Cabarete as a SUP vacation destination

Cabarete is fast becoming a hot spot for al things watersport. In the early days, windsurfing was king, then kiteboarding came on board about 15 years ago. Then surfing had a resurgence a few years back. Now, with the rise in stand up paddle boarding, you can usually spot a paddler out in the bay, at kite beach or at Encuentro each morning.

While there are many local outfits that will rent you a board, why not bring your own! Inflatable stand up paddle boards by SUP brands such as Red Paddle Co, Naish and Starboard, are quickly making inroads into the surf breaks, rivers, lakes and waterways of your local area. Being able to simply roll up your paddle board, wheel it through the airport and check it onto the plan with no headaches of oversize luggage whatsoever, is a huge plus. There is nothing quite like riding your own gear in a new spot to ensure you have fun from the first to the last minute of your vacation.

Take a look over at Green Water Sports and check out what they have in stock for inflatable stand up paddle boards. The leaders in the industry right now are Red Paddle inflatable paddle boards, but Starboard inflatable SUPs and the Naish Air Series are hot on their heels with quality products as well. Roll up your SUP, jump on a plane and we’ll see you on the water!

And don’t forget, if you need a place to stay, check out the Cabarete condo rentals we have available. 2, 3 and 4 bedroom options right on kite beach, Cabarete.

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Traveling with your inflatable paddle board

Travelling the world with your paddle board has never been easier. Inflatable paddle boards by industry leaders Red Paddle Co and other notable brands including Naish Paddle Boards and Starboard SUPs, are resetting everyone’s perception and what can be achieved with a portable stand up paddle board.

Inflatable paddle boards can be rolled up, folded up and packed into a backpack or wheeled bag. This makes them extremely convenient to travel with. These boards can fit in the trunk of a small car, check in on aeroplanes and carried on your back if you choose to hike into a remote lake, river, beach, or lagoon.

On top of that, the 3 piece or breakdown paddles available also fit in the board bag along with all accessories for another great session on the water.

But what about performance you ask? Well, inflatables have come forward in leaps and bounds over the last 5 years mostly thanks to the afore mentioned brands leading the industry with technological and design advances. Inflatable SUP boards can pump up to 25PSI, which is more than enough to hold shape and be competitive with a true hard board on the race scene. However 15-20PSI is suitable for most paddlers and they get to enjoy the water but have the pleasure of a convenient package for transportation and storage.

Find out more about inflatable paddle boards at Green Water Sports. There are some 2014 boards still on sale! Spring is just days away and the days are warming up already.

See you on the water, in the airports, on the road with your inflatable SUP in tow!

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VIDEO: How to install and remove your SUP fin

how-to-install-your-SUP-finThe US style fin box is probably the most common style of fin box. It certainly is amongst stand up paddle boards, windsurfers and long boards. Now as inflatable stand up paddle boards are gaining traction in the market place as a brilliant alternative to massive SUPs that are hard to transport and store, we found this little video by Green Water Sports about how to install and remove your US box style fin. Check it out, it’s a super easy process.

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Can you fish from a stand up paddle board?

SUP-stand-up-paddle-board-fishing-red-paddle-co-SUP-fishing-boardFishing from a stand up inflatable paddle board is really very clever. Being able to roll up your equipment and carry it/drive it/sail it into remote locations or stow in the trunk of your hatchback or below decks in your ocean going yacht or lake motor boat, opens up a world of new paddling and fishing locations. But, what if a hook punctures your board? Well, unless you are fishing for 10ft great whites, I wouldn’t worry about hooks piercing your board. A filleting knife perhaps, so you might want to leave that until you are back on a land!

The inflatable stand up paddle board by industry renowned Red Paddle Co the 10’8″ Mega is especially suited to fishing of all sorts. 10’8″ long and 36″ wide, it is very stable, with plenty of room to move, swing and pull your catch aboard. It also has 4 tie down points where you can attach a chest or tackle box etc. If you are new to paddle boarding and need a full kit, it is also available here as a board, paddle and free leash package.

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Paddling an inflatable stand up paddle (SUP) board

Paddle boarding on an inflatable SUP is identical to paddle boarding on a regular, hard or rigid stand up paddle board. Inflatable paddle boards even come with extra bonuses a hard board can’t offer. They are:

  • User friendly and kid friendly rails and deck.
  • Comfortable footing and deck grip with a natural suspension of the board.
  • And we haven’t even mentioned the awesome portability of a board that rolls up into a back pack and can be thrown in the trunk of even the smallest cars!

View some of the SUP tutorials for more info about paddling a SUP board. Over at Green Water Sports, they have a full range of the Red Paddle Co inflatable stand up paddle boards.

How do you stand up paddle board?

Green Water Sports has some great tutorials about the basics of stand up paddle (SUP) boarding. It is worthwhile checking them out for pretty much every step along the way to get you on the water SUP paddling happily and safely. The general theory is “if you can stand up from a sitting position on the floor, you can stand up and paddle around on a stand up paddle board!” It’s that simple.

The videos in the tutorial articles at Green Water Sports feature the Red Paddle Co inflatable SUPs which are the leading inflatable SUP boards on the market.

If you’ve ever wondered why SUP is so popular, and why it is so healthy for you, you should check out the article about “why is paddle boarding is so good for you?”

Read the articles, follow the tutorial videos, take a close up look at one of the Red Paddle Co inflatable SUP paddle boards, and we’ll see you out there on the water! Good luck!