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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.

(Best selection...Best value...Best service...Mahalo)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

 

Bull in a China Shop

You've heard the expression..."Bull in a China Shop"...seems kinda funny these days as it relates to China made SUP's...;-)



One of our clients brought his Chocolate lab, "Alex", (which comes from the same breeder as our "Molly Claire") into the shop as we were just getting back from our Kauai SUP R&D trip...thank god that our boards are the best constructed, most durable SUP's on the market...because it was a whirling dervish of Chocolate lab excitable fervor...you had to be there to fully understand...;-)








Alex the Chocolate Lab...



You'll see more of Alex on the nose of Steve's wood 11'4" Naish SUP...CLASSIC!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

 

Visions Of Sugarplums Dancing in Your Head

We are a standup paddle board company...in fact, supboards.com and standuppaddlesurf.com are just a few of the hundreds of SUP related domains that will redirect to our main website...

The first dedicated SUP store on this continent...as such, the nuts and bolts of our business are standup paddle boards...lots and lots of SUP's...in fact, we have over 150 SUP's in stock at our paddle board warehouses...*REAL* boards...not, just thumbnail sized graphics of vaporware boards on some cheesy, dime a dozen, look-a-like website that are not actually available...and worse, is run by some poser reading from a brochure, that obviously doesn't even standup paddle...if you want to gamble...just go to Vegas and put it all on red...;-)

We are experts and are passionate about standup...give us a shout out toll free, or email, and we'll help guide you through the maze of SUP options...our customer service is second to none...we have years of customer testimonials from around the world...

We are also a "one stop SUP shop"...we have all of the SUP accessories (sugarplums) that you can dream of...;-)

Just in time for the holidaze, we just received another huge shipment of Starboard SUP's yesterday...if you can't get to Santa Barbara to pick up your paddleboard directly from our paddle board warehouse, we can ship you a paddle board direct to your home...we have SUP's being shipped right now to new standup paddlers in Dallas, Austin, Atlanta, and Wisconsin to name just a few...

Lots of folks from out of state, and country, have visited our shop and have purchased SUP's from us to use while on vacation here in Santa Barbara...we gladly double box them and ship them home for our clients...









Jack E., a visitor from Connecticut, just scored a new Naish 9'6" SUP and QuickBlade hybrid SUP paddle, that we will be shipping home for him next week...

Selection...selection...selection...something for everyone...

We focus on keeping overhead down and the STOKE level HIGH...

STOKE IS WHAT WE'RE ALL ABOUT!!!

Our inventory is always changing...we are a high volume dealer, so you won't find stale and distressed merchandise in our shop...
















Part of our warehouse staff, Daniel and John, organizing and checking inventory...













Board delivery...service with a smile...

Our customer service is legendary...



Double boxed and ready to ship...

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

 

Nifty Gifty, Easy Peasy, SUP'er Holiday Gift Guide

Here are some Merry Merry, Nifty Gifty, Easy Peasy, SUP'er Holiday Gifts for you... these sugarplums really let your loved ones know that they are SPECIAL...



GIFT CERTIFICATES ARE THE PERFECT GIFT :: LET THAT SPECIAL PERSON CHOOSE WHAT THEY REALLY WANT



Holiday SUP'er gift tip:

Use the GIFT CERTIFICATE to purchase a SUP lesson for that special somebody(s) in your life...

Our shelves are full of the most beautiful standup paddling tshirt shwag in the universe...click images below for more tshirt designs, colors, & styles...be sure to check out the 1/4 zip sweatshirts, embroidered FlexFit hats, and button-up henleys...





Of course, we always have our iconic "Tribal Wave" logo tshirts in stock...the color combos are always evolving so you'll prolly never see someone else in your same tshirt...although, with thousands in existence...it has happened at some pretty far-away places on the planet...;-)



Logo on breastplate and back...unisex and women's styles...

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

 

Customer Appreciation :: Mahalo

We'd like to give a big shout out to all of our new, and repeat, clients that helped us grow our business this year, taking it to an even higher level...despite the stagnant economic environment...mahalo...

Our byline is "Stoked For Life"...thanks for being a part of our ohana...and, choosing us to provide you with the gear that makes you stoked for life...

We know that you have lots of choices, so again, mahalo for your patronage...

Many of you have found us online...we do have a strong online presence...and, have for a dozen years...our web traffic is phenomenal...however, one of the things that separates us from the dotcom ecommerce sites with stoopid domain names, popping up all over the place, trying to lure you in with bait and switch tactics, is the fact that we have heaps of inventory actually in stock...with a real brick and mortar retail storefront presence, not just a collection of small images with click & buy links...going to products that don't exist...or, are getting drop shipped from another store for them when they finally get a board or two from the manufacturer...

These are big ticket items...we want you to feel as comfortable making your purchase from a distance, as the clients we have walking in and out of our doors daily...we want to have a conversation with you...and, customize your purchase to perfection...not just try to sell you a "one size fits all package" based solely on low price...might as well go to your local Wally World for that...

Those online only entities will never be able to post up images of stoked clients and friends leaving their stores...because the posers don't have a store...;-)





















I suppose they can always "borrow" our images...unfortunately, sad but true...whatevers...they will always be frustrated trying to play catch up...as we have years and years of *REAL* customer testimonials...and, years and years of pics of *REAL* stoked clients...their smiles are each worth 1000 words...






















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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

 

Word Up!

Welcome...we're stoked that you are here.

The first step in buying a standup paddle board (SUP) is choosing the right shop.
Standup Paddle Sports is the first fully dedicated SUP shop to open in North America, and we've sold thousands of SUP's since 2005. We have lots of experience getting folks set up with the right gear the first time...our customer testimonials bear witness to that.

Matter of fact, our parent company, SurfingSports, sold thousands of sailboards, surfboards, & skateboards before the Standup Paddle Sports storefront was even established.


It seems that there are dozens of solely internet based SUP "stores" opening up every month...trying to hawk boards to newbies that are cheap popouts.
Remember the old adage...you get what you pay for...

That's prolly why you're here reading this...;-)

Most of these fly by night after they come home from ther *real* job companies, don't even have a physical address, or even a telephone number in their contact info...let alone years of customer testimonials...
Check out their blog posts...if they even have one...we have over 300 blog posts going back to 2005...

They don't do demos...(next one this Sunday)...teach lessons...host races or community events, fund raisers, enviromental causes...etc...to them, it's all about selling the lowest common denominator...it's called "bottom feeding"...basically, barnacles on the backs of those of us spending lots of time , energy, and money helping to grow the sport in a healthy fashion...paying it forward to future generations...

*RANT ON*

We're REALLY kinda tired of reading our words and seeing our pictures (intellectual property) on their cheesy websites...you woudn't believe some of the rip-off artists taking credit for our ideas and innovations...total biz buzzkill...

*RANT OFF*

Back to basics...

Our retail store and warehouses are open every day 10 AM to 5 PM seven days / week...and our web folks deal with email pings 24/7...we have several toll free numbers...we're here for you...
We excel at customer service...it gives us a warm fuzzy knowing that our clients are STOKED!

We have 5 years of experience selling SUP's...not 5 weeks or 5 months, and have been ahead of the SUP curve the whole time since introducing to the world the first molded epoxy production SUP shaped by Sean Ordonez. That was before there was a standup paddling blog, ezine, magazine, standup forum, or standup paddleboard store.

We've shipped SUP's to all 50 states in the union and beyond...
We were also the first SUP shop to ship standup paddles to Norway, Sweden, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Chile, Argentina, Mexico...and, many other countries...

It's kinda crazy that it's already come this far...this fast...
But, it's really no wonder...standup paddling is a sport for the ages...

This is an article we wrote that was published in a local Santa Barbara magazine about standup...it's kind of surf centric...but, also is applicable to flatwater locales as well...

Undeniably fun!

There's no better way to describe the new "old sport" of standup paddlesurfing (or standup paddling if sans waves) to "never-evers", or SUP virgins...

George Greenough used to tell me, when we windsurfed together years ago, "whatever gets you in the water"...and, in Santa Barbara there's no better way to get out on the water and commune with nature, at least 300 days per year...basically, any time you have free time you can get a soul satisfying session or workout right in your backyard...doesn't that sound appealing especially after this flat as heck Winter, that's had even the most patient of surfers experiencing wave withdrawals? A saltwater lobotomy is just what the doctor ordered!
Definitely less expensive than psychological counseling...;-)

It also makes economic sense to do "staycations" at home, rather than burning jet fuel in search of the "Endless Summer"...one of the pleasant surprises with standup is that you can trunk it, sans wetsuit rubber, most days in Santa Barbara...even, all Winter long...

Standup paddling, even without the wave component, is very satisfying in a zen sort of way...giving you a surf-satisfied feeling that soothes the soul...washes away the stress of the day…the return of soul surfing...it harkens back to a simpler time...board and paddle...there's something almost prehistoric about it...

It doesn't take a whole lot of imagination in Santa Barbara to discover the nooks and crannies on a SUP that get overlooked daily by the masses on their way to the same old same old parking lot...

The waterman way ethos, that is rooted in Hawaiian culture, is available here right to us in the Santa Barbara area, just ready to tap into for the more adventurous souls...we explore our local watering holes in all of their moods...amazing, unconditional fun is there to be had, like low lying fruit, as we savor the views and experience sharing the ocean with marine life that is visually more apparent from a standup perspective...

The bottomline is that as surfers, we need to paddle...the legendary Tom Blake helped to bridge the surf lifestyle with paddleboarding back in the 1930's...standup paddling hits that note, and unlike sitdown kayaking, it also engages your balance as well...yoga on water...then, throw in the surf component and glide factor, and no wonder it's the fastest growing watersport on the planet...you can't help but notice the explosion of standup paddleboarding in Santa Barbara…it's become the mecca of the sport in North America…

As far as standup paddlesurfing with our laydown brethren is concerned, follow surf etiquette and don't come into the surfzone until you have the skill sets to control your new toy...if we all practice respect...give it and you will get it in return, then we should all be able to play nicely in the sandbox...remember, it's not what you ride...it's how you ride it!

The next time you have an opportunity to try a standup paddleboard, just do it!
You just may be surprised by how challenging, and fun, doing it standing up really is...

Word Up! (pics to return next blog post)

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Monday, June 29, 2009

 

Summertime Thangs...

Bill Foote (Maui) is in town...he'll be helping us unload a container of his awesome SUP's in a few days...including the highly anticipated new 9'10" x 29.5" wing swallow high performance wave ripper...it's clearing customs right now...

Jason and his family were in town for a weekend getaway...he is a firefighter who was deployed from LA on the last two Santa Barbara fires...we met them at our fav Italian family restaurant Petrinis...locals treated them to dinner to show appreciation for his (and all of the firepeoples) courageous efforts to save lives and properties...we invited him down to a demo we were doing and he took us up on it...standup paddling for the first time with his very cute (and precocious...;-) daughter, Allison...





Kenny K came down from the Central Coast to fill his king of all Sprinter Vans up with a couple of more SUP's...a Naish Glide and a Starboard 8'5" Pocket Rocket...here's Kenny's customized pad job...









We had the pleasure of hooking up Lori Ann David and her family with a couple of new Starboard SUP's...she is an amzing landscape designer and architect...organic farmer...drives a classic '54 GMC pickup truck...











Steve's '56 Chevy is pretty sweet as well...





Lots of folks riding and picking up our Imagine ECO SUP's lately...including a couple from Northern California who flew down in their plane to pick one up...
Here's a 10'6" in Brian's Jeep...and, Greg has his ECO stoke going as well...





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Saturday, May 23, 2009

 

SUP Frenzy

We've been waaaay too busy this week to blog lately...no complaints...keep the orders coming...we'll be adding 3 new Standup Paddle Sports staff members to try and keep up...

We've been keeping the freight companies moving...SUP orders this week are stimulating the economy right now from Denver...Detroit...Boston...Maine...Kentucky...North and South Carolina...Oregon...Phoenix...Texas...Florida...and, border to border in California...we have had tremendous walk-in/drive-in business at our paddleboard warehouse with paddleboard direct pricing...;-)

Did we mention the containers of standup paddle boards that we are receiving to restock the shelves?...we are getting several more paddleboard shipments this week...always fresh inventory...and, EVERY SINGLE SUP THAT WE STOCK HAS A RECESSED HANDLE...how hard is that to figure out?!?!









In other news...

Nikki Gregg (certified physical trainer extraordinaire) stopped in the shop a few days ago...her company is NRG Lifestyle Fitness Training...here's a link to Nikki's blog...we are going to be hosting Nikki here in Santa Barbara in July as she does a number of Women's SUP fitness boot camps...if you are interested in getting on the list, please call or email...



Here's Nikki snagging one of the new blue Werner Carves that we just got in...





Exciting news will be coming soon about a killer new line of California made vacuum bagged epoxy surfing SUP's...lightweight...strong...and, shaped by one of the most respected shapers in the surf/tow/kite/wake/windsurf world...

We'll also be adding another line of lightweight...cutting edge...epoxy "Made in the USA" wave ripper SUP's out of Oregon...stay tuned...

By the time I got to tell you about our kewl new Standup Paddle Sports shwag...it's all gone...unbelievable response...

No worries...more on the way...1/4 zip sweat shirts...rack pads...women's cut T's...and new stay dry, loose fit, paddling rashies...

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

 

Spring Has Sprung :: SUP Fun Now

HAPPY EASTER!

Now that Spring is truly here, we've been shipping standup paddleboards and SUP paddles to all corners of the country...recent shipments went to Alaska, Minnesota, Washington, New Hampshire, New York, Virginia, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Texas, Puerto Rico, and New Jersey to name a few...our customer's testimonials say it better than we ever could...

Double boxed SUP's waiting for freight pick up from our shipping department...



Of course, we've had a number of travelers in town for Easter picking up boards and paddles as well...Sergio from Half Moon Bay will be enjoying his new SUP today before returning home to the SF Bay Area...

Santa Barbara locals Kevin and Jason, both brought home an Easter surprise to their families yesterday...;-)



Flatwater paddling beauty...





Man's best friend along for the ride...



The essence of standup paddling...F U N !!!







If you need any help with your SUP buying decision, we're here to help...
We have the most experienced SUP sales staff on the planet...
Flatwater cruising to paddle racing to all arounders...to wave rippers...and everything in between...

We are a REAL SUP SHOP...not just a cheesy ecommerce site with the same generic thumbnails of boards NOT in stock...VAPORWARE...trying to sell make believe...or, a surfboard, kayak, kiteboard, or windsurf shop with a few dusty clunkers in the back that they're trying to pawn off on a newbie...call or email us...you work too hard for your money to make a mistake...we'll help you navigate through the maze of cheap knockoff garbage that has infiltrated the SUP market like a computer virus...

NO WORRIES...WE ARE THE REAL DEALIO!!!

OUR CORE VALUES:
QUALITY...VALUE...SERVICE...EXPERIENCE...DEDICATION...INTEGRITY...


We bring SUP's in by the container...another one arriving this week...our inventory stays fresh...
A dedicated SUP store...with heaps of boards in our showroom, backed up by two warehouses fully stocked to satisfy EVERY discipline of the SUP paddler...


All of our SUP's have handles...







Shop GALLERY...

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