June 19, 2015

SUPtastic Event in Manteo

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With the Kitty Hawk Kites SUPtastic race in tomorrow morning, the fun and adventure of Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boarding comes to the fore. Sponsored by BIC Sport, the event is as much about having some fun on the water as it is competing, according to Galen Pederson, Water Equipment Buyer for Kitty Hawk Kites.

The event is also a great chance for anyone who wants to know more about the sport to see for themselves what it’s all about. There will be demos and a chance to try one of the BIC boards that are in the rental program for free.

With a huge rental inventory, SUP lessons and tours, Kitty Hawk Kites has become the leader on the Outer Banks in teaching people the sport.

Based on the traditional surf board in design, an is typically longer, wider and more buoyant. There are also some emerging trends in product development.

Because buoyancy is at the heart of what differentiates a from a surf board, manufacturers have been developing inflatable SUPs and the reviews consistently show the inflatables perform as well as the hard shell boards in most conditions.

“Inflatables are coming on strong,” Galen said.

The hard shell boards still own an advantage in racing and big surf conditions; however, since most people use SUPs for recreational use, the inflatables may be something to think about.

There are five more Kitty Hawk Kites BIC SUP scheduled for the summer, so there’s plenty of opportunity to get out on the water.

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BIC One Design Series | Whalebone-Aug 6, 2015

BIC SUP One Design Series | Sanderling Resort in Duck-Aug 20, 2015

BIC SUP One Design | Final Event in Manteo-Sep 6, 2015

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