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. Paddle Boarding Baja Arizona
Heat Score – 68
The best way to tour the Sonoran Desert in Baja Arizona is by stand up paddleboard. That’s right. What you just read is not a mirage. There are people who hike, bike and the like, but stand up paddle boarders can see everything from the water. Think about it. Everything from the iconic saguaro cactus to trees (mesquite, palo verde and cottonwood), to reeds and grasses, grow near or next to water. Coyotes, cattle, and wildcats flock to it. Hummingbirds, herons and hawks fly over it. On a summer afternoon, a thermal breeze blows out of the west, shadows lengthen, and the monsoon sunset splashes big colors across the thunderheads. And you can be there, on your board, under a big sky, in the middle of it. Read more HERE.
4. Tips for Paddle Boarding in the Dark
Heat Score – 76
One of the greatest joys of stand up paddling is the versatility; you can get out during the day, which is often the way to go for most people. But, if you want to experience the water calmness and the evening air, not to mention see all the marine species that come out at dark, then you may need to consider standup paddling at night. Read more HERE.
3. Events of the Month: August 2019
Heat Score – 82
Attending a standup paddle boarding event is one of the best ways to enjoy the sport. It’s the perfect place to be introduced to the sport as a spectator, it’s a great place to learn and try new products, and it’s also a great way to connect with those who enjoy the sport just as much as you do. If you’re looking for an event to attend this month check out our list of SUP events in August HERE.
2. Gomez Siblings Win SUP Surfing Gold at 2019 Pan Am Games
Heat Score – 89
For the first time ever, SUP Surfing medals were handed out at the Pan American Games. Sunday’s final day of competition kicked off with all the Bronze Medal heats in Shortboard, Longboard and SUP Surfing. The winners of the Bronze Medal matches advanced to the Gold Medal match, while those who finished second were crowned the Bronze Medalists. Read more HERE.
1. Lena Ribeiro and Connor Baxter Claim Historic Pan American SUP Racing Gold Medals
Heat Score – 95
Brazil’s Lena Ribeiro and USA’s Connor Baxter made SUP Racing history on Friday morning by being crowned the first-ever Pan American Games Gold Medalists for the sport of Surfing and SUP. Ribeiro and Baxter became the first Gold Medalists of the Racing competition at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, marking an important milestone for the ISA’s years of growth and development of the discipline. Read more HERE.
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