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  • May 25, 2021

How to Surf Your SUP

Transitioning from calm lake paddleboarding to the dynamic world of SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) surfing is an exciting step that opens up a whole new realm of challenges and thrills. SUP surfing combines the tranquility of paddleboarding with the exhilaration of riding ocean waves. Here's everything you need to know to make your first SUP surfing experience a success.

  • May 4, 2021

SUP Tips for a Windy Day

Windy conditions add an element of challenge to stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) but don't let that deter you from hitting the water. With the right strategies, you can turn a blustery day into an exhilarating and rewarding SUP experience. Here’s how to ensure you stay safe and enjoy your paddle, even when the wind picks up.

  • Apr 17, 2021

Whitewater SUP Basics

Whitewater SUP is an exhilarating blend of adventure and challenge, pushing the limits of paddleboarding into the thrilling domain of rapids and river waves. At Glide, we've harnessed our passion and pioneering spirit to develop paddleboards that thrive in these demanding conditions. Below, we delve into the essentials of gear and techniques for mastering whitewater SUP, reflecting our commitment to quality, innovation, and the pure joy of paddleboarding. Key Highlights Choosing the Right Board: Glide's journey in whitewater SUP led to the development of inflatable boards made with quadruple layers of military-grade PVC, offering unparalleled durability and stability for navigating river rapids. Essential Equipment: Key items include a helmet for head protection, a high-quality PFD for safety and mobility, a quick-release leash for emergency detachment, and appropriate clothing and sturdy water shoes for comfort and protection. Mastering Whitewater SUP Techniques: Understanding river hydrology is crucial for safely navigating rapids and utilizing river features for surfing. Core maneuvers like the Peel Out, Eddy Turn, and Ferry are essential for controlling your journey through the rapids. Adopting a surf stance and using the paddle as a third point of contact (tripod effect) enhances stability in turbulent waters. Inflatable vs. Hard Boards: Inflatable SUPs are preferred for whitewater due to their robust construction, full-length deck pads, and design features focused on stability and performance in unpredictable river conditions.

  • Apr 15, 2021

River SUP Gear

Embarking on a whitewater paddleboarding adventure is both thrilling and demanding, requiring gear that can stand up to the challenge. At Glide, we've honed our expertise in crafting the best inflatable SUPs for the rapids, ensuring you're well-equipped for whatever the river throws your way. Here's a comprehensive guide to the essential gear for river SUP, reflecting our passion for innovation and safety in paddleboarding. Key Highlights Introduction to Whitewater SUP: Whitewater paddleboarding is a thrilling combination of surfing and navigating river rapids, requiring skill, courage, and the right gear. Glide specializes in creating durable, high-performance paddleboards ideal for this adventurous sport. Choosing the Right Board: For whitewater, an inflatable SUP with a rounded but slightly pointed nose, wide tail, and constructed with four layers of military-grade PVC, offers stability and maneuverability essential for river running and surfing. Board Features: River Surfing Boards: Designed for maneuverability with a tri-fin setup for control on river waves. Whitewater Inflatable SUPs: Boards with ample deck space and a full-length deck pad ensure stability and comfort when navigating through rapids. Protective Gear: Helmets and PFDs are crucial for safety, providing protection against impacts and ensuring buoyancy. A quick-release leash is vital for emergencies, allowing paddlers to detach from their board if necessary. Apparel and Accessories: Wet or dry suits offer thermal protection, while water shoes with good support enhance grip and protection. Protective pads for knees and elbows are recommended for additional safety during falls.

  • Mar 29, 2021

Paddle Boarding with Kids

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) with your kids is not just a delightful way to enjoy the outdoors but also a fantastic opportunity to bond and instill in them a love for water sports. Whether you're a seasoned paddler or new to the sport, introducing your children to SUP can be an enriching experience for the whole family. Here's a comprehensive guide to ensure your SUP adventure with kids is enjoyable, safe, and memorable.

  • Mar 10, 2021

Off Season Workouts for SUP

The off-season doesn't mean you have to lose the paddleboarding (SUP) fitness you've worked so hard to build. With the right exercises, you can maintain, and even enhance, your SUP skills and physical condition, ensuring you're ready to hit the water as soon as the weather permits. Here are some workouts tailored for SUP enthusiasts, designed to keep you in top shape year-round.

  • Mar 10, 2021

How to Inflate and Deflate Your Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

Key Highlights Preparation: Start by unrolling your iSUP on a flat, preferably soft surface. Remove the valve cap and ensure the valve stem is engaged for inflation. Inflation Process: Attach the pump, selecting between dual or single action pumping modes. Begin with dual action for rapid inflation up to 8-10 PSI, then switch to single action to reach your desired PSI, ideally around 15 for most users. Efficient Pumping: Utilize your legs for the pumping motion to conserve arm strength and avoid back strain. Consider an electric pump for an easier inflation process. Final Steps: Once inflated to the desired PSI, detach the pump and secure the valve cap. Attach your fin, and you're ready to paddle. Deflation: Remove the fin, open the valve stem to let air escape, and roll the board from the opposite end towards the valve to expel air. Secure the valve stem, replace the valve cap, and store the board in its backpack. The first time you inflate and deflate you inflatable paddle board you might feel a bit stressed, but we promise that will practice will come peace and the pumping will become easier. We've set up so many times now that it is second nature, and it'll be that way for you too.

  • Mar 9, 2021

SUP Fishing For Beginners

Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Fishing has rapidly evolved from a niche hobby into a global phenomenon, attracting anglers from the kayak fishing scene and beyond. The allure of SUP fishing lies in its unique blend of accessibility, flexibility, and the sheer thrill of angling from a standing position. If you're considering dipping your toes into the waters of SUP fishing, here are essential tips to ensure your first expedition is a memorable one.

  • Mar 3, 2021

Introducing Your Dog To Paddle Boarding

Sharing the adventure of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) with your dog can be an enriching experience for both of you. Whether you're exploring serene lakes or gently flowing rivers, preparing your pup for their first SUP adventure ensures safety and fun. Here's how to get started, inspired by the journey of a Labrador named Mowgli who found his sea legs (and love for SUP) in the beautiful lakes of Utah.

  • Mar 2, 2021

SUP Safety Tips

Embracing the serenity and adventure of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) requires not just enthusiasm but also a commitment to safety. Whether you're a seasoned paddler or new to the sport, understanding and implementing key safety practices can significantly enhance your enjoyment on the water while safeguarding you and your companions. Below are indispensable safety tips every SUP enthusiast should follow.

  • Feb 28, 2021

Paddling Techniques For Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Arguably the best parts of the SUP sport is the variety, integrity, and agency. No matter what SUP style is your favorite, you're guaranteed a great full body workout. We'll go through every kind of SUP discipline and how to paddle the best for your sport. Key Highlights: Introduction to SUP Paddling Essentials: Dive into the importance of selecting the right paddle for your stand up paddle boarding adventures, emphasizing the paddle's weight, adjustability, buoyancy, and design specific to SUP. Traditional SUP Paddling Technique: Explore the correct way to paddle in traditional stand up paddle boarding, including paddle orientation and adjustments for optimal glide and efficiency. SUP Surfing Paddling Technique: Learn specialized paddling techniques for SUP surfing to catch waves effectively, including tips on positioning, paddle length, and stroke adjustments. SUP Kayaking Paddling Technique: Discover the transitioning technique from stand up paddling to SUP kayaking, focusing on paddle modifications, blade feathering, and effective stroke methods for navigating different waters. Choosing the Right Glide Paddle: Understand why Glide paddles are preferred for their lightweight design, adjustability, buoyancy, and SUP-specific engineering, making them ideal for all your paddling needs.

  • Feb 26, 2021

How Difficult is Standup Paddleboarding?

Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is often perceived as a challenging activity, especially for beginners who might be apprehensive about balancing on a board on water. However, with the right approach and preparation, SUP can be surprisingly accessible and enjoyable for people of all skill levels. Here’s a breakdown of what makes SUP a manageable and delightful sport, along with tips for beginners to ensure a smooth start.

  • Feb 20, 2021

How To Improve Your SUP Paddle Stroke

Improving your SUP paddle stroke is essential for efficiency, speed, and overall enjoyment on the water. Whether you're a beginner or looking to refine your skills, understanding the mechanics of a good paddle stroke can significantly enhance your stand-up paddleboarding experience. Here’s a step-by-step guide to perfecting your paddle stroke, ensuring you get the most out of every outing.

  • Feb 19, 2021

Frequent Stand Up Paddle Boarding Mistakes

Key Highlights The Backward Paddle Conundrum: Holding your paddle correctly is fundamental. The blade should angle away from you for efficient movement. Direct Sunlight Damage: Protect your SUP from the sun’s harmful rays to prevent delamination and color fading. Paddle Angle Precision: Ensure your paddle stroke is perpendicular to maximize efficiency and showcase proper technique. Pre-visit SUP Spot Research: Familiarize yourself with your destination to avoid hazards and understand conditions. Correct Inflation: An under-inflated iSUP compromises performance and safety. Aim for at least 12 PSI. The Essential SUP Leash: Always use a leash to keep your paddleboard within reach if you fall. Secure Board Transport: Properly strap your board to your vehicle to avoid damage and ensure safety during transport. Board Positioning: Stand in the correct position, using the carry handle as a guide, for optimal balance and control. Keep Your Gaze Horizon-bound: Maintaining your focus on a distant point helps with balance. Proper Paddle Grip: Grip the paddle’s end with your top hand for better stroke control and comfort. Mindful SUP Surfing: Choose less crowded surfing spots and respect surfing etiquette. Weather Watch: Check the forecast before heading out to avoid being caught in bad weather. Hydration and Snacks: Paddleboarding is demanding. Stay hydrated and energized with suitable refreshments. Paddleboarding offers a unique blend of challenge and relaxation, adaptable to your preferences. Whether you're aiming for high performance or seeking tranquility on the water, avoiding common mistakes is crucial to enjoy the sport fully and not to be sidelined as a novice.

  • Feb 10, 2021

Beginners Guide to Stand-up Paddle Board

Embarking on a stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) journey brings an exciting blend of adventure, relaxation, and a full-body workout. Contrary to some apprehensions, SUP is not difficult; it's about choosing the right board and paddle, mastering basic techniques, and understanding SUP fundamentals. Here’s a beginner’s guide to ensure your first SUP experience is not just enjoyable but also sets the stage for many more to come. Key Highlights: Understanding SUP Basics: Discover the joys of stand-up paddle boarding, a fun way to enjoy the water and get a full-body workout. Learn what makes SUP accessible and enjoyable for people of all ages and skill levels. Getting Equipped: Everything you need to start your SUP adventure, from selecting the right paddle board and paddle based on your weight, skill, and activity type, to the importance of wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) as per U.S. Coast Guard regulations. Transporting and Carrying Your Board: Tips for transporting your SUP by vehicle, whether it's an inflatable board that fits neatly in your trunk or a durable paddle board that requires a roof rack or truck bed for transportation. Plus, advice on carrying your SUP to the water with ease. Basic SUP Paddling Techniques: Step-by-step instructions for standing up on your board, maintaining balance, correctly holding the paddle, and essential paddling and maneuvering techniques to get you moving smoothly on the water. Tips for Your First SUP Outing: Recommendations for a successful first paddle boarding experience, including choosing the right location, preparing for wind conditions, and the benefits of paddling with a friend.

  • Feb 9, 2021

The Best Sizing Paddle Method for your Adjustable SUP Paddle

We're answering your big question, "What length should my paddle board be?". We're going over paddle adjustment methods and giving you our recommendation that is quick and easy so you can get on the water as soon as possible.