ODE TO IN­FLAT­A­BLES

SUP Magazine - - Frontside - –WT

IT COMES TO ME IN A BAD DREAM. I’m alone, stand­ing on the shores of a calm lake, sur­rounded by pine trees. In the dis­tance, a gran­ite shard juts out of the mir­rored wa­ter, a few trees stand against the el­e­ments atop the lonely is­land. I go to grab my board and pad­dle but they’re not there. I can­not ex­plore the is­land of my dreams. I wake up feel­ing lost and dis­ap­pointed, like I’ve missed out on some­thing im­por­tant.

It’s a ter­ri­ble feel­ing to not pad­dle when you want to—even if it is just a dream. And you know what makes it su­per easy to al­ways have a board with you? An in­flat­able SUP. The SUP Mag­a­zine staff has taken them to races in the South Pa­cific, to lochs in the United King­dom and to la­goons in the Caribbean. On trips when it would just be too com­pli­cated to bring a hard board or to find one at a re­mote lo­ca­tion, an in­flat­able SUP is the per­fect solution.

And they’re not just good for travel. If you live in New York City you don’t have room to store a SUP. Go in­flat­able. If you drive a Mini Cooper, stuff in that in­flat­able. Want to pad­dle on a lake that you can only ac­cess by hik­ing? In­flat­able, baby!

And they just keep get­ting bet­ter, too. From im­prov- ing stringer tech­nol­ogy, to mul­ti­ple cham­ber rigid­ity, to rail stiff­en­ers, the per­for­mance gaps be­tween hard boards and in­flat­a­bles con­tinue to nar­row.

Don’t let the lo­gis­tics get in the way of a good pad­dling ses­sion, no mat­ter where you are. In­flat­a­bles al­low us to bring standup pad­dling any­where, turn­ing any bad dream into a good one.

17 TRAVEL ITEMS YOU SHOULDN’T FOR­GET BUT USU­ALLY DO

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL DRIVER’S LI­CENSE

EAR PLUGS

MED­I­CA­TION

VAC­CI­NA­TIONS

DUCT TAPE

DING RE­PAIR KIT

BAND-AIDS

IBUPRO­FEN

HEAD­PHONES

SU­PER GLUE

SMALL DRY­BAG

ELEC­TRIC CON­VERTER

PASS­PORT COPY

TRAVEL INSURANCE

USB BAT­TERY PACK (AND CORD)

NECK PIL­LOW

NAIL CLIP­PERS

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