Warm weather means that spring is on the way, and with spring comes the sunny Southern California summer right on its heels. And where better to be in the sunshine than out on the water, riding the waves on a brand-new kayak or paddleboard? But you need to have the best equipment to get the best experience, and recent developments in maritime equipment mean that 2015 will be one of the most exciting years on the water yet.
Some of these developments include:
- Body: Kayak bodies are constantly being refined thanks to advancements in new materials and hydrodynamic shapes. One of the most exciting developments is the NEXT, a hybrid kayak that combines the performance of a sea kayak with the load-carrying capacity of a canoe. It’s strong and durable, lightweight, and can take you on adventures almost anywhere. ($999) More info
- Paddle: Fiberglass or carbon fiber continue to be the materials of choice for high-end paddleboarders, and the adjustable models Zijie Sports offer are truly a maritime experience like no other. If you’re more of an entry-level boarder, At Paddles Oracle and Odyssey models deliver a comfortable learning experience that is still enjoyable and fun.
Stand-up paddleboards (SUP)
- Body: The only thing full of hot air about the Sea Eagle Inflatables Needlenose SUP is the board itself. Completely inflatable and totally portable, this strong and light stand-up paddleboard is fast and graceful enough that even experienced boarders are sure to be wowed by its convenience. And it comes with its own pump and paddle. ($899-$1099) More info
- Paddle: The balance between stiff and soft paddles depends greatly on the individual, but new technologies such as 27 On Kevlar ($349) and Quickblade V-Drive ($499) paddles can make paddling more efficient, regardless of choice. Being adjustable is also quite the feature, and these multi-length paddles can help virtually any size or skill of paddler feel right at home on the water.
Whether novice or experienced, recreational or competitive, sea kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding are some of the most fun activities you can do throughout Southern California. If you take advantage of these tips for new innovations in technology, you can rest assured that this sunny season of 2015 will be the most fun yet!
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