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THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY OF STAND UP PADDLE BOARD RENTAL COMPANIES

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Now that the weather is getting nicer and every one is heading to the beach, it is a great time to start paddle boarding. For a lot of you, this may be your first time on a stand up paddle board.

There are hundred’s if not hundred’s of thousands of paddle board rental companies, a lot of them are great, a lot of them are good but some are bad and a few are ugly (they follow completely unsafe practices). We would like to give our top five points to look for, when getting on the water for the first time. These 5 tips could save you or someone else’s life.

1. Make sure you are given a life-jacket/whistle and a leash along with your board and paddle. There should always be a proper leash attached to your board for you to attach to your ankle, calf or waist depending on the waterway you are paddling on. If the rental company does not automatically provide a leash with your board, look for a different one. The proper leash is going to keep you attached to the board so when you fall off, the board will be waiting for you. Also, according to the Coast Guard, if you are outside of the swim zone, you must have a life-jacket and whistle on board. If the board company does not provide leashes, life-jackets and whistles, please look for a different board company.

2. The board company should always be willing to get on a board and paddle with you for several minutes to make sure you are doing everything correctly. They should teach you how to stand, properly paddle, fall safely and get back on your board. If they are not willing to get wet with you, please rent from a different board company.

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3. The board company should be able to give you proper directions as of to where to paddle and any possible dangers in the water. If they are unable to do that, rent from a different board company.

4. Never be put in a highly populated swim area and/or waterway. Even if you are wearing a leash, if you fall off, your board can still hit and seriously injure a nearby swimmer. If the board company is not willing to teach you at a slow traffic location in terms of boats and swimmers, find another board company to rent from.

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5. If you are a beginner do not rent when the wind is blowing more that 12 miles an hour and especially if it is blowing off shore. Always ask the board company to take you to a safer location to paddle. If they won’t, rent from a different board company that will.

Stand up paddling is a very safe and fun sport as long as a few rules are followed. We look forward to seeing you on the water wherever that waterway might be. Happy paddling!!

The Yoga Energy Studio                    The SUP Guide & Adventure Store
1010 Central Ave #102, St Pete, FL     15221 Gulf Blvd, Madeira Beach, FL

(727) 466-7994
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THE SEA-GRASS ROOTS OF THE SUP GUIDE & ADVENTURE STORE

FULL MOON PADDLE

In 2006 we saw and tried our first stand up paddle board and immediately fell in love with it. We started looking locally for boards to purchase. We went to every surf shop in the area but no one carried stand up paddle boards. Most of them called it a useless fad and did not want to invest in them. In fact, one store tried to sell us 12′ long surfboards instead. So we had to special order our boards from out of state. When we were out paddling them, people were asking us where in California we were from since they had never seen anything like this before. We then started using them leading our Kayoga trips. Every one who came along on these trips got to try them and ended up wanting their own.

So, we bit the bullet and bought 8 hybrid boards (stand up paddle boards/kayaks) from Imagine Surf and started replacing our fleet of kayaks with hybrids. This led us to doing more guided trips using the paddle boards. It was just organic to start practicing yoga on these boards. At about the same time we created the first SUP Club in the area, the Stand Up Paddle Tampa Bay Club.

Even though we were teaching stand up paddle boarding and stand up paddle/yoga we were still not involved in the sales of paddle boards. As we continued introducing more and more people to stand up paddle boarding, they would fall in love with it, purchase a board from a retail store that no longer saw sup’ing as a fad and often ended up with the “wrong” board for them. This is the reason we decided to start carrying boards for sale.

SUP & YOGA CERT

Just like yoga, all paddle boards are good but “some are better for others”. It all depends on the person’s wants and needs. We want to make sure that you stay enjoying stand up paddling for many years to come and that you incorporate it in your every day life. We want you to purchase the board that is right for your lifestyle.

We have a large inventory of stand up paddle boards and accessories from the best brands in the industry. We continuously do our homework, we test paddle every board we sell, we are not inside being a sales rep, we are on the water learning, evaluating and rating these boards to bring you the board that’s the best match for you. We offer several options, try before you buy, rent to own and layaway. We do accept trade-ins except for racing boards.

The SUP Guide & Adventure Store’s primary goal is to introduce and educate people on how to get on the water and stand up paddle safely. We are primarily a SUP GUIDE and outfitter location. We paddle almost every day, we have no sales pitch, only great advice on paddling! We pour our time and energy into the water and stand up paddling.

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For us, this is a lot more than a business, it is a lifestyle.

We offer:

  • Intro to SUP
  • Guided SUP Trips
  • Endurance Paddles
  • Overnight Camping SUP Expeditions
     

  • SUP Rentals
  • SUP Sales
  • SUP Clinics
  • SUP Nutrition Courses
     

  • SUP Repairs
  • SUP Detailing
     

  • SUP & Yoga Classes
  • SUP & Fitness Classes
  • SUP Meditation Classes
     

  • SUP Guide Instructor Certifications
  • SUP & Yoga Therapy Instructor Certifications
  • SUPSTRONGTM Instructor Certifications
  • The Yoga Energy Studio                    The SUP Guide & Adventure Store
    1010 Central Ave #102, St Pete, FL     15221 Gulf Blvd, Madeira Beach, FL

    (727) 466-7994
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    INFLATABLE SUP’s – WHAT ARE THEY GOOD FOR? ABSOLUTELY A LOT!

    Here at our Stand Up Paddle Store we receive a lot of questions regarding boards and gear. This is a question that we are often asked that we would like to address: “Why should I buy an inflatable paddle board?”

    There are many good reasons and here are a few:

    1. Inflatable paddle boards are great for people with storage/space issues, such as apartments or boats. When deflated they become very compact.

    2. Inflatable paddle boards are great for people who travel a lot. They even fit in the airplanes’s overhead compartment. With a Sawyer 3-piece paddle, you can get away with carry-on.

    3. Inflatable paddle boards are great for kids. They are lightweight, easy to maneuver, they have some cushion to absorb falls on the deck and they are very hard to damage.

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    4. Inflatable paddle boards are great for beginner paddlers. Due to the cushioned deck absorbing falls well, they take away the very first instinctive fear of falling allowing the paddler to focus on the paddling technique.

    5. Inflatable paddle boards are very durable. The surface materials used are the same high-strength materials used in white water rafts, so they can take a beating without damage or puncture. This is in contrast to a typical epoxy board that can ding and dent very easily if dropped on the rocks or just through everyday use.

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    When looking for an inflatable paddle board though there are a few key points to consider:

    – You want to make sure that the board is strong enough to support the paddler without adopting the
        “banana”-like shape in the middle.
    – The board should not need extra reinforcement on the rails.
    – The fill valve should be of the highest quality so you do not continuously have to refill the board.

    There are many paddle board companies making inflatable boards these days but you want to look for a company who has long-term history hence experience in creating inflatable water vessels.

    Yoga Energy Studio             The SUP Store
    1010 Central Ave #102          15221 Gulf Blvd
              St Petersburg, FL 33705   Madeira Beach, FL 33708

    (727) 466-7994
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    FALLING & BOARD WALKING STAND UP PADDLE TRAINING

    stand_up_paddle_board training Become comfortable on your board, standing, moving, falling and quickly recovering!

    - If you don’t know whether paddle boarding is right for you this course is for you.
    - If you are new to paddle boarding this course is for you.
    - If you know how to paddle and want to be more comfortable on your board this course is for you.
    - If you want to get ready for a safer summer of paddle boarding this course is for you.

    Learn proper falling techniques and recovery.
    Learn and practice fun and easy drills to become more stable on your board.

    No prior paddling experience required. Must be able to swim.

    Join us on Saturday, April 6th at 1:00pm-3:00pm at The SUP Store, 15221 Gulf Blvd on Madeira Beach.

    You must reserve your spot by paying online using the “Buy Now” Paypal Button below or calling Karen at (727) 466-7994.

    The cost is $20. All gear is included. Bring towels, sunscreen, water, a change of clothes and a great attitude!

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    1010 Central Ave #102          15221 Gulf Blvd
              St Petersburg, FL 33705   Madeira Beach, FL 33708

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    THE MOST VERSATILE RENTAL PADDLE BOARDS EVER

    Nrs_big_earl_inflatable_standuppaddleboard The SUP Store now offers inflatable stand up paddle boards for multi-day rentals.

    Are you a paddler here on vacation and want to get out on the water in Pinella’s county but could not bring your board with you?

    Are you going on vacation and want to be able to paddle any time any where?

    We now offer high end inflatable stand up paddle boards from NRS, JP-Australia, Rogue and Imagine Surf.

    - They don’t require racks.
    - They can fit in all elevators.
    - They can be easily stored in a hotel room.
    - They inflate in less than 10 minutes.
    - They only weigh 24lbs.

    Each board comes with: fin, paddle, life jacket, whistle, leash, pump and a backpack. You will also receive a list of the top 13 paddle locations in the Tampa Bay area.

    Rent your board today and make the most of your vacation. The board is available inflated or deflated. Delivery and pick up are also available.

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    Yoga Energy Studio             The SUP Store
    1010 Central Ave #102          15221 Gulf Blvd
              St Petersburg, FL 33705   Madeira Beach, FL 33708

    (727) 466-7994
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    How To Use WordPress (Blog/Website Tool) To Grow Your SUP Business

    images Sunday, February 3rd 1:00pm – 3:00pm (FULL)

    Join The SUP Store and The Yoga Energy Studio on Saturday, February 3rd at 1:00pm for a 2-hour course on how to best market your SUP business.

    We will explore WordPress, a very powerful online content management tool. Please bring your laptop and your smart-phone.

    The seminar will be held at the Yoga Energy Studio, located at 1010 Central Ave #102 in St Petersburg, FL.

    Globe Icon: WordPress Space is limited to 10 people. Please reserve your space online using the Paypal “Donate” Button below or calling Karen at (727) 466-7994.

    The cost is $35.00; $30.00 if you have a Yoga Energy Studio or PSIA membership.

    Advanced registration and payment are required. Registrations are on a first come first serve basis.

    There are no refunds, partial refunds or cancellations once reservation is made.


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    Yoga Energy Studio             The SUP Store
    1010 Central Ave #102          15221 Gulf Blvd
              St Petersburg, FL 33705   Madeira Beach, FL 33708

    (727) 466-7994
    yogaenergystudio@yahoo.com

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    How To Use Social Media To Grow Your SUP Business

    pinterest Saturday, February 2nd 1:00pm – 3:00pm (FULL)

    Join The SUP Store and The Yoga Energy Studio on Saturday, February 2nd at 1:00pm for a 2-hour course on how to best market your SUP business.

    We will explore Pinterest and Instagram, two very powerful Social Media Tools. Please bring your laptop and your smart-phone.

    The seminar will be held at the Yoga Energy Studio, located at 1010 Central Ave #102 in St Petersburg, FL.

    Instagram Space is limited to 10 people. Please reserve your space online using the Paypal “Donate” Button below or calling Karen at (727) 466-7994.

    The cost is $35.00; $30.00 if you have a Yoga Energy Studio or PSIA membership.

    Advanced registration and payment are required. Registrations are on a first come first serve basis.

    There are no refunds, partial refunds or cancellations once reservation is made.


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    Yoga Energy Studio             The SUP Store
    1010 Central Ave #102          15221 Gulf Blvd
              St Petersburg, FL 33705   Madeira Beach, FL 33708

    (727) 466-7994
    yogaenergystudio@yahoo.com

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    SAWYER SAYS “YOU DESERVE A GOOD PADDLE”!

    All three of these paddles and more are available at The SUP Store!

    flex tour sup paddle sawyer Flex Tour SUP Paddle by Sawyer

    Great feel for touring and strong enough for surf and whitewater river running.

    Very forgiving feel compared to stiff carbon fiber shafts and blades, relieving stress on wrists and shoulders. Nice spring and energy with each stroke. Great all around SUP paddle.

    Features:
    - Carbon Fiber X-Weave reinforced laminated Douglas fir shaft
    - Oval shaft for a great feel and indexing
    - Easy 7° bent shaft.

    Team Sawyer Race (TSR) SUP Paddle Team Sawyer Race (TSR) SUP Paddle

    Full blown carbon fiber racing paddle with a wood core blade. New oval carbon fiber shaft that is tapered for flex and feel and indexes to your hand. A modern racing blade in carbon fiber or laminated Western Red Cedar. Get those high cadence strokes ready for this beauty!

    Features:
    - Carbon fiber race SUP paddle
    - Oval shaft for a great feel and indexing
    - Easy 7° bent shaft
    - Carbon fiber blade
     
     
    Sawyer 3-piece MANA break-down SUP paddle SAWYER 3-PIECE MANA Break-Down SUP Paddle

    The ultimate travel SUP paddle.

    Laminated blades reinforced with carbon fiber, it includes a TiteSet tool and nylon carrying bag.

    Available in 4 profiles.

     

    Yoga Energy Studio             The SUP Store
    1010 Central Ave #102          15221 Gulf Blvd
              St Petersburg, FL 33705   Madeira Beach, FL 33708

    (727) 466-7994
    yogaenergystudio@yahoo.com

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    ROGUESUP TROPICAL – A COLLECTOR’S ITEM

    ROGUESUP TROPICAL

    ROGUESUP TROPICAL – WE GOT THE ONLY 10′ LEFT IN THE WAREHOUSE! THE 2012 “ALL-WATER” TROPICAL is now a collector’s item available only at The SUP Store. The most versatile SUP board in the industry.

    Rogue SUP “All-Waters” are designed and shaped to paddle gracefully in flat water and perform equally well in surf up to head high.

    Proprietary construction makes Rogue 10% lighter than the competition without making any sacrifices. Shaped with a slight concave in the nose blending to a double barrel concave in the tail allows the water to enter and exit the board efficiently while maintaining maximum stability.

    This board comes with a deck pad, handle, F.R.O. fin and a maintenance free pressure vent. It is available in three sizes:

    10′x30″x4.25″ – 153L – Only one 10′ left!
    Supports experience level:
    Novice up to 150 lbs
    Intermediate up to 190 lbs
    Advanced over 225 lbs

    11′x29″x4.31″ – 171L – SOLD OUT
    Supports experience level:
    Novice up to 190 lbs
    Intermediate up to 225 lbs

    12′x30″x4.5″ – 205L – Only a couple left, can be special ordered
    Supports experience level:
    Novice up to 245 lbs

    Yoga Energy Studio             The SUP Store
    1010 Central Ave #102          15221 Gulf Blvd
              St Petersburg, FL 33705   Madeira Beach, FL 33708

    (727) 466-7994
    yogaenergystudio@yahoo.com

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    ROGUESUP VIXEN – IT’S A HEART BREAKER

    Roguesup Vixen

    ROGUESUP GIVES YOU VIXEN – AND THOUGH SHE BE BUT SEXY SHE IS FIERCE! THE 2013 “ALL-WATER” VIXEN is now available only at The SUP Store. The most versatile SUP board in the industry.

    Rogue SUP “All-Waters” are designed and shaped to paddle gracefully in flat water and perform equally well in surf up to head high.

    Proprietary construction makes Rogue 10% lighter than the competition without making any sacrifices. Shaped with a slight concave in the nose blending to a double barrel concave in the tail allows the water to enter and exit the board efficiently while maintaining maximum stability.

    This board comes with a deck pad, handle, F.R.O. fin and a maintenance free pressure vent. It is available in three sizes:

    10′x30″x4.25″ – 153L
    Supports experience level:
    Novice up to 150 lbs
    Intermediate up to 190 lbs
    Advanced over 225 lbs

    11′x29″x4.31″ – 171L
    Supports experience level:
    Novice up to 190 lbs
    Intermediate up to 225 lbs

    12′x30″x4.5″ – 205L
    Supports experience level:
    Novice up to 245 lbs

    Yoga Energy Studio             The SUP Store
    1010 Central Ave #102          15221 Gulf Blvd
              St Petersburg, FL 33705   Madeira Beach, FL 33708

    (727) 466-7994
    yogaenergystudio@yahoo.com

        Follow @supandyogaenergy
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