Out­stand­ing choice: Surftech pad­dle­board

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Travel - By Jeff Banowetz Tri­bune News Ser­vice

If you’ve taken a trip to just about any of body of wa­ter in the last few years, chances are you’ve no­ticed the change in scenery. The sport of stand-up pad­dle­board­ing (SUP) con­tin­ues to grow, and peo­ple who once ex­plored lakes and rivers on ca­noes and kayaks are now tak­ing to the wa­ter stand­ing up­right.

You have lots of choices when it comes to boards, but it’s tough to find a bet­ter op­tion than Surftech’s Aleka, which re­ceived Out­side mag­a­zine’s Gear of the Year award.

The light­weight pad­dle­board is easy to trans­port, and it’s sta­ble enough to en­joy quiet rides on flat­wa­ter lakes while still per­form­ing well in small to medium surf. The 29-inch waist makes it nar­rower than some boards, but the trade-off in sta­bil­ity is off­set by its quick re­sponse and fast glid­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

The board is 11 feet, 2 inches long and is cre­ated with a com­bi­na­tion of foam on the in­te­rior and fiber­glass and a high-qual­ity bam­boo ve­neer on the ex­te­rior. It’s a beau­ti­ful cre­ation — built sus­tain­ably — that will make any trip on the wa­ter even more en­joy­able; $1,350, surftech.com.


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