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  • Tracker vs. LTF vs. I-Fly – A Guide to Slingshot’s Inflatable Wing Board Line
    01 December 2022

    Inflatable winging and wing foiling boards have many benefits over traditional hard boards:

    • Pack down for convenient travel
    • Offer lightweight safety
    • Ding-proof durability

    But how do you choose the right one for you? Check out our simple guide to Slingshot’s three compact inflatable winging and wing foiling boards.

        Tracker: The Multi-Sport Tool

     

    If you want to be able to paddle, windsurf, and build your basic skills with a wing, the Tracker is the way to go.

    The Tracker’s seven-foot length makes for easy SUP paddling (three-piece paddle included) while it still packs down small and light enough to hike it into scenic locations. It has a threaded insert to attach a windsurf sail and its sUPWINDer keel fin makes it great for light-wind cruising. The stable 220L volume makes it easy to master the basics of staying upwind with a handheld wing. If you are looking for one board the whole family will love, the Tracker is for you.

    TRACKER 7' AIRTECH PACKAGE W/ SUP WINDER
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        LTF (Learn to Fly): Rapid Progression from Fin to Foil

     

    The LTF was designed (as its Learn To Fly name suggests) to take you quickly and safely from your first day using a handheld wing with fins to your first flight on a hydrofoil. Its wide and compact outline provides maximum stability with a lightweight TPU construction that makes carrying your kit a breeze. The LTF comes with two rear fins and a center keel fin that helps the novice rider stay upwind and master their basic winging skills. Then when you are ready to fly, just attach your foil to the stiff carbon bottom plate and you are ready for your first flights. If you can only fit one wing board on the plane for your next trip, the LTF will get the whole family on the water no matter their skill level.

        I-FLY: PERFORMANCE WING FOILING WITH STRAPS OR STRAPLESS

     

    The I-Fly is a full-performance inflatable wing foiling board that knows now limits. With sizing from 140L down to 90L, there is an I-Fly size for every level of rider. The extended foil tracks allow for the perfect placement of any foil from any brand. The footstrap insert allow for either offset front foot or tri-straps, paving the way for advanced maneuvers and another level of control. The I-Fly is the compact travel board for rider looking for ultimate packable performance.

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    The post Tracker vs. LTF vs. I-Fly – A Guide to Slingshot’s Inflatable Wing Board Line appeared first on Slingshot Sports.

  • Best Earplugs for Surfing (Tested 2022)
    30 November 2022

    After experiencing painful ears after surfing and other watersports over the last few years, especially in the winter, and having struggled with painful ears and infections, I decided to start using ear plugs as a preventative measure. 

    Whilst ear infections are unpleasant and painful, and can cause illness, I also want to avoid/worsen what appears to have befallen a lot of other fellow surfers… it seems like more and more often, surfers and other water sports enthusiasts are also complaining ‘surfers ear’. 

    Ear infections are typically caused by water staying in the ear canal for a long time, providing a moist environment for bacteria. Surfers ear meanwhile is caused by ‘exostosis’ – bony growth within the ear, caused by repeat exposure to cold wind and cold water. This can not only increase the chances of further ear infections but also cause loss of hearing and further pain. Leaving this too long can result in the need for surgery. 

    So, if like me you have been suffering from ear issues or simply want to avoid them, I thoroughly recommend you consider some earplugs for whenever you are surfing or doing activities in the sea. This is especially important when the sea is colder than around 20 °C or you’re exposed to wind – i.e. pretty much all of the time in the UK – but it is good practice to use them all the time. 

    I have tested these earplugs over the last year in all sorts of environments and conditions – from surfing small to decent-sized waves at home and abroad, as well as stormy windsurfing in the UK

    I considered what are the most important aspects for my earplugs. Style is not really an important issue here – earplugs do not need to look cool, but they need to be comfortable and they need to work for you. I, therefore, have judged a number of earplugs primarily on the following elements. 

    Comfort 

    Earplugs need to be comfortable. The last thing you want is for the product to be causing you pain. This is likely to mean they’re not fitting properly, or could even be causing you further damage to your ears. You’re also unlikely to wear them if they hurt! 

    Water (& wind) protection 

    It is vital that your earplugs actually keep water out. If there isn’t a proper seal, water is likely to get in behind the plug and sit in your ear canal, which could cause the infections you’re trying to avoid in the first place. Wind is also a factor here to an extent. 

    Hearing 

    Being able to hear other surfers, or friends you may be windsurfing, kitesurfing etc with is not only preferable, but important for everyone’s safety. Being able to chat in the line-up can be nice, and no one wants a collision! 

    Staying in 

    Ear plugs that fall out are extremely frustrating. It is all well if your plugs stay in while sitting on your board or cruising along, but if they fall out when you wipe out then they’re not doing their job, and even finding them at the end of the string while in the white water is not easy or ideal.  

    What are the best surf earplugs available in the UK? EQ Seals Ear Plugs 

    Comfort: 4/5
    Water (& wind) Protection: 5/5
    Hearing: 4/5 
    Staying In: 5/5* 

    Average Score: 4.5 

    From £37 – View on Amazon >

    Pushing in the EQ Seals might feel unpleasant at first – they go right down to the thin part of your ear canal – however once they’re in and you get used to wearing them, you hardly notice them. I have even found myself checking the small end of the ‘stick’ is still there on occasion. There is an applicator for pushing them in, but I tend to just use my finger.  

    The EQ Seals definitely keep all water and wind out, with a perfect seal formed once in. I can’t fault their effectiveness at all. With respect to hearing, it does seem that sometimes water stays on the outside of the plug, affecting your hearing, but a soft flick-off can allow you to continue that chat in the line-up. This meant that I could leave these in from start to finish – ideal since you’d definitely lose one if you tried to take them out in the water. 

    These plugs definitely stay in, so no complaints with that regard, however I can see them being easily lost if trying to take them in and out on the beach as they are small and have no leash. I have tended to put them in in front of the mirror at home or in the car, and not removed them until I was back and had the small case in hand – worth bearing in mind depending on your habits. 

    These are available at £30 to £40 and represent good value for money. View on Amazon >

    SurfEars 3.0 

    Comfort: 4/5
    Water (& wind) Protection: 4/5
    Hearing: 4/5
    Staying In: 2/5 

    Average Score: 3.5 

    From £43 – View on Amazon or Ann’s Cottage

    SurfEars 3.0 come with a leash, a choice of outer wings, a choice of seal sizes and a good quality case on a carabiner. The leash can be tightened around your neck separately so you’re never at risk of losing them. Overall the package is pretty impressive and these seemed to be the top of the range ear plugs, so I splashed out. 

    SurfEars are pretty comfortable, with the wing sitting in your outer ear according to your preferred size as well as the best fitting seal. They also have minimal hearing interference, however I did find myself taking a plug out if trying to have a conversation in the line-up sometimes – a luxury not afforded with other plugs without a leash.  

    These plugs generally served me well in calmer conditions, but over time I found water was getting in or they’d fall out when I was doing wind sports, or surfing in rough or bigger conditions. I played around with the seal and wing size options but I couldn’t seem to find a combination that worked really well for me in all conditions. 

    Having asked around others that had used them I got mixed reviews – some love these plugs and can’t fault them whilst others have experienced similar issues. I reached out to SurfEars on social media, who explained that these plugs are made to work for a wide variety of surfers, but everyone’s ears are different sizes so in some rare cases they might not suit you. Ultimately, I decided to explore other plugs.

    These are available at around £50 these are the most expensive that I reviewed – View on Amazon or Ann’s Cottage

    Mack’s Ear Seals

    Comfort: 3/5
    Water (& wind) Protection: 4/5
    Hearing: 3/5
    Staying In: 4/5 

    Average Score: 3.5 

    From £7 – View on Amazon >

    Mack’s Ear Seals come in one size, with a simple string leash between them, in a clear plastic case. They are a prime example of simple but effective. Mack’s plugs are not quite as comfortable as the two premium options, however once in and you’ve got used to the feel they aren’t that noticeable or cause any bother. 

    The leash is just a simple rope, with no way to tighten around your neck. I just tucked this into my wetsuit however, and was only really needed if I took one out to chat or when I was out of the water so they could hang around my neck. Mack’s plugs didn’t fall out once, even in bigger surf, however because they cut out slightly more sound than the others (it even says they can be used for loud events on land) I did find myself taking them out slightly more than the SurfEars. 

    In terms of effectiveness, I didn’t notice any water getting in at all, but I did notice a constant hum in my ear when it was windy. Overall I was satisfied with these plugs for their price.  

    These are available at around £7 and are a good budget option

    BioEars 

    Comfort: 4/5
    Water (& wind) Protection: 2/5
    Hearing: 2/5
    Staying In: 2/5 

    Average Score: 2.5 

    From £5.50 – View on Boots

    Mouldable plugs are often advised as a cheap, simple, disposable option and so I tried using these first, also being an occasional pool swimmer in the winter months. Whilst these are obviously comfortable as they squish to your ear shape, and form a waterproof and windproof seal in your ear easily, they are not suitable for anything other than pool swimming. 

    These plugs fall out easily in any surf conditions, meaning not only will you spend the majority of your session with your ears exposed to the elements, but you are introducing waste to the oceans. 

    I regret trying these out in the sea.  

    The same is to be said for other ‘pool swimming specific’ ear plugs such as Zoggs Aqua Plugs – work fine for their stated purpose but are not even worth trying in the sea. 

  • Why MasterCraft’s surf wave is best for beginners
    28 November 2022
    Why MasterCraft’s surf wave is best for beginners

    MasterCraft recognizes the importance of having a customizable surf wave that can be enjoyed by beginners and professionals alike, which is why they created their patented SurfStar system. With more precise sensors, durably military grade actuators, and a new intuitive display, the SurfStar system creates an easy and hassle-free experience while out on the water. Here’s why MasterCraft’s surf wave is best for beginners.

    Why is surf setting 1 the best for beginners? 

    With SurfStar set to 1, the wave will be mellow which is less intimidating for those who are just starting out since the wave will have less push than a steeper wave would. Additionally, having a wave that isn’t too steep makes it easier for beginners to pop out of the water and start surfing.  

    Learning the basics 

    With SurfStar set to 1, the wave will be long and mellow as we previously mentioned. The extra length of the wave gives the rider plenty of room to begin to understand the basics of surfing, as well as giving them larger room for error. If you drift back in the wave this longer and more mellow wave will give the rider more room to make adjustments recover more easily than on a steep wave.  

    Asymmetrical Tabs 

    It can be difficult for beginner surfers to get the hang of riding when the wave they are riding is not shaped correctly or tends to get washed out. Asymmetrical tabs help eliminate any turbulence caused by the prop, giving you an equally great surf wave regardless of which side of the boat you are riding on. 

    Hull Design 

    MasterCraft designs a unique hull for each model in the lineup. This hull design means these boats can produce a long and mellow wave, regardless of how big or small the boat is. These hulls are specifically designed for wakesurfing which means beginners will have an easier time learning to ride than they would behind a ski boat or a boat that is not made to be surf specific.  

    Thanks for reading! 

    If you have more questions about MasterCraft’s surf system click here: 

    The post Why MasterCraft’s surf wave is best for beginners appeared first on Action Water Sports.

  • What length should my SUP paddle be?
    28 November 2022

    This is the most commonly asked question when it comes to SUPing. 

    There is lots of confusing information out there when it comes to paddle length and we’re going to help simplify it for you. 

    The length of your SUP paddle is mainly determined by your preference and what discipline of paddleboarding you will be doing. Until you know what you prefer, start with 6 – 8 inches above your head height.

    Having the wrong length paddle not only impacts performance but, like having an ill-fitting bicycle, can cause injury. So it’s good to make sure you’ve got it right before you head out on the water.

    What size SUP paddle should I get?

    SUP paddles usually come in two options, an adjustable length paddle or a set paddle length in the form of a one piece.

    The adjustable paddle means you can change the length and height of the paddle as and when you need it. This is helpful if you are sharing the paddle with friends and family of different heights or frequently switching between SUP disciplines. 

    Adjustable paddles are easy to change the height of, and can even be done mid-session, on the water.

    One-piece paddles can be cut down and set to a length, but are then not able to be lengthened if desired. A good option for performance if you know exactly what length you need. 

    How to measure the length of your sup paddle

    When you are going to measure the length of your sup paddle, never assume the measurements written on the box, blade or website are entirely accurate. There can be disparities from brand to brand. 

    Always get the tape measure out of the draw and measure precisely, especially if you are cutting the shaft down to size. 

    If you are cutting a paddle down to size, always err on the side of caution and cut it slightly longer to start with, as you can always do additional cuts but you can’t add anything back on the paddle once it’s been cut. 

    To establish the correct paddle height, situate yourself on flat ground, blade at your feet and the paddle vertically above you. 

    Go barefoot, or with wetsuit boots on, depending on which one you will be wearing most frequently when riding. 

    Step one

    Pick any arm and bring it to the top of the paddle.

    Step two

    Wrap your palm around the handle and then close your fist.

    Step three

    Check that your paddling elbow should be at around 90 degrees at a bent angle just above your head.

    NOTE: This is the simplest way to find approx paddle height. The exactness of the height can be altered later.

    SUP paddle length tips when you’re on the water

    When you’re on the water and physically standing on the board, depending on the board thickness you are going to be approximately 4 inches higher than you were standing on the ground. Make sure you pop the paddle in the water next to you and see if the measurement is still accurate.

    Is the full blade underwater? Bring the height of the paddle up.

    Is only the base of the blade in the water? Bring the height down.

    Is the shoulder of the blade underwater? Pretty good!

    What height should your SUP paddle be for different types of paddleboarding? Flat water 

    For easy breezy, paddling about and cruising, the paddle should sit approx 6-8 inches above the head and can be tweaked to the individual’s specific needs. 

    Points

    • Not too short to make the paddler overly bend down and bend back
    • Not so long that it’s tricky to manoeuvre when swapping sides
    • When you are at mid-stroke, the handle shouldn’t be higher than eye level
    • The shoulder of the blade should sit comfortably in the water
    • The paddle will stay close to the rails of the board in flat water conditions and having it too long will make that more challenging
    Racing

    More height is needed for racers.  6-10 inches above the head ideally. Similar to being on a rower, allowing full height and expression of the paddle stroke will result in more efficiency and power output per stroke.

    Points

    • Higher height for further paddle stroke reach
    • Higher height for more power output and full body flex per stroke
    • Height height to gain more distance over the water in a shorter time frame
    • If paddling a dugout race board, you are technically closer to the water so the height of the paddle will need to be adjusted down to that height
    Surfing

    For SUP surfing you want the paddle to be slightly shorter, ideally 2-4 inches above the head.

    Points

    • Shorter length for quicker lateral changes on set up and wave approach
    • Shorter length for high cadence paddle strokes when paddling for a wave 
    • Shorter paddle length for fast and dynamic turns on the wave
    • Surf stance lowers the centre of gravity of the body on average, therefore the paddle should match this
    What size paddle do I need?

    If you are exclusively a SUP racer then a longer paddle will suit your needs most. 

    But, if you are a flat water cruiser when there are no waves yet spring into action at the sight of any swell and want to SUP surf then maybe stick to an adjustable paddle that you can interchange between the two. 

    Beginner? Stick with the general 6-8 inches above the head with a slight bend in your arm to start you off on the right foot, or arm…

    We strongly recommend using an adjustable paddle a fair few times before committing to a one-piece. 

    If you are committing to a one-piece, especially if it’s carbon, take it to the pros in the surf shops and have them help you do it for a piece of mind.

    Signs your paddle is too long
    • Painful trap muscles 
    • Awkward twist when paddling
    • Slow and rhythmic paddle swaps
    • Having to overreach when trying to gain power
    Signs your paddle is too short
    • Missing the water on strokes and finding you notice some instability 
    • Lower back pain from over-flexing the lumbar spine
    • Blade not fully underwater
  • Goosehill Sailor 10’6 Review (Tested 2022)
    28 November 2022

    With over 1,100 reviews on Amazon, it’s hard to ignore the Goosehill Sailor 10’6, which I can imagine is on many people’s shortlist for a budget beginner paddleboard package.

    Buying your first paddleboard can be rather stressful, with hours of research trying to figure out what board you should get. Trying to decide why one board is better than another is difficult, so here is a brief summary of why you should buy the Goosehill Sailor 10’6 over any other board…

    Stability – This board is perfect for the nervous beginner or larger rider. With a maximum load capacity of 200kgs, the Goosehill can take about 50kgs more weight than most boards in the same price bracket. So most importantly, you’ll have a lot of fun instantly without struggling to find or learn balance.

    Warranty – Goosehill offers a 3-year warranty with their paddleboards and from what I’ve heard, they have a very good customer support team. There are not too many boards in this price range that offer this warranty length.

    Value – This is what we are really looking for when making any purchase, is it a good value for money? You get a feeling straight away that you get your money’s worth for the Goosehill Sailor, from the decent workmanship to the well-designed bag, an aluminium paddle that’s not the worst we’ve come across and as we’ve alluded to already, the 3-year warranty.

    Goosehill Sailor 10’6 specs

    Dimensions: 10’6 x 32” x 6”

    What’s included in the package:

    Board – Pump – Leash – Bag – Fin – Repair patches

    Warranty: 3 years

    Price: £395

    Buy from Amazon or Goosehill >

    Who is the board for?

    The Goosehill Sailor has the classic dimensions that almost all beginner boards have – 10’6 length, 32” width and 6” thick. This makes the board ideal for the beginner who wants to get standing quickly, learn how to turn and enjoy their paddleboarding experience straight away. 

    This board is designed to be used on flat water or small wind-blown chop (remember paddleboarding isn’t enjoyable or safe in wind speeds over 12 knots). The Sailor will feel comfortable on lakes or in harbours, where you’re likely to be most protected from the elements. 

    Along with beginners, this board is also a great all-rounder for the family. Because it is so stable, 2 kids could easily play on the board, or you can have your little one sitting near the front whilst you enjoy paddling at the back. For their updated version of the Sailor, Goosehill has installed D-Rings on the deckpad, in positions that make it possible to attach a kayak seat. So if you get to the beach and it’s too wavy, or someone in the family doesn’t want to SUP, stick a kayak seat on the board and you can still get to play on the water.

    Company overview

    We typically review UK-based brands on the blog, but I’m pretty sure Goosehill are a direct B2C seller from China. There is no information on their website that suggests otherwise, so I think they are a manufacturer who have gone direct to market. Cutting out the middle man typically means the cost savings are passed onto the customers, which is why they can provide a great value product.

    Direct sellers can get a bad reputation for poor customer service. Their goal is to sell high volume at low cost and tend to forget about the customer. We don’t have first-hand experience with this, but it seems like Goosehill has excellent customer service and appear to resolve any issues quickly.  

    Goosehill Sailor 10’6 UK Review

    We tested the Goosehill Sailor 10’6 on a chilly but relativity calm November day near our base in Emsworth Harbour, on the South Coast of the UK. The wind was… knots, coming from the …. which created some…

    Stability

    Similar to other reviews, we also found the Goosehill Sailor one of the most stable for 32’ wide. If you look at the dimensions of boards that are 10’6 x 32” x 6”, you’d assume they are all the same shape and therefore perform the same on the water. However this isn’t the case, and manufacturers can change subtle design characteristics that make quite a big difference to the board.

    It’s clear in Goosehill’s design brief they wanted to create a fun and stable board for beginners. They achieved this by having the maximum width run for quite a length down the board. So instead of the board peaking at 32’ just in the centre, then getting narrower again, Goosehill maintains 32’ for around 2 meters, giving the board a larger feeling platform. 

    This large platform gives you confidence that if you haven’t got your foot positions exactly perfect, all will still be OK. 

    Along with width, how stable an inflatable SUP feels also depends on how rigid the board can get. The rigidity is pretty much always defined by how much pressure the board can take – the higher the pressure, the more solid the board will be and the more stable it’ll be. The Sailor’s recommend PSI is 12 – 15, which is standard for boards in this price group. 

    Unless the temperature is forecast to rise drastically (sunrise sessions can be like this), we always pump up boards to the maximum recommended PSI. You get a far greater performance out of the board, the board will feel much more stable and less like a bouncy castle. The Goosehill Sailor felt pretty standard for rigidity, not remarkable in any good or bad way, which is to be expected for a board that cost under £400.

    Glide

    Stability, manoeuvrability and glide are connected, but generally one has an adverse reaction to the other. 

    Design a board that glides extremely well and either has to be very long and/or very narrow. Build a board that is wide and stable, and you’ll have a board that feels sluggish on the water. Compared to a 26’ raceboard the Sailor feels slow, but that’s not the point of the board, and not really fair to Goosehill because now we aren’t comparing apples with apples.

    So the Sailor does glide, well enough for what you’ll be using it for, but it’s no touring or raceboard. If you’re wanting to paddleboard for more than 3 hours and explore the waters whilst covering some distance, you might be better off looking for an inflatable touring paddleboard.

    Conversely, the Sailor feels manoeuvrable enough for you to learn the basics of turning, without it feeling like a barge. 

    Construction

    The Goosehill Sailor is a single-layer paddleboard, which is quite normal at this price range. It won’t be the most durable or hard-wearing, but generally, this is what you get for a paddleboard under £400. 

    It’s hard to find much information from Goosehill about their construction for the Sailor, which I don’t mind. Some brands make up some terrible names for their so-called ‘unique dropstitch construction’, but nobody really knows what it means and I think it’s more of a marketing gimmick than something truly unique.

    The advantage of a single-layer construction is that it’s cheap, lightweight (the board only weighs 9.2kgs) and easy to roll up and store.

    It’s not so much the construction itself that gives me confidence in the Sailor, it’s the fact the board comes with a 3-year warranty. So Goosehill believes their single-layer construction can last a long time, which is much more than most other single-layer boards we’ve come across.

    Design

    One of Goosehill’s goal for their latest version of the Sailor was to create a board with ‘a cleaner and simpler design with fewer numbers and letters on the deck pad and the rail’. This is music to my ears! I really dislike some paddleboard designs that look more like a billboard, or just have random letters like ESP, FRS, FWS, everywhere that make no sense to anyone.

    I think Goosehill have achieved their goal, and the board design looks simple but decent.

    Another upgrade from the previous version is the increased number of D-Rings for a 6-point bungee system at the front of the board. This makes the whole cargo area much more useable and easier to store bags, shoes and anything else you might want to bring on your SUP.

    The board also now comes in 9 different colour schemes, so there is bound to be one that catches your eye!

    Accessories

    The more inflatable paddleboards I’ve reviewed, the more I appreciate how much the accessories can make a difference to your overall experience.

    Paddle

    The driving force that powers you through the water, the paddle is a core accessory of any SUP package. Generally, for inflatable paddleboards, you’ll get a 3-piece paddle which easily fits into the bag.

    Goosehill is no different and like most other budget paddleboard brands, they have included a 3-piece aluminium paddle in their package. 

    This paddle is fine to get you started, but it’s not comfortable and is heavy. But it’s not the worst one we’ve come across, and the Goosehill paddle connects together well enough without too much wobbling.

    However, if you really get into paddleboarding, I hope one of the first things you do is upgrade the paddle.

    Pump

    The Goosehill pump is simple to use, comfortable and comes with clear instructions on the packaging. Some brands have opted to have a pump that you need to assemble with detachable handles and base, but this one is completely moulded in one piece. 

    This duel action pump inflates the board as you push down the handle and as you bring it up again, making it much more efficient in the early stages of inflation.

    Once the board hits a certain PSI, for me it’s around 10PSI, it gets very difficult to inflate, so you open a value to make it easier to pump at higher pressure. Opening the value turns off the duel action setting, so you now only inflate when pressing down.

    The pump also has a deflate mode, which is a great way to help remove all the air in the board as you’re packing away. I think doing it via the pump, instead of lying on the board or rolling it up on gravel, helps preserve the boards’ aesthetics. 

    Fin

    The Goosehill Sailor has one detachable centre fin, and 2 smaller side fins that are glued onto the board. The centre fin slides into the box, and is fixed by inserting a small bit of plastic that kind of wedges everything together. 

    I’ve never been a big fan of these fin box systems, and much prefer to see a single back fin with a screw bolt to fix it into place. Maybe it helps keep the cost lower. Bag

    I really like the bag for the Sailor. It is easily big enough and holds its shape better than similarly priced packages, so stuffing all the gear away is not too much of a problem.

    Leash

    The ankle leash is basic and does the job. 

    Overview

    What we always look for in a paddleboard is the overall value. The price could be £200 or £1200, but is it actually worth the money? After using the Goosehill Sailor, we can safely say for its cost, the board is definitely worth buying. 

    This board is a great choice if you are wanting to get into paddleboarding and need a little bit more stability to gain confidence. The package is perfect for having fun on the water, but you might want to upgrade the paddle if you commit to longer distances. 

    Where to buy

    Buy the Goosehill Sailor 10’6 from Amazon or Goosehill

  • 9 Activities You Can Do While Visiting A Beach With Your Family
    25 November 2022

    If you want to spend quality time with your family, what is better than going to your favorite beach? Beautiful sunsets and waves of the sea …

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  • The Barletta Corsa | A series overview
    24 November 2022

    The Barletta Corsa

    There’s a lot to love about pontoons, and the new Barletta Corsa is no different. With all the traditional features of a Barletta but with a sporty and sleek twist, the Corsa offers an upgraded experience without the premium price tag, so here are a few things you need to know about this mid-level model: 

    Replacing the E-Class from Barletta, the Corsa sits right between the Cabrio and the Lusso due to its competitive price-point and unique customization capabilities. The different vinyl options and textures provide your passengers with comfort while out on the water. Never before have you been able to customize your pontoon more than with a Corsa. Plus, don’t forget about the option to upgrade to the tritoon for increased stability on those larger bodies of water.   

    The Corsa has several upgraded features and options that the Cabrio leaves behind such as a forward-facing arch tower and chrome gauge accents at the helm. Overall, it’s a great option for those who don’t want every component upgraded.   

    Not just sporty, but sleek too:

    Compared to Barletta’s Lusso series, the biggest differentiating factor is the aesthetic design of the Corsa. From its sleek lines, bold chrome badging, and accented interior colors, this new Barletta line brings a modern sports car feel to the lineup. The Corsa also boasts a raised helm, underhelm storage pocket, and wireless phone charger—features that are standard in Barletta’s Lusso series but upgrades for the Cabrio. From its redesigned sporty exterior coupled with the extensive amount of color options and customization, the Corsa is a great option for those looking for a sportier exterior while still maintaining that luxury pontoon experience. 

    Everything you love about Barletta:  

    Get the Barletta V.I.P. treatment, also known as vibration isolation pads. Designed to reduce vibration in the structure of the whole boat, every Barletta provides a quiet yet powerful ride. Don’t forget about the other standard Barletta features including the power bimini top, multiple USB ports, extensive under-seat storage, “Yeti-ready” cupholders, and large rear swim deck. Plus, Barlettas always have a built-in doggy dish for your furry friends. As a whole, the Corsa takes a ton of different options and brings them together to create a sensational pontoon for those looking to stand out on the water.     

    If you like everything we’ve said so far:  

    So you want a muscle car on the water and a front-facing arch tower all without the premium price tag? Look no further because the Corsa is the boat for you.   

    However, if find yourself drawn to the more traditional pontoon look and feel, Barletta still has you covered. Check out the Lusso or the Cabrio.   

    Depending on motor size, model length, and options, the Corsa will range from $50,000 to $100,000*; the common price tag for a well-equipped version will come in around $75,000*. Overall, the Corsa provides exceptional value for this mid-level model. 

    Interested? 

    If you have questions about the Barletta Corsa or any lineup of pontoons, head over to your local Action Water Sports. To see our Barletta inventory, click here.   

    *Prices, product specifications, and all other information shown on this website are for information purposes only and are subject to change at any time without obligation. 

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  • Where to surf and stay in Morocco
    23 November 2022

    Morocco is one of the best surf countries in the world. Positioned along the west coast of Africa, it has 1,140 miles of coastline that are fed by deep swells from the Atlantic Ocean. This rich seascape contains numerous rock shelves, deep water corridors, and sandy bays that produce beach breaks, reef breaks, and point breaks – perfect for surfing. In total, there are at least 50 named breaks along the Moroccan Atlantic coast waiting to be explored.

    Anyone wanting to surf and stay in Morocco can expect waves that are surfable in a variety of wind and weather conditions with suitability for many different skill levels. On top of fantastic waves, Morocco is also a country rich with African heritage, natural landscapes, and Arabic culture.

    Alongside long days spent catching waves, you can also go spice hunting in the souks (an Arab marketplace), deep cleansing in a hammam (steam baths), and fabric shopping in the medinas (old town). As a bonus, travellers often fall head over heels for Moroccan cuisine. Inspired by a middle-eastern palate, Moroccan dishes are spiced, served with couscous, and prepared over a fire in an earthen pot.

    What could be better than finishing a long day surfing by enjoying a bitter Maghrebi mint tea and a sumptuous lamb tajine while you swap stories with new friends in a hip surf hostel? To get started with your trip planning, here are some of the best places to surf and stay in Morocco.

    Tips before you go

    The surf breaks in Morocco are spread across a wide area. Simply flying to one city and then staying in a single coastal town won’t give you access to the full range of waves. Instead, you should either hire a vehicle or bring your own – surfing road trips from the UK to Morocco in the winter are becoming very popular amongst overlanders!

    At the very least, ensure your accommodation offers transport to different beaches so you can follow the waves if the conditions change. This is one of the factors that makes surf camps in Morocco so popular. Visiting a surf camp gives you access to the experts and locals who know exactly where the best swells will be and when!

    Despite the country almost touching Spain and sharing a coastline with the Mediterranean, Morocco is no longer in Europe. As such, you should purchase travel insurance before your trip and ensure you take safety precautions when abroad. Make sure your policy covers your medical expenses in case you get injured while surfing.

    The next tip is to select the season you want to surf and stay in Morocco. October – April are the most popular months, and many surfers consider Morocco to be a prime winter destination. Surfing is available year-round, but the weather is too hot in the summer and the best waves strike the coastline during the winter.

    Don’t forget, just because it feels like a desert climate, doesn’t mean the water is warm. Opt for a 2/3 mm wetsuit to ensure you can spend hours in the water without succumbing to the chill of the Atlantic!

    Best Places to Surf and Stay in Morocco

    For anyone wanting to surf and stay in Morocco, the most popular surfing region runs between Essaouira and Agadir. There are many other waves to explore along the coast (such as Rabat and Safi), but this area is renowned for its hyped towns, easy access points (there are international airports at Essaouira and Agadir), backpacker communities, and wonderful surf spots.

    Taghazout

    Taghazout is one of the top destinations to surf and stay in Morocco. This small fishing village rose to prominence in the 1960s as a contender for the best surf town in Africa. The area is now world-renowned for its amazing range of surf breaks accompanied by its cool surfing community.

    Where to surf

    La Source is a beginner-friendly surf spot with barrelling walls that break close to shore. Panoramas is another sandy point break with a right-hand wave that’s good for newbie surfers. You might even get your first opportunity to catch a fully-formed barrel! Hash Point is another favourite for beginner surfers as it offers a smooth, relaxing ride.

    For those wanting a greater challenge, head out to Anchor Point – experienced surfers can ride this wave for almost a kilometre. Killer Point has a powerful right-hand point break ideal for experienced surfers. It’s difficult to access but once you’re in the zone, you’ll be greeted by gnarly barrelling waves. Both of these breaks deliver nerve-shredding walls that will really get your adrenaline pumping when the swell hits right.

    Where to stay

    Taghazout is packed with hipster hostels and plenty of great-value surf schools. Even on a shoestring budget, you can get a lot for your money here and this is a top place to make friends and meet other surfers. For the full package, check out World of Waves surf hotel which offers surfing, yoga, accommodation, and a great onsite restaurant.

    Hashpoint Surf Camp is one of the best places to surf and stay in Morocco let alone Taghazout. With traditional architecture, a laid-back vibe, and inclusive surf lessons, this is the perfect spot to spend a week in Taghazout. Close on their heels is Surf Berbere, another top surf school in Taghazout. Surf Berbere offers surf & yoga packages to any range of surfers, and they have 12 years of experience to boot.

    If you’re simply looking for a chilled-out place to stay where you can surf at your own pace, The Surf Hostel is one of the best accommodation options in town. You can choose to stay in a dorm or private room, depending on your preference. Surf lessons and board rental are also available onsite.

    If you want to stay out of town, head north to Paradis Plage Surf Yoga & Spa for a resort-type hotel that has a more luxurious feel to it. When you get hungry, check out Restaurant Windy Bay for surf grub and Moroccan food. 

    Tamraght & Aourir

    Tamraght and Aourir are two sister towns slightly south of Taghazout. They are within easy access of Taghazout, and many people lump them under the same bracket. However, they offer a different vibe to Taghazout and are a quieter option for anyone wishing to surf and stay in Morocco.

    Where to surf

    Banana Beach is a smooth right-hand break and one of the top places to surf in Tamraght. Imourane is a sand beach with silky, smooth waves. However, this is hardly a best-kept secret, and you’ll often find this beach filled with beginner surf camps.

    Devil’s Rock is a sandy-bottom beach break that has variable conditions. Some days the waves break left, other days they break right – in any case, its swell is consistent year-round. Cro Cro shares similarly mixed conditions and is good for intermediate surfers.

    If you are an experienced surfer and want to catch the same waves the locals do, head to Spider’s. The waves here a shallow and powerful, but it’s an inconsistent break. If you do see locals out there catching those rare hollow waves, grab your board and join them before they’re gone!

    Where to stay

    Set on the outskirts of Tamraght above Plage Imourane, you’ll find Sunset Surf House. A chilled-out hostel with a little roof terrace. There’s a kitchen for independent cooking and a variety of surf packages and lessons on offer. The Lunar Surf House is another laid-back hostel that offers free breakfast, games tables, yoga classes, and surf lessons/rentals.

    Pro Surf Morocco Yoga & Surf Camp is one of the top places to stay and surf in Morocco. It is a female-owned hostel that welcomes families and solo female travellers. This hostel offers mixed surf/yoga packages and camps to suit all experience levels. If you want to sample some local food, give Babakoul a try.

    Agadir

    Agadir might not have the best waves in Morocco, but it offers a city-based holiday which may be preferable to some travellers. If you are flying to the south Atlantic surf beaches, you will likely use the Agadir international airport. This makes the city a good access point if you don’t want to travel too far and are happy surfing on the nearby beaches. Agadir is also the ideal place to try a post-surf soak in a hamman, plus it has a buzzing nightlife.

    Where to surf

    Agadir is home to a commercial port which can make the water quality a bit dodgy. However, if you follow the coast south of Agadir, you will find Cherry, a beginner’s reef break that curls into the shore with a right-hand wave. If you head towards Aourir, you can surf the KM11/12 breaks which are a couple of good high-tide spots for mid-level surfers. Anza is another fun spot to try when a western wind is blowing. There’s a mix of left and right-hand waves and some awesome peaks to be caught.

    Where to stay

    Most people head up the coast to the smaller towns when looking for accommodation. However, if you are a resort person and want to opt for a hotel visit, Agadir is the place for you. These resorts are usually more expensive and less charming than the hostels in Taghazout, but you can still find some excellent accommodation options with top-notch facilities.

    The Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa is a luxury resort with onsite pools, a fully-equipped spa, and private beach access. Iberostar Founty Beach is another swanky 4-star resort that has a gym, multiple bars and restaurants, indoor/outdoor pools, and a spa with a sauna. Alternatively, you could rent an apartment or stay in an Airbnb in Agadir for an independent surf and stay in Morocco trip. If you want to splurge on a meal with a view head to Ô Playa along the seafront.

    Essaouira

    Essaouira is a port city that is frequented by more than just surfers. A variety of water sports fanatics visit “Wind City” to kitesurf and windsurf. Not to mention that Essaouria is a historic location with an 18th-century medina and some fascinating ramparts around the port and along the city walls. The swells really kick up in the winter and that’s when you’ll find Essaouria at its best and busiest.

    Where to surf

    Essaouria is graced by some powerful winter swells with chest-high waves on the regular thanks to the powerful “alizée” trade winds that blow into the coast. The crescent-shaped Plage Essaouria is the main surf beach in the city. The chest-high waves are ideal for beginners. Unfortunately, you won’t have the waves to yourself as many surf lessons occur on this beach.

    In general, Essaouira is less-crowded than the coast between Taghazout and Agadir. For example, Sidi Kaouki is a fantastic surf spot situated to the south of Essaouria. It is a beautifully remote area of the coastline with great breaks to match. Cap Sim is a hard-to-access right-hand point break that has adventure written all over it. The waves can be messy but when the wind is right, it forms some awesome hollow walls.

    Where to stay

    Essaouria has a backpacker vibe with a range of hostels and surf camps on offer. Loving Surf is the perfect place to get a lesson or hire a surfboard and they also have a few private rooms if you want your own space. Essaouira Beach Hostel is another spot that’s a mere stone’s throw from the beach. It’s a no-frills hostel that’s all about surfing. You can see the ocean from the rooftop terrace and there are plenty of surf activities on offer.

    Atlantic Hostel is another option to the north of Essaouria. This is the ideal location for long-term travellers and digital nomads. Alongside dorm rooms, a rooftop bar, and an interactive vibe, this hostel also has a co-working space. There’s an on-site restaurant that serves local Moroccan dishes and a live band that plays every night. For a cool bar with good food and better views, head to Taros.

    Imsouane

    Imsouane is a small town with a remote coastline. The waves are near-perfect and the whole area is basking in natural beauty. There are also some breaks reaching down the coast to Tamri. Tamri is pretty much devoid of tourists and is only filled with devout surfers. Locals frequent this stretch of the coast so you’re less likely to run into the surf schools and more likely to see a Moroccan legend sweeping down some crazy waves.

    Where to Surf

    Cathedral is a point break that, on good days, can have you jostling for a position in the water. However, if the swell is right, the wave stretches along the beach allowing you to find your own space to ride. Beginners may have better luck tagging on to the end of this wave when it flows over the sandbanks. It gives you the chance to catch an intermediate-level wave plus it’s less of a problem if you fall onto the soft bottom.

    Magic Bay has some neat point breaks that you can ride for near-on 600 metres when the conditions are right. The wave starts at the harbour jetty and flows all the way down to the farthest beach head. In fact, it’s one of the most famous waves in Africa and a great place to surf and stay in Morocco. If you want to catch this mammoth right-hand wave, surf this spot from low to medium tide.

    Where to stay

    If you are road-tripping in Morocco and have your campervan, this is one of the best places to surf and stay in Morocco. You can set yourself up in a rural area along the coast and live a simple, self-sufficient life that is all about the waves. You can also visit Imsouane on a day trip from many of the bigger towns nearby.

    Sandycamps is a popular place to surf and stay in Morocco. As with many Moroccan surf camps, it offers surf & yoga packages. The community at the hostel is friendly and the surf lessons are top quality. Afer Surf is another hostel with a small family atmosphere. It offers a good breakfast, comfy rooms, and a scenic rooftop bar. If you do get hungry, Chez Jolo is a great spot to eat cheap and tasty seafood.

    Final tips

    Morocco has an exotic allure for many surfers and travellers. Whether you want to visit for a week of beginner surf lessons or spend the whole winter catching waves, there’s something for everyone who wants to surf and stay in Morocco. One of the big draws of this country is all the cultural activities and food experiences that occur alongside your surfing holiday.

    Rather than being stuck in a soulless resort competing for waves on a beach packed with sunbeds, parasols, and crowds of tourists, you can have a more special surfing experience. Now you’ve heard the hype, all you need to do is book your flights, wax your board, and get ready to catch some gnarly waves along the Atlantic coast of Morocco!

  • Slingshot Wake GLOBAL Episode 3 – Estonia
    22 November 2022
    Slingshot Wake Global Episode 3 lands in Estonia at Rahinge Wake Park.

    Welcome to Rahinge Wake Park in the humble town of Rahinge, Estonia. Each Summer we make a point to travel somewhere NEW, and in 2022 there was no place more on our radar than Estonia. Rahinge Wake Park is home to pro team rider Simon Pettai and has a feel reminiscent of the Shredtown days back in Texas.

     Simon and his crew were kind enough to build a bunch of sick new features and host us for a long weekend of epic vibes on and off the water. Steffen Vollert and James Windsor joined Simon, Wes Huber and his crew for nothing but the best of times all around the park. 

    this is what wakeboarding is all about...
    A typical afternoon in Rahinge - soaking up the afternoon sun and getting hyped to shred.
    Wes Huber with an UBER fs lipslide on the Space Raider
    No better way to end the day...
    Local hangs at the dirt track - another one of the locals favorite past-time.

    Special thanks to Martin Bachmann founder and owner of Rahinge Wakepark.

    Riders – Simon Pettai, Marko Malsub, Oliver Malsub, Martin Bachmann, Kadri Mets, James Windsor and Wes Huber.

    Don't sleep on episodes 1 and 2 of Slingshot Global Below

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  • The Code Kite : Jeremy Burlando’s road to the King Of The Air in South Africa
    22 November 2022
    “The Code is my go-to kite for technical big airs as well as for teaching at my pro center in Sicily. The Code is unstoppable! Light bar pressure and fast, reactive turning make this kite perfect for every riding style.” — Slingshot team rider Jeremy Burlando

    At Slingshot, we pride ourselves on leading the charge in innovation, design, and performance. We strive to make products for big-air beasts to day-one beginners and the Code channels this very definition of the Slingshot ethos. Pair the Code with Slingshots newest hot shot, Jeremy Burlando and you get a year full of progression, gold medals, and countless sunset sessions.

    Jeremy has come to rely on the Code for pushing his personal career like his first gold medal at the Tatajuba Big Air Fest and for growing the kiteboarding industry through creating new kiters at his family school in Sicily.

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    We are now gearing up to watch Jeremy Burlando compete on the Code in the largest and gnarliest stage in kiteboarding, King of The Air in Cape Town, South Africa. Here he will be one of the world’s top 18 big air athletes throwing down to be crowned, The King of The Air.

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