Make Your Own SUP Paddle

SUP gear can get pretty pricey . . . so why not make your own? We wish it was that simple.

But the folks over at DIY Surf Gear are offering some great instruction on how to make your own wooden SUP paddle, and this is as simple, and high quality as someone with little to zero woodworking or gear construction could ask for.

Make Your Own SUP Paddle
Not bad for a DIY SUP paddle

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SUP Camps and Learning Opportunities Abound

Whether your goal is to get in shape, find a fun family or couples activity, or accelerate your SUP training, SUP camps can be a great way to find physical, spiritual and mental fulfillment while away on your vacation (or if you’re lucky, in your backyard). Many of these camps and retreats are popping up … Read more

Evaluating Three Options for My New SUP

I’m on the search for an all-around SUP. But even more specific than an “all-arounder”, I need something that will fit nicely within the parameters set by my surrounding environment, type of paddling, fitness goals, body type, and storage and transportation needs.

For starters, I plan on using the SUP to get to-and-from places within the often choppy waters of my local bay, so I’d like something that can track straight and glide nicely. It would be great if the board was equipped with tie-downs or storage compartments so I could bring some supplies along for the ride.

I also want to use the board for fitness – launching from different locations and finding “routes” along the shore to build up strength and endurance. However, the board also needs to be stable enough for others to use. This includes family members and guests of varying shapes, sizes, and abilities.

Below are three of the boards I am considering. Keep in mind that I’m also taking into account affordability, max weight capacity (it should be able to hold at least 200lbs), length (I’m trying to stay below the 12’6” category for storage and transportation purposes), board weight (the lighter the better), and overall versatility.