May 02, 2019

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New N2 Dealer, Paddle Board New Smyrna Beach

We are very excited that Paddleboard New Smyrna Beach has joined the N2 family!  Erik, the owner, has been in the paddle board business for a very long time and really knows his stuff. They offer a wide selection of new and used SUP boards, paddleboard accessories, and other beach type gear. Their shop is located at 175 North Causeway, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169. They are conveniently located right on the Indian River North intercostal waterway. Great paddling awaits right off there dock into the back country and mangrove lined waterways. Dolphins and all types of birds and wildlife can be seen right out back!

They also offer guided dolphin tours off SUP boards, and ATV tours through their sister business Ormond Outdoor Adventures .  So if you're in the Space Coast area of Florida, go check them out and get your outdoor fill for the day.  They are stocked up on a fleet of N2 Adventure Paddle Boards, they are super stoked on them due to their bomb proof construction for heavy rental use, and how stable and easy to paddle they are. Thanks Erik and the rest of the crew at Paddleboard New Smyrna! 

DIY Scotty Rod Holder Install on N2 11'4" Adventure SUP

Love paddle fishing? Here is a fun and easy DIY Scotty Fishing Rod Holder install into your North 2 Adventure SUP Board

Items needed:

-Scotty Rod Holder and base
-Drill with step drill bit
-Pencil and straight edge or carpenter square
-Razor blade
-Pry tool or flat head screw driver
-Two-part epoxy
-Silicone 

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. 

 

March 05, 2019

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Days are getting longer time to dust off your paddle board!

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! 

 

 

January 25, 2019

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N2 Sessions 10'..The SUP that does it all

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'

 

December 21, 2018

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New N2 Dealers And Surf District Surf Shop New Delray Location!

If you haven’t been to Surf District Surf Shop’s all new Delray Beach location…you NEED to go! It’s located in the historic circa 1895 Delray Train Depot. Recently remodeled and restored to its former glory by BSA Construction. Walking into the shop is like taking a step back in time. Surf District Surf Shop owners Jen and Mike Vancek did a bang up job keeping the charm of the historic structure, while making it a truly welcoming neighborhood surf shop. Not only do they carry skate, SUP, and surf products, including a full line of North 2 boards and paddles but they also have a unique array of men’s and women’s surf boutique clothing. They also offer N2 boards for rent, paddle board and surf lessons, and paddle tours. If you know Delray, it’s right next to Bru’s Room in downtown Delray Beach (220 NE 1st Street, Delray Beach, FL 33444).

We are also excited to announce Boca Surf & Sail is now carrying N2! Bob and Bruce are a wealth of surfing knowledge, over 30 years in business at their legendary Palm Beach County surf shop, and that’s for a reason. Stop into Boca Surf and check out their awesome shop.

Along the lines of other great South Florida Surf Shops, we are also very stoked to say that Ohana Surf Shop, Stuart FL is also now a N2 dealer. We feel honored to be apart of the Ohana family, they are some of the nicest people in the industry you’ll ever meet. So if you’re in the Hutchinson Island area, stop in and say hi!

December 19, 2018

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N2 Proud Supplier to Florida State Parks!

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!

August 29, 2018

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Like to paddle board fish? Fun DIY fishing crate project for your board!

We love fishing off our N2 boards.  The stealth and unrestrained ability to access any body and depth of water, makes your North 2 Paddle Board the ultimate fishing vessel.  I can sneak up on many gamefish on my SUP board since it's so quite moving through the water. I target species including Bass, Snook, Tarpon, Bonefish, Snapper, and a variety of Jacks. If you love to fish, and love being out on the water, try paddle fishing! 

I got with my good friend @ Will Vacha, who is also an avid paddle fisherman, and talked about a super cool DIY fishing crate he made for his 11'4" N2 Adventure Board.  He took a standard 13" X 13" milk crate as his platform to begin with. Added rod holders by drilling holes through them and affixing them to the crate with stainless steel bolts.  Simple plastic rod holders like these can be purchased fairly inexpensively at places like Walmart, Bass Pro Shops, and others. An extra step Will took was adding a hinged top using a simple square sturdy plastic cutting board. He drilled holes in the cutting board and made hinges with zip ties. So cool right?! The cover is sturdy enough that you can use it as a raised casting platform, which comes in handy for sight fishing. Adding small strips of EVA deck padding can be used as well to increase the grip surface of the cover of your crate, and keep in mind you don't need to add a top to your fishing crate, but this can come in handy for several reasons.  Lastly, rigging up a simple anchor system is a great idea, especially if you're paddle fishing in areas of wind or current.  Small kayak style anchor systems can be purchased by many retailers including the ones mentioned above. One idea to make a simple inexpensive DIY anchor is purchasing a simple flat circle weight from 5-8lbs. Now add an anchor line to it with some kind of nylon rope and carabiner clip to attach the anchor line to your board. I use either the leash string or bungee tie down cord to attach my anchor to my board.  Flat weight. Make sure you have enough rope to handle the depths of water your fishing in.

I love the N2 Adventure Boards for fishing. The bungee tie down cords on the nose of the boards and full EVA deck padding make attaching my fishing crate to the board a piece of cake, and it stays in place even in rough and choppy water.  If your board doesn't have pre-installed bungee cords, you can purchase aftermarket kits like this here. Bungee Kit. 

So try out this cool little DIY project for your Paddle Board. It's a fun useful way to increase your paddle fishing effectiveness, and super fun! See you on the water and big thanks to Will Vacha! 

June 19, 2018

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Paddle Board Fishing off your North 2 Board

Here at N2 we love all things water, including paddle board fishing. Or SUP fishing! Stand up paddleboards make an excellent choice of water craft if you want to sneak up on the fish you're after, or want to get into super shallow waters.  You don't need much to get started, and no need for gasoline or the pesky thousand dollar boat repairs! 

Grab a spinning rod with 12-20lb. test, swim bates like the paddle-tail minnow, or crank baits and go at it.  I like chasing fish on the fly so I normally go out armed with my 6 or 9 wt. fly rod, floating fly line, and about a 9' tapered leader down to a 20lb tippet.  If you're going after toothy characters like Mr. Baracuda, go for a wire tippet or 30-40lb. shock tippet.  Shock tippets on your fly leader are also a wise choice if you're hunting snook and tarpon as well around here in the salt.  I normally just grab my rod, a handful of bait fish fly imitations like clousers, extra tippet line, a plier multi took with a small knife in it, and a belt pack, and of course a water proof action camera for the shots so you can impress all your Insta followers! 

 I like to use THE PADDLE CLIP to hold my rod at my hip while I'm paddling around searching for fish, or going from spot to spot.  I find it works perfect for my fly rod, and I'm sure a spinning reel would work with it as well.  You don't need much to get out on your SUP and do some fishing.  I also find the trolling method to be fun and effective as well.  I simpley attach my fly rod to my hip, let out about 15 yards of fly line and leader with about a 3" clouser minnow fly at the end and get to paddling! I keep up a descent paddle cadence when troll fishing off my paddle board, and every now and again I get a nice tug on the line.  At that point I stop paddling, get to my knees and play the fish to the board. Rinse and repeat! 

So if you're looking to add something fun to your paddling, try paddle-fishing.  Our N2 ADVENTURE SUP BOARDS do awesome as paddle board fishing boards.

See you on the water! 

Key West Paddle Classic 2018

What another great time at the 2018 Key West Paddle Classic.  Forecast before race day was calling for relatively light winds out of the NW at only 5-10 mph, but come race day that wasn't the case to say the least! Super strong sustained N winds from 15-22 mph pushed serious chop and force against the paddlers making the grueling 12 mile course around the historic island no easy task. 

N2 team racers Ryan Pena, Will Vacha, and Conrad Charles entered the race using custom 11'2" N2 Sessions boards.  These boards proved to work great in the chop and wind, letting the racers cut through the chop waves, and balance better in the relentless wind and swirly water.  Will took home first place and Ryan 2nd in the overall standings for recreation class, and Conrad not far behind taking 5th.  Will and Ryan both finished just shy of 3 hrs. 

After the race TEAM N2 got to enjoy Duval street and the sights and sounds of beautiful Key West, not to mention the delicious Caribbean Rum! We also got to get out and use the new Adventure SUP boards doing a little paddle-fishing on the amazing flats that surround the lower keys.  We hooked up with a few snapper, jacks, and cudas while gliding over the pristine crystal clear water.  What an amazing trip, we will be back for our 5th consecutive year next year and we can't wait! 

Big thanks again for Lazy Dog Key West for putting on another amazing paddle event in the most picture perfect place to hold a distance paddle race, Key West Florida! Who ever is thinking of pushing themselves to the physical limit, give this one a try next year! ;) 

April 21, 2018

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N2 proud supplier to FAU

We are stoked to become a proud water sports equipment supplier to local University FAU, Boca Raton, FL.  FAU's Campus Recreation Department was thrilled at how ultra durable and stable the new Adventure Series SUP boards are. FAU continues to go above and beyond for their students, making their lives so much more filled with heathy ways to enjoy our beautiful Florida environment through their Campus Recreation Department.  

They offer outdoor equipment rentals to include camping, surfing, and stand up paddle boarding to their students.  They plan and host day trips to amazing locations all around Florida.  So if you're thinking about going to FAU, or our a current student, get on over to Campus Rec. and use one of these awesome new N2 Adventure paddle boards!