Here's a video we just put together that covers many different topics on your stand up paddleboard! Thanks for watching.
We are truly blessed to have such amazing natural wonders of natural springs in our great state of Florida. There is no better way to explore and navigate these crystal clear bodies of water than with a North 2 Stand up Paddle Board. On a recent trip to central Flroida I had the opportunity to visit the Weeki Wachee Spring, located at 6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606.
When you first arrive at Weeki Wachee and see the water, you are blown away by the purity and clarity of the natural spring water. Shades of turquoise blue and green along with numerous fish and wildlife species make it an unbelievable natural setting. SUP in the natural springs of FL is allowed, but there are designated areas where water craft aren't allowed to go, so make sure you are aware of where you can paddle board. Also make sure you have a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) with you, per USCG regs, and a leash is also a good idea for safety since some springs have a pretty descent moving current. I found it so cool to see freshwater and salt water fish mingling together, since most of the springs find their way into the Gulf of Mexico. Most springs stay a consistent water temperature year round, for example Week Wachee stays a nice 72 degrees year round. Due to the consistent temperature, manatees will often move out of area salt water and up into the springs to escape winter cold fronts, that move down the Florida peninsula in the winter months.
Most of the springs are located around west central and north west Florida, so the next time you are looking for an adventure in your back yard, grab your SUP and go paddle a Florida natural spring. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPRING INFO.
The one board in your quiver that does it all. This Stand up Paddle Board flat water paddles well, tracking through the water without having to switch paddle sides to often, like you experience with the very small micro Surf SUPs. A board, in the hands of an experienced SUP Surfer, that can handle 4'-6' waves with ease and with excellent performance. It offers easy and early entry into waves without having to dig like crazy and tire yourself out in the process. A board that you can easily paddle miles on no matter the body of water. This can include the numerous 3-6 miles recreational SUP race open competitions, that are loads of fun and a great way to connect with other dedicated SUP paddlers.
I can't say enough great things about the North 2 Boards 10' Sessions. A couple years back I paddled this board 12 miles in the Key West Paddle Classic, placing in the top 3 finishers within my age group and board category. Last year fellow N2 boards team affiliate, Conrad Charles, did the same in the Classic on the 10' Sessions.
The volume distribution and performance characteristics of the North 2 Boards 10' Sessions makes this board also extremely nimble at your local surf break. In the hands of someone who has experience with larger SUP wave riding, this board just flat out performs despite it's size and volume. Learn more of one of our favorite boards in the the North 2 Boards paddle board lineup, and see why this board will get the most use in your quiver GUARANTEED! 10' N2 Sessions, 10' N2 Sessions Full-PVC
Clay turned the big 6-0 today and we wanted to give him a big happy birthday wish this new years day. He is also a new grandfather to a healthy baby boy "Mason" recently as well. Congratulations to Clay and his family brining in the new year!
Clay has been surfing the waters of Florida for the past 45 years and is still going strong. He has always found his love and passion in the ocean, and that has not changed. Clay is instrumental in product development for North 2 Board Sports, and has years of experience with surfboard design and performance.
Clay looks forward to continue his passion for surfing and stand up paddle boarding and helping North 2 Boards stay on the cutting edge of product development within the industry.
So next time you see him in the water out at North 2...HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLAY!!
We are super excited to continue working with renowned shaper Stu Sharpe on our custom surfboard and surf paddleboard program. Stu is based out of Cocoa Beach, FL, and has shaped over 39,000 boards over past 35 years.
He does excellent work on custom surfboard and surf sup designs, and is a pleasure to work with. Talk to us today if you are looking for that custom one of a kind surfboard or surf sup board. We will walk you through all the details of your new board, including a cool paint layout.
The board pictured below is based of our 10' Cardiff line of stand up paddleboards. We had Stu shrink the shape down to 9'X29"X4" and added some additional surf characteristics, while maintaining the traditional longboard surfboard outline of one of our favorite boards in our lineup. We can't wait to get this surf sup out in the water!
Well another year and another Delray Beach Surf Festival. This year we were blessed with amazing sunny warm weather and 2-3' glassy waves! Was a great turn out per usually with lots of great competition and big smiles everywhere. The Delray Beach Surf Festival happens ever year here in Delray Beach, organized by Birthday Comp, in order to raise funds for Delray Beach Ocean Rescue. They use the proceeds to purchase new life saving equipment, so it's really a great event for a great cause. I am please that TEAM N2 brought the coveted bamboo paddle back home in winning the 5 man SUP relay race! Way to go team (Ryan Pena, Will Vacha, Conrad Charles, Rick Dunn, Alan Bank). Until next year!
Just an update from Stephanie as they traverse our beautiful country, paddling wherever they can with the 10'5" N2 Adventure Air!
"It's been a cold and rainy, gloomy day here in New Brunswick!!! So here is an awesome picture @rooster_669 took of us from a drone when we decided to paddle to a little uninhabited island off Hermit Island in Maine...... we had such a magical afternoon exploring the island, playing in pools and chatting with the birds (who were very confused by their human visitors)..... we LOVE having our N2 Adventure Air on this journey so we can have a many epic adventures out on the water wherever we are!!!"
Interesting...within the relatively new sup industry there are numerous studies from the "experts" on the proper way to paddle for efficiency, power, and more important to prevent injury. Paddle lengths have gone from a foot or more over your head (based on extended arm length) to chin level and everywhere in-between.
Bottom line do what feels comfortable to you, and make sure you have fun and don't take it to serious, everyone is different but some good info here in this article.
First Place for TEAM N2 (Rec race 3 miles Women's) Chelsey Loder!
From TEAM N2 racer @Chelsey Loder (Owner of What's SUP Paddleboarding and Snorkleing http://paddleboardingfl.com)
"Saturdays Sunshine SUP Series race in Pompano! Racing for Team North2boards (Ryan Pena)! www.north2boards.com
Thank you Victoria Burgess and Rory for hosting a great event, and letting us do 3 laps. By far the most fun I've had at a race with waves and wind to play in :)
And my favorite photographer in all the land Roseanne Valenza, your a rockstar!! #north2boards #north2 #teamn2"