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  • Dec 2, 2021

How to Strap a SUP to Your Roof Rack

Heading out for a paddleboarding adventure? Transporting your stand-up paddleboard (SUP) securely to your destination is crucial, whether it’s a sturdy hardboard or an inflatable model. If you’ve got a car with a roof rack, you’re in luck! This guide, complemented by our visual tutorial on our YouTube Channel, will walk you through the process step by step.

  • Dec 1, 2021

How to Fall and Get Back on Your Paddle Board

Falling off a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) might seem like a daunting prospect, especially for beginners. However, it's an inevitable part of the paddleboarding experience that, with the right approach, can be managed safely and effectively. Whether you're navigating serene lakes or challenging ocean waves, learning how to fall correctly and get back on your board is essential for every SUP enthusiast.

  • Nov 19, 2021

Paddle boarding on a Windy Day

Paddleboarding on a windy day presents unique challenges but also offers an exhilarating opportunity to harness nature's elements for an unforgettable SUP adventure. Embracing the wind requires preparation, understanding, and the right techniques to ensure safety and enjoyment. Here's how to turn a blustery day into a thrilling paddleboarding experience. Key Highlights: Safety First: Emphasize the importance of wearing a leash and a personal flotation device (PFD) to ensure safety on windy days. Plan Ahead: Stress the significance of checking the wind forecast before heading out and opting out if conditions are too challenging. Understanding Wind Direction: Highlight the critical strategy of starting your paddle session against the wind to ensure an easier return trip. Strategies for Paddling into the Wind: Offer techniques for lowering your center of gravity and adjusting your paddle stroke to increase efficiency against the wind. Navigating Crosswinds: Discuss methods for maintaining direction in crosswinds, including the sweep stroke and zig-zag paddling.

  • Nov 10, 2021

How to Turn Your SUP

Turning on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) isn’t just about changing direction; it’s about fluidly moving with the water and enhancing your paddling experience. Whether you’re circling back to shore or dodging an unexpected obstacle, mastering various turning techniques is essential. From beginner-friendly sweeps to advanced pivots, this guide breaks down three pivotal turning techniques tailored to your skill level.

  • Nov 9, 2021

Winter is Coming

Winter brings a serene beauty to paddleboarding that Scott Knorp, co-owner of Glide Paddlesports, knows all too well. The crisp air, quiet waters, and the thrill of navigating through colder elements offer an invigorating SUP experience. Here, Scott shares his insights and tips for those daring enough to break out their SUPs in winter’s embrace.

  • Nov 8, 2021

3 Balance Practices to Improve your SUP Balance

As the chill of winter approaches, maintaining the superb balance you’ve honed over the sunny months on your stand-up paddleboard (SUP) is paramount. Not only does it keep your SUP skills sharp, but it also preserves that hard-earned physique. Here’s a curated set of balance exercises designed by the Glide Paddlesports team to enhance your stability on the board, ensuring you’re ready to glide smoothly when the waters call again.

  • Nov 2, 2021

Keeping your SUP in a Straight Line

For many paddleboard enthusiasts, achieving that perfect, unwavering line across the water is a coveted skill. It’s a hallmark of proficiency that transforms your SUP outings into more than just exercise; it becomes a dance with the water. Let’s dive into how you can refine your stroke for maximum efficiency and enjoyment on your board.

  • Nov 1, 2021

How Hard is it to Learn to Stand Up Paddleboard?

Learning to stand-up paddleboard (SUP) can seem daunting, especially if you're like Sam Tyler — a big guy with initial concerns about balance and the prospect of spending more time in the water than on the board. However, Sam’s journey from a nervous beginner to a proficient paddleboarder is not just inspiring but filled with practical advice for anyone looking to venture into the world of SUP.

  • Oct 29, 2021

Preventing Paddle Boarding Injuries

Paddleboarding offers a serene way to explore waterways, but like any sport, it comes with the risk of injury, especially from repetitive movements. The key to a long and enjoyable SUP journey lies in injury prevention and proper technique. Here's how to keep common paddleboarding injuries at bay and ensure your time on the water is both fulfilling and pain-free.

  • Oct 25, 2021

5 tips to store your inflatable paddle board over the winter (or any season)

Glide Inflatable paddle boards are not only a gateway to aquatic adventures but are also crafted with durability, portability, eco-friendliness, and style in mind. However, as the seasons change and the water adventures pause, many of us are left wondering how best to store our cherished SUPs. Fear not, for we've compiled essential storage tips to ensure your inflatable SUP remains in pristine condition, ready for the next paddling season.

  • Oct 18, 2021

How to use the Glide Electric Pump and Battery

In our opinion, Electric Pumps are where it's at if you own an inflatable paddle board. Luckily, with the Glide Electric Pump and Portable Battery you can inflate your board anywhere and in under 10 minutes!  Here is our guide on how to use it properly!

  • Oct 12, 2021

How to Repair a Puncture or Worn Down Spot on Your iSUP

Although Glide Inflatable Paddleboards are durable that doesn't mean indestructible. If you somehow get a worn down spot or a puncture, here is how you fix it.

  • Oct 11, 2021

How to use the Glide 2021 Hand Pump

Embarking on a stand-up paddleboarding adventure begins with one crucial step: inflating your board. While electric pumps offer convenience, mastering the Glide  Hand Pump equips you with the knowledge to get your iSUP ready for the water, anywhere, anytime. Here’s a step-by-step guide to ensure a swift and efficient setup.

  • Oct 8, 2021

How to Fix a Broken Valve

Paddleboarding is an exhilarating way to explore the waters, but a loose valve on your inflatable paddleboard can quickly deflate the adventure. Whether it's from production mishaps or the rigors of shipping, a secure valve is essential for an airtight paddleboarding experience. Before you set sail, take a moment to inspect your board as we dive into identifying and fixing a loose valve, ensuring endless fun on the water.

  • Oct 5, 2021

5 Tips to Prepare for Your First SUP Camping Trip

SUP camping offers an extraordinary blend of stand-up paddleboarding serenity and the excitement of outdoor camping. If the thought of your first SUP camping expedition seems overwhelming, don't worry. Glide Paddlesports is here to walk you through the crucial steps of planning and executing a memorable SUP camping trip. Key Highlights Master the Art of Packing: Learn how to utilize the space on your inflatable paddleboard for essentials without compromising stability. Choosing the Ideal Campsite: Tips on using technology and resources to find unique, SUP-friendly camping spots. Navigating Local Regulations: Stay informed about public lands, camping regulations, and life jacket laws to ensure a hassle-free experience. Prioritizing Safety: The importance of communication, choosing sites with cell service, and opting for slightly busier areas for enhanced safety. The Joy of Companionship: How shared adventures can boost safety and make your SUP camping trip unforgettable.

  • Sep 27, 2021

Unboxing your Inflatable SUP

Your Glide inflatable paddle board has arrived! Here's what you should do before you hit the water.