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Here are a few ways we do things in Hood River, Oregon, on the Columbia River, in the Gorge.

What's safe? What's legal? And what PFD is best for you? From life jackets, to life belts and beyond, TJ pulls some air canister tabs in this video to reveal your ultimate flotation device for SUPing. Find more here.


There are perils to packing an inflatable. Namely, that rolling it up damages it. Here's a 90-second tip to save your SUP, and make stowing it easy. Find more here.


Take a 17' paddle board, load it with five paddlers and send them on an eight mile downwind run. Here's the footage. And yes, you can rent this jumbo board for $40 per hour no matter your group's size. Paddles and PFDs included. Call 541-386-6086.


Rail saver tape keeps boards looking new, but there are tricks to putting it on. TJ and Jonathan show the way, drawing on lessons learned from applying rail saver to hundreds of rentals boards.


Go paddling. Go windsurfing. And do both with a board that fits in a backpack. The Naish Crossover Air inflates in minutes, and offers a stiff, stable foundation for SUPing and sailing. Shown here is the 11' Crossover Air model and the 4.7 Chinook Powerglide rig. Get both for a great price on our product page.


Shoulder injuries in SUPing are common, but avoidable. Steve Gates shows how the right paddle length, blade size and shaft stiffness can prevent injury, and get you paddling farther, faster and happier.


Big Winds sells a variety of tie down straps for loading your SUP onto your car/truck rack securely. T.J. runs through a few of these options, including the FCS Tie Down Straps, FCS Premium Lock Down Bungee, NSI Garb Straps, and FCS Tail Gate Pad/Strap.


Steve and TJ walk you through how to choose a SUP Wave Board.


Two identical boards on paper are not identical on the water. TJ Gulizia reveals what to look for when choosing a wave SUP, and why there's more to it than you might think.

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