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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Red Paddle Co inflatable SUPs – Which pump to use?

Inflatable-SUP-pump-Ezee-and-K-pumpWow, inflatable SUP pumps have come a long way in just a few short years. K-Pump has developed a true two stage pump with both a high volume and high pressure cylinder for quick and then high pressure inflation. They come in two sizes, they have universal valve adaptors making them super easy to use, they are made in the USA and are tough as nails. So, this called for a comparison test against the standard Bravo made pumps. The Red Paddle Co Ezee and the Red Paddle Co Ezee HP are the two standard Bravo pumps that usually ship with inflatable stand up paddle boards.

Pictured are the Ezee, Ezee HP, the K-220 and the K-20. Green Water Sports, online specialist retailer for all things inflatable SUP, have done a comparison article with the 4 pumps featured. Check out the K-Pump and Red Paddle Co pump comparison.

VIDEO: How to attach your SUP leash

how-to-attach-your-stand-up-paddle-board-leash-to-you-and-your-boardOne of the most important parts of your stand up gear is your SUP leash. We connect to the board with leashes for 2 reasons: for your safety and the safety of others. The leash is going to keep you attached to your paddle board at all times, a buoyant floatation device. Find out why the SUP leash is such an integral part of stand up paddling here. There are a few types of stand up leash, which Green Water Sports cover in this leash guide, but they usually attach to you and the board in the same way. Except a leash used on rapids/rivers that attaches to your waist for quicker release.

Attaching your stand up leash can be a little bit confusing at first but not to worry, Green Water Sports have made a nice video that helps us connect everything up the right wat. Lets have a look at the video: How to attach a SUP leash.

Not sure which Red Paddle Co inflatable paddle board to buy?

Our beach activity partners, Green Water Sports, have reviewed several inflatable paddle boards by the industry leading inflatable SUP brand, Red Paddle Co. They reviewed a board in each of the main areas you would expect to SUP. A surf style paddle board, a cruising/all round paddle board and finally, a racing paddle board. All are inflatable, all are the highest tech and all are made by the best inflatable SUP brand in the market today.

The surfing paddle board: Red Paddle Co 10ft Surfer review. 10 feet long, 30 inches and 3.9 inches thick. Featuring the patented rocker stiffening system (RSS), Tec Air construction process and industry leading 20-25PSI rigidity.

The cruising paddle board: Red Paddle Co 10ft6in Ride review. 10 feet 6 inches long, 32 inches wide and 4.7 inches thick. The single most popular stand up paddle board in the world.

The racing paddle board: 12ft6in Race by Red Paddle Co review. 12 feet 6 inches long, 30 inches wide and 5.9 inches thick. Featuring the RSS battens, this board is race ready and airport check in ready for no extra fee!

Check out each of the reviews and make an informed decision when you buy from the leading Red Paddle Co retailer.

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Paddle boarding or SUP health benefits

New to SUP? Green Water Sports wrote a great article “why paddle boarding is so good for us?” Then read their guides for choosing an inflatable SUP paddle board and choosing a SUP paddle.

Here is an excerpt from “Why is paddle boarding so good for us?” at GreenWaterSports.com:

Paddle boarding is a great all over body workout. Head to toe, every muscle is engaged in balancing on the board or during the paddle stroke with the bulk of the effort being done by the body’s ‘core’ muscles. As the name suggests, the core muscles are integral to the support and function of your whole body. A strong core is a strong body.

“It feels like you’re standing on an exercise ball, swimming and cycling at the same time!”

Read more of the SUP fitness article here.

Green Water Sports are the Red Paddle Co inflatable SUP specialists and they are the people to visit! Red Paddle Co SUPs use patented technology and techniques to produce the world’s best and most popular iSUPs (inflatable stand up paddle boards).

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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!