January 15, 2018

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Try Hot Glue when "Fixing" your custom-fit SUP Paddle

Try using hot glue when attaching your paddle board handle to the shaft instead of epoxy.  When the great sport of SUP, stand up paddle boarding, started and carbon fiber and fiberglass paddleboard paddles were coming more common, the traditional way of affixing the sup handle to the shaft was with two part epoxy.  Now using epoxy is a tried and true method, the only problem is this way becomes permanent.  In the case where you would like to shorten your paddle as your skills progress for example, well you're out of luck.  Or in the case if you happen to damage just the handle portion of your paddle and it needs replacing, again you're out of luck if you had used epoxy.  In order to remove a handle from a paddleboard paddle after using epoxy, you must cut the handle off, usually loosing several inches off the shaft and loose the ability to re-use the handle after it's off. 

Here at North 2 Boards, we have been using hot glue with great success over the years.  We like to use ACE brand "Hot Melt" sticks.  They are a little be more expensive compared with standard craft type sticks, but are worth the investment in our opinion.  I think a pack of 6 runs around $5-$6 at your local ACE hardware store. Similarly contractors grade or construction grade sticks will do the trick as well.  After making your cut on the shaft, we like to use a standard 12" hacksaw with 32 tooth fine blade, simply heat up the shaft of the handle and top of the shaft with a hair dryer or heat gun.  Then generously add a bunch of globs of the hot melt glue onto the shaft of the handle before you put it into your paddle shaft.  Line up the handle to the blade so it is facing the correct direction and make sure it's lined up nice and straight. I then take a piece of scrape paper and wipe around the area where the glue has spilled out onto the shaft, you can then heat this area up again with a couple quick blast from your heat gun and again wipe around the shaft so that it is nice and neat. Set the paddle aside for about a half hour and you're off to the races! 

Down the road if you ever want to shorten your paddle or replace the handle, simply heat the joined areas of the handle and shaft with your heat gun or hair dryer and pull and remove. Cut shaft shorter, remove as much old glue as you can and repeat the process. 

Give it a shot, or contact us for more tips on how to. info@north2boards.com 

November 13, 2017

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New Board Spotlight November 2017

We are excited to add a couple more N2's to our extensive lineup of performance Stand up Paddle Boards.  Our 10'6" Adventure SUP has been a big hit, especially in the paddle board rental segment.  Our retailers love how durable the N2 Adventure SUP is, and how well it paddles.  We added another model to our Adventure lineup of boards, the 11'4" Adventure.  Like the 10'6", the 11'4" is virtually ding proof since we use a new tech in which the board is constructed like a traditional epoxy fiberglass paddle board, but then wrapped in an ABS thermo-mold plastic shell.  The 11'4" is almost 34" wide so it will float paddlers all the way past 250 lbs.! 

The new 11'2" Sessions is very cool.  We designed it for speed but also to be super fun in the waves.  We have been very impressed with the performance of this advanced SUP board.  It is pretty narrow at only 28", but at 159L it will still give the advanced paddle surfer the able to catch small to medium sized waves all day without tiring you out. Lastly the 9' Sessions is another addition to our great surf paddle boards.  More of an advanced paddle surf board it performed like your favorite longboard!   The 11'2" and 9' Sessions are "Special Edition" so they are in limited supply.  Please contact us if you have interest in demoing one these new N2 models. See you in the water! 

N2 Father's Day Weekend, Demo Day! Delray Beach, FL

We hope that all those dads out there had a wonderful father's day this past weekend. Here at North 2 Boards, we did our part adding some solid fun in the sun for those awesome dads out there who do so much for the people in their lives.  We held a "pop-up" demo day at the North 2 Tower, Delray Beach, FL Saturday 6/17/17.  We brought down stand up paddle boards from our extensive North 2 Boards fleet.  We were excited to allow people to try out our new 10'6" Adventure thermo plastic SUP, along with the new 12'6" Adventure Natural Bamboo touring paddle board.  We had bright sunny skis and warm waters for the event, and we had a great turnout.  It was so much fun, and we were excited to educate new paddlers and surfers with some tips and product knowledge, doing what we do best.  We will be holding other demo days this summer so stay tuned! 

A big thank you from all who came out to enjoy this father's day weekend with us! 

-Ryan, Clay, Will, Conrad, and Steve-

June 04, 2017

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No More Dings! The all new 10'6" Adventure by North 2 Boards

Here at N2 we are super excited to announce a new awesome product just added to the lineup of quality surfboards and stand up paddle boards.  The all new 10'6" Adventure SUP features new paddle board construction technology.  

A board that necessarily won't replace your high quality epoxy fiberglass SUP in terms of performance and weight, but it will compliment your quiver if you're looking for a board that will not ding!  Great for paddle board rental companies, surf shops and those looking for bomb proof construction in a big stable cruiser and SUP YOGA type board. All this while still maintaining a manageable carrying weight of the board at around 29lbs. We had a chance to take them out and do some testing of the new boards all last week, and we were super stoked at the results.  We tried and tried to put a ding or crack in the boards, and couldn't do it! Multiple paddle strikes and drops on the pavement couldn't get it done, now that's pretty awesome. 

More info here: CLICK HERE

Built for all sizes of paddlers between 90-240 lbs. Virtually ding proof, the board is constructed like a traditional epoxy fiberglass paddle board, but then wrapped in an ABS thermo-mold plastic shell.  This results in an ultra durable ding and crack proof board, which are great for Watersports rental and tour businesses and for those individuals who want a bomb proof stand up paddle board. Still light weight at approximately 29 lbs. with a deep ledge carry handle makes hauling the board to and from the water a piece of cake. It also features a full length EVA smooth textured deck pad with bungee tie down holes making the board an excellent choice for SUP YOGA, and paddle fishing as well.

N2 Sessions Adventure 10'6" Specs

Construction:  precision shaped cnc cut eps foam core, epoxy fiberglass, thermo molded ABS plastic shell for incredible strength & ding resistant, reinforced PVC rail bumper,  deep ledge carry handle

Dimensions: 10'6" X 32” X 5.5"  Volume: 220L   Weight: 29 lbs

 

May 05, 2017

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New 11'2" N2 Sessions Stand up Paddle Board Coming Soon!

Here at North 2 Board Sports we are always trying to improve and add to our great lineup of quality stand up paddle boards and surf equipment.  

Recently TEAM N2 competed and did well at the last Key West Paddle Classic, Key West FL.  Over the past years we have used 10' Sessions to compete in the "Surf" class in many area SUP races.  The board has preformed extremely well, so well that we have decided to design a new model that is basically a bit longer and narrower so that it will do even better in these type of competitions, and or for long distance and fitness paddling and light surf.  Originally we had designed the 10' Sessions with light to moderate paddle surfing in mind, after testing and tweaking that board has become one of the best sellers in the N2 lineup for the simple fact, it can do it all.  Front head-high surf to 12 mile open ocean recreation races, the 10' Sessions had shined. So we will introduce the new 11'2"X28.5" 160L volume N2 Sessions. This board will excel in open ocean paddling with a generous amount of nose rocker, recreation SUP racing, and light surf.  The board will be faster than the 10' Sessions, with a longer water line and narrower outline, but won't be as nimble in larger surf.  

Let us know if you're interested to pre-order a new 11'2" N2 Sessions today! Contact Ryan, info@north2boards.com.

February 02, 2017

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North 2 Boards, Un-Boxing your new SUP, Paddle board set up, SUP Gear

Here's a video we just put together that covers many different topics on your stand up paddleboard! Thanks for watching. 

January 11, 2017

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Get more out of your Surf SUP - N2 10' Sessions does it all

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

December 27, 2016

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North 2 Boards Custom Board Program with shaper Stu Sharpe

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! 

October 19, 2016

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October 10, 2016

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Stephanie McKinley & daughter Sienna Travels with 10'5" N2 Adventure Air

Just an update from Stephanie as they traverse our beautiful country, paddling wherever they can with the 10'5" N2 Adventure Air!

Dated 10/9/16

"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!!!"