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The latest BUZZ in new standup paddle surfing sports gear.

We showcase the best standup paddle boards, standup paddles, standup paddle accessories with news and views.

StandUp Paddle Sports has the largest, and best, selection of SUP's in the UNIVERSE at our store in Santa Barbara, CA.

Over 150 standup paddle boards currently in stock. New SUP's arriving monthly.

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Thursday, February 04, 2010

 

2010 Imagine SUP's

Variety is the spice of life...so just like the varietal selections of good wines grown here in our region, our selection of SUP's continues to grow as well...

NOBODY can match our selection...hundreds of options...with more coming...

We just received the 2010 Imagine offerings...waterproof cores...bamboo glass...low VOC epoxy resins...

Lightweight, strong, and good looking...killer new shapes and sizes have been added...



:: 9' x 30" 4.75" Cutback
:: 9'4" x 31" x 4.85" Chopper
:: 9'6" x 30" x 4.5" Enigma
:: 9'6" x 31" x 4.75" Cutback
:: 9'9" x 29" x 4.5" Wave Rider
:: 10" x 29" x 4.5" Wave Rocket
:: 10'6" x 30" x 4.5" Wave Rocket
:: 11" x 31" x 4.5" Wave Rocket









GALLERY...

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

 

Holiday SUP Demo & Party

We will be hosting another one of our extremely popular "try before you buy" SUP demos next weekend...Sunday December 6...from 9AM - 1PM...call or email the shop to RSVP...

We will also be hosting an after demo party at our shop for our great instructional and sales staff...and, you are invited!

We will have lots of great in-store holiday sales items...and, an even more amazing variety of SUP's from our store that already has more boards in more sizes, colors, and constructions than any store in the galaxy...

New arrivals this week include the new Terje Haakonsen (TAC) Edition SUP's from Starboard...some are already sold...but, we should have a few left to fondle and drool over...;-)

If you can't make it to this event to see touch and feel these new SUP's, we'll have better pics than what you see posted below, for you to peruse here on da blog coming up shortly...stay tuned...



The new "Limited Edition" Lime/Wood Ultimate Blend and Big Easy...



Scott is one STOKED unit!



The Starboard 12'6" Pin in Wood, Tufskin, & Classic...



We will also be receiving another big shipment of 2009 Starboard SUP's to restock our current inventory...

Also arriving this week are three new custom models that we have developed with Art Colyer at North Pacific Surfboards...there will be a new 8'6" x 32" wing swallow...9'10" x 31" wing swallow...and, a killer new 10'6" stinger pintail California gun...all quad plus 1...and, all made in the USA...





These boards are the lightest and strongest hand shaped epoxy SUP's on the market...you cannot finger dent them...they have a natural surfboard feel...here are a few others that Art recently shaped for us...8'6"...9'...9'6"...







Another custom shaper that we've worked with for well over 10 years on our custom quadfin surfboard shapes...and, the last several years on quad and trifin SUP shapes is Joe Blair...

We will be receiving three new production molded epoxy models from Blair...
8'11"...9'7"...and 10'1"...color choices will be aqua or white...







As if that's not enough new variety and shizzle...we will also be receiving 10 new boards from Imagine Surfboards...the creator of the 2-piece, take-a-part ECO SUP...

These boards will be all new lightweight models...

>>>> Cutback 8'5"
>>>> Cutback 9'
>>>> Cutback 9'6" split board
>>>> Wave rider 10'
>>>> Wave rocket 10'
>>>> Wave rocket 10'6"
>>>> Wave Rocket 11'
>>>> Enigma 9'
>>>> Enigma 9'6"
>>>> Chopper 9'4" split board

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

 

New ECO SUP's Coming Soon

Imagine Surfboards shaper, Corran Addison, has got our new 9'9" and 10'6" ecologically sustainable "green" SUP wave rippers (ECO SUP's) shaped up and they are under construction at his factory...

We will have them available in one piece and two piece models in March...MSRP $999 & $1199, respectively...

The 9'9" will be a quad +1 fin setup...the 10'6" will be a 2 +1 fin setup...both utilizing the 4 Way fin system...and, adding extra value to this impressive pricing structure, they will come with gorgeous ecologically sustainable bamboo fins...



They are a hybrid model crossing the Cutback with the Waverider...a high performance all-arounder...













Here's my 9' two piece...

More info here...

Prototypes...

Chopper model...

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Friday, January 16, 2009

 

Imagine Eco SUP's on Maui

Bryan Elkus has snapped some pretty kewl shots of Julien Fillion, the lead kiteboard designer at Liquid Force, on the new Imagine 9'0" Eco 2-piece SUP on Maui...

I highlighted this board, and other Imagine Eco SUP's, recently on this blog post...

We have a shipment of both one piece, and two piece, Imagine Eco SUP's heading our way soon...SUP travelers now have a new option...

The future is here now...read more...





Check out more images from Bryan Elkus on his blog...

Dan Gevere, our rep from Werner Paddles, had this to say about his 7'6" Imagine Eco SUP 2 piece after riding it on Oahu's North Shore...

BOARD REVIEW:

“My board Specs: 7'6"x29"x4.5in My Specs: 165 lbs, 5'10" SUP paddling 3 yrs, and I came off of a 8'11"x28x4.25 La Pistola

First off this board is for experienced paddlers with great SUP Balance and want something to smack the lip and take a vertical approach to SUPing a wave. Although the 2 pc system is a prototype and the first of its kind in a SUP board I was very impressed with the strength and durability of the system. I did notice a little movement in the middle along the seam but once it was surfing it couldn’t feel it at all-maybe because I was having so much fun. I know small improvements have been made to take care of this. On the water it was superb while riding the wave, turning faster than any other board I have ever ridden. The width made it easy to paddle for its length and I had no problems getting into head high No Shore surf with it. Many of the surfers were commenting on how fast it looked down the line and I felt some serious G's on a few bottom turns. The rail held the high line excellent and the 4WFS system rode great in both the quad and thruster set-up, but I eventually settled on the thruster setup because of my riding style. The pulled nose made busting through the whitewater much easier as the board would lift over the top and resurface straight up and predictably if it went under. I never saw the nose pearl on a drop in, and was amazed at how late i could kick out of the wave. This board is a serious carving machine and can be enjoyed by experienced well conditioned paddlers in any type of surf. It actually tracked well for being so short and I could take about 5-7 strokes per side before having to switch sides.

After my session I dropped the board off of my head straight onto some nasty North Shore rocks after slipping on a boulder and to my amazement it simply looked like a minor contusion below the surface of the laminate but no crack. WOW any other board and I would of had to get it repaired.

Overall impression: I have never been so stoked about a SUP board before.
I got the beefy construction which is nice for those of us who are hard on boards
The 2-pc system works and I never felt it on the wave. The most Organic ride I have ever felt and I am excited about it.”

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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

 

THE FUTURE SUP IS HERE NOW

IMAGINE a stable 9'0" high performance SUP...
IMAGINE it being built from recycled coffee cups and bamboo fiberglass cloth...sustainable materials...
IMAGINE being able to peel the skin off at the end of it's life and placing the core in a recycle bin...
IMAGINE a SUP that doesn't suck H20 when dinged...100% waterproof...
IMAGINE the same SUP being able to break down into two 4'6" pieces for airline travel...with a two piece high performance SUP paddle...
IMAGINE this SUP with a convenient carry handle built into the board...
IMAGINE this SUP with a fin system where you can change the cant and tow angles...
IMAGINE this SUP being ridden as a single, twin, tri, quad, or five fin...
IMAGINE this 9'0" SUP turning into a 9'6" SUP by adding a center section extension...three piece split SUP...
IMAGINE the price of this SUP at $1199...one piece version at $999...











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Sunday, December 14, 2008

 

Imagine ECO SUP's are here...

The first of many Imagine ECO SUP's that we will be riding are in the store...

Come by and check them out if you are traveling through Santa Barbara on the way to grandma's house this holiday season...

We have the largest, and best, selection of SUP's (over 150 in stock) on the West Coast...or ANY coast, for that matter...



Shown are the 8'9" x 30" x 4"...9'0" x 27 x 4"...and 9'0" x 27.5" x 4"...

We will carry the full line....including the flatwater and river ripper models...

These ecologically sustainable "green" SUP wave rippers are the one piece models...
MSRP $999...the 2 piece models will be $1199!!!...and, they come with the 4 way fin system...





Unbelievable earth friendly value that just plain makes sense, and saves you cents...lots of cents...;-)

Did we mention that the recycled foam cores do NOT suck H20 when dinged?









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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

 

IMAGINE This...



Standup paddleboards and surfboards made from ecologically sustainable materials...like bamboo...and using recycled plastics...






It's all about Perfect balance!




Now that we have your attention...we'll be carrying the Imagine line of SUP's...and bamboo paddles at our SUP store in Santa Barbara...

It gets even better...they will be available in a two piece version!!!






The board comes apart in 10 seconds by undoing 4 small FCS fin-style screws recessed on the deck, and packs into a specially designed case (that also has room for all your clothing and other stuff). Protected from the airlines in this case, and disguised so you don't have to pay extra fees, this is the ultimate solution. The cost is only about $150-$200 more than a one piece - a cost that is absorbed the first time you travel.

This means that you can finally fly to destinations with a board that you know and love. You can ride the board you want, without fear of it being damaged, or being ripped-off by the airlines.

The system is stronger than a regular board - its not going to break at the carbon shafts. To 95% of surfers, this is the long awaited solution to the problem. To the other 5%... well, they're sponsored anyway so someone else is paying the costs so who cares, right?

I have a 9'0" x 29.5" being built right now...

Imagine Surfboards Eco technology Split Board won not only the "best in category" at the very prestigious ISPO "Brand New Product" contest, but they also won the "Overall best product".






CHECK IT OUT



We only have one earth, and we need to look after it. At Imagine Eco Surfboards, we believe that all steps should be taken to make our boards as environmentally friendly as possible. Our Eco boards are made with the most ecological materials we could find. And it doesn't stop there. We are constantly working with others to develop even better boards. By better boards, we mean both more ecological and more performing.

The Eco boards start with the core. Our core, made from B-XP3 extruded polystyrene foam, is recycled, and fully recyclable. During manufacture, our polystyrene blanks emit 50 times fewer VOCs (volatile organic compounds) than the traditional PU foams. And this is just the beginning. The cores to our surfboards are completely waterproof, and do not out-gas. This means that your board cannot absorb any water if you put a ding in it, and we do not have to drill a series of holes along the rail, or install valves, to stop the board from delaminating like normal extruded blanks.

The boards are then laminated using a bamboo fabric rather than fiberglass. Fiberglass cloth is treated with toxic chemicals such as chromium, and breathing fiberglass dust is hazardous to the workers. Bamboo is a highly renewable resource. It takes in nearly 5 times the amount of greenhouse gasses, and produces 35% more oxygen, than an equivalent stand of trees, making it an efficient replenisher of fresh air. Bamboo fiber is also one of the strongest natural elements in tension (after the strands of a spider’s web).

The result is not only a very ecological board, but also a super lightweight board that is very resistant to snapping. This is a good thing.

The bamboo fiber is stretched across the core, so it is "pre loaded" giving the board a great springy feel. During the lamination process it is compression formed using a special vacuum bagging technique, literally fusing the resin into the fibers. This reduces the weight of the boards, increases strength, and cuts down on the amount of resin used overall. The bag itself is made from recycled plastic, and we are moving towards plastics not made from petrochemicals.

We use epoxy resins that put out 40 times fewer VOC's than polyester resin, and we are now working on developing new epoxy resins from unsaturated vegetables oils. This will have a positive economic and environmental impact. Soon we'll be making our boards from this biodegradable epoxy too.

And what about performance? Our focus is as always performance. After all, the idea is to help save the earth while we ride to the maximum of our ability, and not having to choose between the two is fundamental to our program. We have been adamant about putting performance first, and it shows when you jump onto one of our boards and take it for a spin. With a wide range of shapes, each targeted to a specific style of surfing, you can be sure to find the ideal board for the way you want to ride, and do something to stop the terrible tide of destruction that comes from the standard method of making surfboards.


This is what we mean by "perfect balance". Using sustainable materials, for a natural feeling board and a pleasing ride. It's only natural.

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