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Paddling with Jeremy Riggs

A long, cold winter brought a late start to the standup paddling season in Wisconsin. With ice on the lakes around Madison clear through the first week of April, warm spring days we’ve been hoping for took their own sweet time coming around. But the weather seemed to open up with perfect timing to welcome […]

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SUP Shop Talk: Paddleboard Specialists

SUP evangelist Gary Stone has been in business since 1984. His shop Paddleboard Specialists is a fascinating study in the course of evolution surf sports has taken to transform itself into a popular activity with broad appeal. Originally at a retail location called Isthmus Sailboards in Madison, Wisconsin, Stone started off selling boards for windsurfing. […]

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SUP Saftey Instructor Certification

As standup paddling has exploded in popularity, the number of new enthusiasts and instructors eager to teach has also grown. The short learning curve and minimal equipment required to paddle is allowing the sport to spread like a virus. But with this influx of new users, rental programs, race events, on-water yoga lessons and stroke […]

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Carve Industries makes the most of beetle-killed pines

Growth in the world of SUP takes shape in all forms and Ryan Wibeck’s Carve Industries of Lyons, Colo. is making a bold statement through a line of handmade standup and surfboards made exclusively from wood of beetle-killed pine trees. As climate change and a warming planet make the weather more hospitable to the dreaded pine beetle, […]

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Silver Creek Paddling & Company

Rob Bossen of Silver Creek Paddle & Company Based in Minneapolis, Minn., Silver Creek Paddling & Company delivers an exclusive assortment of Pau Hana Surf Supply standup paddle boards for racers, experienced fitness paddlers and those who are just starting out. In the middle of the country with paddling opportunities of all kinds, this little […]

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After three years on the same standup board, it was time for an upgrade. When it comes to my personal equipment, I need to know that the gear will make a difference before I make an investment in something more advanced. Still uncertain of my paddling skills and relative fitness, I’m never completely sure that […]

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ORSM 2011 Open Air Demo

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Midwest SUP Festival

With a little bend, Tony Paul tests the flex on his newly purchased Quickblade standup paddle. “Yeah, it’s really nice—a lot nicer than the one I’ve got now. I like it a lot!,” says Paul, who made a five-hour drive from Michigan to spend a warm Saturday at this weekend’s Midwest Stand Up Paddle Festival […]

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