years now. This new model is designed for the lighter to mid weight paddler looking for a really efficient, comfortable, easy and fast touring board. At 25 pounds it is also light and easy to handle off the water.
Paddleboard Specialists is the premier dealer for Amundson paddleboards. (SUP) Our dedicated staff tests every Amundson model and is thoroughly knowledgeable about their ... read more
The Elite Touring Series from Starboard is the first series of touring SUP boards designed from the ground up to deliver amazing comfort, stability and speed all in one board. With 7 sizes in 4 constructions there is sure to be a model that will be perfect for your particular situation.
Paddleboard Specialists is the premier dealer for Starboard p ... read more
We have been fans of Joe Bark since the original Competitor came out years ago and instantly changed the SUP landscape. The D2 is the newest, fastest flat water to chop and light downwind performance paddleboard to come from Joe. Finally a lower volume narrower Dominator! This board could win a race just about anywhere in the USA! Built in Surftech's ... read more
The Quickblade Trifecta and V-Drive paddles are two of the finest performance stand up paddles available today. They are available in a variety of blade sizes with a variety of different shafts depending upon your specific needs. Quickblade's Jim Terrell lives and breathe ... read more
Starboard Sprint designer Matt Rozier claims the 2015 Sprints are 5% faster and more stable than last year's narrower versions. In this video Paddleboard Specialists owner Gary Stone interviews Matt and shows you the details on these ultra cool, ultra fast flat water speed machines.
Paddleboard Specialists is the nation's premier dealer for Starboa ... read more
Are you looking for a really efficient all conditions tour/race SUP paddle board that is light and durable? The Blk Box Tech Box UNO series fits the bill with its beautifully finished full molded bamboo sandwich construction. It’s highly detailed shape delivers in flat water, chop, upwind, downwind, and crosswind while providing exceptional stability and comf ... read more
Are you looking for a really efficient all conditions tour/race SUP paddle board that is light and durable? The Blk Box Tech Box UNO 12'6" series fits the bill with its beautifully finished full molded bamboo sandwich construction. It’s highly detailed shape delivers in flat water, chop, upwind, downwind, and crosswind while providing exceptional stability an ... read more
Paddleboard Specialists owner Gary Stone shares his experiences testing the newest Starboard All Star and Race models at the Starboard international dealers meeting September, 2014. Participating in the meeting allows us access to the full variety of boards in Starboard's 2015 lineup and to test them side by side while learning the small details about each o ... read more
This is a must see video. We all travel with our paddles and at some point accidents will happen. In this video Jim goes into the causes that ultimately lead to shaft failure. Please take time to watch and remember to protect your paddle from sharp impacts.
The Blk Box Sidewinder is the Ferrari of inland lakes race and tour SUP boards. Its full carbon construction, ultra lean entry and subtly rounded bottom deliver a super - fast and super quite ride while its relatively wide tail and parallel rails allow you to count up to 40 strokes per side with excellent stroke technique. And the acceleration is effortless! The Sidewinder is also very responsive to foot steering so in flat to light chop conditi ... read more
The 2014 X14 SCC paddle board is a slightly scaled down version of the 2013 model. Now 28.5” wide and 280 liters vs 29.5” wide and 296 liters last year the size of this board is aimed at the core size range of paddlers looking for a really efficient touring/racing SUP design to use in a wide range of conditions from flat water to moderate chop. The X14 is a perfect fit for anyone wanting a really efficient shape that turns stroke effort into spee ... read more
The SIC X12 Pro paddle board has a very compact responsive, alive feel. It surges forward with each stroke and glides beautifully. I love the shape of its cockpit so I can brace my feet in rougher water and feel the edges of the board as well. As you hop back the X12 Pro maintains its comfort and responds quickly to weighting the tail for a quick turn at the mark. Also a great design for a lighter paddler looking for an efficient touring SUP shap ... read more
Are you looking for a really efficient all conditions tour/race SUP paddle board that is custom built? The Blk Box UNO fits the bill with its beautifully finished full carbon construction. It’s highly detailed shape delivers in flat water, chop, upwind, downwind, and crosswind while providing exceptional stability and comfort. Available in 12’6” x 26.25, 12’6” ... read more
Here at Paddleboard Specialists we can’t get enough of SUP. We find ourselves traveling a ton with inflatable SUP stand up paddle boards and wanted to experience a primitive trip by paddle board. We chose Alaska’s Noatak river for its remote location, spectacular expansive river valleys, abundance of wildlife including grizzly bears, dall sheep, musk ox, a salmon run in the river and more. We want to thank our guides Ken and Jeff and the rest of ... read more
The The Naish Alana stand up paddle board paddle delivers every element women want and need in a high performance adjustable paddle. Its unique clamp lock/groove system assures the handle and the blade stay aligned every time the paddle is adjusted. Its ultra -light 19.5 ounces handles like a dream and its combination of narrow blade and small grip diameter with a moderate ... read more
We’ve taught more kids stand up paddle boarding than we can count in the last 8 years....and the biggest challenge kids face is having a stand up paddle board paddle sized appropriately for them not only in length but in weight, shaft stiffness and blade size. The Quickblade Microfly FG/FG adjustable is designed to be the ONLY SUP paddle your kids will need until they reach their teen years. Its ultra- light weight of 15 ounces combined with its ... read more
The Bullet 14V2 is SIC’s newest creation. It has a much more gentle rocker line combined with a wide point further forward than the original Bullet 14’ that works beautifully on inland lakes wind driven swell conditions.
SIC designer Mark Raaphorst lives and breathes stand up paddle board design on Maui. With over 20 years of experience shaping surfboards, windsurfers and now for the past 10 years stand up paddle boards, Mark is one o ... read more
Joe Bark is one of the best stand up paddle board shapers out there and these newest 12’6” shapes illustrate once again why Joe’s shapes are so popular world - wide. With narrower widths and lower volumes these boards are best suited to mid to lighter weight riders. On paper they appear very similar but they are quite a bit different in character. Enjoy this video review by Paddleboard Specialists and you’ll understand the differences between th ... read more
The Starboard All Star series stand up paddle boards have been substantially upgraded for the 2014 season. New volume distribution allows these SUPs to stay really flat on the water improving their glide, a narrower spoon style entry in the nose has improved their upwind and cross wind performance while a more subtle rocker line has improved their versatility. The All Stars are ava ... read more
With the introduction of the latest SIC 14’ X series flat water touring/race models you will find boards that perform to the highest level. We were able to test the only production X 14 series boards in the country the day before Battle of the Paddle California. The X14 (14 x 28.5”, 285 liters) is available in SCC and TWCC constructions while the X14 Pro (14’ x 26”, 253 liters) is avail ... read more
I have been a fan of John Amundson’s stand up paddle board shapes for quite some time now so I was especially anxious to ride his new 14’ x 28” race/tour SUP for next season. This new model still has a very high degree of stability for its size. The rocker line has been flattened and the entry has been modified creating a board with a very slippery feel when paddling quickly combined with a beautiful glide This is a combination that in the past ... read more
I am always excited to test Joe Bark’s new models because they are always great performers. The new Candice Pro Elite 12’6” x 27” is no exception. With a 1” narrower wide point and substantially narrower entry to midpoint outline the new Candice is super slippery feeling, accelerates like mad and is very responsive. This combined with significantly lower volume than last year makes this new 12’6” race model ideal for paddlers under 170 pounds. Be ... read more
When you test as many boards as we do one quickly finds that many are not very memorable. The opposite is true with the SIC X14 in the semi carbon custom construction. Super high stability combined with awesome acceleration, glide and tracking in flat to moderately choppy water. It is a fairly wide board at 29.5” with 296 liters of volume and is best s ... read more