Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Bend Voted Best SUP Getaway in Outside Magazine's 2014 Travel Awards

We are lucky enough to live in the country's Best SUP Getaway, according to Outside Magazine's 2014 Travel Awards.  If you haven't yet tried the sport, we'd love to set you up for a super fun first stand up paddle boarding experience.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Desert Orthopedics 2014 Bend Paddleboard Challenge

We are excited to announce that Desert Orthopedics has officially been named title sponsor of the 2014 Bend Paddleboard Challenge!  

The 2014 Desert Orthopedics Bend Paddleboard Challenge is a spectator friendly, all-levels stand up paddle festival that will include SUP races and free demos as well as a fanastic opening ceremony featuring the Hokulea Dancers. Once again, the event will be held at Riverbend Park in beautiful Bend, Oregon.  The date is Saturday, June 28th.
Central Oregon's Premiere SUP Event

The 2014 Desert Orthopedics Bend Paddleboard Challenge will be part of the Subaru of Bend Outside Games, a five-day celebration of Central Oregon's best summertime outdoor fun.

Desert Orthopedics is Bend's most trusted orthopedic facility. They are known for their personable approach and expertise. If you're dealing with a condition that's holding you back from enjoying life to its fullest, give them a call!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Naish SUP Added to Lineup

Naish SUP
Naish SUP
Hey SUPers!  Just wanted to let you know that we've added the entire line of Naish SUP products to our lineup.  This includes boards, paddles, and accessories.  

We're in the process of adding each awesome item to the online store but are also busy organizing the fourth annual Bend Paddleboard Challenge and gearing up for the rental season… so in the meantime, if there's something you want but don't see on the site, please give us a call at 541.323.3355 or email us at  We can probably get it to you!

We're very proud to offer Naish SUP boards and paddles to our amazing customers. Each product is excellently designed and made.  The Hawaiian company has a long, authentic history in water sports and continues to be managed by the Naish family.
Naish Alana Air SUP Board and Paddle
Naish Alana Air 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Stand Up Paddle Bend on The Today Show

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Outside Magazine voted Bend, Oregon "The 2014 Best SUP Getaway" in their travel awards and the Today Show picked up the story this morning!  Come visit and see what Bend has to offer.  We'd love to help you with your SUP adventure while you're here.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Free KIALOA Paddling Clinic at Bend Paddleboard Challenge

We are stoked to announce that KIALOA team riders, Karen Wrenn, Beau Whitehead, and Cyril Burguiere will teach free KIALOA stand up paddle clinics at the Bend Paddleboard Challenge on Saturday, June 15th.  The clinics will take place after the races. Paddlers of all levels of experience are welcome.  Sign up at the registration tent on race day!

This is an awesome opportunity to pick up tips from three of the Northwest's fastest, most acclaimed SUP racers.  You can also learn a lot from watching their finely tuned technique during the race itself.

Stand Up Paddle Lesson, Bend, Oregon
Karen Wrenn teaches SUP clinic at the
2011 Bend Paddleboard Challenge.

The Bend Paddleboard Challenge is a World Paddle Association sanctioned celebration of stand up paddling that includes races, manufacturer demos and clinics.  The Bend Paddleboard Challenge takes place on Saturday June 15th at Riverbend Park in Bend, Oregon.  For more info, visit the race website.  Register to race at the Stand Up Paddle Flatwater Event page.  The Bend Paddleboard Challenge is presented by Stand Up Paddle Bend, your source for the best SUP gear in every price range.

2011 Bend Paddleboard Challenge winner Karen Wrenn is a mother of two who has won several major stand up paddle races and is the first person to paddle between all eight of the Channel Islands consecutively.

Beau Whitehead is a firefighter, competitive cyclist and top placer in several major SUP racers.

Cyril Burguire is last year's Challenge winner.  He lives in Portland where he paddles (and cycles) to work every day... year round!  

Thursday, May 30, 2013

3rd Annual Bend Paddleboard Challenge

The third annual Bend Paddleboard Challenge is less than a month away; on Saturday, June 15th at Riverbend Park in beautiful Bend, Oregon!  Come on out and help us celebrate SUP.  Participants and spectators of all levels of ability, experience and interest are welcome.  

Here are the details:

WHAT:  A WPA sanctioned celebration of stand up paddling to include short and long course races, manufacturer demos and camaraderie.

WHO: All levels of ability, experience and interest are welcome. Spectators too!

WHEN: Saturday, June 15th, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Riverbend Park, 779 SW Columbia Street, Bend, Oregon .

Registration forms and more info available at the race website:

Thursday, January 24, 2013

SUP Fins - Understanding Stand Up Paddle Board Fins

Fins are a very important part of the Stand Up Paddle Board.  Without them you would probably spin in circles.  Most manufacturers do a good job of matching the fin to the SUP board but understanding how your fin or fins work will help you decide what fin you want to use on your board.

TruAmes SWT
Shallow Water Touring
Futures Keel Stand Up Paddle Fin
Future Fins Keel

All-around SUP boards and stand up paddle surfboards have fins and fin systems that come from the surf side of the sport (more on that in a second).  The size of the board reflects the size and number of fins on the board.  With a single fin setup, the fin will be larger than if you are using a three fin or two plus one configuration.   This is because the surface area and holding power needed comes from only one fin instead of three.  How much surface area needed depends on the size and type of board, on the conditions you are paddling in and your personal preference.  The center fin on a three fin board will be the same as the outside fins and on a two plus one setup, the center fin is larger than the outside fins but smaller than that of a single fin setup.  Some boards with a two plus one setup will allow you to remove the outside fins and change the center fin to make it a single fin board.

FCS Danny Ching
FCS Slater Trout

The difference between single, twin, three fin and quad setups is a topic for another blog post but briefly, single fins provide the holding power to keep the tail of the board from sliding around and the muti-fin systems do that and a lot more.  They provide the rider the ability to generate speed by forcing water through the fins.  Some three fin setups are called Thrusters because you can thrust water through the fins and go faster on a wave.  Multi-fin setups are very useful in surfing because of the dynamic interaction with the rider, the board and the wave.  However multi-fin systems add drag and that works against flatwater stand up paddling.  The fins, other than the center fin on a multi-fin board are not pointed in the direction of travel.  They have a certain amount of cant.  That means they are angled towards the centerline of the board and not in the direction of travel.  The more cant or angle, the looser or the easier turning ability the board will have, but the more drag the board will have as well.  Drag is not felt as much while paddle surfing because you are using energy from the wave but for flatwater paddling, drag is bad.  Boards that are designed for flatwater paddling will only have a single fin setup.

TruAmes Crossfire Hexcore

We are seeing more touring and race SUP boards coming with a flatwater style of fin.  However many people use all-around boards for paddling away from the surf and very often these boards come with a fin that is designed to be used in the surf.  This is where you can change the fin and dramatically change the way the board behaves.  A flatwater style of fin will help a board track much straighter.  This is a very desirable feature to have when paddling across a lake.

There are many new flatwater fins on the market but they generally can be grouped into three types.  Touring, racing and downwinders.  Touring fins are designed with one thing in mind.  Keeping the board going as straight as possible.  They do this by extending the horizontal dimension of the fin.  A large base and much of the surface area of the fin reaches back to make it difficult for the fin to pivot.

SUP race fins are a compromise.  They are designed to help the tracking ability of the board while also allowing it to maneuver amongst competitors and, more importantly, make a turn around a buoy.  They fall somewhere between a surf fin and a touring fin shape wise.  Quite a few SUP race fins are made of carbon fiber which allows them to be thinner to cut down on the drag yet keep their effective stiffness.  Carbon fiber as well as hexcore and other similar materials makes for lighter weight than the solid fiberglass that is traditionally used to make fins.

Futures FIns Downwinder 
Downwinder SUP fins are the most unique.  They get their surface area by reaching much further into the water and have an even smaller horizontal component than surf fins.  The principal is that you want to keep the board from spinning around in rougher conditions where the tail is lifting out of the water.  You also don't want a large profile that would cause the rougher conditions to put side pressure on the fin and make the board unstable.  And the relatively vertical orientation also helps the board remain maneuverable to make the small adjustments in the direction needed when traveling with the wind.

Many SUP enthusiasts will change fins often depending on the conditions.  You can race your BARK Dominator with a FCS Slater Trout in the morning, take a casual cruise across the lake with your TruAmes SWT fin for lunch and then put the Future Downwind 13" for the afternoon downwinder session.  One board, three fins and a whole lot of fun.

Or, you could surf your all-around stand up paddle board with the three fin set up it comes with in the morning and then remove the side fins for a flatwater tour in the afternoon or, better yet, switch it out for a TruAmes SWT fin for even straighter tracking and less drag.

We hope this info helps you to understand when and why you might want to switch  your SUP fin set up and, more importantly, helps you to have more fun on the water.

Happy paddling!

Monday, January 7, 2013

New KIALOA Race SUP: The Hulu

KIALOA Hulu UltraLight GL
New KIALOA Race Paddle: The Hulu

Our friends at KIALOA have just come out with yet another revolutionary new stand up paddle: the Hulu. We’re very proud to be among the first SUP shops to have it in stock (a perk of being located in the same town).

The KIALOA Hulu is a collaboration between Dave Chun and his friend, fellow Bend resident, Gerry Lopez. It’s a super light, super strong, top performance stand up paddle, designed to meet the specific demands of racing with excellence.

The Hulu features a plethora of super-smart, high tech elements that combine to provide maximum speed and efficiency, including a new shaft construction, trademarked by KIALOA, called CST (Compression Shaft Technology). 

KIALOA Hulu Stand Up Paddle for Racing
The Hulu's UltraLight and Strong Shaft
The pre-impregnated carbon fiber shaft has an oval mid-section and 3K carbon weave.  The ultra thin blade has a KIALOA PowerHook, PowerFace Dihedral, internal carbon edge banding, precision ground edges, and a ten-degree angle.  In case you’re not familiar with the technical jargon, just know that it’s very, very strong, stiff and light. And because it’s a KIALOA paddle, you also know that it feels good in your hand, looks beautiful, and has soul.

In addition to Gerry Lopez’s input, prominent Pacific Northwest paddlers and KIALOA team riders, Karen Wrenn, Cyril Burguiere and Beau Whitehead were invited to test-drive the Hulu, as was Chuck Patterson of California.

Cyril stopped by Stand Up Paddle Bend the other day and had this to stay about the Hulu:

"The first and most obvious observation anybody will make about the Hulu is how light it is. It is so light; I was worried I would break it while paddling when I first picked it up. I raced and trained with the Hulu almost every day last season, in all sorts of situations (sprint, distance, downwind) without a shaft break. I have broken other paddles before and am amazed at the Hulu's strength-to-weight and stiffness. Dave Chun has explained the manufacturing process for creating the shaft and how he has been able to create an ultra light shaft, free of stress or weak points. Anybody that has the chance to learn about the design and manufacturing should take the opportunity - it makes you appreciate the time and effort that goes into making this high performance product."

Racing Stand Up Paddle by KIALOA: The Hulu
The KIALOA Hulu is available
in black or a choice of several
all-new blade graphics...
or featuring the iconic Gerry Lopez logo!
"The Hulu is very different from KIALOA's older paddles, an exception being the Toro, the older sibling to the Hulu with a slightly larger blade. Some of the older paddles (besides the Toro) did not have the slight dihedral on blade to help with tracking in water. Also, the thin blade's shape is a longer teardrop with slight curve at tip. Without getting too technical, the Hulu just feels smooth and effortless in how it enters, tracks through and releases from the water. The oval shaft for lower hand grip and the top T-handle feel great in my hands - making for a comfortable 13 mile 'Round the Rock race in Seattle or the rare 18 mile training run down the Willamette River. This is truly a high performance paddle - It is for those that want to get as close as possible to feeling like they have nothing in their hands while getting a smooth, comfortable pull on the water."

The New KIALOA Hulu Race Paddle Shaft
The Hulu is available in three versions: the Hulu Light, the Hulu UltraLight and the Hulu UltraLight GL. The UltraLight weighs in at just 17 ounces! The UltraLight GL comes with the iconic Gerry Lopez signature logo and the Light and UltraLIght are available in black or a choice of several brand new KIALOA blade graphics.

Oh, Hulu means feather in Hawaiian in case you’re wondering!

6/10/13 Update: The KIALOA Hulu now comes in even more varieties.  Check out the new round shaft Hulu RST which comes with either a fixed length or adjustable shaft and in three price points.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

A Renewed Appreciation for Stand Up Paddling

Chip just got back from Mexico where he was filming the Baja 1000 as it passed through a beautiful, remote little fishermen’s town that is home to one of the world’s best surf spots. 

Although the surf was too small for regular surfing, he caught lots of waves on his stand up paddle board!  And on super flat days, he had fun paddling his 14 foot paddle board over the reefs, looking through the clear water at the giant, spectacularly beautiful garibaldi below. 

In case you haven’t heard of them, garibaldi are dazzlingly bright orange fish.  I hesitate to say they look a bit like giant goldfish, because that comparison doesn't do them justice.  These ones were huge!  There were about 20 of them.  Chip wishes he'd had his GoPro… but I’m glad he could enjoy the experience without being distracted by filming or taking pictures.  

What amazing sights have you seen from your stand up paddle board?

Saturday, November 10, 2012

KIALOA Video with Dave Chun and Gerry Lopez

We recently had the opportunity to work with the KIALOA Paddles team on a series of videos about their creative process.  This one, featuring Dave Chun and Gerry Lopez, is one of our favorites.  We'd love to know what you think of it....

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What Type of PFD to Use for Stand Up Paddling

Because the Coast Guard applies the same rules to stand up paddle boards as they do to small boats, Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)/Life Jackets are required for stand up paddling in most places across the U.S.  Here, elite racer and Surftech SUP team rider, Kerri Stewart talks about how to choose one that won't get in your way while paddling: 

Technically, you're supposed to carry a whistle as well.  The Quiksilver PFD Belt Pack comes with one.  Or you can purchase one separately, like the orange Water Safety Whistle by NSI that works even when wet.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Wow! What a summer!!

Wow! What a summer! Our biggest one yet. It was so jampacked with introducing new paddlers to the sport, supporting local events, and hooking customers up with awesome gear, that we barely had time to do any paddling ourselves, let alone blog about it!

But now that summer is winding down, we’re back at the blog! And we have lots to tell you about. Many new products will be added to the online store shortly, all of which have been test-run and identified as winners by our discriminating local paddling community. We’ve even added a new board brand to the lineup (BIC SUP), a process we’re super selective about. And there are quite a few equipment selection tips and musings about that sport we’re looking forward to sharing with you. Also, this season we were stoked to have the opportunity to work with our friends at KIALOA Paddles on a series of videos about their creation process. We can’t believe we haven’t posted them here yet! Coming soon…

Happy fall paddling, everyone!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Stand Up Paddle Etiquette, part 1

Irony.  Feigned ignorance.  I am constantly confronted by conflicting thoughts on the sport of stand up paddling.  On one side, as a traditional surfer that spent my whole life trying to abide by and sometimes enforce the rules of the lineup and on the other side, as a relatively recently landlocked waverider that would rather stand up paddle than canoe or kayak on the many lakes and rivers close to where I reside.  Many of my friends on the front lines of the surf v. sup battle are decisively anti-stand up paddle.  Janitors, sweepers and oarons are common terms used to describe stand up paddlers.  And I understand their argument.  In fact I side with them a lot of the time.  But I also find SUPing enjoyable on my local stretch of the Deschutes river and have met many new friends because of the sport of stand up paddling.

At the dawn of this new sport I had an encounter with one of the icons of the sport.  In fact, it was at a time that there were only a handful of SUPers on the planet and the equipment was borrowed from the tandem surfing or sailboarding world.  The encounter was probably one of the first confrontations of the type that now happen every day at surf spots all over the world.  Here is the scenario, on a big day at a very crowded and very famous surf spot, a spot that I had spent years and years earning a coveted place in the lineup, I had to deal with a "traveling pro" using a paddle and a BIG board to his advantage.  The waves were fairly big by Southern California standards so the adrenaline level was high.  One of the big sets came and I had put myself in position to take whichever wave I wanted.  But at the regular takeoff spot.  I had never had to deal with another surfer, on a 14 foot board with a paddle, taking off 100 yards outside and using the paddle to make the closeout section.  I made a quick decision that this was MY wave no matter who and what was on it and I did a pretty cool late drop behind the guy as he flew by.  It was a good wave.  It was not as much fun riding this wave as it would have been if I had it to myself but the real bummer was that the other guy cut back three times into me, twice colliding rails and the last time banging my shins with his board.  If you know me, you would understand that this wasn't going to go without a discussion regardless of whether he was paddle surfing or just surfing.  Traveling pro surfers should know better than to force themselves on a crowded contentious lineup and that day wasn't the place to introduce his new version of the sport.  He chose to use a paddle to better his chances.  The paddle was THE reason that he had gotten the wave.  I have enough skills to have put myself in a better position to catch the wave than the other 200 surfers in the water but the paddle allowed one to take off where nobody else could.  This is the crux of the problem between surfing as we traditionally understand it and paddle surfing that is growing exponentially in popularity by the minute; using a paddle to take an advantage over others that don't.  A heated discussion ensued.  And then two weeks later he did it again to another member of that lineup that didn't deserve that form of disrespect.  So the sport did not get off to a good start at this particular surf spot.

I'll get straight to the point.  Using an unfair advantage to get more waves than you would have otherwise is wrong.  It can be a longboard at a shortboard spot or it could be a paddle and a SUP board but the result is the same.  It is totally disrespectful to the others if you are using this advantage to up your wave count.  And the old argument that the ocean is a free place so anyone can do what they want doesn't hold weight in my opinion.  There has been a long history of surfers policing themselves to ensure that there is some sort of order in the lineup.  Some places have a pecking order that is ruled with an iron fist and others are free-for-alls.  It is the duty of the individual to understand how the order is settled BEFORE you force yourself on a lineup.  Take the time to learn how to integrate into the lineup that you seek.  I promise, going out and trying to take as many waves as you can to prove your skill level will not get you the respect that you desire regardless of how good you think you are.  Letting good ones go will gain you far more resect in the long run.  The surf spot should dictate the level of skill needed to catch a wave.  Better waves will have better surfers.  If you are just starting out, find a spot that is known for learning how to ride.  The same applies to stand up paddle surfing.  Find out which spots are more amicable to SUPers and then ease your way into catching a few waves.  Going back to the original point, you don't want to take an unfair advantage with equipment and turn that into a great day of riding waves at the expense of others.  It is just not proper surf etiquette and should be applied to SUP etiquette as well.

There is also a safety factor involved here.  The better surf spots are so because they offer a better wave for the experienced.  And this usually means more skill and knowledge in how to get out into the lineup as well as return to the beach.  There is also skill needed to keep out of the way of other surfers,  to deal with currents that move through the lineup and to know what to do when a clean-up set comes.  This is all part of surfing and the knowledge is needed to protect yourself, as well as others out there with you.  Before paddle surfing, your arms were the tool to get you out.  At quite a few spots in the world, the ocean will not let you even get out into the lineup without a certain level of skill and fitness.  That fact controls who is out there.  But now the type of equipment and the fact that you can use a paddle to help propel you has allowed some without the level of experience needed into places that they never would have in the past.  This puts those novices in danger of hurting themselves or others and presents a much bigger challenge to rescue personnel that are looking after all of us.  Again, the responsibility is on the individual to learn where they should or shouldn't be.  However I think it is also the responsibility of those with the experience and understanding of tradition to pass along that knowledge.  Educating the new participants of the sport of how things work will go a long way to making our lineups better for everybody.  New SUP enthusiasts should be open and willing to listen to those that are upholding those traditions.

The irony in all of this is that after being one of the original skeptics of stand up paddling I find myself owning a business that is dedicated to it.  Our business is located in a wonderful place on this planet far from the ocean.  We teach people everyday how to enjoy stand up paddling and get people equipped to enjoy all the fine waterways we have around here.  My whole life was spent at the beach surfing and SUPing has kept me connected to my board even though I now look at the sun setting into the Cascade Mountains and not the Pacific Ocean.  I think it is part of my job to inform people where the sport evolved from and the traditions and practices that have existed from the beginning.  It is my duty to let people know that the original form of surfing existed first and it and the people that practice it should be given the respect that comes with that.  Stand up paddle surfers should not use the paddle as an advantage over traditional surfers.  Finding a peak to yourself and finding new spots to ride have long been a part of surfing and should be a part of paddle surfing as well.  The freedom to enjoy the ocean is only restricted by the ability of others to enjoy it with you.  Don't use that freedom as an argument to do what you want.  Respect other's right to enjoy the freedom of the ocean and you will experience what only the Hawaiians have a word for.  Aloha.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Thanks to our friends at for the cool story!

Suzie Trains Maui – and Eddie!

Back in the day – 1966-1970 to be exact – Ed and I were playing at surfing the mushy calf-high waves we had in balmy South Florida. We were the Beach Boys-era sweethearts. From 1970-2007 we didn’t surf, using our ocean time to sail, scuba, windsurf, fish, finish college and raise the family.  2001 found us moving life to Oregon, and by 2007 we discovered standup paddling and were back in the surf 4 decades later!
In the natural progression of things, two diverse events influenced our Summer 2012 activities.  One was Ed’s second rotator cuff surgery (yes, he was brave enough to go through that torture twice) and our trip to Maui to try the short version of the Ho’olaule’a event. Four days after the coolest downwind adventure either of us had experiences poor Ed went under the knife. But not before we were hooked on downwind, open ocean fun!
In the pictures above, it’s easy to see we are still the happy ocean-loving “kids” we were back in 1967 but it’s also easy to see that our abs are a bit worse for wear at age 63. Fortunately, just before the start of our event, Maui local and globally respected standup paddler/athlete, Suzie Cooney, provided a pre-race warmup. That gave us a chance not only to meet Suzie but to get to know a bit about her dedication to training a diverse group of clients from the casual paddler to elite athletes. As Ed went from wearing a sling to hefting the 3 lb weights he’s now using in PT we both made a commitment to getting into our best functional fitness over the next 8 months.
As much as we already know about exercise and nutrition, we realize that insights, motivation and programming provided by a respected professional is mandatory, especially as we embrace our seventh decade. Over the summer, Suzie Cooney has been kind enough to listen to our plan to follow her training “at a distance.” Nothing can replace actual time at her training facility with her customized training delivered face to face. Just the same, we have made a decision to glean as much as we can from her blog and conversations.  We have a solid goal in mind. We plan to be at the start line on May 11, 2013 ready to enjoy the full Olukai Ho’olaule’a downwind run from Maliko Gulch to Kanaha.
“Pie in the sky” – This Saturday I plan to join other hopefuls as I buy a couple of lotto tickets – would be cool to win $5000 or so. We’d probably jet off to Maui in November and prepare for Maliko at Suzie’s upcoming clinic. Meanwhile, training in Oregon is underway. The “training table” is becoming ever more healthful and an Indo Board is on its way to our home.  The digital age could very well allow us the best connection with our partner in preparation, Suzie Cooney. Most watched film this week – this training session from the Suzie Trains Maui blog. YES! We want endurance, core strength and balance. This is an excellent overview of some training options. Bring it, Suzie!

Story and Photos by Judy Shasek at

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

2012 Bend Paddleboard Challenge

In case you haven’t heard, the second annual Bend Paddleboard Challenge is going off on Saturday, June 16th from 9:00 to 3:00 pm at Riverbend Park (779 SW Columbia, Bend, Oregon). 

There will also be free demos at the park on Friday, June 15th.

The Bend Paddleboard Challenge is a WPA sanctioned, spectator-friendly celebration of SUP that includes long and short course races, sprints, clinics, free demos, and lots of camaraderie.  All proceeds benefit the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance and the Bend Park and Recreation Scholarship Fund.

All contestants will be treated to a Hawaiian barbecue lunch from Kona Mix Plate.  Racers who register before June 1st will also receive an official 2012 Bend Paddleboard Challenge T-shirt.  Cascade Lakes Brewery has generously donated beer.  Killer handcrafted wood trophies, made by the one and only Captain Sawdust, will be presented to top finishers in each main race class.  Awesome prizes will be raffled off at the end of the day.

We’re thrilled that the beautiful Hokulea Dancers will once again perform at the opening ceremony and that Alistair Patterson will provide his colorful commentary.

The Bend Paddleboard Challenge is open to paddlers of all levels of experience.  Spectators are more than welcome! 

Thank you to all our sponsors:
KKIALOA, StandUp Paddle Magazine, Norge Boards, KonaRed Hawaiian Antioxidant Drink, Anjou Spa, Cascade Lakes Brewery, Kona Mix Plate

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Cold Feet

OK, so the weather’s warm enough here in Bend to paddleboard in trunks some days.  Yay! 

However, the early season hot weather doesn’t mean the water’s warmed up.

O'Neill Heat Booties
O'Neill 7mm Heat Booties
If you’re like me and don’t enjoy chilly toes, your tootsies might appreciate a pair of SUP booties. With the 7 mm Heat Booties by O’Neill, you can paddle even on not so hot days and your feet won’t even feel the cold.  Plus, they offer protection from the rocks you might be launching from.  They can really extend your SUP season and keep you paddling way into the fall.

ZKG Water Shoe by Zhik
ZKG Water Shoe by Zhik
Another option is the new ZKG Shoe by Zhik.  The ZKGs offer less insulation but look cool and can be worn on the street too.

Try ‘em.  Your feet will thank you.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

SUP Season is Here!

Paddleboarding in Bend, Oreogon
Paddleboarding in beautiful Bend, Oregon.

You’ve probably noticed that SUP worthy weather has arrived in Bend early this year!  Yay!
Here’s what's cooking at Stand Up Paddle Bend this season....

Our high quality SUP rentals continue to be very affordable - just $15 an hour or $45 for the day. 
               Rentals include everything you need to SUP (board, paddle, leash, life jacket and straps for your car).
               Because we want you to have as much fun as possible, we always do our best to match the board to the rider (you’ll have a lot more fun with equipment suited to your body type and level of experience).  
               We offer after-hours rentals for those with schedules that only allow early morning or evening paddles. 
               All our rental boards are good quality “real boards.”  We’ve added lots of new boards, paddles, PFDs, leashes and straps to the fleet for 2012.

Race SUP Boards
2012 Race SUPs by Hobie, Surftech,
Riviera, and Aquaglide.
We carry all the top brands in boards, paddles, accessories and clothing.   Our knowledgable staff will help you pick out the gear that best suits your goals, body, aesthetic and budget. We’ve recently added lots of exciting new products and brands in every category (including all of the season’s hottest new race SUP boards from Surftech, Hobie, Riviera Paddle Surf, Board Works, and Aquaglide)! 

SUP Lessons For All Levels of Ability
Whatever your SUP goals are, our team of friendly, well-qualified instructors (both male and female) can help you achieve them.  If you’re brand new to the sport, a Stand Up 101 Lesson can help you to paddle with maximum safety, comfort, and efficiency from the get go.  If you’ve been paddling for a while, a Skill Building Lesson can help you learn new tips, turns and techniques so that you’re having even more fun.  Planning a trip to Hawaii?  Try a PaddleSurf Lesson.  Want to get into racing?  Try a SUP Race Technique Lesson. 

Flow/Flow SUP Yoga
Our very popular SUP yoga class, Flow/Flow will be back again this summer!  Yay!  Flow/Flow is taught by the inspirational Shanan Kelley and Kama Blasing of Bend’s wonderful Mandala Yoga Community.  Each class consists of 45 minutes of outdoor yoga (on land), followed by a 45 minute paddle – a double dose of prana.  Flow/Flow is a lovely way to find tone your body, mind and spirit while communing with nature. 

This year, we’re launching a SUP Fitness Class.  SUP is a killer total body workout all on its own… so when you add strength training moves and cardio intervals to the mix you’ve got a SUPer killer workout… AND it’s fun… AND you get to enjoy the beautiful outdoors at the same time.

Paddleboard Race, Bend, Oregon
Central Oregon's Premiere SUP Race
The second annual Bend Paddleboard Challenge will take place on June 16th at Riverbend Park.  This is a World Paddle Association sanctioned celebration of stand up paddling that will include a long course race, a short course race, sprints, free demos, Hawaiian barbecue and plenty of camaraderie.  Proceeds benefit the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance and the Bend Park and Recreation Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Riviera Paddlesurf Dealer of the Year

Golden Nugg Award from Rivera Paddlesurf
We're proud to have been named 2011 Dealer of the Year for our region by Riviera Paddlesurf.  Check out the cool "award" they gave us, the Golden Nugg, a 9'2" paddle surfboard.  It might just have to come to Mexico with us the next time we go.

While we're talking about Riviera, we might as well mention one of their new 2012 boards that we think will be ver popular, the 12'6" Coastal Cruiser by Ron House.  It's an all around board that leans toward flat water but also performs well in the surf for a 12'6" board.   It's also very inexpensive for a 12'6" board... and we're shipping it for free.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Stand up paddling in winter? Absolutely!

Quiksilver 3mm Long John
Once you get hooked on stand up paddling, it’s really tough to go without it when the weather cools down. But with the right gear, you don’t have to,  Here’re some items of clothing that will allow you to enjoy stand up paddling during the colder months without freezing your buns off…

The Quiksilver 3mm Long John is an arms free wetsuit that keeps the core warm while maintaining freedom of movement in the upper body and eliminating a spring effect. The Quiksilver Long John is warm enough to help you if you go in the water but not so much wetsuit that you’ll overheat.

Roxy Syncro
Stand Up Paddle Jacket 
A great addition to a Long John to complete a full neoprene outfit is a paddle jacket. For women, we carry the Syncro Stand Up Paddle Jacket by Roxy.  For men, we have the Paddle Jacket by Quiksilver. Both can be worn without a Long John in the spring when the water warms up and feature a front zipper which allows venting if paddlers heat up.

O'Neill SUP Booties
As for footwear, for flatwater paddling, we recommend O’Neill 7 mm Round Toe Booties. With these, your feet don’t even feel the cold. The O'Neill Heat 7MM Round Toe Booties feature high quality Fluid Foam throughout the interior and exterior, along with durable glued and blindstitched seams, an anti-flush shin strap, a torsion control forefoot, and a durable textured rubber sole for traction and long lasting effectiveness.

ZKG Water Shoes by Zhik
For those lucky enough to live in climates where it doesn’t really get that cold, or for fall and spring, you might be able to get away with the new ZKG Water Shoes by Zhik.  

We live in Bend, Oregon, where the winter is long and there isn’t much spring, so we carefully select items that allow us to extend our paddling season. We hope other paddlers enjoy using them as much as we do.