Canadian SUP Events – What’s in store for 2015? 2015 Rogue SUP – Graphic delights refined Getting Started: The Basics of Stand Up Paddle Sweet SUP Location – Grinrod, BC on the Shuswap River
Canadian SUP Events – What’s in store for 2015? New events have been popping up around the province and across the country.  With such a rise in popularity, established event organizers and would-be organizers are now faced with challenges to attract participants who are new to the sport and even those who have been watching the sport carefully over the past few years. The sport has quickly shed it’s ‘fad’ status and has developed into a viable athletic pursuit and now serves up a variety of different kinds of events.  Flaterwater racing has been the most common in BC but a surge in River and SUP Surf events is set to inject more excitement into the sport.
2015 Rogue SUP – Graphic delights refined

Rogue returns to the forefront of SUP Design with their brand new 2015 quiver. Building on the success of their popular All-Water line, a new Blue and Pink series is now available alongside their classics line. Their performance boards (racing and touring) feature a quiver of updated shapes, new graphics and tons of useful features.  New for 2015, Rogue is now offering select models in their new R9 construction to provide the market with more affordable boards.

Getting Started: The Basics of Stand Up Paddle Thinking about getting into the standup this year?  The Okanagan has developed into one of Canada’s top destinations for the sport so you’ll be in good company.  By now you will have visited a plethora of websites, each with a different way of presenting the sport and its benefits. As the sport develops, the boards have become more specialized so this can serve as a starting point to help you decide which board (or type of paddling) is right for you.  If you’re thinking about purchasing a board and had some questions, keep reading to find out more about the sport and how to choose the right equipment.
Sweet SUP Location – Grinrod, BC on the Shuswap River The Shuswap River winds it’s way from Sugar Lake near Lumby and meanders into Mabel Lake and then on towards Enderby and continues North(ish) towards the Shuswap Lake chain.  Some of it offers a bumpy ride through the rapids at Ashton Creek and even the Class III whitewater experience at the ‘Chucks’ near Mabel Lake.  Pictured here is a location at Grinrod between Enderby and Sicamous and as you can see, it’s calm and mellow and one sweet spot to SUP.  Best time of yearAugust and September when the river is low.  Sand bars, fish-o-plenty, and zen cha! (Circa Sept 2010)

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River SUP on the Similkameen – Keremeos, BC

River SUP on the Similkameen – Keremeos, BC

Short SUP Stories from South Western BC.  Back in 2010, we took a flash trip to Keremeos to check out the Similkameen River in late August and discovered a pretty sweet SUP spot.  After failed attempts to find the town’s quasi Taxi driver, we met up with ‘Wild’ Baker Bill who helped us shuttle the car to our drop point at the Chopaka bridge, 13.5 miles South of the town.  The parched hillsides, fast moving current, and wildlife made us feel like we were back in the Wild West

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BC River SUP – Return of the Chucks

BC River SUP – Return of the Chucks

May showers bring spring flowers…. and high water on BC’s network of rivers and creeks.  Back in the pioneering days of SUP in BC (May 2010),  five Stand Up Paddleboarders, along with Carl Jacks our River Guide and Whitwater icon, geared up to take on the Skookumchuck rapids near Mabel Lake.  Will 2015 now be the break-out year for River SUP in BC?   Full Story

Welcome to OK SUP – BC and beyond

We decided to stand up for ourselves!  Today is the official launch of a new online community and resource for Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Surfing in the Okanagan and beyond.  For the newbie’s the site will be a great resource for how-to, where-to, and what-to and for the more seasoned SUP’er, the site will feature new product features, locations, and whatever comes across our minds.   Feel free to contribute pics, stories and even art if you’ve got some surf-inspired creativity.  What is SUP? Start here…

 
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New events have been popping up around the province and across the country.  With such a rise in popularity, established event organizers and would-be organizers are now faced with challenges to attract participants who are new to the sport and even those who have been watching the sport carefully over the past few years. The […]

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Rogue returns to the forefront of SUP Design with their brand new 2015 quiver. Building on the success of their popular All-Water line, a new Blue and Pink series is now available alongside their classics line. Their performance boards (racing and touring) feature a quiver of updated shapes, new graphics and tons of useful features.  […]

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Thinking about getting into the standup this year?  The Okanagan has developed into one of Canada’s top destinations for the sport so you’ll be in good company.  By now you will have visited a plethora of websites, each with a different way of presenting the sport and its benefits. As the sport develops, the boards […]

  Read more ...