The “New Kid in Town”

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Meet the new addition to the Lake Effect Outfitters’ fleet of rental/demo SUPs: The Naish Javelin 14

The Glide 14’0” Javelin is designed for maximum speed in flatwater. It incorporates a low rocker displacement bow shape with soft-rounded rails to produce the most efficient ratio of paddle power to board glide. Unlike the Glide 14’0”, which is primarily designed for open-ocean paddling where speed can be generated by gliding on swells, the Glide 14’0” Javelin is focused on flatwater speed. The Javelin’s slender displacement hull shape, coupled with its soft rails, create an extremely efficient water line. At 26-1/8” wide, it is still stable enough for average paddlers, yet provides the sleek streamlined properties that make it a race winner for the advanced paddler. The Javelin slices through chop and provides outstanding acceleration and speed with minimal effort. It is the perfect board for long distance flatwater cruising, fitness training and racing.

Come take it for a test ride!

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14’0” x 26 1/8” x 5 ¾”, 284L
Construction: Carbon
Fin Set-up: Single

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Good Morning SUP…

Get up early, eat a wholesome breakfast then hit the lake as the fog is lifting. This ambitious couple rented a Naish and did just that! No better time to paddle then the AM hours: no speed boat noise, no crowds… just peace and calm. You should try it too.

Get off the couch; Stand Up & Paddle!

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Happy Couple; Happy Day

Matt & Lindi heading off on their first SUP adventure. Love & SUP go hand in hand; you just have to leave room for the paddle…

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Joe Knows SUP

Joe rented a Naish Nalu and paddled round-trip from Ferry Beach to Round Lake. “I’m buying one of these boards ASAP!”

Well, Joe, we are happy to oblige…

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Happy Independence Day

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“I love this sport!” said this happy SUP’er. “it was the perfect way to spend Independence Day; being independent. Free of all concerns other than perfecting my C-Stroke.” 😉

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Lake Lineup

My daughter, waiting for a wave. Her very first lineup… “When I grow up I want to be a Naish Team Rider!”

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Slacking

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Forgo the gym with its recurring membership fees, bad smells and sweaty, muscle bound regulars; start slacking! That’s the hip jargon for Slacklining.

What’s slacklining? That’s exactly what I wondered while reading an Outside Magazine interview of Sally Jewel, CEO of outdoor retail giant REI. In the interview Jewel was quoted saying that “what our customers need are ‘gee whiz’ products to take their minds off the recession”. I’d sure like to take my mind off the economy, I thought. So I read on. The two “gee whiz” products she mentioned were paddleboards and slacklines. Shazam! I thought, “I’m halfway to forgetting…”. I already had the paddleboard half covered, I just had to figure out what “slacklining” was.

Google gave me the answer: nylon webbing slung between two trees (or two cliffs for the adrenally insane) that you balance and walk on. It’s akin to tightrope walking yet more of a cousin than a brother. As the names imply one is tight and the other slack. Because the webbing is slack the proficient “slacker” can do some pretty amazing stunts while transiting the slackline. I learned this by visiting YouTube. Wow! Back flips, front flips, helicopters… I was amazed, inspired and perhaps a smidge concerned for my future wellbeing.

I threw caution on the ground and stomped on it like a child atop a puddle. I could not let fear of fractures, lacerations or impalement derail my intent. I ordered my slackline that same day and opted for 2nd day delivery, remembering that I was still trying to forget the recession!

When my FreeFlow slackline kit arrived I quickly liberated it from it’s cardboard coffin. “Cool!” And off I went to set it up as I had learned by watching FreeFlow’s instructional YouTube video–repetatly.

I did not do any backflips. Nor front. I could hardly stand up on the contraption. My knees wobbled like an out-of-balance laundry load. This would take perseverance. I have an abundance so how arduous could it be?

Not that hard at all, really, once you get past the knee-knocking inception. Within days I was crossing the line. By weeks end I could turn and walk back across. A month later I was mounting the slackline by leaping up on it with a running start. Each session brings a new milestone and a greater sense of physical fitness. And although the moment’s precise timing escapes me, I did realize I had in fact forgotten about the economy: I had enthusiastically purchased a dozen kits and become a FeeFlow Slackline dealer!

It’s addictive! It’s a profound workout and comes in handy for balance and coordination training. Surfers, rock climbers and a hefty chunk of regular folk are already out there slacking. Come join the craze.

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