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How to paddle straight on my stand up paddle board

Have you zigged and zagged your stand up paddle board all over the lake thinking there has got to be a better way to get somewhere? Well, paddling straight involves many factors: board shape, water conditions, paddle length, your height, paddle blade shape, just to name a few. However, it is your paddling technique that is by far the biggest factor in going straight. Beau Nixon from SUPboarder talks us through a few technique tips for straighter paddling.

Paddling in a straight line not only improves your efficiency on the paddleboard, but it also helps you to gain confidence so you can better understand the conditions around you and improve your overall paddling technique. Paddling in a straight line is also referred to as tracking, so we may mention this throughout. Now there are a number of reasons why we can’t paddle straight, so let’s get into it.

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How To Pack Away Your Starboard Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

Today in Starboard’s “How To” video series, we are going to outline the process of how to deflate and pack your Starboard inflatable paddle board.

Step 1 – Deflate
To deflate, start by locating the valve where you inflated the board. Once located, we can release that valve by rotating it counter clockwise. Then, you can press the pin down and lock it in the down position to deflate. When you press down on the pin, the air will start exiting out of the board which might be a little loud to start, but as the pressure drops, it will get quieter. For those who have the double chamber, you can simply follow the same steps as the main chamber by turning the valve counter clockwise, removing it and then pressing down. To deflate your paddle board quicker, you can use your tiki pump by connecting the hose to the deflate mode on the pump handle. Whilst making sure the pin is down, connect the hose to the valve and start pumping. This time, instead of pushing air into the board, the pump is pulling the air out of the board helping it to deflate faster.

Step 2 – Fold
Once you’ve finished deflating your board, it’s time to start folding. We start by folding the nose of the board to the tail in small increments. Folding this way will also help to expel any air that is still inside of the board. As you are folding, press down on each fold to help keep your board small and compact. As you reach the valve point, it’s important to ensure the pin in the centre of the valve is up and the top screwed back on, so we don’t allow any dust into the board. Once we reach the tail of the board, you’re ready to pack it into it’s bag.

For the rest of the steps, check out Green Water Sport’s article on How To Pack Away Your Starboard Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

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How To Get Back On Your Stand Up Paddle Board

Getting back on your inflatable stand up paddle board from the water can be challenging, it can also lead to some not wanting to paddle at all. So today, we have are a couple of easy tips courtesy of Green Water Sports, on how to get back on your Starboard inflatable paddle board.

Firstly, approach your board from the side and use the carry handle or strap to pull your upper body onto the board. Once your upper body is completely on the deck of the board, kick your feet and rotate the rest of your body up and onto the board. Now you can resume paddling from the kneeling position. If you’ve dropped your paddle, you can simply lay down and prone paddle with your arms to retrieve your paddle back.

For the rest of the article and for more tips, take a look at the article on Green Water Sports here: How To Get Back On Your SUP Inflatable Board

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The Outdoor Master Shark II Electric Inflatable SUP Pump Review

Are you looking for the ultimate inflatable SUP electric pump? Well, Green Water Sports have just reviewed the Outdoor Master Shark 2. Here are the details.

Looking for a pump that can effortlessly inflate your board, kayak, and any other type of high-pressure inflatable? Look no further, the Outdoor Master Shark II is a tough and versatile pump that is able to inflate paddle boards up to 20 PSI. The Shark 2 features a sleek, lightweight design, making it highly portable and a pump you’ll find yourself using for not just inflatable paddle boards, but all type of inflatable toys. Outdoor Master have created a versatile, user-friendly pump that comes with all of the features you’ll need to ensure your board is inflated to the precise PSI level, which will improve your board’s performance out on the water.

On average, you can expect a 8-15 minute inflation time. While not faster than manual pumps like the Titan 2 or Tiki Pump, you don’t have to do the work! Outdoor Master claims that this pump is so powerful that it can easily inflate up to three SUPs in a row before it needs a short break. The 20 PSI pressure capacity is just one of the reasons this model is such a best-seller.

For the rest of the in depth review by Green Water Sports, head to The Outdoor Master Shark II Electric Inflatable SUP Pump Review

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Top 7 Reasons Why You Should Buy an Inflatable Paddle Board

Over the past few years, the popularity of stand up paddle boarding has exploded and it is easy to see why. Not only is paddle boarding easily accessible for the masses and suited for all fitness levels and age groups, it is also a fun and great way to stay healthy and in shape. With this popularity, the stand up paddle board market can be a little overwhelming with various types, shapes and materials. This is why we have simplified it and outlined our top reasons why you should buy an inflatable paddle board, complete with a buying guide.

Lightweight

Inflatable stand up paddle boards are much lighter than their solid counterparts, making them much easier to carry and move around. Take for example the Red Paddle Co Ride 10’6″, it is just 20lbs. This makes them ideal for paddling rivers and canals, especially if you need to pass through locks. The lighter weight also makes them more suitable for more off the beaten path locations where you would need to carry your board or lift it in and out of the water frequently. If you’re walking a longer distance, you can pack it down into it’s backpack and pump it when you reach your destination! Depending on the size and materials, inflatable paddle boards weigh between 15 to 25 pounds, whereas a standard solid paddle board weighs 30lbs upwards.

Versatile, Family Friendly, Durable…

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How To Repair your Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard

In this video and article (via Green Water Sports), we’re going to talk about how to repair your inflatable stand up paddle board. iSUPS are extremely durable, however most do include a repair kit with each board in the unlikely event that you do get a puncture.

Your repair kit comes with 2 rectangular PVC patches and a valve wrench. Note that we do not include the glue with the repair kit due to HAZMAT shipping restrictions, so you’ll have to purchase the glue separately. We recommend Clifton Urethane Adhesive or Stabond, (or AquaSeal) but any vinyl adhesive will do. Whichever one you use, be sure to carefully read and follow the instructions on the type of glue you’re using.

If your board is losing air, the first thing you should do is take the included valve wrench in your repair kit and tighten down your valve. The valve sits inside of a seat and when you tighten it with the valve wrench, this makes sure it’s properly seated and that no air is leaking from around the valve. If that doesn’t solve the problem, the next step is to locate the leak.

If your board is fully inflated, you might be able to hear it, but if not, you want to take some soapy water and spray it around the board in the areas where you suspect the leak. The soapy water will bubble in the areas where there is a leak. Once you’ve identified from where your board is leaking, you want to wipe it dry and mark the area.

For the full article and process, head to this article: How To Repair your Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard on Green Water Sports.

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How To Inflate Your Starboard Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

In today’s instalment of Starboard’s “How To” video series, we are going to explain how to inflate your inflatable stand up paddle board.

Before you start getting any equipment out, you want to make sure there are no sharp objects around as they can easily damage your board.

Assembling The Pump

To start pumping, we need to assemble the tiki pump by connecting the hose to the inflate mode (INF), located on the body of the pump next to the gauge. Once the hose is connected we can attach the base by following the arrow markers, with which the first arrow will align with the joint of the base. The pump should fit perfectly into the base with those markers aligned, and now you can twist it clockwise to secure it into place. Now the second arrow should be aligned with the mark on the base. To start pumping in the double action mode, high volume mode, you need to turn the small lever just below the handle from the left side to the right. And that’s it, now the pump is ready to go!

Connecting The Pump

To connect the pump to the board, we start with removing the valve cap by rotating it counter-clockwise and checking that the pin in the centre is in the up position. You can check this by pressing the pin down, then releasing so it pops to the up position. To attach the hose, insert the end of the hose into the valve and turn clockwise to lock it into place.

To follow the rest of the steps, head to the How To Inflate Your Starboard Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board article on Green Water Sports.

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5 Top Tips For Paddleboarding in Cold Weather

For most, paddle boarding is preferably done under the warmth of Summer sun, but for a majority of the planet, it doesn’t last year round. However, paddle boarding doesn’t have to only take place in Summer, in fact, you can paddle 365 days a year as long as you plan and dress for the conditions. To keep you on the water year round, Green Water Sports have outlined their 5 top tips for paddle boarding in cold weather.

Paddle With Friends

Paddleboarding in company is suggested year round but becomes even more critical in cold weather. Whether you paddle with a partner or a group, you have extra help in the case of emergency such as equipment malfunction or even a medical emergency. More people also means more room to carry essentials such as phones, radios, first aid kits, quick repair kits, tow lines, warm clothing and water. Along with being much safer, paddling in company is also a lot more enjoyable, even if you’re looking for some quiet time. It’s always more fun to share the adventure with family or friends. However, sometimes it’s not that easy to gather a group or partner, so if you really can’t entice anyone to join you, make sure you tell someone when and where you are going and how long you expect to be. And don’t forget to call them as soon as you are back on dry land! We also recommend saving the longer and more adventurous paddles for when you have someone to accompany you.

Be Back Before Dark

Returning before dark may sound a little obvious, but as the cold weather and winter begin to set in, the days become shorter, which could easily catch anyone out. Prior to your paddle, it’s important to check what time the sun sets in your local area and aim to be on dry land at least 1 hour before. This will give you a substantial safety buffer and on those greyer days, remember you will lose the light long before sunset. This safety buffer is also important, as along with losing the light; the air temperature will also plummet. Being out on the water in the cold and dark is certainly not a scenario you will want to find yourself in.

For tips 3 though 5, head to 5 Top Tips For Paddleboarding in Cold Weather on Green Water Sports

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5 Things You Can Only Do With an Inflatable Paddle board

Today, Green Water Sports comes to us with their 5 things you can only do with an inflatable SUP. So, wherever you like to paddle, however you like to paddle and whomever you like to paddle with, inflatable paddleboards really are the most diverse choice. They also have extensive lists of perks over their hardboard counterparts so to help you finalize your decision, here are our top 5 things you can only do with an inflatable paddleboard.

Explore Further Afield

The adventures really don’t ever have to stop with inflatable paddleboards. As iSUPS are inflatable, once deflated, they pack down small into their accompanying carry bag. This efficient pack down makes them easy to transport by car, public transport and even by plane, without the oversize baggage fees. The useful carry bag also makes those before limited access spots now accessible, giving the opportunity to explore further afield. Alternatively, if the location is just a short walk, you can inflate your board and carry it ready to go. As they are inflated, they are much lighter than hardboards making them easy and convenient to carry. Most also have a padded handle in the middle so you can carry in comfort. This also means for those locations where you have to frequently enter and exit the water, for example when passing through locks, you can pass through easily without the added hardboard weight.

Store Anywhere, Everywhere

Unlike solid paddleboards, iSUPS can be stored anywhere, everywhere! Once deflated, their neat pack down means you can store them in a closet, small lake house, on a small boat and even in your bedroom. If camping, it would even fit inside of your tent! In comparison, standard hardboards are around 10-12ft long, so if you don’t have a large garage or storage space, they can be tricky to store. In addition, hardboards are more fragile, so if finding the space isn’t a problem, you’ll also need it to be somewhere where it won’t get knocked or damaged.

For tips 3 through 5, head to 5 Things You Can Only Do With an Inflatable Paddleboard at Green Water Sports

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A look inside Red Paddle Co International HQ

The guys from SUPboarder have taken us on an in depth tour of Red Paddle Co’s global head quarters. Leading the tour was none other than the CEO of Red, John Hibbard. His thoughts, insight and clarity for the brand’s purpose and goals give you a clear indication why Red Paddle Co has been so successful.

It’s a long one, but well worth the watch. Green Water Sports has outlined some moments of note:

3:30 The new flat bungee system explained
4:30 The new Titan 2 Pump explained
10:30 The new V-Hull design for the Voyager models
22:30 Marketing team outlines the brand story and education around SUP
29:35 Discussion on Red Paddle Co’s pricing
32:09 Rare sighting of a wild George Shillito
33:41 The Red design process
36:19 Discussion on double chamber inflatable paddle boards and 0% Red Paddle Co board failure rate
43:10 Red’s eco friendly design, product life span, circular design

Check out the Red Paddle Co video at Green Water Sports: A look inside Red Paddle Co International HQ