As the popularity of SUP (Stand Up Paddling) continues to grow in the US and worldwide, so has the demand for ISUPs (Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards). For those seeking the convenience of a SUP board that can deflate and fit in a duffel bag and be taken on almost any style of SUP paddling trip, the ISUP has really been a big hit for us all.
To SUP you obviously need a paddle to accompany you. In the past 3 years, I have been traveling with ISUPs on airplanes to avoid major baggage fees associated with full sized hard boards and so I could have a super durable and fool proof mode to SUP while on vacation. With my board in a bag, I have always packed a one piece SUP paddle, which I put in a ski bag along with some other essential beach gear. It has been hit or miss with airlines and airports as to whether of not I would be dinged with a “service charge” for my longer paddles.
2 or 3 piece SUP paddles have always crossed my mind to purchase for travel, but I never pulled the trigger. There are some really nice 2 and 3 piece paddle option out there, but they are more expensive and with multiple junction points you are going to have a little “play” in the shaft. Some ferrules (attachment areas) are worse than others but some very high end 3 pc. paddles, you would never know they are not a 1 piece paddle. It is hard for some to justify paying that much for a paddle that will be used only while on vacation.
Speaking of travel, I was coming home from a trade show and came across an ad in a SUP magazine that showcased a 3 pc. Paddle from Cannon Paddles. The ad caught my attention because CKS has already been selling the Cannon 2 pc. Adjustable SUP paddle for about a year now and it is our # 2 seller year to date. Paddlers love the 2 pc. Adjustable SUP paddle for a few good reasons. Firstly it is entry level paddle that is built so much better and is lighter than others in the same price range.
And it has 8 inches of adjustability in the height of the shaft, meaning you can adjust the height of the paddle from 74-82” which covers about 80 % off the paddlers out there.
CKS decided to bring in the Cannon 3 pc. Adjustable SUP paddle for our customers, primarily as a secondary travel paddle. I was planning another trip out of the country and wanted to bring 2 ISUPs for the family to play on.
So I got 2 of the Cannon 3 pc. paddles and packed them in the same bag as the ISUPs. Since most every airline has a 50 lb limit per bag, you can easily get a ISUP, a 3 Pc Cannon , a pump and another 10 lbs of beach gear. They all fit easily in one bag which made travel a synch.
Well, we made it to our destination. The paddles click right together, and we were out in the water in a matter of minutes. They are holding up great, are paddling well and seem to travel well too. There are 6 of us sharing the 2 set ups. SUP travel life is good.
I am excited that our customers now have a great and affordable 3 pc SUP option to get them to their destination and having fun while paddling STANDIN UP. Enjoy.