View Full Version : for the longest time i didn't get the whole SUP thing

Paul Pless
07-10-2012, 02:24 PM
But I'm starting to come around.:D



07-10-2012, 02:29 PM
how are the kayaks? splashed 'em yet?

I have my eye on a sea eagle 330, it fits on the back of the bike better than the canoe.

Paul Pless
07-10-2012, 02:39 PM
Yeah we've been having fun with them. We only got them one week before we left for vacation, but paddled from the lake behind our house once through the canal and across the adjacent lake. And we floated the Huron River, about 8 miles maybe. I'm gonna add paddling to my exercise, weight loss routine a few days a week in addition to whenever Katherine wants to go. She seems to really like them, more so than canoeing. . .

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
07-10-2012, 03:29 PM
One of my heros


08-11-2014, 12:30 PM
Had an offer to go play on a SUP (gusu 12') Sunday morning for a few hours. I wouldn't get rid of my canoe just yet but if a used SUP came along at the right price...

Lots of fun, went into an area I've had the canoe out a few times and the difference in what I could see int eh water sitting a in a canoe and standing up was pretty cool.

I'll find out if I'm coordinated to cast from one soon.

08-11-2014, 01:11 PM
I wouldn't get rid of my canoe just yet but if a used SUP came along at the right price...


Make one....I ordered the plans for the CLC 14' SUP. I have plenty of epoxy, fiberglass cloth and yellow and red cedar for the deck so my out of pocket costs should be ~$100 for 2 sheets of 4mm occume for the hull and $103 for the plans.

I expect to install a well for the Hobie Mirage drive and use a ruddder for steering....better to be sitting down in case I run into some of the folks in Paul's pictures!

08-11-2014, 01:16 PM
Looking at those CLCs. I like being able to decide the skids and net attachments for myself.

08-11-2014, 01:40 PM
I wouldn't get rid of my canoe just yet but if a used SUP came along at the right price...

Why not just stand up in the canoe? I used to fly cast that way sometimes and people would actually stop and tell me to sit down...

08-11-2014, 01:47 PM
30 lbs vs. 84lbs coleman, and I like semi-instant gratification projects that float. Possible balance and athletic issues.

08-11-2014, 01:48 PM
Me standing up in a canoe just hasn't worked that well except when it's August and 100 out.

SUPs are pretty cool. Last year a guy paddled his SUP down the Tennessee River from Chattanooga to the Mississippi border over a couple of weeks.

I might try one as a platform to stand on while cleaning the topsides.

08-11-2014, 06:27 PM
We saw a guy coming down the rapids on a SUP. He made it without falling! Impressive skills.

08-11-2014, 06:37 PM
Last year a guy paddled his SUP down the Tennessee River from Chattanooga to the Mississippi border over a couple of weeks.

I believe someone did the Everglades Challenge on a SUP last year as well.

Phil Y
08-11-2014, 07:57 PM
Shouldn't she be in the tattoo thread?

wizbang 13
08-11-2014, 08:44 PM
The babes that I see ,... SUP ing past my port light as I am making coffee anchored in Falmouth ,Antigua,...no chit ,.... that ol milf has nothing on them .
Fact is stranger than fiction Paul , you might just not believe it.

08-11-2014, 08:46 PM
One word... Yoga!


Osborne Russell
08-12-2014, 12:31 PM
Early in the mornin' we'll be startin' out
Some honeys will be comin' along
We're loadin' up the woody with the boards inside
and headin' out singin' our song.

08-12-2014, 02:14 PM
I gave it a try the last time I was in Hong Kong. My British host had a side business introducing inflatible SUP Boards to the space concerned citizens. Ironically, its been proven that they are too big a P.I.A. to deflate and foldup to stuff in your trunk when not in use, so people just leave them inflated and pay for storage near the water (a big premium in Hong Kong).

I had a go in Tai Tam Bay which is decently sheltered, but there was still a slight chop that ended up with me in the drink repeatedly. I don't know if its because inflatibles are too light? But it just didn't appeal to me at all. There's just no feature to bear against if you really want to go fast, so I ended up kneeling and paddling hard that way.

I figured i could get a much better workout in a nice Whitehall and enjoy the ride at the same time.

It seem to me the purpose of SUP was to paddle to and from the SURF, then ride the waves.

John B
08-12-2014, 05:05 PM
Ironically, its been proven that they are too big a P.I.A. to deflate and foldup to stuff in your trunk when not in use, so people just leave them inflated and pay for storage near the water (a big premium in Hong Kong).
Thats true to an extent, although if you're looking for exercise 150 pumps to get them to pressure is also good exercise, which is how I try to look at it. We keep a couple on board the boat and leave them pumped up for the time we're away ( unless the weather is rough and we want the decks clear), put em away when we're on the marina.

John B
08-12-2014, 07:35 PM
They're also quite handy for those times when you need to salvage something of importance...
http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd48/Waione_photos/misc%20boats%20and%20sailing%2012/IMG_2400_12.jpg (http://s227.photobucket.com/user/Waione_photos/media/misc%20boats%20and%20sailing%2012/IMG_2400_12.jpg.html)

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd48/Waione_photos/misc%20boats%20and%20sailing%2012/IMG_2401_13.jpg (http://s227.photobucket.com/user/Waione_photos/media/misc%20boats%20and%20sailing%2012/IMG_2401_13.jpg.html)
best dang piece of garden furniture we've ever owned....:D

08-13-2014, 09:17 AM

Careful where you wander.

09-02-2014, 10:39 AM
Picked up two GUSU first generation 12' SUP yesterday. One has been in rental service for several seasons and is about 10 lbs heavy. I'm going to hook up my food vacuum sealer to the vent hole and see how much water I can get out of it.

10-08-2014, 04:57 PM
Probably the last board meeting of the year without a wet suit.http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk221/switters_bucket/IMG_20141005_111912810_zps19b60fb1.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/switters_bucket/media/IMG_20141005_111912810_zps19b60fb1.jpg.html)

also looking for a way to organize all of my paddles over the winter instead of stacking them in the corner. I made a rack over the weekend out of two very old and unusable cedar oars but the wall mounting would not have worked well.

cheers, if you are lucky I'll bring back some pictures of the leaves turning in the cove. Last night we spent 30 minutes watching a small herd of deer move along the shore.

Paul Pless
10-08-2014, 05:01 PM
also looking for a way to organize all of my paddles over the winter instead of stacking them in the corner.

I use an old plastic salt tank from a water softener - taller than your typical barrel and rectangular in cross section.

Peerie Maa
10-08-2014, 06:02 PM
We watched some SUPs when walking the dog. Lordy they were slow.

10-08-2014, 06:38 PM
Slow, some guy finished the Texas Water Safari on one. I don't know his time but the cutoff for this 260 + mile race is 100 hours.

My buddy built these two. The big one is (I think) a JEM Watercraft design. The smaller one is his own design. I managed to stay dry but never made much progress. His two boys on the other hand had them moving pretty good.





10-08-2014, 06:45 PM
When I started surfing I used, and built boards like tis,

but about 16ft, double ended and narrower. They had a big chrome D handle on the back and if came of in a big sea the primary objective was to get a hold of it, so the board didn't come out of the sky and kill you.

Rich Jones
10-08-2014, 06:59 PM
What a crazy way to travel. Just not for me. Just where am I supposed to put my glass of merlot?

10-08-2014, 07:07 PM
You wear a hydration backpack, suitably loaded. Or maybe fill your inflatable PFD?

10-09-2014, 09:42 AM
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk221/switters_bucket/fallsup_zps49c4728f.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/switters_bucket/media/fallsup_zps49c4728f.jpg.html)

the merlot (or can beer) goes on the board in front of you, paddle smooth and feel the glide. The does were on the north side of the cove last night and two young bucks were on the south, the water in the cove was clear and saw a lot of bass. Love these for gunkholing.

It is the end of the season and the rental board beaters are pretty water logged and paddle like barges, still fun and over stable for social paddling.
The boards have paid for themselves vs. renting in just the last month. If they were compared to bicycles they would be 50 lb steel balloon tire single speed beach cruisers, but I dont plan on racing anyway, and they are still as fast to solo paddle as the old canoe. Looking forward to having the SOFs ready next spring, then I might change my mind about how much fun the blue barge is.:)

Not for everyone, but so easy to throw in the water for an hour after work and get some sanity back.

10-17-2014, 10:39 AM
Is a SUP a vessel? Seems they are in Rhode Island. The coast guard considers them vessels but do not require hull numbers. Locally they are treated like canoes.


Paul Pless
10-17-2014, 10:48 AM
Locally they are treated like canoes.

because there is not much surfing going on in colorado, historically. . .

10-17-2014, 11:46 AM
Is a SUP a vessel? Seems they are in Rhode Island. T

Interesting. SUP paddlers must then be required to carry a "sound producing device" ( horn or whistle) as per regs for vessels less the 16 feet loa.Theyd only be required to carry flares and display lights if used between sunset and sunrise.


10-17-2014, 11:56 AM
PFD and a whistle, lights at night.

I have been thinking of a way to mount cheap silicone bicycle led lights onto my boards.

10-17-2014, 11:56 AM
I was told that here (Canada) they are a "swimming aid" and thus no lifejacket is required.

10-17-2014, 12:09 PM
Interesting. SUP paddlers must then be required to carry a "sound producing device" ( horn or whistle) as per regs for vessels less the 16 feet loa....fart.

Hunky Dory
10-19-2014, 09:58 AM
This girl passed us on the day before Christmas . She goes year around when there is no Ice.

http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa455/BobLister/Rowing%20Pix/12241207_zps2a8db4fe.jpg (http://s1198.photobucket.com/user/BobLister/media/Rowing%20Pix/12241207_zps2a8db4fe.jpg.html)

10-19-2014, 03:43 PM
My balance is so poor I know I'd tip the thing over just trying to get on it.

Paul Pless
02-03-2015, 06:56 AM

02-03-2015, 07:02 AM
They are downwind toys, dont like to go upwind...way to much windage from the paddler.

CK 17
02-03-2015, 08:38 AM
the CLC 14 footer.

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Keith Wilson
02-03-2015, 09:12 AM
'Sup, dude?

(Sorry, I couldn't resist. :D)

02-03-2015, 09:55 AM
I have the 14' CLC plans and bulk heads, but sourcing 3mm okume in Colorado is aPITA. One of the local lumber yards that carries hydroteck is going to order me some from Seattle but I wont see it untill April unless I want to pay about 300 in shipping. So I wait. Got started on the Lanai but I suck at cutting out the bulkheads with a skill saw so the progress is slow.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk221/switters_bucket/IMG_20140827_171742939_zpsc88e1b6f.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/switters_bucket/media/IMG_20140827_171742939_zpsc88e1b6f.jpg.html)

Kaholoa kit, some assembly required.

CK 17
02-03-2015, 09:59 AM
I built it from the plans only. Lots of work. The next one will be a kit.

02-03-2015, 10:03 AM
Good looking board, I have been wondering about the hard chines on top. Do you get pushed around from small waves coming from the sides? The old one I have now is more of a surf board shape and the waves just dome over the board.

What did you do for fins? If you have a build thread let me know and I will go find it. Thx.

CK 17
02-03-2015, 10:43 AM
I haven't seen any issues with waves broad side, or windage for that matter. Here is a picture of the fins. I thought I had more build pictures on my Facebook, but I can't find them now. I will say the fourteen footer has a lot of volume. It works great with the dog. I think the next one will be the 12 footer.

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02-03-2015, 10:59 AM
Fins according to the plans, looks good. I have been considering installing fin boxes on the boards so I can have a few more options.

CK 17
02-03-2015, 11:02 AM
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John Meachen
02-03-2015, 03:21 PM
I haven't tried on myself-yet.Last summer I saw this one on the canals of Amsterdam,I would have been nervous but the various users of the canal network just went about their business.


John B
02-03-2015, 03:40 PM
He looks like a newbie by his posture , and his paddle is too short, those guys are a worry in restricted space. I had words with a supper coming into my marina berth last year... . If there's one thing worse than someone going too fast in the marina its someone going too slow. We talked to them ( a pair) told them where we were going and thought we had communication, I got committed to the turn and he dived across my bow.

Ted Hoppe
02-03-2015, 04:20 PM
Really like them when we were in Alaska's glacier bay.


John B
02-03-2015, 06:04 PM

I like em too , we go gunkholing around the reefs and rocks on them, sea caves etc. But that is unreal.

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd48/Waione_photos/Cruise%202013/IMG_2939_13.jpg (http://s227.photobucket.com/user/Waione_photos/media/Cruise%202013/IMG_2939_13.jpg.html)


02-10-2015, 06:20 PM
Still don't get it!


John B
02-10-2015, 06:33 PM
ye gods.

02-10-2015, 09:20 PM
Talk about nice bottom shapes on a boat... This is for your Paul.... I couldn't resist...



02-10-2015, 10:54 PM
We are planning on renting some in Kona next month. It'll be a first for us.

02-10-2015, 11:22 PM
They are easier to stow aboard a boat being flat, versus a kayak, or canoe. Lots of fun over at "sandbar island" where boats raft up of a Saturday evening, making the rounds saying hey to folks. Good shore to beach transport for goods and crew while anchored off for the tide; I can walk the board to the beach with gear and occupants onboard.

Tie it off and stream it aft in the current and its a good place to take a nap.

Paddle over to the flats: the added height of eye versus a 'yak allows me to see way more fish.

Mine is an old BIC windsurf board. Its fun.


02-11-2015, 10:24 AM
Still don't get it!


I'm in. Where do I sign?

02-11-2015, 11:28 AM
I'm in. Where do I sign?

You're gonna need a bigger checkbook!;)

John B
02-11-2015, 03:24 PM
everything needs a bigger checkbook dang it.

I'll tell you another very big advantage to an inflatable standup over a kayak on a boat/ mothership and that's just getting on and off.
leg rope , pull it in step down and go. getting off step straight up onto the boat , you already have the painter in the form of the leg rope with you. Kayaks is all about the mission of getting down the side of the boat and then getting seated and in or on it.
and all that on top of the fact that the board isn't biting your boat like those rotomoulded things everyone seems to have . The damage from those things after a season is mind numbing.

06-16-2015, 11:20 AM
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk221/switters_bucket/IMG_20150615_192849391_zpsnxrzoo6e.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/switters_bucket/media/IMG_20150615_192849391_zpsnxrzoo6e.jpg.html)

Glamping at the local reservoir last night.

Michael D. Storey
06-16-2015, 01:01 PM
I want one. I think that the attraction is about what is your relationship with the water. Right now, I want to walk on it and look down into it.