When racing first started to become popular and the first race boards were engineered and designed, there seemed to be a trend in the way they were shaped. This being a low keel/cutting bow type nose- with the idea being that the nose would sit low in the water, cutting the surface area of the water, and propelling the paddler to a quicker rate. Most tails on the older models were square and flat and thinned out the farther down the board it went. (Think almost like a steady decline from the nose to the tail) And these earlier models worked great! But then the tinkering came into the picture and we started noticing a few things on our models. We thought- what if we were to instead make a fuller nose that doesn't sit deep in the water? Because we would often see the noses of those early models sit too low in the water and actually create drag and resistance- thus making the paddler stroke twice as hard, and lose half of the glide. And then we thought- what if instead of gradually reducing the thickness of the board all the way to the tail, we instead left the same rail thickness until the end and then sharply cut it down almost as if the thickness fell off a cliff- making buoy turns more stable by being able to step farther back on the board without sinking the tail all the way into the water which would often result in poor balance and making the turn slower and less stable. So we did- and we came up with the Killer Bee!
We kept the good- the recessed deck to create a lower center of gravity which increases balance, the drainage hole to release water which splashed onto the deck, the tie-downs straps, the raised felt handle made for beach starts, and the kick pad for turns, and just added the little tweaks to the nose and tail. And what we have come up with, is simply our best race model to date.
So, if you're looking to get into the race game- look no further than our new Killer Bee. Because if you don't, you'll most likely be looking at the tail of it as it passes you on the water!
Melissa Marie Yoga, located in Harleysville, Pennysylvania, is one of our new, up and coming dealers specializing in yoga and SUP. We asked her a few questions on what makes her experience in SUP unique and how she got into the sport. Check out her answers below!! And if you are in her area, check her out, and expand your practice in and out of the water!
When did you first open?
To contact Melissa about yoga classes and board sales, feel free to reach out to her here: Follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/melissamarieyoga Chase me on Twitter @missymarieyoga Check me out on Instagram @melissamarieyoga Add me on Snapchat @missymarieyoga
Here at Evolve, we like to give our customers a more in depth look into the boards we produce- which is why we've decided to begin a new blog series called "Board Profiles." In them we will discuss the dimensions of the board, the uses for that particular model, what type of paddler fits on each board, and the conditions in which that particular model works best in.
With that being said- to kick of our Profile series, today's board is the Perfect 10!! Woot woot! Named after it's length, the board measures 10'x30'' with a rail measuring in at 4.5''- making this board great for the mid to heavy rider as it will float 173 litres comfortably. It is also equipped with a W style handle which makes it easy on those fingers and forearms to carry, a spot for tie down straps, and a Go Pro plug for those looking to capture their action on the board.
So, what is this board used for?
That's easy- everything!! The designers at Evolve noticed there was a small void in our lineup between the 10'6'' Padillac and our 9'5'' surf model, so we decided to fix it by creating the Perfect 10. Even on flat water, you won't be losing any glide by being on it. The low rocker line and length make it a great board for the average paddler to take a light cruise around the bay or on the creek.Now, it may not glice as well as the Padillac because of its pulled in tail and loss of length so keep that in mind when choosing a board if you are only going to paddle in the flat water. Simply because, the other use for the Perfect 10 is in the surf!! Designed for East Coast waves, the Perfect 10 was crafted with the idea of bringing that smooth longboard style to SUP. The pulled in and narrow tail make it a breeze to turn into any wave and the rounded spoon-style nose means practicing your cross steps to the front and back is fun! Sooner or later you may even be able to hang one toe over the nose. However, as with any longboard or longboard style SUP, they do have their limitations in bigger surf. Now, we aren't saying definitively that you CAN'T surf the Perfect 10 in big waves, just that maybe there is a board out there in the Evovle lineup which may be better for it. This is because of the low rocker line on the board. The rocker, or the way the board curves up at the nose and the tail, constitutes what type of surf is best for any SUP or surfboard. Traditionally the lower the rocker line, the smaller the waves it should be found in. And vice versa- the more rocker the board has, the bigger the waves it's designed for. With the Perfect 10 in mind, the lower rocker shape makes it very easy and comfortable to catch waves anywhere in the 1-2' to 3-4' range. It'll paddle fast, catch them early, and the glide is unmatched once you're sailing on the wave. But, as waves tend to get bigger, they also tend to become more hollow- making the drops into the waves much, much steeper. And with steepness comes a tendency to fly over the front of the board as it can be difficult to keep it from diving the nose straight down into the face of the wave- which is why boards with high amounts of rocker and usually only found in big waves. Of course, if this doesn't make any sense to you- just remember, the Perfect 10 is a great board for the flatwater and moderate surf. In fact, we believe it to be our most versatile board, and because of this, can be the only board you'll ever need in your quiver!! So if you're looking to purchase one- we already know, it'll be the perfect board for you. See what I did there? Ha. It's the PERFECT board for you. The PERFECT 10. Ha, I'm clever. Oh. Yeah. I know. You got it. haha We look forward to seeing you out on the water!! And for anyone interested- check out our resident Perfect 10 ambassador @johnnybmore on Instagram and Facebook. He's taken the board through it's paces and has come out smiling on the other end. Way to go Johnny!!
CB SUP, our premiere Colorado Evolve dealer, is located in the picturesque mountain town of Crested Butte. We asked the owners, Courtney and Braden a few questions on what makes them unqiue. Check out their answers below! And if you find yourself in the highlands of Colorado, missing the beach, look them up and feel comfortable on the water even when in the mountains!!
What is the address of your spot?
607 6th St. Crested Butte, CO
When did you first open?
What got you into the SUP business?
I dragged Courtney out to the cold mountains and she just wants to lay in the sun in a bikini and enjoy the water! So we had to bring the beach flavor to our new spot.
What is your favorite place to paddle near you?
Our favorite paddle spot is the Slate River of the Blue Mesa. The Slate River is a mellow, extremely scenic river paddle while the Blue Mesa is the largest body of water in Colorado. There are countless hidden nooks and areas to paddle around the Blue Mesa, every time I go there I discover something new.
What is your most memorable moment in SUP?
Filming a pond skim segment at Velocity Basin in Silverton, Colorado. It was 33 degree water, glaciers floating on it, and professional skier were skimming over the pond while we paddled around for the film Fade to Winter, by MatchStick Productions (MSP).
Do you have any favorite local SUP events?
The Blue Mesa Beach Bash! CB SUP helped create this event last year- it's the first of its kind in our area. It's just a fun day on the water with live music, SUP golf, yoga, paddle wars, races- anything you can think of to do on a paddle board.
What is your favorite place to grab a meal after a SUP session?
Teocalli Tamale. It's a local ''fast food'' Mexican food joint. Great burritos!!
What is your favorite Evolve Board?
We love the Evolve Inflatable Boards. They are super light and easy to hike with- they are our go to adventure boards.
Name anything unique in your area! Whatever you'd like below!!
Crested Butte is at the end of the road- in order to get there, you have to know about it and really want to be there. It makes our town a really unique area. We are here to help people #paddlethemountains
If you'd like to connect with Courtney and Braden reach out to them below:
Top 5 Yoga Poses to Try on a Paddleboard
1. Downward dog: Trying downward dog SUP-style invites a fresh feeling into this classic posture. Your hands and feet will work together to calibrate and balance, as you feel the shifting energy between the water and your board beneath you. The warm sun on your back and the aquatic ambience doesn’t hurt, either. I especially love spreading my fingers wide across my cork yoga mat, while my calves lengthen and my heels head for grounding. The Yoloha cork top on the Evolve paddleboard becomes grippier when wet, acting like the perfect yoga mat. Your heart will melt even further towards the board as your chest and back lengthen.
2. Chakrasana (Wheel Pose): If you know how opening and energetic this pose can feel in a studio, it becomes even more freeing on a paddleboard. Balance, back strengthening, and an open-heart make this posture a must when you take your yoga to SUP. For beginning yogis or paddlers, you may choose a gentler option for this posture, such as setu bandhasana (bridge pose)
3. Lunge/Warrior I & II:
Each of these poses has something different to offer, and they all become uniquely challenging on a paddleboard. For some yogis, these postures become so comfortable and familiar that the mind wanders off. Trying lunges and warrior poses on a paddleboard is a humbling experience, because the added element of balance keeps you focused. Not to mention, you’ll fire up core and leg muscles you may have forgotten about
4. Extended side angle: Once again, the added challenge of balance makes this pose feel new. While it offers a chance to ground and redefine stability, you’re still creating a strong line of length through the side bodies. It doesn’t hurt to lift your heart and face to the sun here, either!
5. Headstand: For someone looking to take their practice to the next level, trying a headstand on a paddleboard can present a new and exciting challenge. Your presence of mind will be essential to finding the right amount of balance that makes this asana possible. The good thing about practicing a headstand on a paddleboard is that it doesn’t hurt if you tumble- you’ll just cool off!
After you’ve had fun playing around with poses SUP style, don’t forget to take some time in Savasana on you board. There is nothing more relaxing than sinking into your paddleboard, while your fingertips caress the water, and you listen to the sounds unfold all around you. Namaste!
One of the latest trends in the SUP world has been the proliferation of the inflatable board. Lately they have been popping up everywhere and for almost every purpose- from cruising, to yoga, to racing, and now even surfing. The Evolve team has been fielding many questions about the durability, the use, the positives, the negatives and everything in between about our inflatables and even other companies boards. And it's understandable to wonder- what sets an inflatable board apart from a hard board- and vice versa. Well, we've been listening and now we will be telling you our opinion in hopes that it will help guide your decision for a future purpose. So, let's go!!
Right away, the first thing every potential customer notices about our inflatable boards is the ease of storage and transportation. Many potential customers often wonder where and how they will store their hard boards given they range from 10' up to 14'. In stores or online that does not seem like a difficult task. However, once they reach home, they're often left wondering what to do with their boards and where to put them. Inflatables make this problem non-existant. With the ability to pop out the center fin, deflate to flat, and rolling it up so that it fits in the backpack it comes with- it's incredibly easy to throw into the trunk of your car, store inside your house or garage, and use it to travel to distant beaches or lakes. There's no need for expensive roof racks and straps. It's that easy.
In fact, recently, members of the Evolve Team took a trip down to Puerto Rico in order to participate in the Rincon Beach Boy SUP race. Under palm trees and clear blue waters the team members had a blast before the race, during the race, and most certainly at the post-race party that evening (wink, wink). But what struck them the most was the incredible ease of packing up their "Air Headed" 10'6'' inflatable board into their backpack, checking it onto the airline, grabbing it at the airport and transporting it to unknown waters for a little adventure in a brand new place they were unable to paddle in before. Simply put, it added a whole new element of fun to their trip. There was no need for the hassle of renting a cheap beater board that weighs a million pounds (slight exaggeration), throwing soft racks onto their rental car, and having to be back at a certain time before the shop closes in order to return the rental. They had complete freedom on where to go and for how long. Now that sounds like a vacation!!
Another positive aspect of owning an inflatable is the durability factor. The Evovle inflatables are built with multiple layered PVC fabric and drop stitch material making for a tough board to tear up. Given their ability to bouce off rocks, piling, or whatever stands in your way, these boards make a great companion for rookie paddlers and kids alike. And, if you do somehow paddle into something sharp enough to tear a hole in your board...fear not! All of our inflatables come with their very own path kits, glue included. Fixing them up is quick and easy!!
Alright, alright, so inflatables are AWESOME, there's no negatives, and everyone should buy one, right?! Well...yes!! That is right. But, we do need to discuss the one big difference between a hard board and an inflatable. And that is how it feels in the water. The first thing paddlers notice when they first start to paddle an inflatable board, is how it doesn't glide as easily as a hard board. Being they are filled with air and much lighter than a hard board, this is inevitable. There's no way around it. However, if the paddler has their board properly inflated to 15+ psi this feeling of having to push the board through the water instead of gliding is easily minimized. Under-inflated boards obviously do not perform as well as they begin to have a ripple action instead of a rigid one. And if you combine that with a strong wind, you'll find yourself in a tough battle against the elements. This is the mistake most new paddlers make. You must inflate your board all of the way in order to have an enjoyable paddling experience!! But, it does go without saying, a hard board will always glide a little easier than an inflatable.
So, if you're looking for a board that still performs almost as good as a hard board in the water, is easy to store, easy to transport and carry, then an inflatable board is for you!! Most people are beyond satisfied with their purchases of our "Air Headed'' series and there is a reason for it. Inflatable boards make great companions for any paddler- new and experienced. There are no boundaries when it comes to paddling a board- especially one that fits into a backpack. So get out there and have fun gliding on waters untouched by anyone else! Click to view our inflatable series!
This is a new age, a new time, a new era. One in which the world's population is connected- unlike any other period of time in our history. With only a click of a button we can see what's going on in other countries spanning the globe. The troubles they live, the poverty, the wars, the happiness they achieve, the ideas worth spreading, the hope that sits like a seed in every human heart- waiting to grow.
It's interesting, isn't it? That this connection through wireless communication was born now, right now, in a time when we need it most. Almost synchronistic. Well, we have a chance to use our powers, our connections, for the good of our global community. A community and Earth, that needs it most.
As a manufacturer of paddle boards, the Evolve team is incredibly aware of our footprint left on the Earth's surface. We use materials, especially trees, for the production of our lifestyle products. And we are aware that with every board produced, a tree is sacrificed.
Which is why we have decided to partner with Stand for Trees. Through every Roots SUP Yoga board purchased, we will donate a portion of the sales to this non-profit organization designed and created to protecting our home's most important necessity- the trees.
How does it work? Well as it says on their website:
Indeed, this is not a small thing. We are aware that companies and businesses need to start to understand our impact on the globe, how we can help alleviate it, and create products that not only serve our customers but the community at large- the Earth and its population.
And we invite anyone else to do the same. Whatever actions can be taken, will only serve to do good. And that's something to stand behind.
For anyone interested, check out the video below:
And for more information on Stand for Trees, be sure to check out their website:
Breathe in deeply.
Breathe out slowly.
Feel your body in the familiar poses. The silent ache of stretching in downward dog, the release of guiding yourself into upward dog. Let the breathe propel your practice. You've done this before, a thousand times.
And yet, something is different.
Close by, birds begin to chirp in the early morning summer haze. The sun bathes your skin in flame, sprouting waves of energy through your veins. And there's movement underneath your mat; coupled with the gentle sounds of water lightly tapping against a hard surface, pushed in your direction by the early morning wind- the first signs of awakening on a lazy summer morning.
Looking back, you knew there was another way to expand your yoga practice beyond the confines of a four-walled classroom. That is why this year you decided to purchase a paddleboard. And looking up at the crystal blue sky as you relax into shavasana you are very, very glad you did.
Not only does yoga on the water give you endless possibilities of enhanced scenery but it also offers a much more interesting challenge in regards to balance, being that it is a moving stage for your poses. It sharpens your fast-twitch muscles and tones your body quicker than on a stable floor environment. Not to mention the added benefit of a paddle workout to find that perfect, peaceful cove to quietly hone your practice.
For these reasons, the makers at Evolve have decided to create a board made specifically for yoga and paddle addicts alike. Coming in a 10'6''x32'' and 10'4''x31'' variety our Roots board offers a larger pad for all types of poses and practices as well as an interchangeable Connex-Sup plug to drop a sandbag anchor off the front or to add a place for a Go-Pro camera. It also offers the added benefit of a bungee strap on the front which makes a good place to hold your paddle once you become stable. And this year Evolve is excited to showcase an optional Yoloha cork pad for added comfort and grip.
Next time you see a paddle yoga class and long to try it for yourself, do not hesitate. Regret offers no condolences. Paddle out to your favorite spot, plant your Roots into the water, and let the earth join you in celebration of your perfect tree pose. Find beauty in the simple, quiet hours, and smile.