+ How to Care for your New Glide Paddle Board ?
Do not keep your new board in the bubble wrap! As soon as your board arrives make sure to inspect it. We can not stress enough to not leave your board in the bubble wrap it will cause damage to your pad.
Keep your SUP clean
Whether you are paddling in fresh or salt water you should always take time to give your SUP a bath of fresh water when you get it home.
Every couple of months, use a cleaner on your paddleboard and pad. We love ‘On It Pro’s Blue Goo’, a cleaner made specifically for your boards. You can also use a mild cleaner such as Dawn dish soap (especially helpful if you’ve paddled through areas with heavy boat traffic – it’s great at removing oil/petroleum products) and a non-abrasive cloth or sponge.
Store your board out of the sun.
Water is a natural radiator, and it keeps your board cool even during hot days. In many parts of the country the summer sun is quite powerful and it can quickly heat your new board up above 95, when the greatest risk of delamination (separation of the glass and foam) occurs.
I know, it’s a board meant for daytime (or nighttime) sup fun, but you shouldn’t store it in the sun. Keep your board out of direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time when it’s not being used in the water.
While at the ocean where there is little shade, you’ll probably take your stand up paddleboard along for a full day at the beach. In this situation, we encourage you to bring a board bag or a board sock along. Bags typically have a reflective side, meant to minimize the sun’s heating.
If your board is wet, don’t seal it in the bag – the moisture can turn it into a small sauna, opening up the pores in the epoxy and creating miniature bubbles just below the surface. That can be corrected with minor surgery, but it’s not fun to see or to pay for…
Watch your rails, tails and noses.
This applies to our epoxy boards. Your board is the weakest where the glass and resin is thinnest – on the curved and pointed surfaces (the nose, rails, and tail) making them the most vulnerable to damage.
Rail guard tape and nose/tail guards, although not the prettiest solution, will do an excellent job of minimizing bruises and damage to your paddleboard.
A board with GSS will be much more durable than an epoxy board.
Storage-related concerns, such as concrete floors, shelves, or cargo elevators can be particularly problematic for boards. Use padding (like pool noodles or even a yoga mat) to protect the rails.
Following these relatively inexpensive solutions can go a long way to minimize future repair costs. A well-cared for paddle board holds its value and should last you for many years.
Our epoxy boards (race and surf) will always be susceptible to dings. Even our GSS boards which are the most durable on the market, may puncture if they run across a sharp rock. (GSS usually just dents a bit when it runs into a rock. Nothing to worry about in that case.) Should this happen, get your board out of the water and turn the board upside down from the ding so that any water inside the board drains out. We recommend filling the ding with SOLAREZ while in the shade. http://www.solarez.com . Then move the board into the sun and the SOLAREZ will cure immediately. After 10 minutes, sand the SOLAREZ and your board so that it matches the rest of the board and you are ready to hit the water again.X
+ How to Choose a Paddleboard ?
With so many different types of standup paddleboards on the market, it can be difficult to know which is the best stand up paddleboard for you. Here are some guidelines that should help.
The first step is to determine what you want to do with the board and in what conditions you want to paddle. If someone tries to sell you a board without asking you this question, or if you buy a board without thinking this through, beware!
Different disciplines in SUP:
- Paddle in flat water
- Paddle Surf
- Paddle downwind on a windy day
- Toss a board onto your boat and paddle wherever the wind and current take you.
- Fitness or Yoga SUP
- Downriver or Whitewater SUP
You may want to do all the above with your board - you may want to paddle in flat water on a calm day and you may want to surf on another day. Ideally your board choice for each day would be different. So, unless you’re ready to invest in a quiver of boards, be ready to make some trade offs.
Secondly, you’ll want to look at board construction and quality. How is the board made? How durable is it? Is it impact resistant? Will the board deck soften quickly and delaminate? Is the Construction Eco friendly? How long has the manufacturer been in business and what is their service history? Do they manufacture in the US or are they importing from China?
Third, based on all the above information, determine what you are willing to pay. I know this seems backward – your first thought may be, “how much can I afford?” But in this industry (and most others for that matter) you get what you pay for. Many buyers purchase their first board based on price first, then usage, and lastly quality. After only a few months, cheap, imported boards will fall apart and became your “beater board”. In hindsight, most buyers should have invested their money in a better built board and avoid having to buy two boards.
So, first you need to decide what you will be doing most of time on your board.
If you are paddling in flat water, a longer board with very little rocker helps you glide through the water faster. Rocker is how much a board curves upward from nose to tail when viewed from the side, so if you’re paddling in flat water you want relatively little rocker so a flat board. Longer, flatter boards don’t turn as easily which makes them easier to paddle in a straight line. Generally, the rougher the water and the less your ability to balance, the wider board you’ll want.
If you are surfing, a shorter board, 10’ and under, will turn more easily so that you can react more quickly and get lined up for the next wave. The shorter boards are also lighter to carry and easier to load onto your car. For surfing, generally you should use the shortest board you can handle, meaning the more experienced you are with wave knowledge, balance, and paddle technique, the shorter the board you can use. If you are just starting to surf, choose a relatively longer board.
If you like to paddle downwind on a windy day, your best choice is a relatively longer board with more nose rocker. A SUP board with lots of rocker will run down big swells, but it may be slow in flat water. Flatter boards, without much rocker, glide well in flat water but may be hard to turn in waves.
If you’d like to load your board onto your sailboat or powerboat and use it to explore different anchorages, you’ll probably want an ultra durable board. Boards with a polymer finish have proven to be the most durable on the market.
If you want to get into SUP racing, getting a good, proven stock race board is a good way to get started. Most races have 12'6 or 14' stock divisions and you can be competitive in the class without getting caught up in the “the one with the biggest board wins" race. The size, weight and price of a stock board are also more reasonable.
There are many factors to consider when choosing the right board. The larger the SUP board, the more stable, but in surf conditions the harder it is to turn. Paddlers with surfing experience will choose smaller SUP boards, while those just starting out and those paddling in flat water would probably prefer longer and wider boards. Weight and height should also play a role – the more a person weighs, the bigger board. The taller a person, the more stable a board is needed because the center of gravity is higher.
For whitewater or downriver paddle boarding, you will definitely want to stay away from epoxy boards. They will crack and take on water very quickly. Many whitewater paddlers use an inflatable SUP which will get you down river, assuming that you don’t pop a whole in it. Most iSUPs are too bouncy to get the “surfer feel” that most whitewater SUPers are looking for. Plastic SUP’s are virtually indestructible but very heavy and hard to maneuver. Many world class whitewater paddlers are switching to epoxy boards that are coated with a polymer finish and shaped for the nuances of the river.
As mentioned above, one board can’t give you 100% in all situations, so expect tradeoffs.
Also remember, of the boards in stock at a particular retail outlet, your dream board may not be there. Don’t hesitate to ask the staff at your local paddle or surf shop to order the board that is most appropriate for your needs.X
+ How Glide is Committed to Saving the Planet ?
All SUP boards start as blocks of raw EPS foam. Like so many other man-made raw materials this EPS foam is toxic at its base level and has a half-life measured not in hundreds of years but in thousands. The reality of the manufacturing process—no matter how efficiently it’s done-- is that there will always be significant amounts of excess foam for the planet to absorb in some fashion or another. As SUP continues to spike in popularity around the country and world this has become a significant environmental issue. To make matters worse, 95% of SUP boards are made overseas where guidelines governing safe disposal methods of these harmful raw materials are lax at best. At Glide we’re pleased to be part of the solution rather than the problem. When establishing our production headquarters in Salt Lake City 4 years ago we consciously chose a facility located a few short miles from ACH—the largest foam manufacturer in the entire country. Thanks to this proximity, not only is the carbon footprint minimal getting the material to and from locations but—more importantly-- ACH picks up our remnants to recycle them into our next order of foam. The result is zero waste and not a single ounce of foam biodegrading in a landfill over the course of millennia.
As harmful as excess foam is to the environment, the single biggest ecological danger posed by SUP boards are the resins used in the final lamination process. Unlike our competitors who import their products from overseas, Glide refuses to use low cost, highly toxic Polyester resins that pose a myriad of threats to the waterways. And while some SUP companies have at long last transitioned to less harmful epoxy resins, Glide has taken adherence to green manufacturing principles even one step further. Just over a year ago and after much experimentation, Glide made a wholesale switch to 100% non-toxic Entropy Bio resins. While this may sound like marketing mumbo jumbo—in reality it was a huge step in the quest for a truly “green” SUP board. And along with the environmental benefits, our “cocktail” of resins combined with the intricate application process we employ produces a stronger, longer lasting SUP board. Additionally, the "bio-based" content of the Entropy Bio resin significantly cuts the carbon footprint of this resin, which can be a big plus for the fate of our oceans, lakes and rivers. If you need a quick primer on why our carbon footprint matters to the ocean, check out this article in the New York Times:http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/14/opinion/a-world-without-coral-reefs.html?_r=2.
The positive benefits to our oceans and waterways from sourcing significantly lower carbon intensive products and materials is clear:
- Use of Entropy Bio resin can have a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions related to the resin vs. traditional petroleum-based Epoxy or Polyester resins.
- Entropy Super SAP resin is one of the only USDA Certified Biomass produced resins.
- Smaller carbon footprint means reduced contribution to negative Climate Change related impacts on the world's oceans including: sea level rise, ocean acidification/loss of coral reefs, coastal erosion/loss of beaches, etc.).
- Bio-content in Super Sap resin is sourced from waste stream of other industries (biodiesel fuel and paper production)
- Entropy Super Sap is currently the only surfboard resin to have been lab certified for its environmental claims and that meets US government requirements for bio-content labeling.Go here for more on this subject.
Polyester resin is toxic and chalk full of cancer causing agents. Entropy's Bio Epoxy Resins are completely harmless to the environment. This matters to us.
Additionally, polyester resin has Styrene in it.
Entropy's Bio Epoxy Resins do not use Styrene. The Federal government designates Styrene as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.”
Here is another worthy New York Times article to understand what this means.
- Polyester resins generally contain between 30% and 50% styrene by weight (EPA 1997)
- The New York Times piece above states "Styrene is mostly a concern for workers who build boats, car parts, bathtubs and shower stalls. Studies of workers exposed to high levels of styrene have found increased risks of leukemia and lymphoma and genetic damage to white blood cells. There is also some evidence that styrene increases the risks of cancer of the pancreas and esophagus among styrene workers, the report found."
Another key differentiator Glide won’t look the other way at the environment’s loss by coating our boards with admittedly gorgeous but toxic auto paint. There is a reason Glide boards are distinguished by such a unique look. A beauty pageant board that is harms the ecosystem of our oceans and waterways is bad for the planet. Period. Study after study shows that auto paint leeches into water thereby contaminating our waterways. Not to mention the inevitable auto paint that is chipped off of boards through normal wear and tear and ultimately ingested by fish. Both our Bio Resin Epoxy and our GSS Polymer finishes have the lowest environmental impact of any finishes on the market. It’s expensive and labor intensive to manufacture truly green, ecologically friendly SUP boards. But this is more than marketing to us at Glide. Our mantra is to be part of the solution, not the problem. This guides our every action and keeps us focused on being good global citizens.
Lastly, Glide SUP Boards are manufactured in the USA—smack dab in the center of Salt Lake City-- which means that we adhere to the EPA’s very strict guidelines. As opposed to 95% of SUP boards that are made in China or Thailand. Anybody seen the pollution in Beijing lately?
Being manufactured in Utah also means that your new board doesn’t ship from the other side of the world. Imagine the massive carbon footprint stomped into the atmosphere getting container loads of cargo ships across the Pacific Ocean to America.
Without sounding too pompous about our green manufacturing processes, we simply ask you to consider the environment when shopping for your next SUP board.
Surfing Etiquette is one of the most important things to learn before you head into the surf. These rules are not so much “rules” as they are a proper code of conduct designed to keep everyone in the water safe and prevent fights. People who repeatedly break these rules are often given the stink-eye, a stern talking to, yelled at or just beaten up.
Don’t worry, if you accidentally drop in on someone they most likely won't beat you up. However, there are rules of the road out there and thou would be best served to follow them. If you’re constantly stealing waves or not being respectful, you’re going to have issues.
With the growing popularity of surfing, the number of people in the water is on the rise and unfortunately surfing etiquette has deteriorated in recent years. The ocean is a dangerous place, and without proper thought to safety it can quickly turn deadly.
New surfers should memorize these rules, and even veterans should remind themselves every now and again.
Rule #1: Right of Way
The surfer closest to the peak of the wave has the right of way. This means if you’re paddling for a right breaking wave, and a surfer on your left is also paddling for it, you must yield to him or her. Here are a couple variations to consider:
If someone is up riding a wave, don’t attempt a late takeoff between the curl/whitewater and the surfer. If the surfer who is riding the wave wants to make a cutback he or she will run right into you.
Just because the whitewater catches up to a surfer riding a wave doesn’t mean that you should take off down the line. Many talented surfers can outrun the section and get back to the face of the wave.
A-Frames or Split Peaks: If two surfers are on either side of the peak, they each have the right of way to take off on their respective sides. It’s not usually ok to take off behind the peak unless there’s nobody on the other side. These surfers should split the peak and go opposite ways.
If a surfer riding a wave gets closed out with an impossible section or wipes out, the next surfer down the line is clear to take off. If you are a newbie I would hold off on doing this either way until you have a bit more experience.
If a wave is breaking towards itself (a closeout) and two surfers are taking off at each other; granted both have the right of way but this is a dangerous situation and it’s advisable to kick out early to avoid a collision.
Rule #2: Don’t Drop In
This is a close relative to Rule #1. This is probably the most critical part of surfing etiquette. Dropping in means that someone with the right of way is either about to take off on a wave or is already ridingthat wave and you have chosen to take off on the same wave in front of him or her. This blocks their ride down the line and is extremely onerous, not to mention dangerous. If you are tempted to drop in remember this: no matter how good the wave is, if you drop in on someone you’ll end up feeling bad, the other surfer will be agitated, and the wave will be ruined for everyone.
Rule #3: Paddling Rules:
Some common sense surfing etiquette rules that people don't always realize are important. Do not paddle straight through the heart of the lineup where people are surfing. Paddle out through the channel where the waves aren’t breaking and people aren’t surfing. Sometimes at spread out beach breaks this is difficult, but typically you can always find a less crowded area to paddle through.
When paddling back out, do not paddle in front of someone riding a wave unless you’re quite far in front of him. You must paddle behind those who are up and riding and take the whitewater hit or duckdive. The favor will be returned the next time you’re up on a wave.
Sometimes you will end up in a bad spot and won’t be able to paddle behind a surfer. It’s your responsibility to speed paddle to get over the wave and out of his or her way. If you don’t do this, you may just get run over!
Rule #4: Don’t Ditch Your Board
This is important, especially when at a crowded break. Always try to maintain control and contact with your board. Surfboards and especially SUP’s are large, heavy and hard. If you let your board go flying around, it is going to eventually land on someone’s head. This means if you are paddling out and a wall of whitewater is coming, you can’t just throw your board away and dive under. If you do this and there is someone paddling out behind you, the odds are good that they wil take a board to the face. This is a tough rule for beginners, but if you manage to avoid picking up the habit of throwing your board you will become a much better surfer.
Rule #5: Don’t Snake
“Snaking” is when a surfer paddles around another surfer in order position himself to get the right of way for a wave. In a sense, he is making a big “S” around a fellow surfer. While not immediately hazardous to your health, this is incredibly aggravating. Just like you wouldn’t cut a line at a movie, you can’t cut the surf lineup. Wave hogs don’t get respect in the water. Being a local doesn’t give you permission to ruthlessly snake visitors who are being polite. If they’re not being polite, well, there are usually consequences.
Rule #6: Beginners: don’t paddle out to the middle of a packed lineup.
This is very much open to interpretation, but it still stands: if you’re a beginner you should avoid paddling out into the middle of a pack of experienced surfers. Try to go out to a less crowded beginner break. You’ll know you’re in the wrong spot if you get the stink-eye!
Rule #7: Don’t be a wave hog.
Certain watercraft has advantages when catching waves over others. This generally applies to longboarders, kayakers, and stand up paddleboards. Since it’s easier to catch waves on these vessels, it becomes tempting to catch them all, leaving nothing for shortboarders on the inside. Give a wave, get a wave.
Rule #8: Respect the beach
Don’t litter. Is that simple enough for you? Pick up your trash and maybe pick up a few pieces of trash before you leave even if it’s not yours.
Rule #9: Drive responsibly
The locals who live in the residential areas near the beach deserve your respect. Don’t speed or drive recklessly.
Rule #10: If you blow it
Nobody really mentions this in surfing etiquette lists, but if you screw up and accidentally drop in or mess up someone’s wave, a quick apology is usually appreciated and can go a long way to reducing tension in crowded lineups. Let’s face it, the same common courtesy that applies on land also applies in the lineup.
This might seem like a lot to remember but in time it will become second nature. Most surfing etiquette rules really come down to the Golden Rule that we were all taught as kids.
+ What is SUP?
Stand up paddling, padldleboarding or SUP, is the fastest growing sport on the water and is coming to a waterway near you. Certainly SUP surfing has gotten a lot of coverage, however wave riding is only part of the equation. While SUP has its roots in surf, boards and paddles have quickly evolved to the inland flatwater environment.
While the marketing photos are of young surfers, the growth of stand up paddling can be attributed to the discovery by so many diverse outdoor enthusiasts about how fun, easy and enjoyable it is to do. It's a great way to get out on the water and also a great low-impact, full-body workout.
You don't need to be a movie star, pro athlete, kayaker or surfer to enjoy the fun that stand up paddling offers. You simply need a few basic tips, some water, a stand up paddleboard, a paddle, and a thirst for fun. A standup paddleboard is essentially an oversized surfboard that is specifically designed for use on both flatwater and surf. The volume of the board makes it so that the rider is able to stand up and paddle with both mobility and stability.
SUP makes paddling on the ocean, lakes and rivers more exciting. With the help of a competent instructor, anyone can learn to paddle these boards within minutes. There is very little gear required for SUP: a board, a PFD, a safety whistle, and a paddle. Just toss the board on the water, climb on and go!
SUP is a Great Workout
Fitness is one of the biggest reasons why people are drawn to SUP. For the recreational paddler, looking to just enjoy some time on the water, but perhaps get some exercise as well, there is an immediate advantage. The classic, relaxed low angle kayak stroke is effective for recreational kayaking but certainly does not use a lot of energy. With stand up you naturally use a higher angle stroke, making the support muscles in the arms and shoulders work harder to hold the paddle in position – and burn more calories.
While standing, even the most basic SUP paddler is getting the added value of balance, strengthening the feet and core, while making the whole body work together as one to maintain good posture. As we strive for more efficient paddling, we move the paddle through the water with an emphasis on the core, while getting additional drive from the large muscles in the legs.
This activity is arguably one the best full body workouts. With the entire body working together for a common goal it is easier to generate a higher heart rate than while sitting. If you're looking to improve heart health, SUP is a great cardio workout, while being on the water.
Stand Up Paddleboard Types and Sizes
There are three basic types of flatwater SUPs unless we include Yoga which would make four. We’ll skip yoga for this article and talk about the three others. We refer to them as recreational/touring, touring/fitness and fitness/racing. While these boards are designed primarily for flatwater use some have crossover potential in the surf as well.
Recreational/Touring – The most versatile and popular category. These boards are perfect for those paddlers who are interested in enjoying relaxing paddles. These boards tend to be 10 to 12 feet in length, 30 to 32 inches wide, and weigh 28 to 34 pounds. These are the most stable of the bunch.
Touring/Fitness – For those who are looking to cross-train or use a SUP as a low impact workout, take a look at these models. These boards tend to be a little less stable, but more efficient. They are typically 12 feet, six inches to 14 feet in length, 28 to 29 inches wide, and weigh 25 to 28 pounds.
Fitness/Racing – This category is for the paddler who is serious about fitness or who is looking for a fast ride. These boards offer the most efficiency with the least amount of stability. They tend to be 12 feet, six inches to 14 feet in length, 27 to 28 inches wide, and weigh 21 to 25 pounds.
Typically your weight will determine which length and width board is appropriate. For instance the heavier the rider, the larger the SUP should be. A 125-pound paddler can easily handle a 10-foot SUP, while a 200-pound paddler would need a 12-foot SUP. The 10-foot SUP would sink with a heavier paddler, while the 12-foot SUP would be unmanageable for a lighter paddler to carry and paddle.
SUP paddles come in all shapes and sizes and it is important to get one that is either adjustable or sized to your specific height. The general rule is that the paddle should extend ten inches over the head of the paddler for flatwater, and eight inches over the head of the paddler for surfing. A wider paddle blade is better for flatwater and racing, while a narrower blade works best in the surf.
Much like kayak paddles, SUP paddles are built in a variety of materials and each has there own advantages. Your basic paddle will have an aluminum shaft and plastic blade. While this paddle is the least expensive it also tends to be the heaviest.
The middle class paddle typically has a composite shaft and a fiberglass blade. These paddles will be a little more expensive, but weigh considerably less. The upper tier of paddles will typically have a carbon shaft and blade, and may come with options for a bent shaft. They are typically the most expensive, but are also the lightest.
Just like kayak and canoe paddles the usual advice is to look for the lightest paddle that you can afford.
Give SUP a Try
Maybe you are not really ready for the SUP revolution, but you can now appreciate what SUP is all about. Remember if you are a kayaker or canoeist, it doesn't have to be one or the other. SUP is a great addition to your water sports activity. For the swimmer, runner, and biker, it's a great cross-training sport that's easy on the body.
Perhaps you are interested, what now? Identify your paddling goals for SUP and then talk to the experts. Your local shop can help factor in the right board, paddle, and gear to best suit you for the aspect of the sport you're most drawn to doing.
Skip the marketing hype and don't get consumed with board sects, there is no substitute for demoing a board on the water. Take a lesson, rent a board, demo some different styles, and have a great time!
+ What is GSS?
Glide’s patent-pending GSS coating, or Glide Surface Shield, is a VOC free polymer that has been developed to create an extremely durable coating that withstands damage caused by rocks, debris, abuse, paddle strikes, and drops. Our non-polluting SUP boards are coated with the GSS giving them a unique rough texture finish that helps to break the surface tension and decrease the drag that is caused by the polymer’s elasticity. SUP boards coated with GSS are perfect for River, Flat-water, Family, Touring, and Recreation uses. This Glide exclusive coating will not chip, flake, or fade under normal usage. The GSS coating will give you the peace of mind that your investment is protected, no matter the conditions.
GSS contains no harmful cancer causing VOC’s and is formulated to bond to our bio-resin coated fiberglass underlayment limiting delaminating and defects. Unlike boards that are manufactured using epoxy paints that may contain up to 11 different Volatile Organic Compounds. The boards that are coated overseas carry no guarantees that the VOC’s that are emitted will not continue to be released into our waterways and environment. Paint chips that are released from paddle strikes and impacts can continue to emit these harmful compounds for up to 2 years into our streams, lakes and oceans.
Supconnect's article about GSS, May 30, 2013
A positive trend is afoot nationally with GlideSUP indestructible boards and their groundbreaking rental fleet program.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Nothing takes the luster off a paddling excursion faster than a beaten up, waterlogged “SUP board” with the general maneuverability of an aircraft carrier. Yet this is what one gets at the vast majority of rental fleets across the country today. Case in point: 3 friends set out in Laguna Beach last Thursday who were in town for the grand opening of Paddleboard Bliss’ retail shop in neighboring Newport Beach. It was a classically gorgeous Southern California day with perfect waves and a 68-degree ocean proving too much to resist. A rental shop was located, money changed hands, Heinz Ketchup-like anticipation was suffered through and then….well, the boards were brought out. Giant slabs of ice chest-grade foam masquerading as SUP boards. One of the three guys actually said to the store clerk “You cannot possibly be serious.” The net score at the end of this saga was zero waves caught and 3 ticked off consumers barraging social media with negative comments and reviews.
Unfortunately this sort of rental experience is anything but uncommon and it does our tightly knit ecosystem no favors in the process. SUP is indeed the fastest growing water sport on Earth but let’s be honest here, it's no fun on a board that's falling apart. While it might be easy to blame rental operators, the reality of the situation is that they have a businesses to run and need a paddleboard that can withstand a lot of wear and tear!
A positive trend is afoot nationally however as GlideSUP, known internationally as makers of high performance, indestructible boards handcrafted in America, have been gaining impressive traction across the country with the company’s groundbreaking rental fleet program. For those unfamiliar with GlideSUP, the indestructibility of their boards is well documented and comes as a result of the patent pending Glide Surface Shield (GSS) technology invented by legendary shaper and Glide founder/VP of Design Ken Driscoll. What exactly is GSS? Essentially it’s a cocktail of boutique Polymers applied to the surface of Glide boards through an intensely delicate process of heating and cooling. In its 6th iteration since Driscoll’s epiphany back in 2008, the GSS process is so highly refined that boards with this coating are no heavier or any less maneuverable than non GSS boards.
If you're a rental shop, Glide GSS boards are definitely something to look into and if you’ve never ridden a Glide board, then get out and try one for yourself! They offer boards in every sub category including recreational flatwater, surf, yoga, whitewater and race. But money talks and it’s the ROI that has rental operators nationally signing up for the Glide fleet program. High performance boards impervious to the rigors of rental abuse, are you kidding? Add to this a team of business and creative minds that really care and Glide value is impossible to ignore. More than these benefits however is the marketing gold that results from positive customer experiences courtesy of Facebook, Instagram, Yelp et al.
About Glide SUP:
GlideSUP is based out of Salt Lake City, home to the largest SUP manufacturing facility in all the Americas. For more information please visit www.glidesup.com
-Article by Suppconnect, May 30, 2013
+ Where is my board manufactured?
Glide has the largest and greenest SUP factory in the Americas. Nestled in Salt Lake City, Utah, Glide is committed to manufacturing the highest quality boards here in the USA.
At Glide we have a 'Factory Challenge'. We challenge any other SUP company to lay claim to the fact; that almost every member of the Glide team has been to our factory and has intimate knowledge of how your board is made and the process that is involved. 90% of the company from our outside sales team, international distributors, team athletes, our designer, our owners, of course the factory guys, and even the UPS guy has seen the process. There is no other SUP company that can claim our commitment to creating a Eco-friendly, durable, American made product at a competitive price. Challengers welcome.
The Glide factory is unique in a board making industry that was lost to overseas competition decades ago. It was a calculated risk to commit to the “Made in the USA” business model—especially while 95% of the competition continues to import their boards from foam product generalists in China and Thailand. The closest we get to importing at Glide is the occasional run to a state owned liquor store for Mexican beer. The entire life cycle of our products—initial design, CAD drawings, cutting EPS blanks on state of the art CNC hot wire machines, staging, shaping, sanding, painting, shipping, everything–all happens in building #14 on South 700 West, smack dab in the center of Salt Lake City.
Globally conscious. Without our waterways and oceans we have nothing. Many companies use unknown processes and products to manufacture their boards overseas. Quite often, brands don't even have 'a man on the ground' at these overseas factories. There is no guarantee what is going into your board. At Glide we strive to test and develop new products and processes that lessen our carbon footprint. We do this by; limiting fossil fuel consumption, using sustainable resins, reducing waste by recycling our EPS, development of new coatings, and eliminating use of harmful epoxy paints. No other American SUP company recycles their EPS scrap as efficiently as Glide. When our EPS supplier, ACH, delivers our foam, we reload their truck with all of our cutoff and sanding waste to return to ACH for recycling. The use of our GSS and Entropy resin has improved the work environment for our employees by eliminating air born carcinogens.
+ Where can I find a dealer?
Please click here for more information about Glide's Dealer
+ What is Entropy resin?
Super Natural Materials
Replacing Petrochemicals With a Shared Biomass Stream
Our goal is to create high performance eco resins that optimize the sustainability of our customers' end products while improving performance and cost. We've replaced petroleum based chemicals with biobased renewable feedstocks. We are able to lower our resins' environmental impact from processing by employing bioderived materials sourced as co-products or from the waste stream of other bio-refining processes.
Reducing Carbon Footprint Through Green Chemistry
It is widely accepted that climate change caused by global warming is the largest environmental threat humans have ever faced. The production and use of fossil based carbon is one of the primary contributors to the massive increase of greenhouse gases in our environment. By employing green chemistry techniques that require less energy and produce less harmful byproducts we are able to lower the CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from our resins due to processing. Using Life Cycle Analysis techniques based on the ISO 14044:2006 standard, we quantify our reduction of GHG from production by 50% over conventional petroleum based epoxies*, thus lowering the overall carbon footprint of the products that employ our materials.
Sustainability Through Shared Biobased Feedstocks
We believe by replacing fossil based carbon usage with biobased "living carbon" that is either shared with or from the waste stream of other industrial processes; we can help to further reduce this deficit in GHG production from our resins. By using biobased materials that already have industrial importance, our biobased materials do not compete with food sources or displace other food-based agriculture products.
*Based on PlasticsEurope report by I. Boustead, http://www.plasticseurope.org/plastics-sustainability/eco-profiles/brows...
Why is Entropy Different?
Performance Grade Eco Resins
- Improved adhesion and elasticity
- Adaptable technology for wide range of processes and applications
Reduced Environmental Impact
- Significant reduction in CO2 and Greenhouse gas emissions from processing
- Green chemistry eliminates harmful byproducts
- Reduced power and water consumption
Sustainability by a Shared Bio-Mass Pipeline
- Biomass sourced as a co-product or from waste streams of other industrial processes significantly reduces carbon footprint
- Does not compete with food sources