Originally published in the Summer + Fall 2018 issue.
Hala Asana – 10’6” x 34” x 6” $1199 (paddle, pump, bag, 3yr warranty)
This is the most versatile board I tested. It is very stable and has rocker and a raised stomp pad making it easy to flow into an expedition or whitewater adventure. The center handle made it easy to carry and did not get in the way during activities like I thought it might. The Hala Asana has a three-point rigging system on the nose and has seven total rigging points making it easy to grab water in downdog and tie the board off to almost anything.
SOL Shiva– 10’ x 36” x 6” $1099 (paddle, pump, bag, 3yr warranty)
The SOL Shiva is the best board for yoga that I tested. You can really feel the extra two inches of width in the stability of the board when practicing, and I liked that there was center handle under my back. I couldn’t figure out the specialized carrying strap, so it made it a little tough to carry the board to the water. The single center fin with the quick fin release system made this wide board easy to maneuver when making a surf turn and is great for quick fin removal.
Red Paddle Co. Activ MSL– 10’8” x 34” x 5.9” $1399 (titan pump, bag, water resistant phone case, 2yr warranty)
The Red Paddle Co Activ is a great board for flat water. It had a really nice deck pad with a center line for body positioning. The Titan Pump that comes with Red Paddle Co. boards has a dual cylinder, so inflating the boards was less strenuous. The carrying handles have been moved to the sides keeping them out of the way during activities, but it made carrying difficult. Overall another great board for a fun and active day on the water.
Chums Downriver Rolltop Bag – $59
Perfect for your next SUP adventure or class on your board. Store your phone or camera for those awesome shots. Our keep your supplies and snacks for the extended day on the river.
Astral Airbelt – $119.95
Great PFD for calm water and your next class. The elegant design keeps it out of the way and satisfies the rules of most lakes.
Body Glide Sunscreen Balm – $9.99
Stores perfectly in your Downriver Rolltop Bag or pocket keeping you protected in the sun as well as rubbing that causes chafing and raw skin.
Beyond Coastal Coconut Lip Balm – $2.99
Sun Protection and Hydration in an awesome flavor. If coconut is not your jam they have some other flavorful varieties
Astral Loyak – $85
SUP to the streets with this self-draining shoe with style. Fashion and function with the Flex-Grip™ outsole for balance and grip.
Vibram V-Aqua – $90
That barefoot feel with lots of grip while protecting your feet. You can do yoga in these and still walk on rocks.