Circle One 10.5ft (2015) all round SUP review vid

Tez Plavenieks:

Bit of fun in the sun…even warm enough in boardies (for me!).

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The last few days at SUP Mag UK test HQ have been glorious with plenty of early season sunshine. A few wavelets were lapping across the SUPer bank a few days ago so our ed decided to head out on Circle One’s 2015 10.5ft all round stand up paddle board. While not the most extreme conditions, what was on offer proved perfect for testing the 10.5ft and super fun. You can see from the footage that even a ripple will drive this baby forwards and it just keeps on gliding – with minimal paddling effort.

Catch the full write up in the next issue of SUP Mag UK…stay tuned.

You can check out more Circle One SUP gear here – www.circle-one.co.uk/products/paddleboards/

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Testing times – the importance of stand up paddle board tests and reviews

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As editor of SUP Mag UK one of my roles is testing the many bits of gear that come our way. I often get asked why test kit?

Tez Plavenieks testing BIC's 10ft Air stand up paddle booard for SUP Mag UK

When I first got hooked on SUP there was hardly any info knocking about regarding equipment. Tit bits tended to pop up in various places online – mainly via the American mags – and every now and again you’d spot a fellow paddler, at some UK put in, who would be using a unique bit of kit (or at least something you hadn’t seen before). A chat would usually ensue about the product in question resulting in a bit more info for the knowledge bank – this was back in 06/07.

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Durability, stability and affordability – Neptune 12ft Race/Tourer review

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Neptune SUPs 12ft Race/Tourer is a distinct looking beast with its slightly upturned nose – something that goes against current race/touring board thinking. As usual the bamboo veneer finish is distinctive of the brand and gives a uniquely identifiable trait.

Neptune SUPs 12.6ft Race/Tourer SUP Mag UK review

While not the lightest stick it’s pretty easy to transport to the put in. During the testing conditions were absolutely brass monkeys and the last thing we wanted was a dunking! Fortunately the 12ft’s stability is such that this wouldn’t be happening. Staying true to the touring/race hybrid concept the Neptune will keep all but the most clumsy footed rider from falling seaward. A composed nature permeates through every session and makes for a relaxing ride. This isn’t to say paddlers can’t step it up – on the contrary moderate downwinders are super fun. The pronounced nose rides high of rollers and stops any unwanted ‘slamming’ into the back of swells.

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Pretty in pink – Fatstick Pink Panther 10ft review

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Fatstick’s Pink Panther 10ft may not be to everyone’s taste – the name (recently changed from Hunk Magnet) and pink flowery design maybe put some of you more masculine paddlers off. And yet, this would mean missing out on what’s actually a super fun shape to ride. It’s pretty obvious which gender Fatstick are marketing this particular stick towards but there’s no reason all comers shouldn’t get involved – just depends on how Metro-sexual you Alpha Males are feeling…

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Poseidon 12.6ft all round SUP review

Tez Plavenieks:

My latest review of Poseidon’s 12.6ft Allround stand up paddle board for SUP Mag UK

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Miles of glide

Another new kid on the block, Poseidon SUP are UK based and produce cost-effective stand up paddle boards for those not wanting to break the bank. Their 12.6ft all rounder is designed for general recreational paddling, small waves and messing about at the beach.

SUP Mag UK Poseidon 12.6ft Allround SUP deck

The 12.6ft isn’t the lightest of boards but it should be noted that the construction is pretty bombproof, ensuring little knocks and scrapes are brushed off fairly easily. The red and white paint job, with bamboo veneer poking through, makes for an easy on the eye product. Plastic fins (that you’ll probably want to swap out in time) complete the look.

Heading off, it’s a very composed and sedate ride across flat water. Even with coastal chop bombarding the 12.6ft there’s plenty of stability and beginners or early intermediates will appreciate its non-threatening personality.

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EXCLUSIVE! JP Australia Slate 7.2ft first look

Tez Plavenieks:

Check out SUP Mag UK’s exclusive first look Slate 7.2ft review from Matt Barker-Smith at teh SUP Hut/SUP Gower.

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Slating my ride – JP Slate 7.2ft (91L) x 26” first look review

Current British Men’s Open stand up paddle surfing champ (and owner of The SUP Hut) Matt Barker-Smith gives us a first look review lowdown of JP Australia’s new Slate stand up paddle surfing 7.2ft stick. Over to Matt:

JP Australia Slate 7.2ft

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SUP Mag UK March 2015 issue 4 now out!

SUP Mag UK March 2015 issue 4 is now live. Check it out for oodles of UK stand up paddle boarding goodness – get some!

Stand UP Paddle Board Mag UK March 2015 Cover

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