I’m shopping for a new Stand Up Paddle board. My current SUP was fantastic when I got it last summer. But now I have a bit of experience and am ready for an upgrade.
I’ve tried a few and have found that what looks good on paper, or even looks good on the rack or on the floor, isn’t always the one to get. Trying before buying appears to be a pretty good bet, unless you’re willing to grow into the board while flailing and falling and I’m really not.
I thank my friend Eric for giving me the chance to try a Kings SUP. The boards are magnificent, and light, and if you check out the two minute video below you’ll see that in the right hands the boards are simply delicious.
I’ll keep you posted on what I end up with, at which point I’ll have a near new F-One Manawa for sale along with it’s expensive FCS board bag.
Now sit back and check out Kings SUP at Santa Cruz’s Indicators surf spot.
Kings SUP at Indicators from Tom Adams on Vimeo.
Remember New Brighton? We’ve had so much fun there, but that was in summer with warm water and small surf.
Yesterday the surf was unruly up and down my coast, but there were hints that it might settle down in the afternoon. It was a play day and my gills were dry so I gathered my gear and hit the road. Every beach had monster waves, but I was not going to any beach, I was going to the one that might be small enough for me.
Santa Cruz was on fire with wild waves from the west side to Capitola. When I arrived at New Brighton the tide was low, and there were no fewer than 40 surfers riding smallish fast waves, with not A SUP in sight.
(SUP is an abbreviation for Stand Up Paddleboard.)
So I waited until the tide started to rise, and watched the surfers leave one by one until it was my size, and uncrowded. I caught a couple of waves and had plenty of paddling. Good thing too, since the storm is back today with heavy wind, strong surf, and sideways rain.