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06 July 2020Watersport
02 July 2020
Like every single dragon boat paddler I know, I was feeling very depressed about not being able to paddle.
Not only was I missing my teammates, but also the feel of my paddle moving through the water. Paddling is a very meditative experience. The rhythmic movement of the stroke and the need to quiet your mind and focus solely on the present. There is no other activity in the world that fills this void for me.
Along with several of my teammates, I am a breast cancer survivor. Dragon boat paddling has become an integral part of my life. It’s a sport that helps survivors in so many ways. My team, Catch-22, in Vancouver, Washington, was really building momentum and expanding out outreach to survivors this year. We have been creative and are still finding ways to meet survivors and get them excited about trying the sport.
I started researching ways that I could build a device to paddle in at home. There was not much out there, only expensive huge systems built for indoor training.
I saw people sitting on the sides of swimming pools and docks trying to paddle. This works in a pinch, but you can’t paddle with good form doing it that way. I didn’t want to build new habits that would be hard to break later.
I decided to try and just build a simple tank system. At first I really over thought it and worried about the water movement in the tank, thinking I might need to build some type of contraption to keep the water moving in a circle. I scrapped that idea and decided to keep is basic. I could always modify it later if needed. I went down to the lake and took some measurements from a dragon boat. I wanted to know the approximate height of the bench and the length to the foot pegs.
1. I went down to the lake and took some measurements from a dragon boat. I wanted to know the approximate height of the bench and the length to the foot pegs.
2. I looked around for a suitable tank. I Decided to go for a simple 6 ft tank from my local feed store.
3. I enlisted my husband Mike to help me build a paddling platform. I drew a terrible picture of the basic idea!
4. Time to use power tools!!
5. Once the box was finished, it needed some varnish to protect it from the elements.
6. Wow, it didnât take long to figure out that using a regular paddle wasnât going to work well. Every stroke was a challenge. I grabbed an old damaged wooden paddle and started making some modifications. I kept adding more holes to make the paddling feel more similar to paddling in a real boat.
7. After several days of experimenting and changing up a few things, I have my tank!
8. Itâs working out great for a coaching tool as well. I can really help my paddlers get into the correct position and make corrections on their stroke. My good friend Paula put on her mask and came up for the first coaching session. She and I are preparing to go to New Zealand with our team in 2022 to participate in the next International Breast Cancer Survivors race.
9. My back yard is a happy place now! Luke and I turn on some music and paddle away. I think I can survive until we can get back in the boat. We are all waiting for that day. I know it will be soon!
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29 June 2020
If you’re dreaming about the picturesque island of Madeira, you will be pleased to learn that it will re-open to international visitors from July 1st. Its neighbour in the archipelago, Porto Santo will too. The Portuguese archipelago had closed in March to help control the spread of COVID-19. There...
26 June 2020
My name’s Bo, I’m one of the cofounders of SeaBookings, and I need to share something with you: visit the Algarve. Now. I’d like to share why, for good and bad reasons. Let’s start with the bad. I went to Lagos for a few days last weekend and I had the best time ever. I usually stay at my parents’ i...
24 June 2020The best 2 person paddle boards to go out and have fun on the water together
You want to go out on the water together, but your current board cannot take the weight and bends through, which makes paddling around together rather slow. Does this sound familiar to you? Then you need to check out a good 2 person paddle board to make sure you will have a great time together on the water!
A good 2 person paddle board has a higher weight limit than a regular board and will be able to support both you and your friend or partner. Maybe you have read my guide about the Best Giant Paddle Boards before, but these are not all so handy when you are going out with just 2 people.
That is why I have written this guide specifically on 2 person paddle boards, so you can see which boards are suitable for 2 people and that will be able to carry your weight. Of course this will still depend on the total weight of the riders. If you are with two small / light people a normal Bluefin Cruise could already be able to carry you, but this not work for all people.Two persons and a dog can easily go on the Aqua Marina Super TripWhat is important in 2 person paddle boards?
There are some things you should pay attention to when purchasing a 2 person paddle board, to make sure you can get on the water together and that you can get started with paddling right away. I will make a short summary of the different important topics and what you should be looking for.Maximum carrying capacity
The maximum carrying capacity is the most important, as the board has to stay stiff and not bend through on the water. This would cause the loss of speed and could get you wet feet, or worse, even damage the board. Just weigh yourself and your intended paddling partner and take into account a 10% margin, because you might want to take a child, pet or some luggage along.
Now you know what maximum carrying capacity you are looking for, don’t bother looking at board that have a lower maximum carrying weight.Two Bluefin Cruise Tandem boards can carry the whole family out on the waterPaddle board size and shape
Of course you also need the paddle board to be big enough so you both have space to paddle, just finding a small and thick board that has a high carrying capacity is not enough. I would not recommend a board under 11′ long for two persons, so you can be sure you both have enough space to move and not bump into each other.
The shape is important for the purpose you have together on the board. Is the board wide and more round, or does it have a pointy nose and is it less wide? This makes a big difference the speed you can reach together. If you want to have fun and extra stability, pick the wide and round board. Are you planning to be fast and furious together? Then choose the pointy and less wide board.The complete package
Last but certainly not least is the complete package you have to pay attention to. I have seen a lot of 2 person paddle boards or multi person paddle boards and the vast majority of these boards include little or not accessories. Keep in mind the budget you have for the total package, as you will often need to purchase extra paddles and leashes.
If you already have a paddle and/or leash this is of course easy, but if you do not own any yet it might be an expensive total price you surely should take into account.Having fun together on their 2 person paddle board (Picture: Instagram Highlands2Hammocks)The best 2 person paddle boards
Now let’s get started on the best 2 person paddle boards on the market. This is also slightly difficult for me, as I try to make this a worldwide article and like in the giant paddle boards article, there are a lot of boards that are available exclusively in Europe and are harder to find elsewhere.
I’m trying to select only boards that are available everywhere, if a board is not available anymore or you have a better suggestion that is available worldwide, please let me know in the comments below the article. You’d be doing me a great favor as it is impossible to keep up with all the 2 person paddle boards that are available on the market.
So without further ado, we’re jumping straight unto the top 3!Bluefin Cruise Tandem 15′
The Bluefin Cruise Tandem 15′ is the first board that comes to mind when thinking of a 2 person paddle board. This board has listed a maximum carrying capacity of 240 kg / 529 lbs, which should be enough for two persons in almost every case.
The size of 15′ x 36″ or 456 cm x 91.5 cm offer a very big platform with surely enough room for 2 persons plus luggage and a pet or child. The long and pointy shape ensures you can reach decent speeds on the board, even though it is quite wide.
The setup with three fins will make it easy to keep a straight course on the water and with 7 carrying handles it will be comfortable to get the board to the water. No paddle board wheels or paddle board carrier needed in this case!Why take a second person when you can take so many furry friends! (Picture: BluefInstagram)
My favorite thing about this 2 person paddle board is that there are 2 fiberglass 2-in-1 paddles and 2 kayak seats included, so when you want to sit down and paddle together you can easily do this. There is only 1 SUP leash included, but you can purchase a second one and attach it to one of the kayak seat D-rings or onto a carrying handle if you want to.
With the action camera mount you can also film your adventures together, which can be a lot of fun to watch at home and relive your adventures.
One thing that you have to pay attention to is the different versions (2019 and 2020) and the different price settings for these boards per country. The 2019 version includes only one paddle, has a different design and has 5 carrying handles instead of 7.
Also keep your eyes on the current Bluefin offers, as they might offer discounts on this board. Currently there is an offer for £125 /€125 off on the tandem, but this offer seems to be for Europe only. As far as 2 person paddle boards go, this is by far the number 1 choice on the market!Thurso Surf Max Multi-Purpose SUP
The Thurso Surf Max Multi-Purpose SUP board is also a great board to get out on the water together with friends or family. This can be used as a 2 person paddle board or to go out together with children or pets.
The board is 11’5 x 34″, so a lot smaller than the Bluefin Cruise Tandem, but it can carry up to 170 kg / 375 lbs, which is in many cases enough for two people. The board also has 3 fins and some high quality accessories, where even one carbon paddle is included.
If you plan to go out with your children like in the video above, one paddle will indeed do the trick. But if you both want to paddle you will still need to purchase a second paddle to move forward quickly, unless one of you is into prone paddling while the other one paddles normally.
The board has 5 carrying handles and an extra big cargo net on the front of the board and a smaller one in the back, so you could take all your camping gear for an exciting camping trip on that island in the middle of the lake! Really romantic and you should surely try it out some time.
The Thurso Surf Max also includes one leash, so you’d also need an extra one for a second person to go out on the water safely. The quality of the board and the accessories are high as you can expect from a great brand like Thurso Surf and this board is definitely great as a 2 person paddle board.Bluefin Cruise Carbon Tandem 15′
“Really Tom, the other Bluefin Cruise Tandem version?”, is what you probably are thinking. Although I do love this board there is currently also a major issue on availability with many giant paddle boards and multi person paddle boards.
The reason behind this is that because of the COVID-19 situation companies like Amazon refuse to pack and ship heavy packages, so big paddle boards are rarely available right now. Let me elaborate on this with the exact notice Amazon sent to their big board sellers:
“In order to protect the well-being and safety of our employees and to ensure our continued adherence to guidance from local and international health authorities regarding social distancing, we are temporarily limiting receiving, restocking, and shipping for products that require two people to pick, pack, or ship. This applies to parcels and individual products weighing more than 15 kg.“
As you can understand this removes a huge part of the market, so my choices for this guide on 2 person paddle boards are a lot more limited than they would be in normal circumstances. Hopefully now you can understand why I picked the Bluefin Cruise Carbon Tandem and that it is not just because I am a really lazy person.Together on the Bluefin Cruise Carbon Tandem (Picture: Instagram Travel Many Roads)
Now as to actually talk about this 2 person paddle board, this is the luxury version of the Bluefin Cruise Tandem 15′ which we have seen before on this page. The maximum carrying capacity is the same with 240 kg / 529 lbs. There are a few differences between these boards to make this the luxury version, I will talk about those below.
The Bluefin Cruise Carbon includes almost the same package as the Bluefin Cruise, but instead of 2 fiberglass paddles this board sets you up with 2 carbon paddles. These are the lightest and best paddles you can possible get, so you can paddle even longer without your muscles starting to get sour.
Also this board has two cargo nets for extra luggage transport, which allow you to take extra stuff than on the regular Bluefin Cruise Tandem. The board has 5 carrying handles, a three fin system and also includes two kayak seats to enjoy paddling while sitting down together.
Just like the Bluefin Cruise Tandem it has a kick pad at the tail and an action camera mount on the front. Because of the extra carbon reinforced material the board is made of this board is almost indestructible, which makes it worth the extra money. Did I mention yet that both Bluefin paddle boards have a 5 year warranty? You can be sure to have fun together for a long time on these 2 person paddle boards!Conclusion 2 person paddle boards
2 person paddle boards are currently hard to obtain because of the pandemic, but there are some great boards out there still available for purchase if you look everywhere. Where other multi person paddle boards often don’t supply accessories with the boards I have tried to find boards that deliver a package that is as complete as possible.
All three of these boards will offer great fun, your choice depends on your personal preference, needed weight capacity and your budget. I prefer the Bluefin Cruise Tandem 15′ because there are 2 paddles and 2 kayak seats included, which make it amazing for both SUP boarding and paddling.
Make sure you are always safe on the water when you go out paddling together and use a Restube or other PFD device to make sure you will stay above water no matter what the circumstances are. If you are looking for even bigger boards than the three named above be sure to check out the biggest paddle boards, which can take a whole group of people out on the water for some fun!
I hope all of you have a great season and will enjoy amazing paddling adventures!
Have you gone out paddling together on a 2 person paddle board or did you take a smaller or bigger board along? Let me know about the adventures you have experienced together and which paddle boards you would recommend for 2 people to go out and paddle.
23 June 2020Roll onto the beach easily with a handy set of paddle board wheels
Sometimes, we must take advantage of everything we can. For that, you can now get a set of paddle board wheels to make your life easier.
With a SUP carrier, you can simply attach your board and take it to wherever you need it. An extra set of wheels is always a good idea.
The paddle board trolleys usually come with big wheels. This means that you will be able to use them on any terrain.
Yes, including sand!Here you can see me with the Decathlon Paddle Board Wheels / Paddle Board CarrierHow To Attach The Paddle Board Wheels?
Well, this is easy. Everything can be done in two easy steps, and under five minutes.
- Attach the wheels to the paddle board. It’s pretty straightforward. Remember to make sure the rubber protections are in place. You don’t want scratches on your board.
- Adjust the straps. You need to have it secure. Otherwise, it may slide off the carrier!
And there you have it! Your SUP is now secure and ready for transport!
Attach it to a bike, or carry it by hand. It’s super easy!Even on rough grounds the paddle board wheels are handyDo You Need Paddle Board Wheels?
Everybody needs SUP wheels. They will come in handy in the most unexpected situations. And on top of everything, you can easily disassemble the trolley and bring it with you on your ride!
Just imagine going to your kids at the beach and having to carry all their equipment too. The trolley will make a difference, and you will be able to take everything in one trip!
On top of everything, if you leave close to the beach, you can just attach it to your bike and get an extra exercising session on the road.
Any recommendations? But of course!SUP Wheels Recommendations
Of course, I couldn’t just live it like that. You need to know what SUP wheels are the best, and of course, their specs.
This trailer is one of the best out there. It can hold up to 165 pounds and has a pair of all-terrain, 10” wheels. You don’t need any tools to assemble or disassemble and can be easily taken on your paddleboard.
The tires are solid, so they cannot break and do not lose air. It comes with two 7.75′ ratchet straps, so you can even secure a full size kayak or canoe on this trailer.
The spring loaded stand keeps the trailer propped up so you can quickly load your SUP, kayak or canoe out of the water.
The Bonnlo Dolly Trailer has a customer score of 4.5 / 5 on Amazon, out of 107 total ratings (as on 23rd of June 2020). It performs well and is really popular, so you can sure to have a reliable carrier for your paddle board.
The second one on my list can hold up to 150 pounds, and it can be used for any board. It has large flat-free inflatable tires to smoothly roll across gravel, sand and other rough areas. This, too, is very easy to disassemble and carry around.
The 12′ long strap will help you tie down almost anything on this carrier. It can easily be disassembled and assembled whenever the carrier is needed. Just like with the Bonnlo Dolly Trailer the spring loaded stand keeps the trailer propped up so you can quickly load your SUP, kayak or canoe out of the water.
The TMS Universal Kayak Carrier has a customer score of 3.9 / 5 on Amazon, based on 2.796(!) reviews on 23rd on June 2020. This is the most sold carrier and has a lot of satisfied customers
My third option is the Suspenz trolley. It has 10” wheels and can hold up to 125 pounds. Of course, it includes rubber pads, because no one wants a dented board. It has a mesh bag included, so you don’t need to worry about carrying it around.
It is easy to fold up and carry along in the bag, even on your paddling trip. Compared to the other two this one is a bit more expensive, but also offers some more luxury. However, there have been some reports of the straps being less tight and not keeping the board perfectly in place.
The Suspenz Smart Airless DLX Cart has a customer score of 4.5 / 5 on Amazon, based on 219 reviews on 23rd on June 2020. This is my favorite design, but a bit pricey for me to be honest.
What else? Accessories!
You can’t go paddleboarding without having some great accessories with you!
For starters, if you don’t like wearing a life jacket, get yourself a Restube. It can be very useful in any water sport, not just paddleboarding. It keeps you safe, and it’s reusable! Just replace the gas cartridge.
Also, if you like taking lots and lots of pictures, get yourself a waterproof phone case. It will keep your phone dry and attached to you! You don’t need to worry about losing it!Conclusion Paddle Board Wheels
So all in all paddle board wheels or paddle board carriers are great, but keep in mind that they will only help you for the walk from your car towards the water. If this is only a short walk and it is easy for you to carry the board anyway, this is not a needed accessory.
In all honesty, I do not think you need this for most inflatable paddle boards. They are so light you can carry them to the beach under your arms. If you have a solid board, multiple boards, or a kayak or canoe, I can understand you will want one of these carriers to take them to the water.
Also you might be wondering why I did not include the brand “SUP Wheels” into this article, as this is a relevant item for an article about paddle board wheels and it offers something different than the other carriers I listed here.
I would not recommend these as they are too expensive for what they offer and they are not doing well in customer reviews at all. The products can only carry SUP boards, no kayaks or canoes, where also some of them bend through. So this is why I do not talk about these in my recommendations, just to make that clear.
Have fun on the water and I hope you will find the best set of paddle board wheels in case you are looking for them.
Do you have paddle board wheels or a paddle board carrier for your SUP, kayak or canoe? Let me know which one you are using or if you think these are not needed at all. Looking forward to hearing your opinion!Walking off in style
18 June 2020
Just to get one thing out of the way, when I say the lazy way, it doesn’t mean anything wrong. In fact, I love motor paddling as it gives you so much more room for enjoying the waves and getting an extra push when needed. Ok, cool! Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s discuss best paddle board motor gear.Choosing the best motor for paddle board
As paddle boarding grows in popularity significantly, many accessories and devices appear on the market making the whole paddling experience more pleasant and enjoyable. You can even build your own paddle board jet if you want and all you need is the gear I will be talking about below.
So, excited to give your paddling a boost? I sure am! Read on how to equip your paddle board with a motor.Aqua Marina Bluedrive Power Fin
The Aqua Marina motor for paddle board is one of the highest value for money motors on the market at the moment. You can connect it to any SUP paddle board so long as it has a slide-in center fin system. The only thing you’ll need to do is replace the original fin with the Bluedrive Power Fin.
However, before you pull out your credit card ready to buy, patience, my friend, let’s review this paddle board trolling motor closely and compare it with the other two in this list. After all, you gotta find what suits you best, right?
That said, in the Bluedrive package you get:
- Bluedrive Power Fin (motor unit)
- Wireless remote control with arm strap
- Bungee rope set
- Security leash
- Control case with battery pack
- Tool to replace propeller
- User manual
The whole weight of the Power Fin motor for paddle board is approx. 2.6 kg and the battery pack with the controller is 3.1 kg. This is quite ok for a gear of this kind if you ask me.The setup process
As I said, it is straightforward to attach the Power Fin to your paddle board. After attaching, you have to connect it with the battery pack and pair it through Bluetooth for remote control. Easy-peasy!
I have found that the Power Fin has an excellent battery pack and remote control, while the charger was on the lower-grade quality side. It is quite undersized and got very hot during. The charging took approx—6 hours, which I expected since it was written in the manual.
The charge lasted for about 1.5 hours of full-speed ride, but of course, this will depend on the weight of the person paddling and the speed at which you will go. Obviously, the slower the pace, the longer the battery will last.The motor modes
The paddle board trolling motor has four modes that can be controlled via the remote:
- Forward 1: 3 km/h as per manual
- Forward 2: 4 km/h as per manual
- Forward 3: 5 km/h as per manual
- Reverse: 3 km/h as per manual
As the company states, I would agree, too, that the Bluedrive Power Fin motor for paddle board can be safely used by children of 8+ age as the motor engine looks indeed safe enough.Bluedrive Power Fin Review Summary
With its reliable performance and low price, I would definitely recommend this motor for paddle board for those just starting and looking to experiment with boosted paddling. That said, here’s my final grading:
- Affordable price
- Easy to set up and install
- Safe for newbies and children
- Propeller can be replaced
- Small battery charger
- Proprietary accessories like bungee rope straps, remote and strap feel flimsy and cheap
- Long charging time
If you love paddling but also have inflatable kayaks or boats that you like to sail in, I would recommend getting the Brocraft Motor Mount because of its versatility. You can adjust and use it as a paddle board jet, but also as a kayak motor. This means that its force will be higher compared to the Bluedrive Power Fin, and it is highly adjustable when it comes to different boats and paddles.
That said, in the Brocraft Motor package you get:
- Brocraft motor unit
- Two glue-on pads
- Marine-grade aluminum track bar
- Aluminum motor mount Super Strong grade
- Double-sided Nylon material protection motor clamp
- Two-year warranty
- User manual
Just like the previous, the Brocraft motor for paddle board can be easily set up, and with its versatility, I would give it a point plus. It is adjustable for different hull widths, and the two-sided glue-on pads can be mounted on both PVC inflatable boats and SUP boards. However, note that glue is not supplied, so I would recommend getting a high-quality adhesive that does the job!
- Affordable price
- Versatile use – suitable for kayaks and paddle boards
- Any gear can be replaced with pieces from the same company
- Slightly more complicated to set up
- No glue included
The Waterblade paddle board jet compared to the two other paddle board motors is closer to the Brocraft with its characteristics and strength. Namely, it uses a 12v battery that will last you for an hour to two depending on the speed at which you are using it and the weight, wind, and current of the water.The motor speed
The paddle board trolling motor has five-speed levels, but I would recommend getting a more durable battery like 12v and nothing less because the weaker ones will last shorter and who doesn’t want to paddle for a longer time? I know I do!
That said, in the Waterblade paddle board jet package you get:
- The Waterblade motor unit
- 18-inch long Shaft
- Propeller Safety Cage
- Special Electric outlet for secure connect and disconnect the battery’s cables
- Two accessories to attach to board
- Special flat clamp
- Motor with voltmeter
- Rotating head horizontally
- Rotating head vertically
- Telescope handle 12″
- User manual
This paddle board is easy to master and set up. With its 18 inch long Shaft, it is effortless to install it to stand up paddle boards or any other type of paddling gear or smaller boats. The 62 Lbs Thrust motor is a very powerful paddle board trolling motor that can take you against the wind or against when paddling and even against some weaker currents if paddling in rivers.
- Affordable price
- Versatile use – suitable for paddle boards and any other projects
- Any gear can be replaced
- Slightly more complicated to set up
- No glue included
- No battery included
As you can see, I have listed three different types of paddle board motor available on the market. All three are good, but what you choose depends on your needs and paddling experience.
That said, I’m curious what do you plan on buying, and what have you been using so far?
Leave your paddle board motor experiences in the comment section below, and don’t forget to give me some love on my Facebook and Instagram accounts.
To Your Motor Paddling,
16 June 2020Wing Surfing's Dynamic Duo
The Spencer brothers are seasoned hydrofoilers in Surf, SUP and now Wing surfing, at the ripe ages of 18 and 14. They have been winning or placing at most competitions including downwind SUP and radical foil crossings. We caught up with them on their home turf in Maui to talk about the the craze of wing surfing.Jeffrey Spencer1st place at the 2019 Gorge Paddle Challenge2nd place at the 2019 Molokai 2 OahuFinn Spencer2nd place at the 2019 Olukai2nd place at the 2019 Gorge Paddle Challenge(I didnât do the M20 because I was in Lima, Peru at the same time competing in the PanAm Games)Q: It looks like you guys are doing a TON of winging. How does it compare to Downwind SUP foil?A: Winging is pretty different from downwind SUP foiling. Downwinding youâre mainly trying to go straight downwind as fast as possible. Winging is a bit more free, you can do jumps, turns, catch waves, and go upwind OR downwind.Q: How much time are you spending percentage wise Surf Foil/ WIng Foil/ SUP downwind FOil?? A: What we do mostly depends on the time of year. In the summer we spend most of our time downwind foiling and wing foiling and in the winter we spend more time surf foiling and winging.Q: What are the top 5 things you like most about winging? 1. Itâs so easy to use, you just pump it up and youâre ready to go! 2. When you want to you can go fast , extremely fast downwind. 3. You can jump really high, especially when itâs windy. 4. You can catch lots of waves without having to paddle back out. 5. Itâs actually easy to go upwind.Q: Living in Hawaii how has COVID changed your recreation or has it?A: The virus hasnât really changed our daily life. We are lucky enough that weâre still allowed to go in the ocean. We also do online school so we have been able to continue with our classes as usual.Q: In Hawaii where you live there is currently a tourist quarantine of 14 days! Has that given you guys more space out on the water? Are there less tourists and do you think they are adhering to the requested quarantine?A: We have definitely noticed less tourists around the island but not much out in the water. When there are lots of tourists they mostly stay on the other side of the island so we havenât noticed much of a change out in the water. Weâve definitely been trying to find spots to foil that are less crowded so we can keep our distance from people.Thanks Guys! We really look forward to what you conquer next!
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16 June 2020
If you are just now entering the world of paddle boarding or you are a paddle boarding junkie just like me who spends all their money on accessories and paddle boarding gear, then any discount coming our way is certainly welcome. That’s why I’m sharing the 2020 iROCKER coupon codes with you for a chance to get an amazing deal on the new iROCKER SUPs. The products and the quality you get with this deal are just mind-blowing!High-quality paddle board discount
With iROCKER’s well-respected brand, you get durability, affordability, and features on their boards lie no other on the market. This brand was developed in Jacksonville, FL, and it quickly took a spot among the best in the industry thanks to their devotion to manufacturing high-quality paddle boards.
So, before I go on with the reviews on some of their best boards, let’s see what iROCKER offers all their paddle board enthusiasts.Blackfin SUP is also a brand by iRocker2020 iROCKER Coupon Codes & Discount Offers
Plus, all iROCKER SUPs come with a rock-solid 2-year warranty, which is everything you need to start your paddle boarding adventures.
At the moment, the guys at iROCKER have created an awesome promo deal on their inflatable paddle boards. With this, you can add any two iROCKER SUPs to your cart and get an $80 discount at checkout. You won’t even need to apply any coupon codes for this one. Simply add two boards to your card and save a massive $80. Save those 80 bucks on additional gear, and thank me later (wink wink).
What about shipping, you may ask? Well, iROCKER has solid free shipping, which is tax-free as well, unless stated otherwise by your country/state. If you are located outside the US, then you can place direct orders through iROCKER with no or minimal additional charges.Nautical Paddle Boards is the budget brand of iRocker SUPiROCKER paddle board reviews
Since there are multiple paddle boards eligible for this discount, it can be confusing as to which board may be the right one for you and your needs. But worry no more friends, as you will find everything you need right here. Read further for all their paddle boards on discount.
Of course, if you have any questions or remarks regarding the paddle boards and which one to pick, you can always leave a comment below for a piece of additional advice from me, I’m always happy to help. With that said, let’s start with our first paddle board discount product.iROCKER All-Around 11′
When it comes to this paddle board, I have a whole section written on my personal experience and evaluation on it which you can read here. However, for the sake of this review buying guide to be complete, let’s look at why this paddle board may be just right for you.
The first thing you should know is that this board is an upgrade of the old Inflatable 11′. And you know what that means! It means you are going to get a lot more when the word ‘upgraded’ pops in.
Practically, this innovative paddle board features an upgraded quad-layer construction with a redesigned deck pad. You also get additional safety handles and a new high-power pump.
- Quad Layer Construction — iROCKER now developed features an upgraded quad-layer construction. The PVC material enables paddles to have more durability and rigidity.
- Additional safety handles by the cargo area
- Redesigned Deck Pad
- New high-power pump with dual-chamber for faster inflation and a pressure gauge.
- The recommended inflation rate is 14-18psi.
- Board comes with iROCKER paddle, backpack, leash, handpump, and repair kit
As said, for a more hands-on review, check my in-depth analysis on the All-Around paddle board here.
The iROCKER 10′ is another awesome SUP board that performs great in all water conditions. I find this board suitable for all skill levels because of its favorable dimensions. Namely, it comes at 32″ of width which gives you extra stability. This way, you can maintain balance while standing on it, and its all-around design helps you glide through the water with reduced drag. That said, based on its dimensions, this board is most suitable for paddlers below 5’10” or 178cm and can carry up to 370 pounds in weight while on water. The recommended inflation rate is 14-18psi.
- Triple Layer Composite PVC, which makes the boards sturdy and robust but 20% lighter in weight. Also, its carbon blend shaft enables the paddle to be lighter yet sturdier and more stable when paddling.
- Additional Multi-Use Action Mounts (a total of 17) on which you can place your fishing rod holders, cameras, speakers, and all the rest of the equipment for the best paddling experience.
- Broader deck pad – double padded acting as a yoga mat that keeps your feet comfortable
- More expansive cargo storage in the back
- Additional front grab handle
- iROCKER backpacks with their upgraded design have additional pockets and extra bungee and Velcro storage. Attachable wheel traycan be bought additionally to make the backpack even more comfortable to carry.
- 10′ coil ankle leash with key pocket that is lightweight and feels as if you are not wearing any leash thanks to its double swivel feature that ensures minimal drag and hassle. It is specifically designed to absorb the impact waves, by stretching 5X its length as well. The leash also has a key pocket on the inside of the ankle strap.
- Board comes with iROCKER paddle, backpack, leash, handpump and repair kit
If you are looking for a suitable beginner or intermediate level paddle board, look no further than the Sport 11′. According to the manufacturer ratings, this paddle has a 100/100 for maneuverability and speed while the stability and surf are rated at 60 and 70, respectively. This means you can easily control the board in calm water and surfing water conditions. The recommended inflation rate is 15psi, and the board can carry up to 385 pounds of weight. On its own, the paddle weighs 25 pounds.
- Highly portable and lightweight paddle with exceptional rigidity.
- This is iROCKER’s quickest board out there, which is relatively versatile and is designed for military-grade durability that can withstand 385 pounds of weight.
- 3-fin setup – 1 flip-lock central fin without any tools and 2 fixed side fins
- 6 D-rings bungee storage area at the front
- 4 D-rings in the middle of the board as storage for various accessories
- Board comes with iROCKER paddle, backpack, leash, handpump and repair kit
The model V from the Blackfin line is perfect for paddling longer distances. I would recommend this paddle board for the serious explorers that go on day-long trips on the water. Experienced paddlers will enjoy this sturdy, stable board and its spacious deck design enables then to have stability even with pets or children on board. The high security also makes this board great for beginners. The recommended inflation rate is 15psi and the board can carry up to 485 pounds of weight. On its own, the paddle weighs 30 pounds.
- Full carbon shaft paddle – lighter and sturdier than before
- triple-layer composite PVC with carbon fiber rails and drop stitch inner core
- 20 convenient multi-use action mounts on which you can strap your gear, cameras, speakers, fishing rod holders and anything else.
- Sand spear attachment point
- Larger, more comfortable deck pad
- Extensive, more convenient rear cargo storage
- Flip Lock Center Fin – an upgraded version which is now easier to install
- The new Blackfin backpacks are now with extra storage space and additional pockets and Velcro storage
- Board comes with iROCKER paddle, backpack, leash, handpump and repair kit
I find this model by the iRocker fantastic for all those who want a super stable stand up paddle board. It is a durable board that can take on larger paddlers or those who want to paddle with their pets, children, or massive equipment on. If you are a beginner, you will find this board excellent because of its stability and durability. It withstands vast distances over water and is suitable for all situations. You can do river SUPing with it, you can safely maneuver around rocks, paddle in lakes, oceans, bays and even surf in small surf conditions.
- Can carry up to 450 pounds of weight
- Weighs only 27 pounds
- Full carbon shaft paddle with comfortable and durable deck
- Triple-layer composite PVC, drop stitch inner core
- The new Blackfin backpacks are now with extra storage space and additional pockets and Velcro storage
- Board comes with iROCKER paddle, backpack, leash, handpump and repair kit
- BLACKROCK Construction made of a high density foam core wrapped with a single layer fiberglass inner shell and 6 layers of Kevlar reinforcement in the nose and tail areas.
- Completely encased in a 1.3mm PolyCarbonate ABS outer shell for a solid, highly rigid composite hardboard that will last you for a lifetime.
With the iRocker coupon code you can choose any of the paddle boards in this list and save. Trust me, you won’t find a sweeter deal on the internet. These highly-durable paddle boards are great whether you are a pro looking to upgrade or a beginner who’s just getting into SUP and wants to get it right from the start but doesn’t want to break the bank. Whatever your needs may be, you can fulfil them with this 2020 iRocker coupon code.Current iRocker Coupon Codes
At this moment iRocker is offering an $80 when purchasing two boards at the same time. It does not matter if you purchase iRocker, Blackfin or Nautical paddle boards. Any two boards will give you an automatic $80 discount in your shopping cart.
With the iRocker coupon code “GETTEN” (without brackets) you can currently get $10 discount on any paddle board on the website, it can be combined with the $80 off when purchasing two paddle boards! (Still working on 16th of June 2020, let me know in the comments if I need to update!)
Have you decided on your next paddle board already? Let me know in the comments what is your pick and why. I’d love to know your opinion. Also, don’t forget to visit my Facebook and Instagram account for more cool tips and recommendations on paddle boards and accessories.
16 June 2020Paddle sitting down in your paddle board kayak seat for a whole new experience
Well, paddleboarding is fun, but sometimes you may want to sit down and experience another kind of ride. This is why you can create your own paddle board kayak by just purchasing a kayak seat for your paddle board.
More and more brands are offering an optional kayak seat, like MOAI, Blackfin, Aqua Marina, iRocker and ZRAY. Bluefin even includes a kayak seat in the package with most of the all-around models they sell, which is a great extra to have for free.
So a paddleboard hybrid is always a good idea, and it’s incredibly easy to make it yourself!
How to install your own paddle boards seat? This is very easy!The MOAI Kayak Seat is also very comfortable in useHow To Install A Paddle Board Kayak Seat
Your paddle board kayak seat must be comfortable for you, so you need to set it up right!
It’s effortless, and you don’t need a lot of time to do it. Everything can be done in about 5 minutes.
- Start by placing the seat on your paddleboard in the right position. You will see two sets of straps. Two are meant to be attached on the back, two on the front.
- Attack the back straps to the board.
- Arrange the seat again and attach the front straps.
- Adjust everything so you can comfortably sit in your newly installed seat!
Below is an example video from iRocker setting up their own kayak bundle so you have some visuals of setting up the paddle board kayak seat.
Everything can be done in under five minutes, and you will have the most comfortable paddleboard kayak!
Now, let’s take a look at the various kayak seats available!The Aqua Marina Evolution – For double kayak funDifferent types of Paddle Board Kayak Seats
It’s important to note that there are two types of seats. You can get an inflatable paddle board kayak seat or a foam paddle board kayak seat.
They are both excellent and straightforward to assemble. The biggest advantage of an inflatable paddle board seat is that if it gets wet you can just wipe it off, when the foam seat gets wet it will soak it up and stay wet for some time.
But then again, a foam seat will be a lot more comfortable and the chances you will fall into the water while kayaking are even slimmer than falling into the water while Stand Up Paddling.
Both versions will offer good back support as they are attached tightly to the board and it will carry the weight of your back. I can enjoy and paddle around on the water more relaxed, as it doesn’t take your whole body to move forward.
An example of a foam seat is the Bluefin kayak seat, this is an ultra adjustable, foam-made seat. As said this comes includes with all of their all-around paddle boards, like the popular Bluefin Cruise 10’8″ Paddle Board and the Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10’8″ Paddle Board.
These foam seats are found in most stores, inflatable seats aren’t used a lot as they are less comfortable in use even though they are also practical. These seats are seen mostly in kayaks, but they can also be used for Stand Up Paddle boards.
The only example I could find of a brand that sells inflatable kayak seats so far is ZRAY, which focuses on the cheapest possible paddle boards so this is most likely done for reducing costs and the cheapest way to create a kayak seat.The ZRAY inflatable Kayak Seat
Now, why would you want a paddle board kayak seat?
Well, you know better than anyone, but it’s nice to state the facts.
For starters, it’s incredibly comfortable. You can try something new, and see how you like it. Life is a thrill, and it should be exciting! Or like me you can just be lazy, paddle and sit around with your cooler full of cold beverages.
You can bring along your dog, and go together to explore everything you can. And the best part, if your friends have kayaks, you will be part of the group!
Of course, you can pair it with other paddleboarding accessories.
If your chosen seat doesn’t have a storage bag, you can always get your own and keep everything safe. And dry!The Bluefin Cruise kayak paddle
Of course you will also need a kayak paddle to go with your kayak sea, so you can paddle on both sides of the board. This will make it possible to reach decent speeds while sitting down.
The Bluefin Cruise has a fiberglass 2-in-1 kayak paddle, the Bluefin Cruise Carbon has a carbon 2-in-1 SUP and kayak paddle included.
If you are looking for a separate purchase of a 2-in-1 SUP and kayak paddle because you already have a paddle board, check out my guide for best SUP paddles.A cheaper version of a kayak seat from the Mistral Lidl SUP BoardConclusion Paddle Board Kayak Seat
Paddle boarding is fun, and you can easily customize it in any way you want. With a paddle board kayak seat you can definitely get the best out of both worlds!
Your back is supported, you can spend less energy paddling if you are too tired to stand up paddle and you are less likely to lose balance.
So why not get out there, sit down and paddle? It is a wonderful experience and you can focus fully on the environment around you, while also being close the the water. When you are paddling on clear oceans or seas you can even watch the fish swim by (I love Greece for this).
Surely you should try this out at least once, just to experience the difference. As you do not need to learn how to stand or how to keep balance, this is also a great way for beginners to get used to the water before stand up paddling.
Now what are you waiting for? Get out there, enjoy the water and relax on the water!
Have you ever tried a paddle board kayak seat? Did you enjoy the experience and will you do this again in the future? Which board did you use for your kayak adventure?
I’m looking forward to hearing from you in the comments to know about your paddle board kayaking adventures!
13 June 2020
Water sports require certain accessories in order to make the whole activity more comfortable and pleasant. While you may love being in the water, your car keys, phone, or iPod may not enjoy swimming as much. That’s why today, we are talking about the best waterproof fanny pack that will keep your belonging safe and dry at all times.Why Do You Need a Reliable Waterproof Fanny Pack?
The thing is, over the years of trying out every and any water sport out there, I have soaked quite a few phones and lost an array of keys so that you could say I have enough experience to know what’s worth it and what’s not when it comes to waterproof waist packs.
While to the untrained eye, any water-resistant fanny pack may look good enough, I’ve lost enough belongings to know that that is not the case. You see, when choosing your own fanny pack waterproof isn’t the only thing that it needs to be. Your waterproof waist pouch needs to be comfortable, convenient, and pleasant when attached to your hip. Otherwise, it will bother you while paddling, pedaling, or surfing and distract you.
Also, the size DEFINITELY matters when we are talking about waterproof fanny packs because having something weighing you down when you’re trying to keep a balance on your board is a big No-No.
With that said, you have probably concluded that buying the cheapest option of waterproof waist bags may, in turn, be the most expensive one, because… well… how much is your phone worth?
Surely you don’t want hundreds or even thousands of dollars wasted in the water simply because your waterproof waist pouch was of cheap quality. In fact, your waterproof hip pack should not even leak let along let water in.
This is why here we’re focusing on reliability and overall quality vs. price.The best options for waterproof waist packs
In this buyer’s guide, I have upgraded the standards by which I’m choosing the best waterproof waist pouch. While good looks are certainly a bonus, quality goes below the surface where the most robust materials are selected to keep your belongings dry.
Ready to start? Let’s begin reviewing waterproof waist packs!BLUE SKY BASICS Waterproof Pouch with Waist Strap (2 Pack)
When it comes to keeping your phone and valuables safe and dry, this pack of two waterproof waist bags is the best at its job. You’re not only saving big time with this 2 pack offer, but you are also keeping it stylish.
By strapping this waterproof waist pouch on your hips or waist, you can rest assured that your belongings will be safe and you won’t even feel the bag on your body. It’s lightweight, thin, and seamless so that you can be boating, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, or any other water sport out there, and you won’t be distracted by it.
BLUE SKY BASICS Waterproof Pouch Specs:
- Robust triple-seal protection up to 10 meters (32 feet) underwater
- 3 in 1 waterproof waist bag that protects from water damage, theft, and loss in water
- Touch Screen-Friendly translucent waterproof opaque pouch through which you can see your phone, text or answer no matter where you are without getting your phone wet
- This waterproof hip pack is small enough not to bother you, but still large enough – 9.0″ X 6.7″ – to hold your every belonging and accessory. It is super-spacious and can float too, so even if you take it off in the water, it’ll still be beside you
- Fully-adjustable straps in 33.5″-47.5″ sizes for the highest comfort. Because of the flexible straps, you can carry your waterproof waist pouch as a cross-body bag or a shoulder bag.
- You get a free 100% lifetime guarantee as a proof of quality
The Aqua Quest AquaRoo belt is a 100% waterproof waist bag that’s lightweight and highly versatile, coming in black, blue, grey, or camo.
If you are looking for an extra-thin, adjustable, and small waterproof belt pack, then I bet you will be quite impressed with the Aqua Quest AquaRoo waterproof waist pouch. It is fully submersible thanks to the unique magnet-sealed opening that won’t let any water in under any case.
Aqua Quest AquaRoo Belt Specs:
- 100% waterproof – you can carry it in water or on the rain, and no amount of water will enter inside. It’s the perfect ‘holiday pouch’ that will save your belongings
- Double-sided pouch that has an extra-layer inside that ensures safety of your things even under temporary submersion in water
- Fully-adjustable waist belt made of Cambrelle mesh rear material. Your skin can breathe freely and won’t be uncomfortable even if you strap this waterproof waist pouch on bare skin
- Up to 52′ in waist size and only 90 grams of weight in total, this waterproof waist pouch can be worn anywhere on the body, and at such thin size, it will be invisible if worn under your clothes
- 70D RipStop fabric with TPU lamination and double ziplock seal with welded seams make for the most secure and highest-quality waterproof hip pack
- With AquaQuest you get a lifetime warranty
The JOTO waterproof waist pouch with its unique material blend will protect your belonging from water, sun, and sand. So, you can use it while on the beach, when swimming, boating, fishing, paddling, and all other water activities.
The top-shelf construction makes this waterproof hip pack completely submersible. With its roll-top closure system, you can secure it quickly and be sure that your things are safe.
JOTO Waterproof Case Bag Specs:
- 100% waterproof guarantee thanks to its robust zipper locks that seals the pouch securely.
- Fold-over lid with hook & loop to provide extra safety during any activity
- Non-transparent thick material that keeps your items so that no one knows what you keep inside
- Size: 8.6′ x 6.5′ which provides enough space for all personals but it’s small enough to be portable and not to get in your way while boating, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, fishing, hiking, surfing, camping and so on
- Easily adjustable belt that allows you to carry your waterproof waist pouch anywhere you like on the body
- Lightweight design made of premium quality materials that guarantee not only waterproof safety but also durability and stylish look.
This waterproof waist pouch by Freegrace with its transparent mesh material will keep your phone and other belongings dry and safe at all times. You can carelessly go boating, swimming, paddling, or even simply stay on the beach and protect your valuables from the sand.
This rugged roll-top waterproof fanny pack offers excellent comfort and features a splashproof quick-access storage pocket. The transparent material will allow you to see your belongings inside without opening the bag, risking to let water in. I would say, for those looking for a well-built pack to keep your electronics and other small items dry, this is a solid choice.
Freegrace Waterproof fanny pack of 2 Pouches Specs:
- Up to 32 feet or 10 meters of water submersion protection. You can now go paddle boarding, traveling, boating, skiing, and just about anything else you can think of without worrying that your valuables will get wet.
- Three Ultimate Seals protection promises to keep your valuables items safe and dry.
- At 9. 0″ X 6. 7″, you can fit anything you need for your paddle boarding adventures to be even better. But it’s still small enough not to bother you while in water.
- The Freegrace waterproof waist pouch can float too, due to its unique blend of materials that will follow you anywhere in the water.
- Screen-touch sensitive material through which you can control your phone without the risk of opening the pouch and wetting your items.
- Fully-adjustable 35.4″-49.2″ carrying straps that make this waterproof waist pouch able to be worn as a cross-body bag, or shoulder bag.
Whatever waterproof fanny pack you choose from this list, you can rest assured that your belongings will be safe and dry at the end of the day.
Have you picked your favorite yet? If so, please share your experiences with it here in the comments below. I’d love to hear your opinion on the products above. And don’t forget to connect with me on Facebook and Instagram for more water sports gear reviews.
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