Welcome to the Supconnect Weekly Recap, our countdown of the Top 5 biggest news, reviews, interviews and features surrounding the world of Stand Up Paddleboarding. If you’ve got anything newsworthy, weird or worth reading about, don’t be shy to share the scoop with us via e-mail.
5. Protecting Our Ocean Environments Through SUP
Heat Score – 62
The evolution of stand up paddle is creating the worlds next environmental advocates. As more paddlers explore their own local waters more is being uncovered on what is polluting our liquid playgrounds. Did you know the United States has 13 National Marine Sanctuaries? Four of which are located on the California Coast. These protected waters are the underwater versions of our US national parks. Read more HERE.
4. How To Punch Through A River Wave on A SUP
Heat Score – 70
If you’ve been spending a solid amount of time paddle boarding down river you should have the basics down. Now, you’re more than likely ready to take the next step. Here, river expert Mike Tavares shares a couple of tips for running waves or small hydraulics on a whitewater SUP. This video is intended to help with basic river running technique while paddling downstream on a SUP. Watch the tutorial HERE.
3. Grom Take Over at 2018 Gorge Paddle Challenge
Heat Score – 80
The highly anticipated Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge returned to the infamous Hood River over the weekend and the excitement from the weekend has the industry buzzing. The biggest takeaway from the event: the SUP youth is a force to be reckoned with. Read more HERE.
2. 2018 Gear of the Year Winners
Heat Score – 88
After 6 weeks of deliberation the staff here at Supconnect is excited announced the 2018 Gear of the Year Awards winners from our 9th Annual Supconnect Awards. As a brief background of the Gear of the Year awards, there were 9 categories for products to be nominated and an additional Overall gear winner. See the Winner’s list HERE.
1. Supconnect Awards 2018 Winners List
Heat Score – 92
After more than six weeks of deliberations and intense evaluations we are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Supconnect Awards. After nominating 30 or so men, women, groms and blogs per category, and an abundance of brands and shops in the stand up paddle industry we’ve finally narrowed down the extremely talented pool of nominees to the final chosen winners. See the Winner’s list HERE.
Photo Of The Week
Description: Here’s a photo I took of Fiona Wylde on what was arguably the windiest downwinder she’s ever done between Home Valley WA. and Hood River OR. -a distance of 14 miles. It was gusting to 40. She never fell in and did the run in under 2 hours.
Location: Hood River, Oregon
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