They are finally here! SUPlove has gotten their first set of boards to the US and we were lucky enough to try them out and help get their first sale! More exciting things to come from SUPlove! I tried the 8'10" x 28.5" Challenger model and I found it to be very stable, agile, and super fun to surf. The 9'4" Mach1 is it's big brother and would be an ideal SUP surf board for someone between 140-180 lbs, while the 8'5" Challenger seems to be an ideal board for someone under 160lbs. At 145lbs, I find the Challenger to be an ideal board.
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Here is Day 7 on beautiful Lake Powell! This is our last day on the boat and we drove back to the a cove that is close to Wahweap marina. In this vlog, I talk to Captain Pete about his experience during this week on a stand up paddle board. Pete had a great time and found the paddle board very enjoyable, quiet, and had a great time paddling through the narrow canyons. Adam also had a great time and found it to be a great workout and lots of fun.
Robin and Greg also do their impersonations of Huell Howser :) Fun stuff!
Day 4 started out on the water with Jon and Cari going for a paddle in the beautiful scenery of Lake Powell, UT. Day 4 also marked the moving of camps from face canyon to beautiful Wetherill Canyon where Jon and Cari took the Jet ski out on a fast run through the narrow canyon. Manuel was fantastic with the food, and what an Expert Chopper! On the way to Wetherill Canyon, we took a break and jumped off the house boat into the warm Colorado River Water that fills Lake Powell. The day finished with a great Photo on top of a beautiful rock mound in the middle of Wetherill Canyon.
Thanks to SUPlove for the fantastic SUP boards!
Day 3 on the Houseboat allowed us to relax a little more. Cari and I paddled for a few miles and I really enjoyed my new SUPlove Stand Up Paddle Board. It seems to glide much more efficiently than the Naish Board I have, but I’ve never had the chance to paddle both boards in such calm smooth waters. The Scenery was absolutely amazing. We camped in Face Canyon in Lake Powell and it was absolutely gorgeous. We are loaded with Technology on the boat! WE have multiple Macbook pro’s, Nikon D200, Nikon D300, flip cameras, ect… what a place to get a good photo!
Day 2 of our trip started off with launching the speedboat and two jetskis, then driving the houseboat out to Face Canyon where we set up camp for the night. We love the scenery of Face Canyon and it has a very unique looking set of rocks that have slid down a cliff and collected at the bottom of the cliff. It is a good landmark while traveling Lake Powell, as some of the scenery can get monotonous and eventually it all looks the same!
This was Captain Pete’s First day on The Stand Up Paddle Board and he was falling all over the place. The board is too small for him, especially to learn on, but I’m confident that in a couple of days he will get the board to work for him once his balance adapts to the conditions. The water is plenty smooth and should cooperate. Lake Powell is the perfect place to Learn to Stand Up Paddle.
Road Trip! Cari and I head out to Flagstaff on our way to Lake Powell for a wonderful House boating Trip. We make a stop in Needles to pick up the speedboat with our crew, then get back on Highway 40 where we drive painfully slowly to Flagstaff for the night. During the drive, the rig that we are following with the crew in it runs out of gas somewhere off of route 66. A Highway Patrolman pulls over to see if everything is alright and Jon asks him if he knows if they are close to the ocean (the paddleboards are on the roof)… ha!
It’s a small world! Matt Johnston from SUPlove and I got connected on Facebook when Matt downloaded my free e-book on Stand up Paddle surfing conditioning. Fast forward a couple months, and Matt moved to Huntington Beach, CA where he is developing a new line of Stand Up Paddle Boards called SUPlove. Matt and I went out to my local break where we rode his boards and had a blast! The SUPlove boards were great, especially the 9’4” X 29 that I rode most of the morning. It is quite buoyant, maneuverable, stable and a very fun board in the surf. I must say that I was quite skeptical in the beginning, yet the board proved to be much more than I anticipated and I had a fantastic time.