Stand-Up Paddleboarding has grown immensely in popularity over the last few years, and for good reason. Standing above the water's surface while quietly gliding across is one of the most peaceful ways to spend a summer afternoon. The best thing about paddleboarding is the full range of activities to do besides simply paddling. Some paddleboards are sleek and fast while others are wider and more stable, perfect for SUP yoga. There are paddleboards that are made specifically for fishing, with attachment ports for rods and a cooler. Our top SUP brand, BOTE, makes individual paddleboards that cater to each of these fun summer activities. Read on to learn more about why we love this innovative brand!
Lowrider - Paddle Farther and Faster
Ready to do it all! This paddleboard is perfect for sightseeing, fast enough to travel great distances, and stable when out on choppy water. The Lowrider offers a perfect middle-ground between racing boards and recreational boards. Racing boards have what is called a "full-displacement nose," meaning the nose of the board is shaped like a kayak bow--great for cutting through the water with speed and sport-like precision. This board has a hybrid-displacement nose, meaning that while the nose does drop down to cut through chop, it then flares out into a smoother underside to add stability. Take your valuables along for the ride with the built-in stash pod, a watertight compartment with a screw-on lid that doubles as a cup holder or a safe place for your keys. The bow of the board has elastic storage straps and tie-down inserts to strap down a cooler or lifevest. This board comes in three styles: classic, with a wood inlay; chainmail, with a super-light carbon/innegra weave; and native, offering each model a unique, colorful design all its own.
Axiom - Stretch out and Relax
Yoga is already well-known to be one of the most relaxing activities there is; now imagine doing yoga on a cool summer evening with a view of calm, glassy water all around you. Doing yoga on a paddleboard will help to correct your form, as the board begins to tip if your positioning isn't adequately balanced. The added challenge brings your focus back to your center of gravity. The full deck pad is as smooth as a yoga mat, offering maximum comfort for every position. The Axiom includes a paddle holder on the side of the board, so you don't have to worry about your paddle rolling off when you aren't using it. The Axiom is available in two sizes, 12' or 10.5', with a stash pod to hold your water bottle or I-Phone.
HD - Catch More Fish, Have More Fun
There are many advantages to fishing from a paddleboard--you can launch from anywhere, paddle into shallow water, and see directly down into the water below you. At 32" wide (for the 12' board) and with many attachment ports, the HD is the perfect board for paddleboard fishing. It has ports to install a Tackle Rac, which allows you to carry your tackle box and fishing poles with ease. The rack has pegs that can hold your bag and several attachment points for countless other accessories, such as a GoPro. A multi-textured deck pad offers extra grip underfoot for when you are switching positions on the board. The HD was the first board to incorporate the hybrid-displacement nose described above, earning its abbreviated name. However, the dropped nose tapers into a flat surface much sooner than the nose of the Lowrider, further enhancing the board's stability. The HD comes in 10.5' or 12' and is available in the native, classic, or chainmail style. It has a stash pod, elastic storage straps on the bow and stern, and tie-down inserts for attaching a cooler.
A Yeti cooler can easily be strapped to the board using the tie-down inserts, and the straps can be tied to the Tackle Rac for extra reinforcement.
Drift - Travel with Your Board
BOTE has created an innovative inflatable board that you can take anywhere! The Drift comes with a paddle, a pump, and a dry bag that can be worn as a backpack. The board inflates in 5-7 minutes and deflates in only 30 seconds! Once it is inflated, it can hold up to 350 pounds, the same weight allowance as the HD 12. It has tie-down inserts, elastic storage straps on the tip and tail, and the ability to add the Tackle Rac. The Drift is made with Military Grade PVC, making it virtually indestructible. No matter what the adventure, the Drift will be right there with you.