French-born Sevylor, acquired by National Ventures in 2004, continues to market its inflatable Stand Up Paddleboards even through the tail end of summer as many regions shift gears toward fall and winter activities. With three new models of stow away, easy to transport, durable boards, Sevylor has created a quiver that bridges an array of applications from rowdy rapids to smooth paddling.
The Alamosa Board, retailing for about $1,400, includes features such as a clear bottom window to view passing fish in tranquil waters from Cedar Key to Anguilla. The model is also equipped with two fishing rod mounts, a storage bungee and cup holder. It harkens to the easy-riding SUP angler who is ditching the boat for the board worldwide.
Second in new designs is the Andy Signature Paddle Board, at the lighter price point of $1,250 – designed in partnership with Sevylor ambassador athlete Andy Mahre, better known as a pro skier sponsored by Evo and K2 Skis. Mahre’s SUP design brings his high-thrills ski style and drive to compete to the water. Made for rougher river waves and rolling oceans, the Andy Signature has EVA footpad support, a raised kick pad, three inches of rocker in the nose; and the 9’6” length feels more like a surfboard than a SUP.
The last design is a beginner’s version of the Andy Signature, named the Andy Pro Paddle Board, for novice river boarders. By adding half a foot in length, the board promotes greater stability and balance for the user. Two handles for easier transportability, along with the extra volume, and a price of $1,300, make this one of the best beginner boards on the market.