In case you haven't heard, practicing yoga on a SUP board has boomed over the past few years. Paddlers and yogis alike are flocking to the water with the ability to paddle to a quiet, private spot, surrounded by nature, underneath the sun and revel in the beauty of practicing yoga in nature. It has transformed the power of their practices and has led many devotees to not only participate in as many classes as they can but also expand their knowledge by undertaking their own teacher training. As the movement increased so did our line of yoga boards.
Our original Roots SUP yoga board featured a Yoloha Yoga cork deck stretched a little farther than our standard boards in order to give yogis a natural surface to practice on as well as added room to make those poses more comfortable. With its pink rails and green center color, it quickly stood out as one of the best yoga boards on the market. But what also set the Roots SUP apart was the ability to comfortably paddle in any condition as well.
Measuring in at 10'6''x32''x5'' the Roots SUP doesn't sacrifice paddling for specialty. Most other board brands who create a yoga board do it with the specificity of yoga in mind. They tend to make either a shorter, more square board or a larger, box board. They do this to give the illusion to the paddler that they are still standing on a wide, flat deck, to mimic how yoga feels inside the studio. These boards are often too short to paddle long distances or too big to comfortably maneuver in and out of the water. Well, we at Evolve didn't feel like this was a good trade-off. Most people do not have the extra cash laying around to buy multiple boards so we set out to produce a board that was great for yoga but also amazing to paddle. And that is what we did. Not only does the Roots board come with a flat deck, but it also keeps the supreme paddling dimensions of the Padillac intact, thus ensuring our yogis will be able to transition to paddlers with ease.
As the popularity of SUP yoga grew so did the interest in our Roots board and with it the requests for more gender neutral colors and options. Which is why we decided to expand our lineup to include a blue/green combination and a white/bamboo combination to fit every paddler's needs. With these styles fully entrenched into the lineup, we started to see more male paddlers participating in classes which is a great expansion to see not only for yoga but for the SUP world as a whole. And with this expansion we also decided to include an inflatable board to the lineup for ease of travel. The inflatable also features a full deck pad, unique styling, and the added benefit of being able to roll it up and store it in a back-pack which will be able to be checked by any airline. That's right yogis, take your Roots on the road with you!!
As we move into the future of SUP you can count on Evolve to change with the industry. We are always looking for innovative ways to please our customers and provide top quality boards as well as customer service. We think we have done just that with our Roots SUP lineup of boards. If you have any questions or would like to contact us for any reason, feel free reach out to us and we can answer any and all of your questions! And most importantly, we can't wait to see you out on the water transforming your practice from downward dog to full headstand on our Roots SUP!
“I want to thank everyone for the support you all have shown me over the past year,” Johnny said to the group standing underneath the blue and white cursive Walk on Water sign outside in the parking lot.
“It's been a great year of being on my SUP, and I would not have been able to accomplish this goal without all of your help.”
A chorus of praise and congratulations drifted through unseasonably warm March winds. He had done it. John Mikulski, known affectionately by his friends as Johnnny Bmore, is a man who a year ago had not even known what SUP was, had completed an entire year, 365 daily paddles, without taking a break. He had connected to an old love, that being the water, strengthened his existing ones with his family, and made a brand new set of friends in the SUP community through this challenging, exciting, and trying idea of being on a board everyday for a year.
Reflecting on how his life had taken this circuitous turn towards a new passion he didn't even know existed, he could not help but allow his mind to haphazardly drift to places and events which shaped the man who stood laughing with friends on this beautiful, warm day. Without choice, his thoughts took him back to one of the biggest events in his life.
“What happened?” he asked himself.
A moment ago he had been in complete control, swiftly gliding over the blacktop on his bike, performing stunts he had done many times before. But in an instant, it changed. Pain began to root through his foot, up his leg and into his body, seemingly spawning from the ground he lay upon. He felt around for the damage, incomprehensible at this moment of collision. He had been through this drill before- broken bones, bruises, scrapes, blood, and the long process of recovery, but this time, it was different, and he knew it.
Since the age of 18, Johnny began to ride motorcycles, receiving an old 500 street-bike around this time. He enjoyed the freedom the road possessed and the feeling of being alive. And from these deep springs of truth he knew to be flowing in his body, he began to push his limits, incorporating tricks into his riding. Wheelies, burnouts, stoppies and other various acrobatic stunts came to be staples in his basic, but still very dangerous, bag of tricks.
From there, he began to collect videos and tapes consuming every bit of media on the subject. Constantly feeding his obsession, he knew he was not alone, and this was going to grow. And so he practiced. And he began to attend motorcycle shows, competitions, produce and distribute his own DVDs, meddled in adding YouTube videos before it became popular, and riding the streets of Baltimore proudly displaying with his friends what they were able to do on these metal machines. This was his life, and he was happy to be a full participant in it.
Almost eleven years had passed from when he started in 1998 to the fateful day in September of 2009 when just moments ago he was gearing up to be a part of a stunt documentary directed by a well-known film maker out of Canada. The script was the same- collect new footage, interesting angles, chop it up into an interesting video and distribute it to the growing community of motorcycle stunt fanatics.
It had started the same way, with meeting the crew, lining up the shots, and choreographing what stunts to execute. It was all familiar, until it wasn't.
In an instant not calculable by the human brain, Johnny found himself lying on his back, his bike listlessly folded onto its side down the road. The crew, seeing what had happened, knew to get Johnny into a hospital as soon as possible, the damage had been done.
Johnny's wife, Wendi, a practicing nurse herself, upon hearing what had happened, rushed to make sure he was alright, and to find out how badly he had been hurt.
“Mr. Mikulski, your leg needs to be amputated from above the knee. The damage done to the bone and joints in your knee and foot are far too extensive. You will be in tremendous pain for the rest of your life if we try to keep it attached. This is the better way,” the doctor calmly explained.
“No,” Johnny solemnly stated, “I am not giving you permission to cut off my leg.”
“I understand your hesitation, but I can assure you Mr. Mikulski, the amount of pain you will be in for the rest of your life because of this accident will most likely be unbearable. It's either you get it amputated now, or possibly in the future.”
Lying in his bed, Johnny tried to recall the accident in his mind.
“What happened?” he asked. This simple question now haunted his every thought.
He saw the beginning clearly in his head. He was performing a simple wheelie maneuver of which he had executed gracefully countless times. And then...confusion. It all transpired so quickly. In less than an instant he was fine, and immediately after he found himself rolling uncontrollably down the street, waiting for the momentum to halt his tattered body. Without knowing what had happened, he tried to stand up, oblivious to his pain. But his body wouldn't allow it. The damage had occurred. And it had left him shaken.
“No,” he told the doctor, “I am going to keep my leg as it is.”
Upon being discharged from the hospital, it was immediately apparent how debilitating Johnny's injuries actually were. He could not move without help, he could not dress himself without help, he obviously could not walk, and relied heavily on the strength and boundless compassion of his wife Wendi. She and Johnny's daughter, Haley, became his metaphorical and literal crutch. Without them, his rehabilitation would have never happened. They also helped him conquer a much deeper result of the accident- depression.
Johnny had lost his passion, his purpose for being, and because of the enigma of the accident which left him crippled, he did not see himself continuing down the path of which he had previously found so much fulfillment. A part of himself had died that day. And it was replaced by doubt, anxiety, and depression. If he did not know who he was any longer, what could he do with his life? The invisible scars of his decline into mental obscurity were in some ways much more difficult to overcome than his physical ones. Fortunately, the answers were surrounding him everyday of his recovery.
He decided to become a better father, a better husband, and to pursue a new career in which he would be able to use his media and production skills in a way in which would allow him to be present for his young children and his wife. He had discovered a job on the eastern shore of Maryland, and was determined to keep the thoughts of the accident in the past, where they had already taken place.
A new, fortuitous turn had taken place in Johnny's life and not only because he had a new job. It was also because it allowed him the chance to reconnect to an old love- the water. As a child he had grown up around the water with his father, around sailboats, and loved the serene calm of the waves gently collapsing onto the beach. With his mother, he would often spend days exploring calm tributaries and canals, kayaking among the sea grass beaten down by the wind. And with the reemergence of this love, he began to think of ways to reconnect to the water in his present life.
“Johnny, do you want to try paddle boarding with me?” Wendi asked in the spring. “It might be a fun and relaxing way to enjoy the water that we both can do.”
Without much thought put into it, he decided to tag along. Heading into a small rental place in Ocean City on the bay, Wendi and Johnny rented a couple boards and paddled out. For Johnny, the obsession started slow. He fell in. Many times. His body hurt as his balance had still not recovered from his injuries. His leg seared with pain, his shoulders burned when he paddled, and somewhere along the line of his many crashes and injuries, he had developed seasickness and motion sickness from the amount of unhealed head injuries he had sustained. But, he thought to himself, there was something about the feeling of being on the water, the way it glided through the open bay, underneath a warm sun, splashing along a rough eastern shore beach, that made Johnny feel alive once again.
A few months had passed since he had been on a SUP, but he had continued to rent boards with his wife from a local shop in West Ocean City called Walk on Water. With each new time stepping onto the hard surface and gliding into new possibilities, he felt his life expanding. SUP had allowed him the doorway to a new possibility, one he thought had long since passed due to his injuries. It gave Johnny a new hobby, a new way to enjoy the natural space he was surrounded by, and after a few months he found himself standing inside the shop, trying to justify the purchase of his first board ever.
Was it too much money?
Would he use it enough?
Would it sit dormant next to his house, decaying from stillness, a wasted purchase of which he could not take back?
No, he thought, this was something else. This was the first time he sat on a motorcycle, the first time he landed a trick, the first DVD he produced. It was the same feeling all over again. One that he knew he needed to pursue.
With money saved from a good year at his job, he purchased two Evolve paddle boards for him and his wife for Christmas. And as the weather began to turn in spring Wendi and Johnny began to paddle more frequently. They explored new possible spots around town, finding themselves seeing their home from a new perspective on the water. And Johnny's balance began to improve. The pain in his leg persisted but it became manageable. Flexibility began to return to his shoulders and he began to just keep going. He became consistent in his actions. And through this consistency he began to see major improvements.
With his body beginning to alter, his depression also began to lift. And in the telescope of the future, he spotted a new possibility- surfing. With the guidance of a local friend, Mark Nelson, Johnny was able to surf a local spot known for its comfy, easy rides when the swell and tides lined up correctly. It was there he caught his first waves. And it is also where he caught a whole new obsession.
To Johnny, paddle boarding mirrored the feeling of freedom and the sense of being alive that closely resembled his time on a bike, but surfing, surfing was it. Encapsulated in the moment of taking off on a wave and shooting down the line with the edge of the water spraying into your smiling face, that was the same as feeling the wind flowing through your clothes on a warm spring day nestled on the power of an engine propelling you towards no destination at all. Surfing also had no destination. It had no purpose. It was just a moment of stillness in a life that always seemed to move towards something and nothing. In surfing, Johnny found he was only moving toward the feeling of life. The path of least resistance. The quiet mind of which countless spiritual practices speak of. In that first moment of paddle and propulsion, he had done it. He had found again what it meant to be alive.
And so his passion grew to include new boards, ranging from downwind to smaller surf styles, new techniques, and a new life. He also found that after a few months of paddling that he had not taken a day off.
“What if I paddled for an entire year?” he joked one day with Wendi, “That would be crazy.”
But the joke never seemed to stop. Instead it became an actual, attainable goal. Through snow, and ice, and rain, and broken boards, and borrowed boards, and countless other obstacles, Johnny continued on his quest for 365 days in a row of paddling. Through it all he acquired lessons that would stick with him for the rest of his life.
SUP had taught him patience. It is obvious, even to those not involved in water sports, that the ocean and bay can be a very humbling place. And previously, Johnny's drive of conquering self goals and pushing forward had served him well. He was a success in the motorcycle stunt world and now a success at marketing and content production for his new job. But the ocean is not as forgiving. Conditions change, sometimes in an hour, tides go in and out, weather affects every aspect of paddling and surfing, and through this humbling experience, Johnny learned to allow. He learned to go with the flow, to follow the path of least resistance instead of running full speed down that path and smashing anything that got in his way. Rather, he learned to meditate and focus on what makes him feel alive, and to chase that instead. And he learned to remain open to new possibility.
His body was broken, it was hurt, he still has constant seasickness from multiple concussions of which he self-medicates with Dramamine every time he goes to surf, but everyday he decides to never yield to his weaknesses. He knows what makes him feel alive. And so he pursues it anyway. And on March 18th, the exact date a year earlier when he started, Johnny reached his goal. He had successfully paddled for 365 days straight.
Huddling together in front of Walk on Water, Johnny, his wife Wendi, his children and his support crew from the shop, took a group photo, each with gigantic smiles on their faces. It was in celebration of a goal completed under very difficult conditions. But it was also something more. Much more. It was in celebration of what we all can be. The power of human potential to adapt, grow, and achieve. And that is what SUP gave to Johnny. And what Johnny gives to the sport of SUP and its community, every time he steps on a board.
Johnny lives and works in Ocean City, MD. Through his efforts he gained a full sponsorship from the Evolve Paddleboard Company, supplying him with boards, tips, and motivation to keep pushing. He ended up completing 418 days of paddling in a row. An accomplishment not to be diminished! SUP taught Johnny many lessons about life, but it also opened up avenues for other activities once thought not possible. If he isn't enjoying the water you can also find him messing around on his Hamboard longboard, actively playing with his children, and standing on the beach looking for that next wave.
As the calendar inches closer to Spring and eventually to Summer the Evolve team is gearing up for another great year of fun in the sun in the water. In order to maximize our time and fun in the water we have designed, developed, tested and produce a full range of boards to fit every style and need. This includes race style boards, cruiser, fishing, inflatables, and of course a few gnarly surf styles as well. And that is the topic for today's discussion. How to choose the correct surf style SUP board for you!
Our Evolve team spans the globe in regards to ambassadors and where we ship our boards, which means we get a lot of different questions from a variety of different people. However, a large portion of the questions we receive from our fellow water lovers centers around that of surfing. Surfing is an activity that conjures images in the imagination for anyone who has ever tried doing it or even thought about doing it. The effortless gliding, the quiet mind, and the pure stoke of being one with a wave is something people are drawn to no matter their skill level or where they may be located on the globe. And one of the best ways to get involved in the sport is on top of a SUP surf style. But this is also where the questions come in.
If you are not familiar with surfing it can be difficult to narrow down what shape, style, size and thickness you will need in order to succeed at the sport. This can lead to disheartening experiences in the ocean. We have seen it a few times- inexperienced paddlers trying their best to catch a wave not designed to be out in the swell, their rugged effort met with plenty of nose dives and a strong pull of the leash dragging them back to shore. These problems, though, can be mitigated with the proper equipment. Let's break it down in order to provide the best guide in choosing your surf style board for when you are ready to charge the waves.
The first category we should always discuss when buying any board is your skill level. What to consider is how long you have been paddle boarding, how many times you have been in the ocean, and especially how often you will be able to get in the ocean in order to improve your skills (this is a big one).
The longer you have been paddling, more than likely, the better your balance will be as well as being more comfortable paddling in rapid succession in order to catch waves. If you are an experienced paddler and feel comfortable in the ocean then a smaller board will fit you better. Something in the range of our Stokester, which comes in at 9'4''x30'' or our Deej XL which is 9'6''x33'' or if you are very experienced the original Deej at 8'4''x30'' or the Goosebumps 7'11''x28.5''. These boards work better for the experienced paddlers as they are under 10' which gives them maneuverability in the water but also decreases stability when it's rough on the ocean. So make sure when you downsize your board, you've spent plenty of time on the water.
Sometimes skill level can compensate for body size. If you are an experienced paddler and have spent years on the water and the ocean, and have exceptional balance, then skill reigns supreme. However, for the average paddler, this is often not the case. The basic rule is simple: the bigger your body, the bigger your board has to be in order to float you. We have seen plenty of paddlers who get on boards that are too small for their body type and subsequently they end up fighting the board the entire time in the water instead of actually surfing. It can be frustrating for those on the board as well as those watching. Often times this will lead to the paddler giving up on surfing, proclaiming it is just not something that is for them. But, if they had started on a board that matched their size, they would at least been able to stand up in the ocean which is a huge first step.
Luckily, Evolve produces boards that fit every body style. For those that are inexperienced and bigger the 10'10''x35'' is the best board to start on. The 5'' of volume combined with the increased width gives the paddler plenty of space to stand on, which maximizes balance. A step down from there in the 10'6''x32'' Paddilac. Though labeled as a cruiser style board, the Paddilac can also be used as a longboard style surf board in the ocean. A step down from there is the 10'x30'' Perfect 10. Which is, coincidentally, the perfect board for the bigger paddler or inexperienced paddler to enjoy a surf style tailored to cruising down the line in a smooth fashion. However, if you're still looking to go smaller but keep a longboard style that's where the 9'5''x30'' Juice comes into play. The shorter board increases maneuverability but the rounded out nose increases stability.
As beginners start to become more comfortable in the ocean they tend to develop a certain style when it comes to surfing. And this style will often times determine what type of board they choose. Now, it is quite common for surfers to change styles depending on the day as well as what they feel like surfing, which only means you need to purchase additional boards! But the basic difference is between a longboard style cruiser/glider or a short board slashing style. Evolve produces such board types. If you're into longboarding we offer the Perfect 10 and the 9'5'' Juice. They both have the rounded out noses as previously described, a lower rocker (which is the curve of the nose going up) which produces a smoother glide on mushy waves, and the added volume to make walking on the board within everyone's capability.
But, if you are more of a short board style surfer, with quick cuts, strong bottom turns, and hitting the lip of the wave with aggression look no further than our smaller board such as the 8'4'' Deej or 7'11'' Goosebumps. These boards offer more rocker for bigger, steeper waves, pulled in noses and tails and lower volume for easy, quick turning. You'll be able to power onto waves for hours on end with one of these boards.
As your style develops so will your choice in boards. Most people, when they are learning to surf, opt for a longboard style as they provide an easier entry point into the waves with their added length, volume, and stability. So if you're brand new to surfing and don't have a preferred style, stick with the longboard until you progress!
Surfing is one of those activities which benefits greatly from time on the water. The more you go, the better you will become at it. Unfortunately most people become discouraged after a few tries, often times chalking up other people's success at the sport to 'natural talent'. And while it may be true, some people are naturally gifted surfers, it is decidedly untrue that certain people will never be able to succeed at it. After all, it takes time, patience, discipline, a will to succeed, a love for the ocean, and most of all, the correct board just to get started! Hopefully this post will help you in the beginning stages as you start to develop the rest of those necessary qualities.
As our name implies, we are a company always look to grow, expand, and of course, Evolve. We are always looking towards the horizon for new ideas about how to get on the water that is both fun and exciting. This has lead us to develop an industry leading brand full of unique race board and surf board designs. As well as the implementation of our Flow Motion Fitt brand featuring our fitness mats that get people exercising on the water inside where it may not be readily available or in weather not suitable for outdoor paddling. With this drive of innovation and implementation we are proud to introduce our Evolve Yoga Pod.
Consisting of an inflated center mat, measuring at 8'x6'8''x8'' thick, this platform is the perfect spot for any yoga or paddling instructor to anchor down and do what they do best- offer advice and teach paddling or yoga! Along with this comes the ability to anchor eight boards to the center inflatable for easy use of large paddling groups and yoga boards on inflatables of any kind. The ease of access and the ability to anchor to the center pod make it the perfect way to enjoy the water for classes and give ease of access to the instructors during the classes. This pretty much eliminates the annoyance of being lost in the back of the class as well as the inability to hear instructors during classes which can be a common occurrence for outdoor practices and classes.
Members of the classes will still receive out top of the line, durable inflatable boards with cross-stitching and rigid structure which make paddling an inflatable board incredibly enjoyable and hard to detect that you are actually standing on air. Our stainless rings on the front and back of the boards makes anchoring to the center piece a breeze with the use of a durable bungee or whatever your preferred method may be. With this ease comes the freedom for paddlers to make their way through the water before class and after class to give them not only a great yoga experience, but paddling experience as well.
Of course, it is not lost on us as to who will benefit from this design. Anyone with a SUP yoga business, SUP rental business, or even vacation spots looking to expand options for their customers- we guarantee you will not only find our pod the best in the industry but incredibly fun for every customer that has the luck of using one.
Look for our Yoga Pod on the water, and if you get a chance to take a class on one, we suggest you do! It is an experience unlike any other.
We are very proud of our design, the durability of our products, and our drive to keep things interesting on the water. As long as you keep paddling on the water, we'll keep evolving our products to fit your needs. And like always, we look forward to seeing you paddling at your favorite spot!
Hey everyone!! Have we told you about our other project Flow Motion? Well if not, then we will!
Flow Motion in it's basic form is a part of our company that produces inflatable mats used for indoors or outdoor venues for aquatic fitness and balance. As our production of inflatable boards began to grow and we saw the insatiable need for transporting boards to and from different locations with ease, a new area of fitness came into our view. From there, we started using our inflatable boards inside, and more specifically in pools across the coast. This had moderate success and those who tried our inflatable boards in the pool were for the most part, ecstatic just to be standing up on one. However, we thought there was more to it.
We started having ideas about a mat that could be used for an all-around purpose. Something that would challenge balance, increase cardiovascular health, could be used for yoga, and accommodate every body type and skill level. And with this idea in mind, our fitness mats were created!
They feature the best parts of our inflatable boards, with a newly designed shape to fit into swim lanes and other tight sports a board cannot. They are crafted out of extremely durable, military-grade materials with drop stitch construction which allows it to withstand daily use in aquatic fitness. The platform measures at 7'10''x35''x6'' to provide amply stability for everyone. But not too much stability! We want our fitness freaks to get a bit of a challenge.
As the early models came in, we drove up and down the East Coast in search of YMCA's and other public pools in need of something fun and interesting for their patrons. And what we discovered was beyond our expectations. Not only did people enjoy messing around on them in the water, but they looked forward to the challenge of doing burpees, jumping jacks, push-ups, and other moves on the mat in order to increase their fitness. And if you've ever been on one of our mats yourself, you know fully well how difficult they can be! And how much they can increase your fitness abilities incrementally.
They started to gain popularity and so we started to expand our thinking. What next? Well, we landed on our yoga pods. This pod connects mats to the outside, allowing participants full access to the teacher standing on the center during class. They can be used indoors, or as most of our early participants enjoyed, outdoors! The sound of the natural world, while floating on water, turns out, enhances the experience of yoga a thousand percent. Who would have thought? ;)
We knew we had something interesting so we kept knocking on doors and getting people to try it. And they did! And they loved it. From there we crafted our own training, programs, and spread it up and down the coast to various YMCA locations as well as others. And we cannot be happier with the results. Flow Motion has become a very essential portion of our dream of spreading the water lifestyle to those who are looking for it. Of course, if you would like to attend a class, have any questions, or need any additional information, please feel free to message us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit our Flow Motion page at: flowmotionfitt.com
By now, we have all seen it. The videos of SUP kings such as Kai Lenny, Connor Baxter and others, floating above the water, standing on a small board, catching waves that are too small for anyone else to grab. The scenes seem magical, impossible even. But what kind of board is it? And how does it fly above the water, seemingly defying gravity?
Well, the answer to the first question is simple- it is called a foil board. The first boards were created and tested decades ago by such pioneers in the surfing industry as (of course) Laird Hamilton. The technology existed back in the early 1900's when Italian inventor Enrico Forlanini started using them for small boats. His ideas naturally translated to water skis, to kite surfing, to boards with attached boots on them, and now to the modern carbon boards you see Lenny and company ride.
And as the foil board became more popular, our team at Evolve started to take notice. We tested boards we made by adding a foil into our existing surf models. We tore down and rebuilt an 8'4'' Deej surf style by installing a tuttle box and trying different size foils. We tried carbon wings and aluminum masts. We tested them by pulling ourselves behind boats and flying into East Coast waves (responsibly of course). And through our efforts we came upon our newest addition to the lineup: The Wasp.
Coming in at 7'4''x28.5'' of high quality construction, the Wasp is our premiere flying foil board. The aluminum mast measures at 27.5'' with carbon wings measuring 29.5'' in the front and 15'' in the back. And along with our perfected specifications comes our signature, sleek, Evolve design and color scheme. We are very proud of our newest creation and know that our customers will be beyond satisfied to glide into waves and fly above the water. Foil boards are here to stay, and by how fun they are to ride, we are more than happy about it.
For additional information or questions please contact us at: email@example.com
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!
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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!!