Are you looking for a new SUP paddle and wondering what paddle length is right for you? The right size paddle makes all the difference. There are a few things you should consider when sizing your paddle. A good starting point is to get a paddle approximately 6-8 inches taller than you for general paddling. To gauge what length is appropriate for you, stand on a flat surface with the blade of the paddle on the ground and one hand holding the paddle around the shaft. Reach your other arm over your head until you can comfortably reach your hand over the T of the paddle shaft. If you have a slight bend to your arm, then you have the correct paddle length.
If you are trying to set the proper height of your adjustable paddle, release the locking mechanism on the paddle. Take one hand and extend it straight over your head, with your fingers pointing up. With the other hand, take the T of the paddle shaft and adjust it until it reaches your wrist. Take your hand and fold it over the T of the paddle shaft. Carefully lock the adjustment mechanism in place. However, take care not to change the height of the paddle in the process.
Sizing a SUP paddle does not need to be a daunting task. You want a paddle that is long enough that you don’t have to bend over much, but not so long that it is hard to move from side to side. You want your paddle to be both comfortable for you and efficient.
It is important to remember that there are many theories on the best way to size your paddle. The optimal paddle length varies for each person, depending on your height, arm length, your board’s height off the water, your activity, and your strength. For touring and racing, you will want your paddle to be a bit longer than usual for a more powerful stroke. But for surfing, you will want your paddle to be slightly shorter for maneuverability. The wrong paddle length can also lead to injury to your shoulder or back. So, if you have concerns about what length paddle is best for you, consider an adjustable length paddle, and don’t be afraid to adjust the paddle after a couple paddling sessions to make sure you have the correct length.
Remember that you can stop in or give us a call at Sun Sports+ anytime with questions too! We love to help our customers find the right setup so that they can enjoy the water!
While a life jacket is extremely important when you are on the water, choosing one doesn’t need to be difficult. Fitting your life jacket can actually be a straightforward and painless process when you know what to look for. Manufacturers provide great advice and guidance about how to choose your vest. And we at Sun Sports+ are here to help you make the process fast, simple, and easy.
The first question you should ask yourself is whether or not you want a Coast Guard Approved Vest. CGA vests typically are more buoyant and offer greater floatation. Your second option is what we call a Competition / Impact Vest. Competition vests are not Coast Guard approved, and are not designed with the same life saving standards as CGA vests. However, they are lightweight, comfortable and flexible, and recommended for use by people with extensive water sports experience. If you are looking for a life-saving vest, make sure you look at CGA vests. They are easy to identify, as they are labeled with a fairly large safety booklet. Understanding these differences will greatly impact how you go about fitting your life vest.
Nylon vs. Neoprene
Next, most vests are made of either nylon or neoprene. Nylon vests are very affordable and are great for recreational boaters. Water sports enthusiasts may opt for softer, more form-fitting neoprene vests. Typically CGA vests are made from nylon. Impact Jackets are often neoprene.
Sizing your vest is the most critical part of your purchase. Properly fitting your life vest ensures your head stays above water. Children’s vests sizes range by weight range and adult vests range by chest size. Too big and it will ride up around your face. Too small and it will not be able to keep your body afloat. To help with fitting your life vest, there’s a simple test you can perform. If you’re vest has a zipper, pull the sides of the vest together. If the zipper overlaps easily, it is too big. You want the sides to just barely meet, but still zip up easily. Also make sure your vest is properly fastened.
To test the fit of your child’s life jacket, have your child hold their arms straight up over their head, grab the life jacket by the shoulders, and gently pull up. Also, make sure there isn’t excess room above the openings. Additionally, make sure the life jacket doesn’t ride up over his or her chin, ears, or face. If the vest doesn’t ride up, then it is properly fitted.
The USCG guideline is that children under 13 years old must wear a life jacket unless they are below deck or in an enclosed cabin, when a vessel is underway. However, states differ with regard to life jacket laws. Therefore, make sure you check the laws that apply to you. Remember, it is always important that you wear a vest, no matter how old you are, or what water sports activity you are involved in. Note also that you cannot operate a PWC (i.e. jet ski) while wearing a NCGA vest, and that if you wear one during water sports, you still must have a CGA vest onboard the boat.
Still Confused? We can help fitting your life vest.
At Sun Sports+, we carry vests from several manufacturers and not all brands fit exactly the same way. We are happy to help you find the vest that works best for you. Stop in, put a few vests on and have our staff help you get your true fit anytime. You can also shop vests online! And as always, follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook for the latest and greatest in the water sports world!
Have fun and stay safe on the water!
It’s that time of year where the Holidays are right around the corner! Can you believe it?? We certainly cannot. 2020 has flown by for sure. With that in mind, we have all those gift ideas that your water sports lover cannot live without. So without further ado, here is our second annual Holiday Gift Guide.
O’Brien Baller 2 Towable Tube
First up is the O’Brien Baller 2 tube. This tube is a best seller at Sun Sports+ in part due to its’ ability to be towed in two different directions. You are guaranteed to always have a ball on the O’Brien Baller 2. That’s why it’s earned a place on our annual Holiday Gift Guide. By accommodating up to two riders, you and your friend will have a blast getting swung around while sitting with your back against the rear support. When you are ready for a change, just disconnect the rope from the quick connect hook, rotate the tube 180 degrees and connect the rope to the other tow hook. Now you can ride the tube like your own personal chariot.
The Baller series tubes are covered with soft top technology, providing a comfortable ride every time you’re out on the water. The soft, seamless material prevents any uncomfortable rubbing and eliminates the potential for abrasion so you can ride all day long.
Radar Deep “V” Package.
Having trouble getting up on a slalom ski? For all you first time slalom skiers, our second Holiday Gift Guide recommendation is the Radar Deep “V” Package. The Radar Deep “V” 15″ Diamond Grip Handle with 5-Section Mainline Package is perfect for those water skiers looking to practice deep water starts. Radar’s Deep-V Handle cradles your ski and prevents it from tipping over while you’re waiting for that rush of acceleration from the boat. This is the ultimate cheat code when learning how to perform deep water starts on a slalom ski.
Third on our list is the Connelly Pacific inflatable paddle board. Seriously, we can’t get enough of this one. For all you SUP lovers out there, this iSUP makes travel and transport easy so you can take the adventure on the road. Check out our other blog post dedicated just to this board for more information on the Connelly Pacific.
A classic and a necessity for water sports enthusiasts, new boat owners, or anyone just looking to have some fun in the sun this summer. Water skiing is a classic and timeless sport. For many, it’s also a rite of passage to other water activities. Make life easy with the O’Brien Celebrity Combo Skis.
Bogg Bag lovers, yes you, we’ve got the goods. This awesome tote was made just for just your wine! This bag is perfect for transporting your favorite summer bubbly drink down to the party boat for an afternoon or an evening of fun. Available in navy and grey at Sun Sports+!
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The Holiday’s may look different this year but we are here to make shopping easy. Make sure to follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook! Reach out to us with any questions you have. Email us at email@example.com or call us at (207) 693-3867.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of gliding across a calm body of water. Stand up paddle boards offer riders this feeling without the stress or hassle of owning and maintaining a boat. It’s also a fresh perspective that differs from a kayak or canoe. Stand-up paddling is not just a great way to get outside, it is a fun, easy, and enjoyable way to get a great core workout without being stuck in the gym. We want to introduce you to the new 2021 iSUP that does it all.
That’s right. We are talking about the Connelly Pacific inflatable stand up paddle board. Also known as the board that does it all. With this, you get the best of the best of the best. You get a stand up paddle board that is sturdy, firm, glides effortlessly, and has the added benefit of fitting in the back of your car once deflated.
Get on the Water with Style
Connelly’s Stand Up paddle boards are crafted with performance, durability, and stability in mind. Inflatable SUP’s offer a great way for beginner and advanced paddlers alike to get on the water in style. They are compact when transporting, so you can say goodbye to the struggles of loading your boards onto roof racks or hanging them out of the back of your car. With an inflatable SUP you have the freedom to travel and expand your expeditions to surrounding lakes and rivers and other bodies of water.
The Connelly Pacific iSUP is ideal for paddle boarders looking for a high-quality paddling experience in a compact, easy to move package. The Pacific is made with a technology called drop stitching, enabling the SUP to be more rigid, stiff, and stable. Essentially, within the paddle board are thousands of strings that connect the top of the board to the bottom. When you inflate it, it becomes significantly stiffer. It will not act like a typical inflatable; when you put pressure on it, air will not move away from you. The feel is practically the same as a molded epoxy board when you stand on it. Because of this technology, it’s perfect for any and all skill levels.
Perhaps the best feature of the Connelly iSUP is its optional flip up seat backing, you can lounge and float as if you were in a kayak. Flip the backrest down and continue paddling on your Connelly iSUP, the new 2021 iSUP that does it all.
Get More From Your Next Ride
The all-new 2021 Pacific offers much more than just a stand-up ride. With Connelly’s exclusive inflatable seat and backrest fitted directly into the board, your next paddle will be more versatile than your last. When not in use, the backrest lays flush with the top of the deck and out of the way. If you want to take a more leisurely on water excursion, simply lift the backrest up and adjust the straps to provide your desired level of support. We tested it ourselves at Sun Sports+ and could not be more excited about this water sports product. If you’re looking for the Wake Wizard on his days off, you can rest assured that he is out exploring on the Connelly Pacific.
The Pacific is comfortable to sit and lounge on, while also being stable enough whereas a rider can easily rise back to his or her feet. We recommend the Pacific to anyone looking to travel around and explore the lake’s region. When inflated, the board is 10’6”. It weighs a mere 28lbs, so it’s a comfortable carry for most riders. The Connelly Pacific is the new 2021 iSUP that does it all.
Black Friday Inspiration
Winter is long but it doesn’t have to feel that way. Treat your loved ones to something they really want this year and give them the gift of summer. You know that new wakeboard they’ve been eyeing? Or maybe they need to upgrade their life vest. Whatever is it, look good and feel good this summer with new equipment from Sun Sports+. Here are some new 2021 products to inspire you to find that perfect something for your water sports lover.
Here at Sun Sports+, we’ve got a whole new arsenal of 2021 Water Sports Toys that have just arrived at the shop! Click here for that new 2021 Radar Terrain we told you all about last week! Or check out the new 2021 Radar Union Slalom Ski. It’s back this year with all new graphics and a new and an amazing performance track record that makes it a favorite among both Radar Headquarters and the Sun Sports+ squad.
Maybe even more exciting than the new waterskis is the new line up of 2021 Wakeboards from Ronix. Check out the Supreme. With a new school shape inspired by the explosive style of today’s emerging riders, this board is set to boost you higher and send you to the moon every ride. Combine all that technology with eye-catching graphics and you’re in for a fun time behind the boat next summer.
We have something for everyone here at Sun Sports+. You have questions. We have answers. Help us make your water sports purchased your most educated one yet. Call with questions at (207) 693 – 3867. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!
With that late season chill in the air reminding us that winter is well on its way, we at Sun Sports+ can’t help but get excited about new 2021 toys. Many of them will arrive at the store very soon! With that in mind, now is the perfect time to start thinking about what to get your water sports companions for the Holidays. I admit, my Christmas list has whatever cold weather gear will get me back out on the water as soon as the ice melts. Though most people dream of snow this time of year, we dream of summer!
The Wake Wizard has his eye on one ski in particular. It’s called the Radar Terrain, and it’s new for 2021! The Terrain has a very traditional slalom ski shape making it a dependable ski for a wide variety of skiers. Being a little wider in the shovel, it feels stable and balanced beneath your feet. 100% carbon laminates combined with a unique shape ensures this ski will have consistent flex on every turn it takes. The body of the ski has many straight lines along it that allows the ski to flow. Meaning it’s ideal for carving in open water. And fear not buoy slayers; you can take this ski into the course for some added fun.
The Terrain can be skied up to 32mph and comes in three different sizes:
65” – up to 160lbs
67” – 130lbs – 190lbs
69” – 175lbs – 230lbs
The Perfect Choice
Because it’s built to handle any adventure you throw at it, the Terrain is the perfect choice for your next ski. With sleek graphics, a bright orange base, and pure aesthetic magic, you’ll surely be a catch out on the lake. Pair this ski with Radar’s new Prime Feather Front Boot and Adjustable Rear Toe Piece and you’re got a powerhouse set up that will tackle the open water next summer. Radar even redesigned the Prime Boot for 202. It now features a synch around your ankle as well as lower on your foot. Now you can get a tighter fit for great control over your slalom ski.
Keep this ski on your radar, pun intended, because it’s one that we are especially excited about. But there’s more. A whole shipment of Radar Ski equipment is set to arrive early next week, and we can’t wait to see them in person. As soon as they are in, you can check them out on our website! And as always, make sure to stay in contact with us on social media! Call with questions. (207) 693–3867. Feel free to email us and inquire more at email@example.com. And make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!
Well, we lasted out on the water as long as we could!
Our 2020 season out on the boats is officially over. We extended the season with wetsuits, a lot of laughter, and some good company. Our official last day out on the water was this past Tuesday, November 10th. We had some great weather that made it all possible! Though it’s strange to have 70-degree days in November, (we weren’t complaining) we just got out there and surfed!
For those of you wondering how we do it, all it takes is a good wetsuit, a couple of die-hard friends, and some hot cocoa and hot tea. Our very own Tommy Cogswell got some 360’s in on the Ronix Batail surfer, a favorite among employees at the shop. At the end of the day, we were greeted by an amazing sunset as well! Even the Wake Wizard himself got a couple of turns in on his Slalom Ski. It was the perfect way to wrap up another season of watersports.
In other news, we have discounted all past season products! Click here to save big on 2020 wakeboards, water skis, wake surfers, and more! We’ve got a little something for everyone
Days spent out on the boat with close friends and family are a treat especially in this tumultuous time. We want to take a moment to wish all of you out there a safe and happy weekend. And as always, stay in contact with us via Instagram and Facebook! We’ve got the warm, summer content that you need to help get you through the cold winter. Feel free to call us with any questions at (207)-693-3867. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And stay updated on all things watersports related with our blog! We are looking forward to the springtime already, but we must admit we are also looking forward to some much-needed R&R this wintertime. Talk soon!
The Sun Sports+ Crew
Fall is here and we are enjoying the foliage! It was a weird summer for sure, but we enjoyed seeing all of you in our store. We are closed for the winter, but we are not unreachable! Please feel free to contact us with any watersports related questions. Send us an email at email@example.com or call us at (207) 693-3867. We are here for you in whatever capacity we can be to ensure that your next pull behind the boat is your best one yet.
All our 2020 products are currently on sale at sunsportsmaine.com! Save big on this summer’s wakeboards, waterskis, wakesurfers, and more. Click here to check them out! New 2021 products are starting to arrive and we are so excited to share them with you. Shop online at shop.sunsports all winter long. Stay updated on all things watersports related by joining our email chain! And stay in touch with us by following us on Instagram & Facebook.
We look forward to seeing you all in the spring –
The Sun Sports+ Team
Sun Sports+ has great deals on 2019 product! Stop in at our Naples, ME store for the best selection or shop our website for skis, boards, ropes and more! These deals won’t last long, so shop now! (Some exclusions apply.)
Your ocean surfing experiences may have left you with memories of sore arms from paddling, a bruised ego from falling, and a lasting distaste for saltwater. If that sounds familiar, you may be a bit sceptical about wakesurfing, which is, basically, surfing in the wake behind your boat. But before you write off wakesurfing forever, consider this. Once you get the hang of it, you can surf on a consistent, never-ending wave, without paddling, without waiting on tides, right on your local lake. You don’t have to worry about the choppy water on a busy or windy day, because you are surfing right behind the boat, on the wake. If that sounds good to you, a wakesurfing board could be in your future. Here is what you need to know to choose the right surfer.
Size – Wakesurf boards come in different sizes, and the right size for you depends on your skill level and surfing style. If you are a beginner, or a bigger rider, you will want a bigger surfer, with more surface area and float. The surfer will move a bit slower through the water, but will allow for a more consistent ride. A smaller surfer will be more maneuverable and faster, and will also work well for a smaller rider.
Shape – There are two basic shapes of surfers – surf and skim style. Surf style boards are usually larger and thicker than skim boards. They look more like a surf shortboard, and give the rider a bit more stability. The thicker profile will make the board turn more gradually. They usually have more fin options as well (see Surf Fins: How to Choose for more info on fins). Skim style boards are smaller, thinner, and are designed to be fast, responsive, and maneuverable.
Rocker – A flat, low rocker board will move more quickly and smoothly on the wake, while a board with more rocker will move a bit more slowly but will give more pop off the wake. You should think about the type of riding you will do when choosing a rocker style.
Ropes and Handles – You will only need a rope and handle to get you up and out of the water, so you will want something a bit different for surfing than for wakeboarding. Wakesurfing ropes are shorter and thicker, so that you can pull yourself forward into the wake comfortably and then throw the rope back to the boat.
Boat – Since you want to be close to the boat and right in the wake, only use an inboard boat when you are wakesurfing, so you don’t risk being close to the prop. Speeds for surfing are nice and slow – about 10 MPH – making a pleasant ride for both the surfer and boat passengers. Depending on your boat, you may need to add some weight, or ballast, to get the perfect wake. Ballast bags and wake shaping tools are available to help with that.
Ready to give it a try? Stop in at Sun Sports+ and let us help you find the perfect wakesurfing setup for you and your family!