Time For A SUPgrade

 

 

If you’ve been into Stand Up Paddleboarding for a while now — preferring the serene waters of the bay or lake over ocean waves, but still riding a traditional surfboard shaped SUP — it might be time to graduate to a race or touring board. With a nose shaped more like a kayak, called a “displacement hull”, these sleek and streamlined boards are designed to go fast and straight, cutting though choppy waters and gliding with ease.

Touring boards are generally more stable and are wider than race boards, designed for recreational paddlers, while race boards tend to be narrower, designed for more advanced and competitive paddlers. Touring boards come in a variety of different lengths, while race boards are either 12’6 or 14 ft. 

As we kick off the second half of the summer and head into those beautiful fall months ahead, here are 6 of our favorite race and touring boards to take your paddling to the next level.

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FROM LEFT: BARK CONTENDER LITE PRO ELITE 12’6. Joe Bark is one of the most respected paddleboard designers, and more races have been won on Bark boards than any other brand. The new Bark Contender Lite is a reflection of the shift in design towards lower-volume, narrower boards. It’s fast and responsive, and the ideal choice for the experienced paddler looking for the playfulness of a lower-volume 12’6″ board that can handle any variety of conditions.

STARBOARD ALL STAR CARBON 2017. The Starboard All Star has long dominated the racing scene. Available in 12’6 or 14′ and a variety of widths, it offers performance, comfort and stability with its recessed deck and tri-concave bottom.  The All Star comes in a more expensive lightweight carbon sandwich construction that flexes with each stroke, or a hybrid carbon that’s slightly heavier, but more durable. Flat water, choppy, or in the surf, it’s a versatile favorite in any condition. Read More

 

XPT PUNTA MITA: Wished You Were Here!

 
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: SUP TO SAND – STAND UP PADDLEBOARD FROM PUNTA SAYULITA TO BEACH FOR SAND TRAINING; SAND RUNNING DRILLS; DUMBBELL SWINGS IN GABBY’S HIGHX WORKOUT; “THE CELLPHONE” – SWIMMING WITH WEIGHTS; LAIRD PERFORMANCE BREATHING

 

PHOTOGRAPHS BY SPENCER IAN HARRIS

 
What do you get when you combine 3 days of non-stop training with some of the world’s most renowned athletes on the gorgeous Pacific coast of Mexico? The XPT Experience: Punta Mita! Everyone was invited and we promised a life changing experience. For those of you who showed, we delivered!

We featured The XPT Experience back in October. Hosted and led by former pro-Volleyball superstar Gabrielle Reece, legendary big wave surfer Laird Hamilton, and human performance specialist Brian Mackenzie, XPT is 3-day turbo-charged immersion into the cutting edge training, nutritional guidance, and recovery techniques of these super athletes. XPT clinics are held throughout the year in different locations from Malibu to Hawaii to Montauk, and for the first time this past April, in Punta Mita, Mexico. This idyllic spot is nestled next door to Sayulita, one of our favorite surf and SUP destinations.
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The XPT Experience

 

3 DAYS WITH GABBY REECE, LAIRD HAMILTON…

AND KERRI WALSH JENNINGS, TOO!

IT’S THIS SPORTY GIRL’S DREAM COME TRUE!

 

PHOTOGRAPHS & COLLAGES BY KEITH KING

Ever wonder what life is like for Gabrielle Reece and Laird Hamilton? Well, wonder no more. Gabby and Laird, along with Brian MacKenzie, a human performance specialist, have created The XPT Experience, a 3-day turbo-charged immersion into their lives. XPT stands for Extreme Performance Training and for $5000, you get full access to this trio and a roster of the most buzzed about – although you may not have heard about them yet — trainers, coaches, health and wellness experts. The XPT Experience is an action packed program of workouts, lectures, and playtime too, all of which comes from the cutting edge training, nutrition and recovery these professional athletes have integrated into their daily lives.

For those who don’t know this Amazonian beauty, Gabby Reece is a former professional beach volleyball player, model, best-selling author, mother, and world-renowned fitness personality, most recently seen as the host of NBC’s Strong. At 6’3 she is a towering presence, and at 47 years old, as gorgeous and fit as ever, enhanced by a big heart and generosity as large. Husband Laird Hamilton is the world famous big wave surfer, who at 53 defies age and gravity, riding massive walls of water for a living and inventing new water sports for the rest of us to enjoy. He is recognized as the creator of Stand Up Paddleboarding. His rock hard physique and hunky good looks are hard to ignore, along with an engaging stream of dialogue that questions many common assumptions on health and fitness, while offering alternative ways of thinking with the latest discoveries in human performance. Read More

 

The Sunfish

 

 

There are few images more evocative of summer than that of a Sunfish sailboat lazily cruising around a lake or bay — with its cheerfully striped triangle sail, topped off with the black silhouette of its namesake fish. If you went to summer camp or grew up near a flat body of water, chances are you learned how to sail on a Sunfish or at least were along for the ride. The Sunfish has been around since 1952 and continues to be one the most popular sailboats for both beginners and experienced sailers alike.

The Sunfish is distinguished by its simplicity, which makes it one of the easiest boats on which to learn how to sail, for both kids and adults alike. Its small size and single “lateen” sail (a triangular sail mounted at an angle on the mast), with its basic two line rigging, make it an easy boat to set up and set sail. Upgrades can be added for competitive sailing, of which the Sunfish is in fact a popular class of racing.

Sailing basics, like learning how to tack and jibe and use the wind, are easy to teach on a small boat. Being so low on the water, its size makes it very responsive too. Says Susan Koehler, one of the founders and owners of The Dinghy Shop in Amityville, Long Island in New York, and one of the largest Sunfish dealers on the East Coast, “With the Sunfish you can feel the water, feel the wind, and feel the response of the boat.”

Part of the fun of being so low in the water is on a hot summer day you’re sure to get wet — be it a refreshing splash or a likely dunk, if like this editor you decide to take one out for a sail for the first time since summer camp. Yes, the Sunfish can be easy to tip as we did, but they are easy to right as well and a good laugh usually ensues. Though I was acting as first mate, after 30 plus years my skipper’s sailing basics returned quickly as we jibed, tacked and sailed our way home — with me gleefully leaning off the side of the keeling boat, laughing and smiling just as I’d done as a kid.

A Sunfish is still what summer memories are made of.

 

Tri It Out

 

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Mid-way through the summer and the triathlon season is in full swing. Swim, bike, run… if you’re a gear head, this is the sport for you! We asked Lucy Danziger, Founder and CEO of Hintd (the website that lets you create your ultimate wish list that anyone can shop), an Ironman triathlete herself, for some of her favorite training and competition essentials. From Ironman to Olympic to sprint distance races, whether you’re an old pro or newbie to the sport, here are a few hot picks to get a little edge on the competition this summer! 

TOP ROW: SPECIALIZED ALIAS SPORT $2500. Combining performance with versatility, the Specialized Alias Sport is perfect for riders looking to get into triathlons who still want the design of a traditional road bike. The full-carbon frame combines tri-specific geometry with aerodynamic tube shaping, a zero-offset seatpost, and clip-on aerobars — eliminating the need for a both a race and training bike. The Alias Sport is made for triathletes who want one bike for every ride. GARMIN 920XT GPS WATCH $450. Offering a plethora of tri-sport tracking and data, along with everyday fitness monitoring, the Garmin 920XT is your ultimate swim, bike, and run companion. With a vivid color screen that boldly displays training metrics, this GPS watch is made for elite and amateur athletes alike. Wear it all day to monitor your steps, activity, and calories, and stay in touch with email, text and other smart notifications the watch displays.

ROW 2: GIRO SYNTHE MIPS HELMET $269.95. With the Synthe MIPS Helmet, Giro introduces the industry-leading Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) safety technology into its top-end helmet. Combining the best of aerodynamics and ventilation, this lightweight helmet slices through the air, keeping riders cool and comfortable with giant vents and Aero Mesh Panels — all in a stylish package. UNDER ARMOUR MID-CROSSBACK BRA $34.99. With a tight compression fit; smooth double-layer HeatGear® fabric; and signature Moisture Transport System, this sportbra will keep you cool, comfortable and supported throughout your training run and rides. Crossover straps with keyhole detail offer a bit of extra style too. ROKA MAVERICK X TRIATHLON WETSUIT $900. Though pricey, the new Maverick X from Roka is revolutionary in its design. By inverting the existing paradigm and starting with the arms up, this wetsuit is designed for total mobility throughout the stroke. Says Lucy Danziger, “It’s so thin and yet buoyant — like a skin more than a wetsuit. The sleeves don’t constrict at all so you feel fast and high in the water without the usual tight wetsuit feeling.” Says Roka, “It is the freest, fastest wetsuit ever built.”
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Best of The Box

 
CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: AEROSPACE; OVERTHROW; GOTHAM GYM; SHADOWBOX; CHURCH STREET BOXING; PUNCH FITNESS

 
Walking around New York City these days it’s not unusal to see a pair of boxing gloves draped over the shoulder of a fashionably dressed woman. Check out Instagram and you’ll see many a fashion model punching it out with her trainer in sweaty style. Boxing has become the hottest workout in town. A slew of new boxing fitness studios opened their doors in 2015, from the spa-like Shadowbox to the nightclub grungy Overthrow. Long established boxing gyms like Gleasons in Brooklyn, which opened it’s doors in 1937, has more new members than ever, particuarly among women.

Fighters are known for their fitness and ripped physiques. Not only does boxing tone muscles and build full body strength, but it’s a major cardio workout, as anyone who has jump roped or hit the heavy bag for 3 minutes straight can attest.  Just one boxing class can burn up to a thousand calories. It’s a sport that requires not just physical but mental discipline as well. Putting together a series of jab-hook-cross-upper cut combinations while bobbing and weaving requires intense focus and concentration, in addition to muscular and cardiovascular strength.

We spent the summer checking out New York City’s hottest boxing gyms, both old and new. Boxing classes in general feature a mix of calisthenics like squats, lunges, jumping jacks and other plyometrics; good old fashioned sit-ups and other ab work; jump rope, shadowboxing, mitt and heavy bag work. Choosing a boxing gym can come down to location. Do you want designer chic or a “Rocky” style gym? Do you want to actually fight or just train like you do? Whether you’re looking to rule the ring or just blow off some steam, we’ve got your guide to all the hot fight clubs in town.

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OVERTHROW

9 BLEEKER STREET

 
“Home of Underground Boxing”, the recently opened Overthrow feels more fightclub than fitness studio, and in fact the space is a former afterhours club and meeting spot for radical activists. Dimly lit with red hues, class at 7:30 am had a been-up-all-night vibe, but packed a punch. Classes are taught by pro and top amateur fighters, who put an emphasis on proper form. The 45 minute Boxing Burnout Class incorporates basic boxing technique, shadowboxing, heavy bag work, set to club thumping, heart pumping music.

 
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SHADOWBOX

28 WEST 20 ST.

 
Whereas many boxing gyms train you like a real fighter, Shadowbox takes a fitness only approach, and the design of the space is like a boxing spa. Opened last spring, this street level studio offers daily heavy bag classes in a cool dim blue room hung with 40 bags. There is private training as well in a vintage whitewashed ring flooded with natural light. Workouts consist of intense shadowboxing and guided heavy bag work, interval training and body weight exercises, paired with high-energy music for a grueling full body workout. A ringside café serves Intelligentsia Coffee and Kilogram Tea, as well as fresh designer juices. The locker rooms feature full-service amenities and complimentary toiletries by C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries.
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Lie Down Paddleboarding

 
   YOUR EDITOR VENTURING OUT ON A BARK COMMANDER AST PRONE PADDLEBOARD

 
While the popularity of stand up paddleboarding has exploded, a new offshoot of the sport has arrived, which is actually where SUP got its start. Prone paddleboards are now what many of the pros use on the SUP race circuit, and this trend has begun to trickle down to the recreational paddler. Designed to be paddled while lying flat or sitting on your knees, prone paddleboards are like bullets — sexy and fast! No paddle is required, nor is there standing involved. Typically 12 or 14ft, these boards slice through the water with ease and make chop feel like glass. Prone paddleboarding delivers a great endurance workout and can also improve your surfing by strengthening those paddling muscles needed to catch waves.
 
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BARK COMMANDER PRO ELITE

 

One of the biggest names in SUP, Bark Paddleboards and namesake surfboard shaper Joe Bark, manufactures some of the top prone boards as well.  Shown above is the Bark Commander Pro Elite ($1999/2249), the carbon fiber production model of the winning board for the last seven years of Molokai-2-Oahu — the 32-mile island-to-island World Championship race in Hawaii. Up top, and what I demoed at Island Surf in Westhampton Beach, is the less expensive and more durable Bark Commander AST ($1499/$1699) — ready for those who want to go out and have some fun trying a new summer sport. Ideal for both fitness and racing, the AST features comfortable knee wells and a built in chest rise, so you can max out every stroke. It has a sleek matte finish too, for a cool look both in and out of the water.

Top photo by Ally Greenberg / Swimsuit by Milly Cabana

 
 

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