WhaSUP?

With paddle boarding (SUP) increasing popularity every season it’s a difficult market to stand out above the rest!  Yet there is a paddle board company that is starting to do just that!  We’ve all heard of BluWave or SUPLove…those names are big here Ontario.  The problem with those boards (not that it’s a big problem per say) is that they can be hard to transport.  You need a vehicle in order to carry them to and from your campground or have someone else drive you.  This is where whaSUP stands out above the rest.  Their boards are inflatable and portable!  Don’t believe me?  This is their paddle board…

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And this is their paddle board folded up….

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Yup that’s it!  It’s folds into a backpack the size of my Eureka Dry Pack!  Inside that backpack is your SUP board, your paddle, your leash, the pump, and a guage.  For those who travel by Parkbus to the Provincial Parks…this is your answer to how to transport something like this up…this will fit easily under the bus!  Live in downtown Toronto but can’t take your SUP board onto the subway to get down to the lake?  Just throw this on your back and away you go.

Don’t get me wrong…I don’t work for the company…but I know an ingenius product when I see it and I want to share it with you!  I’m looking forward to testing one this summer!  In case you’re interested…the price point is about half compared to other companies.  They are only $750 for the model that I showed you…which is a show special right now and it includes the taxes.  Plus you get everything I told you about!  If you are still set on getting a regular hard SUP board they also carry ROGUE paddle boards!

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Next week I’ll be chatting more with Scott and Peter from whaSUP about their product while at the Outdoor Adventure Show!  If you want to find out more about them visit their website: www.whasup.ca, follow them on Twitter: @whasupboards, or check them out on Facebook: www.facebook.com/whasupboards.

~Enjoy your trip!

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Toronto Boat Show

So yesterday I spent most of the day at the Toronto Boat Show.

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The show started on Saturday – with a preview on Friday – and runs until Sunday, so there’s still plenty of time to get out.  The main area of the show is covered with power boats and yachts.  I’m a canoer by heart but I do like a little bit of speed in my life :).  The usual companies were there…Bayliner, Lund, Pride of Marine Group, etc.  So as you walk into the main exhibit hall all you see is wall to wall powerboats, ski boats, wakeboard boats, and sea-doos!

DSC_0206That wasn’t what I was there for though.  I came to see the canoes and kayaks *as limited as the section was.  Swift (as always) was my first stop.  Last year I told you about the Flax Fusion canoes that they were showing at the Outdoor Adventure Show. They brought them again this year!  The top canoe in the pic to the left is a Prospector 16 Flax Fusion.  I’m looking at the Keywadin 15 Solo Flax Fusion canoe.  The thing about these canoes is that they are super light.  The solo canoe is 30 pounds.  For me thats probably the best weight to portage.  I’ve carried a 75 pound fibreglass before and it’s not nice.

The one thing that stood out to me from all of the show is the huge popularity of Standup Paddleboards or SUP’s.
Most of the companies that were there had a selection of SUP boards.  Swift and Suplove were two companiesDSC_0240 that I checked out.  The boards on the right are from Swift…however I think the coolest boards were from SUPLove.  After speaking with a few of the exhibitors the consensus is that it’s fairly easy to switch over from a canoe to a SUP.  All companies agree that you have to start out on your knees to get used to the balance then slowly work your way up to standing.  The paddles have a long shaft but a short blade.  I was watching a demonstration in the lake at the show and these things can move quite quickly!  I’m looking forward to giving this a try this summer.

Overall the show was cool!  This being my first time, I was a bit overwhelmed by all the toys.  Believe me, I wish I wasn’t selling my cottage because those ski boats were pretty cool!  I’ve taken a ton of pics and 1 video.  These are posted over at my flickr account as there are way too many to put here.  The video is pretty cool as its a demo done by Bill Swift (Swift Canoe & Kayak) on Standup Paddleboards.  It shows how to get on the board and paddling basics.  You can find my boat show set here: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjDCd7y4 and my video is here: http://youtu.be/L_hZpQIXEVo

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