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.