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Stand and Paddle SUP Gear Reviews and Recommendations

Best GPS Unit for SUP

Best Waterproof Camera for SUP

This is the GPS unit that I currently use to track my distance paddles and my daily sprint interval paddle training sessions. - the Etrex 10 by Garmin.  I highly recommend it, as it is one of the cheapest on the market, yet one of the few that tracks the Russian Glonass Satellite system as well as the US system, and is WAAS-enabled, so it is very accurate.  Of course you can use the My Garmin on-line software to check out your paddles, but I prefer to just download the file directly into Google Earth - it works great.

 

UPDATE: June 2014 - I am so happy with this unit that I now have 2 of these for averaging together for super accurate testing of techniques, and equipment.  More info about that coming soon....

We currently paddle with HovieSUP, King's PaddleSports, Dean Watersports, Liquid Shredder, & Surftech Laird Hamilton boards and ZRE, Riviera Paddlesurf, & Windswept SUP paddles... but we have tested and/or used many other boards & paddles.

Scroll down below to see links to some of our favorite boards, paddles and other SUP equipment and paddling accessories along with occasional reviews & comments.

List of Paddle Board Manufacturers, Board Makers and other SUP related equipment companies:

 

If you would like to add to or update this list, please scroll to the form at the bottom of the page.

 

 

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Ainsworth Paddles

Amundson/Aquaglide

Angulo Surf

Ark Boards

Art In Surf

Bamboo Surfboards

Bark

Becker Surf

Bic Sport (Oxbow Surfboards)

Bill Hamilton Custom Surfboards

Block Surf

Board Fisher

Boardworks Surf

C4 Waterman

Cabrinha Surf

Cedar Surfboards

Channel Islands Surfboards

Chesapeake Light Craft

Circle One Surfboards

Coleman Company (Sevylor)

Coreban

Custard Point Longboards

Dakine

Danai - Hydrosport

Dennis Pang Hawaiian Surf Designs

Destination Surf

Drops Boards SAS

Epic Gear

Erickson Paddleboards (Lance Erickson)

Escape Surfboards

Everpaddle

Fanatic International

FCS Fin

FMSurf (Felipe Mendes)

Foote Surfboards Hawaii

Futures Fins

Gillespie Paddles

Global Surf Industries

Gong SUP

GoPro

Gray Whale Trading Company

Hawaiian Pro Designs

Hemel Board Company

Hermano Woodboards

Hobie

Hoeku Hawaii

Hooked SUP

HovieSup

Hulakai

Hypr Nalu Hawaii

Imagine Eco Surfboards

Infinity Surfboards

Island Longboards

Isle Surfboards

Jimmy Lewis Boards

JimmyStyks

Joe Blair

Johnson Big Stick

JP

Kazuma Surfboards Hawaii

Kia Kaha

Kialoa

King’s Paddle Sports

Kinimaka Kuiluna

Komunity Project (Kelly Slater)

Lahui Kai

Laird Paddle Sports

Lakeshore Paddleboard Company

Liquid Shredder Soft Surfboards (Peru Surf Industries)

Malama Paddles

Maxfield Provisions

Mistral

Moana Nui

Morrelli and Melvin

Naish

Natures Shapes

Nectar Surfboards

Neptune Paddles

Noosa Surf Works (Laguna Bay Stand Up Paddle)

North Shore Inc. (NSI)

Ohana Paddleboards

Ordonez, Sean (SOS Shapes)

Pacific Paddleboards (On Water Designs)

Paddle Surf Hawaii

Pau Hana Surf Supply

Pearson Arrow

Pope Bisect (Travelboards)

Prolite International

Pure Paddles Inc.

Quickblade Paddles

Rainbow Fin Company

Red Paddles Co.

Riviera Paddlesurf

Robert August Surf Company

Roberto Ricci Designs

Rogue Stand Up Paddleboards

Rogue Wave Custom Boards

Ron House

Rusty Surfboards

Sandwich Island Composites

Sawyer Paddles and Oars

Sean Ordenez Shapes (SOS)

Select Paddles

Sharpe Surfboards

Shaw & Tenney

Siren

Soft Surfboards

South County

Stamps Surfboards

Starboard

Stewart Surfboards

Sticky Bumps (Wax Research Inc.)

Stu Kenson Surfboards

SUP Love

SurfCo Hawaii

Surftech

TahoeSUP

Timpone Surfboards

Tomahawk Paddle Boards

Tower

Tropical Blends Custom Surfboards

ULI

Vitamin Blue

Walden Surfboards

Waverod

WaveTiger

Wavewalk Kayaks

Werner Paddles

Whiskeyjack Paddles

Yoloboard

 

I get lots of questions about what camera I use to take all of the photos that I post on Facebook.  Well, this is it, the Olympus TG-2.  Waterproof tough camera that takes great photos, is very rugged, and most important, is easy and fast to use while trying to take action shots while standing on a moving paddle board!  I have used many cameras on my paddling adventures over the last few years, and this is by far my favorite.

 

UPDATE: June, 2014:     Sony DSC-TX30

 

I am now using both of the camera's above.  I feel that the Olympus is the better, higher quality camera of the two, but the Sony is excellent and much more convenient to carry & use out paddling on the SUP board. It is also much easier to keep the lens clean of salt water spots on the Sony, than on the Olympus.  Picture quality is roughly equal, but the Oylmpus is unbelievably fast!  So if you need to take lots of quick shots and lots of multiple action shots, the Oylmpus TG is definitely superior.

Best Board Fin Connection System

The Quick Fin Release is the best fin screw system I have used or seen by far.  It is so fast and easy to get your fins on and off your boards. Or adjust the position of your SUP fin within the fin box.  No more aggravation and wasted time spent trying to line up the square bolt in the fin box, or fishing out the nut that fell off the bolt.  No more having to keep a key or screw driver with you to be able to change the fin.  Once you install this on your fin, it is a (semi) permanent part of your fin and taking the fin on and off, or adjusting the placement of the fin in the box is super fast and easy.

Best PFD - Stearn's Sospenders

Stearn's Sospenders is the smallest, lightest, least obtrusive U.S. Coast Guard approved PFD that I have found.  As many states, jurisdictions, and SUP race directors require wearing a PFD, this is a must have.  It is considerably smaller and less obtrusive than any of the other options I have seen or tried.

Paddle Board Gear Reviews

Would you like to give your opinion and observations on a SUP paddle, GPS unit, fin, pfd, camera, or any particular piece of SUP equipment?   Not only would I love to have that info, but sharing it with our growing SUP community would be greatly appreciated by all!  Just send me the info, with as many details as possible and a couple of photos if possible, and I will post it and give you proper credit.  Your post might also make some of our various social media outlets also, so send your info in to help get your thoughts out to the SUP community.  Contact me here.

Used SUP Gear Market

Do you have used SUP gear for sale?  Paddles, fins, GPS units, etc... Send me the info and I will post it for you!  Your post might also make some of our various social media outlets also, so send your info in to get as much exposure as possible to get your used SUP gear sold.  Contact me here.

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