We all love to paddle board. And having many boards your quiver is not uncommon for addicted to SUP people like ourselves. "Displacement" paddleboards, as they are know in the industry, are unique in that they do a couple things very well. Like a "Deep V" boat the front of displacement or touring SUP boards acts like a knife and cuts through waves and water with efficiency. This cutting action helps the board propel through the water with greater speed and traction over a traditional flat bottom or surf style paddleboard normally (ie: always dependent upon which boards are being compared). These type boards won't replacement traditional all around SUPs, since they are normally not as stable for beginner paddlers, and don't typically surf small waves well. But they sure are fast and a lot of fun! Perfect for paddle workouts, racing, and long distance paddling.
Introducing our N2 11'6" Adventure Touring SUP board! These boards are awesome and I can't say enough about them. We designed these boards to be compact at only 11'6" X 30", about 12" shorter than standard touring paddle boards. This makes them nice and lightweight and easy to transport and store. They are also constructed like our other Adventure Series boards, making them practically bomb proof, so no paddle strike dings in these babies. Also they retail for under $999! So if you're looking to add to your fleet, looking to pick up some speed and test your paddling abilities and maybe dabble in recreational SUP racing, then check out the awesome N2 touring SUPs today. They come in three brilliant colors, and only weight in at approximately 29lbs.
-Scotty Rod Holder and base
-Drill with step drill bit
-Pencil and straight edge or carpenter square
-Pry tool or flat head screw driver
Trace out the base of the rod holder with a pencil wherever you want it mounted. Cut out the EVA deck pad with sharp razor. Peel out the cut piece. Measure the hole to be drilled into the board. Drill into the board only deep enough so the base fits flush on the board. Put generous amount of epoxy in the hole and shaft area of the base, and also add a generous amount of silicone to the upper shaft area and bottom side of the rod holder base so when placed into board it creates a nice water tight seal. Let dry and get out and do some SUP fishing! Big thanks for @ Will Vacha for putting this fun project together. Tight lines.
We are pretty lucky here in South Florida, where we get to enjoy year round paddle board weather. Here at N2 we pretty much paddle and or surf 365. There are so many amazing waterways and areas to explore on your SUP board around our headquarters here in Boynton Beach, FL. From the beautiful Florida Keys, to our endless inland and intercostal waterways, there are literally hundreds of areas to go.
A couple of tips to get you back into paddle mode this coming spring. It's always a good idea to give your traditional fiberglass paddle board a once over before you take it out on the water. Go around your board and make sure you don't have any dings or cracks in your board that could take on water into the core of your board. If you should find a ding or damage, make sure you properly repair the area so that it's water tight. Many local surf shops have excellent ding repair services that are fairly inexpensive. The benefits of fiberglass SUP boards is they are lightweight and normally offer higher paddle speeds and better performance on water. But they must be taken care of and handled with care, like you would look after and handle any performance sporting goods equipment. The N2 Adventure Series paddle boards are ultra durable with a layer of plastic coating covering the entire board which makes it the most durable boards in our lineup. These boards are perfect for rental companies and surf shops who rent boards as well. The 8'5" Roots soft top surfboards are also built like tanks and do not ding like traditional surfboards.
Make sure your paddle board paddle is water tight as well. Sometimes epoxy and or glue that is used to attached the SUP handle to the shaft deteriorates overtime, especially in salt water use. This can cause your handle to become loose allowing water to seep into the main shaft. Add additional glue to the handle when needed. When new to SUP, trying to find the right height of your first paddle board paddle can be confusing. We like to tell people new to the sport to start with the paddle around 10-14" above your head. Allowing your elbow to have a slight bend in it when you extend your hand to the top of the paddle is a good idea. Having to stretch to reach the top of the paddle and or a straight arm might prove to be a bit cumbersome while in the water and may cause extra strain on the upper shoulder area. Conversely a paddle to short will cause extra strain on the lower back as you have to bend over much further while paddling. We really like our new N2 carbon fiber spring pin paddle, super light weight and best of both worlds for being able to adjust the paddle on the fly with the feel of a high quality fixed carbon fiber paddle.
Finding the right size board to start with can also be confusing. There are many different shapes and sizes of SUP boards out there. For starters think more width which normally equals more stability! For pretty much anyone new to the sport, we recommend going with a larger more stable SUP board so the learning curve is faster and you're able to get the basics down quickly! Body weight comes into account when choosing your SUP board. 100 lbs. to 175 we would recommend something in the 10-11' range. 180 lbs. and up go with something 10'6" up to 12'. Having fun out on the water is what it's all about so don't stress too much when getting into the sport. Remember to always wear an ankle surf leash and have a PFD with you or on you per coast guard regulations to what ever body of water you're exploring. Safety first when you're out on the water, no matter how good you swim.
See you out on the water!
I can't say enough about how awesome the N2 Sessions 10' is. This paddle board really does it all. If you're like us who love to paddle surf, flat water paddle, and use our SUP to exercise well then look no further than the North 2 10' Sessions. We designed this board to be stable for a wide range of paddlers, from a 90 lb. newbie up to a 225 lb. seasoned waterman. The "surfy" outline with semi-pulled in nose, thinned out rails, and "diamond tail," make this board no slouch in the waves. But giving the board plenty of width and depth in the mid section (31.5" @ widest point, 4.5" at deepest point) makes this SUP incredible stable, even for beginners. Total volume in liters 159L.
Very nimble in all sorts of wave conditions, but also an excellent flat water paddling board with it's streamlined shape that cuts through the water with efficiency. Built to last with the latest in multi-laminate, carbon fiber, and real wood bamboo construction this board is no porcelain doll. For me it's my go-to board what ever the conditions or body of water that I'm getting into. If you pick up one of these beauties I wouldn't be surprised that it becomes your go to as well! Check it out here N2 Sessions 10'
We are super stoked to be a proud supplier to the state we love! Florida State Parks has some exciting things in store for these new custom 10’6” N2 Adventure boards so stay tuned! And go visit one the many amazing Florida State Parks!
The N2 10’6” Adventure paddle boards are our best seller to SUP rental companies, and for water lovers looking for a board that is ultra durable and ultra fun for the whole family. The ABS plastic shell of our Adventure series boards makes for a truly indestructible paddleboard. Rocks, rough shorelines, and paddle strikes are no match for this new tech in board construction. These boards are also very affordable and won’t break the bank. They also make excellent platforms for other water activities such as paddle fishing, snorkeling, SUP Yoga, and exploring what ever body of water you choose. Match the board with one of our N2 aluminum adjustable paddles and coil leash and you’re good to go for some serious fun!
Take a look at the N2 Adventure Series here. Need a fleet of private label rental paddle boards and paddles for your business? Reach out today!
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. email@example.com
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!
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-
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.
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.