New for 2018 is the Aqua Marina MEGA SUP — a giant, 18′ multi-person inflatable paddle board that packs enough fun for the entire family. Despite the fact that the MEGA is one seriously massive board, it doesn’t come with a massive price tag as it’s currently the most affordably priced big SUP on the market. Aqua Marina is really stepping things up with their 2018 line of inflatables, and the company has recently introduced several impressive new models such as the stable, all-around Aqua Marina BEAST and their RAPID river/surfing SUP. Well-known for making fun and super affordable inflatable paddle boards, the company’s growing range of iSUPs now offers something for every type of paddler. In this review of Aqua Marina’s 18′ MEGA SUP, […]

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The 60L OverBoard Waterproof Dry Tube Backpack is a generously-sized bag that is perfect for SUP touring and expeditions, camping, and multi-day outdoor adventures where maintaining dry gear is a top priority. We’re big fans of OverBoard dry bags, and while a bag of this size is not suitable for everyone, it’s a solid choice if you’re looking for an oversized dry bag with a ton of carrying capacity. OverBoard dry bags are well-known for being durable, dependable, and feature-rich. The company has an impressive range of waterproof bags, and they put all of their designs through a demanding set of rigorous tests to ensure that their gear is suitable for serious use. In this review of the 60L OverBoard Dry Tube Backpack, we’ll discuss […]

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Despite the efforts of Chris Burkard, Kepa Acero, and Shane Dorian, surfing has never quite been accepted by the greater adventure sports community. With #vanlife on the rise, you’d think that surfers may soon be accepted by dirtbags everywhere, but it seems that the surf community is a bit too much Jeff Spikoli and not enough Jack Kerouac… It’s not that surfing lacks a sense of adventure. Surfers, climbers, skiers, and explorers share a common lingo, culture, and stoke. As Yvon Choinard, founder of Patagonia and author of  so aptly stated, “if it wasn’t for climbing, we’d all be surfers.” Yet for whatever reason, surfers are too often left aside from the adventure sports community. It begs the question, what do these other activities have […]

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Waterproof fanny packs are a great SUP accessory to have — they are comfortable, convenient, and do a fantastic job of keeping your wallet, keys, phone, camera, and other small accessories dry. For many paddlers, a regular-sized dry bag is overkill when you only need to stash away a few small items, and a waterproof waist pack is the perfect option for these times. When it comes to dry bags and waterproof pouches, we probably don’t need to tell you how important it is to choose carefully. Buying the cheapest waterproof protection for your valuables can often result in hundreds or even thousands of dollars of ruined electronics and other items due to leaks, so it’s far better to focus on reliability and overall quality […]

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The Earth River SUP 12-6 V-II is an extremely tough and stable touring board that’s a great choice if you’re looking for speed and the ability to paddle longer distances. Measuring 12’6″ x 32″ x 6″ and weighing in at 26 pounds, the ERS 12-6 V-II provides a nice blend of speed and stability and the V-II construction adds additional rigidity and durability when compared with the company’s SKYLAKE line. Founded in 2012, Maryland-based Earth River SUP is a company that is focused entirely on producing high-end inflatables. Behind the diverse range of Earth River SUP paddle boards is a world-class design team led by an MIT Engineering graduate, an ACA Level III Instructor, and a leading commercial designer. The Earth River SUP line includes models designed […]

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The Mountain Khakis Equatorial Short is a fantastic option for those times when you’re going to be out paddling and want to look a bit more presentable for lunch at a restaurant or exploring around town. These are incredibly versatile shorts, and they’re also a perfect choice for hiking, travel, sailing, cruises, and just about anything else you can think of… A more formal alternative to traditional boardshorts, are currently available in three classic colors: Retro Khaki, Willow, and Stone. With a zippered fly, button closure, and belt loops, they feature the traditional styling of normal khaki shorts. These lightweight, super packable shorts feature a comfortable, relaxed fit and they’re made with a quick-drying fabric that’s abrasion-resistant and water repellent. The extremely high-density nylon weave […]

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The OverBoard Classic Waterproof Backpack is an extremely well-made bag that looks great and does a fantastic job of protecting gear from water, dust, dirt, and sand. Available in 20L, 30L, and 45L sizes, this versatile, backpack-style dry bag is loaded with impressive features that serious paddlers are sure to appreciate, and it has quickly become our go-to backpack for daily use. OverBoard is a global company that’s widely recognized as an industry leader when it comes to waterproof bags. Their growing lineup of high-quality dry bags and waterproof cases is subjected to rigorous testing, resulting in a product line that’s built to withstand the most extreme of conditions. OverBoard takes product design and testing very seriously, and to ensure that their product line meets […]

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Brand new for 2018, the Aqua Marina BEAST inflatable SUP is a stable, all-around board that measures 10’6″ x 32″ x 6″. Weighing in at 20.5 pounds and capable of supporting up to 315 pounds, this colorful board is a good choice for a wide variety of activities and conditions, and it comes with some really nice features. The Aqua Marina SUP lineup continues to grow, and the company is launching some exciting new models and accessories for this year. Known for their colorful designs and super affordable price points, Aqua Marina also has a nice range of inflatable kayaks, canoes, and boats. In this Aqua Marina BEAST review, we’ll take a look at this new 2018 model’s features, design, specs, performance, pros and cons, […]

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The brand new NIXY Newport 10’6″ is a great all-around inflatable paddle board that is lightweight and extremely stable. Measuring 10’6″ x 33″ x 6″ and weighing in at only 17 pounds, the Newport is a super versatile board that is an excellent option for paddlers of all skill levels. NIXY’s inflatable paddle boards have been reworked for 2018 and feature the latest in cutting-edge fusion technology. These boards are much lighter than the company’s previous models and can be inflated all the way to 20 PSI for incredible rigidity. Founded by Nicolas and Ale Szczedrin and headquartered in Irvine, CA, NIXY Sports is a company that is entirely focused on designing high-quality inflatable SUPs at affordable price points. NIXY has a manufacturer-direct marketing model that […]

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In addition to Earth River SUP’s great lineup of inflatable paddle boards, The company has a nice range of accessories including waterproof dry bags. The Earth River SUP dry bag line is currently available in four sizes (5L, 10L, 20L, and 30L), and in this review, we’ll be taking a look at their 10L bag. Earth River SUP’s 10L bag is the perfect size for an afternoon on the water, offering plenty of room for a DSLR camera, towel, change of clothes, and other small accessories… Earth River SUP 10L Dry Bag Overview The has some really nice features which differentiates it from many of the other waterproof bags on the market. For starters, this bag has a see-through panel on the front which extends […]

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