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SUP the Grand Canyon

The first SUP winter descent of the Grand Canyon!

25 days in the Grand Canyon in the middle of December, good or bad idea? As soon as somebody heard that I wanted to go down the whole way on a SUP board they mostly proclaimed me as crazy. Well, I thought it was a great idea. And now in retrospect, after 25 days of standup paddling through the Canyon I have to say, it was one of the best ideas I´ve ever had so far. I knew of 2 guys who have done the descent on a SUP in the summer but of nobody who has tried it in the winter. And I knew that the water would be nearly the same temperature as in summer, as it comes out of the bottom of a dam and therefore is already quite fresh, also in summer times. But the air would be much colder in December, which means a good drysuit is a must-have for the trip, as it was quite probable, that I would take some falls in the big rapids and therefore might swim the one or other minute in the refreshing Colorado. And yes, I had some swims, but as I always chose the most deep line through the rapids, with the least possible rock contact, I was fine when I was ejected from the board, as the Colorado is a rather high volume river. As I did not have a leash on me this time, I think I would put one on (not too tight), on a high volume river like the colorado, next time. Because I was separated from the board twice on the trip, where either me or my board got stuck in an eddy and my girlfriend Maria (big thanks for her safety-boating!) had to re-unite me with my board. On all other occasions I was able to get back on the board in the rapid myself. So why do I think that a SUP is such a great idea in the Grand Canyon? First of all, if you are a solid class IV or V boater you will not get very much excitement in the Canyon and with a SUP on the other hand, every harder rapid, i.e. class 7-9 (the Grand Canyon scale goes from class 1 – 9) gets very exciting. And even if you don`t want to run the harder rapids on the SUP, you can always jump on a raft for the harder rapids and “just” do the easier rapids on the SUP, as even the smaller riffles are exciting with the SUP-board, because you have to keep focused to keep your balance. Even if you say, I don`t want to run any rapid at all, I still would recommend to take a SUP along, as the Grand Canyon is probably 90% flatwater and I loved to paddle those flat stretches on the SUP and everybody on your trip will have a blast when you can take turns on the SUP and thereby get more variety into the raft- or kayak-flatwater paddling or oaring. Last but not least my two cents about the craft I used for this adventure. I really liked the Tahiti Corran SUP on the trip, as it was really stable in the rapids and still long enough, to have enough speed to get nicely forward on the flat parts. If I get ever the chance to go again on the Grand Canyon, I would love to try out the Streetfighter board or the Combat. Because trading in some whitewater performance against some speed on the flatwater would be ok as with the Tahiti I was always way faster than our raft on the flatwater. All in all I can just say, get on a Grand Canyon trip and take along a SUP- board!

Happy paddling!
Markus

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Final Streetfighter

The 2013 Streetfighter is now finished. And this board is amazing! I’ve posted some photos of the original proto Streetfighter from 2012 (in Yellow) and the final one for 2013 to show the differences (these photos the board is missing the three handles and deck bungee). The most obvious is the addition of a hatch in the front of the board that accesses a recessed “bucket”. This allows you to carry a camera, throw-bag, medical kit, a fin or water bottle – anything you need. Obviously the recess has limited capacity, but its enough to take the necessities. We have also added a “kicker” for the front foot to help with boofing drops (its so cool we’ve filed for a patent). The main problem is that anything over about 5′, the board drops away from the paddler. Footstraps are dangerous as your foot can get tangled and ankle snapping is a real concern. This system is just enough to hook under and lift the nose when boofing so you stay connected, but the foot slips out effortlessly if there is any twist. The shapes of the old and new boards are similar, with a few important performance improvements. The nose of the 2013 has been brought to more of a point so it pierces waves rather than plunging into them, and the deck has been peaked for better water shedding. Slightly wider and more voluminous in the very tail also helps with sticking drops and random diagonal waves that tend to catch and trip the paddler. High initial stability has been replaced with improved secondary stability so that the board is easy to roll rail to rail when navigating messy hard rapids, while giving the necessary stability when on edge to stay confidently planted over the board. Having paddled pretty much every board out there in whitewater, we can state confidently that this board is leaps and bounds ahead of the next best thing for those looking to take whitewater SUP to the next level.

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Big n Huge day

With all the excitement about the Mach1, we’ve neglected to talk about another board we have in our lineup – the “BIG ‘n huge”. While there is no doubt the main goal of this board was to create a board that a total beginner could use to start paddleboarding (in both surf and lakes), we also wanted a board that in the hands of good surfers, would be a whole lot of fun. And it’s quite literally that. We went out with three completely different surfers – an experienced 160lbs shortboarder who had never SUP before, a 120lbs girl who’s an experienced SUP surfer, and an expert 180lbs SUP surfer. All three said the same thing: “This board is so much fun!”. Yup – it was hands down, a paddles up day, with almost illegal ear to ear smiles. Perhaps the best comment was from Chelu, “I really liked the board. This is the first time I’ve really nose ridden, and it was amazing. But it still turned so well, and perhaps most of all, I had such a good time just paddling around because no matter how hard I paddled, the board always went faster, so it was a great work-out”. Yeah… we agree… and the photo of Chelu paddling out over the huge surf is a testament to the boards speed and stability!

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