The Easy Rider

The EasyRider: S.U.P.

Stand Up Paddling (or SUP for short) is taking the world by storm.  It is not only the fastest growing water sport - but also the fastest growing sport in the world.

Store owner Warren has been paddling modern SUP boards since 2007 and was standing on sailboards with a paddle since he was a kid.

At Easy Rider we have taken the same approach to SUP as we have to the other sports we carry.  That being "if we are going to do it - we must do it right!"

With over 100 SUP boards in stock we have the largest selection in Canada, and most of the USA as well.   All of the staff here paddle and know what they are talking about.   Stop by and find out about this awesome new sport.

SUP Brands carried:
Starboard / Naish / Rogue / Coreban / Hobie / 404 / Riviera / Jimmy Lewis / Quickblade / Werner / C4 / On A Mission / DaKine / and many more.

Please scroll for the latest in stand-up paddling news.




SUP Lesson and Board Demo – July 21

Our last Lesson and Board Demo in July is on Monday, July 21 – at Hermitage Park Lake.

Call the store for details and to register.
780-413-4554

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2nd Annual Easy Rider Battle of Telford Lake SUP Race.

It seems like this race event might just be jinxed – weather wise.
The 2nd Annual Easy Rider Battle of Telford Lake SUP Race – saw less than idea conditions with wind / cold and rain, but that didn’t stop 30 paddlers from coming out and having a good time.

The event featured a “M” shaped course of 1 km per lap.
The Open class did 2 laps while the Elite class did 4.

Despite the weather – a good time was had by all.  The BBQ was THE place to hang out after the event – if not for the food – then just to try and stay warm.

Thank you to the volunteers that helped out – and of course to the paddlers that proved you don’t need a beautiful sunny day to have a good time on the water.

Make sure to sign up for the 7th Annual Easy Rider SUP Cup on August 16 & 17.

BOT Results

Open Class Top 3 Overall.

Open Class Top 3 Overall.

Kira - the Kids class winner!

Kira – the Kids class winner!

Top 3 Elite Women.

Top 3 Elite Women.

Top 3 Elite Men

Top 3 Elite Men

Open Class Action!

Open Class Action!

Elite Race.

Elite Race.

Elite top 3 in action!

Elite top 3 in action!



The cost of Stand Up Paddling.

New people that are looking to get into the sport of SUP sometimes think that it is “really expensive”.
While the initial cost to buy a good quality board and paddle might seem high – it is a relatively cheap sport to take part in.

A good quality Stand Up Paddle board is around $1500. to $2000., a good quality paddle is approximately $250. to $350.  The only other item you need is a leash and those are $39.  So for around $2000. you are completely set up and ready to go . . . forever.   SUP board will not “wear out” and if you take care of it a good quality board will last a lifetime.
Once you have your SUP equipment – there are no morse costs involved.

Lets compare SUP to a few other sports.

Golf – a comparable quality set of clubs is around $1500.  The “expensive” part of golf is that it is between $50. and $150. every time you want to play.

Wakeboarding / wakesurfing / waterskiing / – a similar quality water toy is around $750.  Then you have to not only own a boat – $20,000. to $120,000., you also have to put gas in it every time you use it.

Even snowboarding (our favorite winter sport) is way more expensive than SUP.  A decent quality snowboard set up is around $1000., plus you need jacket, pants, gloves, goggles, helmet, etc for another $500. minimum.  And like Golf – you have to pay to play with lift tickets in the mountains being at least $75. per day.

So even though SUP may look like an expensive sport – it is no different (and actually cheaper in most cases) than many other sports.

Golf - $1500. for equipment + you pay every time to play.

Golf – $1500. for equipment + you pay every time to play.

Wakeboarding - $750. for the board + $$$$ for the board + $$$$ for gas.

Wakeboarding – $750. for the board + $$$$$$$ for the boat + $$$$ for gas.

Snowboarding - $1500. for equipment + $$$ for lift tickets.

Snowboarding – $1500. for equipment + $$$ for lift tickets.

 



Battle of Telford Lake Stand Up Paddle Race

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN at The Easy Rider.

Easy Rider is super stoked to be bringing you our 2nd Annual “Battle of the Paddle” style Stand Up Paddleboard race.
It will be on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Telford Lake in Leduc.

The race will involve a water start – turns around multiple buoys, and are multiple laps in length.
We will be having 4 events:
- An Open category race for all ages and abilities – that will be 2 laps.
- A Kids Race (12 & Under) that will be 1 lap of a shortened course.
- And an Elite Race that will be 4 laps in length.

- PLUS – we will also be hosting the Starboard Sprint Challenge.
This will be a Straight line 200 meter race on the Starboard Unlimited Sprint 17’6″ x 23″ race board. 
Boards will be provided.

Entry is $25. per person,  per event and will include an event T-Shirt and entry into the draw prizes.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN at The Easy Rider.

Race day registration will be from 9:30 AM until 10:00 AM - PLEASE register in the store if you can – to make it easier on us to plan the event.
The Open Race will start at 10:30 AM and will be approximately 3 km.
The Kids Race will follow – and the Elite Race will be after the  Kids race.

The Starboard Sprint Challenge will take place after all the course racing is done.

Classes for the Battle of Lake Telford  races are as follows:
Surfboard – typical surfboard shape board – any length.
Inflatable – any inflatable SUP – any length.
Stock Race board – any “pointy” style race or touring board – 12’6″ and under.
Open Race board – any “pointy” style race or touring board – over 12’6″ in length.

Hope to see you at the Races!

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Stand Up Paddle Lesson, Demo & Fun Race

Our next event is on Monday, June 23 at Hermitage Park Lake.

There will be a FUN Race for those people with their own boards – registration at 6:45 – Race at 7:00
Cost for the Race is $10.

There will also be a Lesson and board Demo at 7:30 PM.
Cost for the Lesson & Demo is $10.  (we supply the boards and paddles).

Call the store to register and for more information.  780-413-4554

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SpeedCoach GPS

Want to take your SUP paddling to the next level?
Want to know how far, how fast, how many stokes you take, you heart rate, and more – when you are out paddling?

SpeedCoach GPS is the answer.

This waterproof, wireless, battery operated unit can tell you all this info and more – and they are now in stock at the store.

It is a great training tool – or just a great way to find out how far you went, and how long it took you.

We have both models – with or with out Heart Rate monitor.

Stop by and check them out.

Mounted on board.

Mounted on board.

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Windsurfing a SUP

If you are old enough to remember the boom of windsurfing – they you are also old enough to remember how much fun it was to cruise around the lake on a breezy day.
If you are not old enough to know about windsurfing – there is only one thing you need to know . . . It’s FUN!

Well, thanks to many of the Stand Up Paddleboard companies also being windsurf companies – it is now possible to windsurf your SUP.

Starboard is leading the way – with almost every model they make being available with a windsurf option.
The construction / color way of Starboards with windsurf insert is called Electric Blue this season.
Starboard also makes several inflatable boards that have the windsurf attachment.

Starboard is also leading the re emergence of sailboarding with a easy to set up, easy to use, low cost sail package.
The Sail packs come in the Classic model, or if storage space is an issue – the Compact model.

Both versions come in 5.5m and 6.5m sizes.
We also have kids rig packages in 1.2m and 2.1m sizes for the youngsters to learn.

Stop by the shop and we can show you all the boards and sails.

WindSUP – another way to have fun on the water.

Classic Sail package.

Classic Sail package.

Classic Sail - set up takes under 5 minutes.

Classic Sail – set up takes under 5 minutes.

Compact Sail package - Skateboard for reference (available separately)

Compact Sail package – Skateboard for reference (available separately)

Starboard Freeride with sail attached.  The Freeride is by far the best crossover board!

Starboard Freeride with sail attached. The Freeride is by far the best crossover board!

Starboard Astro (inflatable) WindSUP Blend

Starboard Astro (inflatable) WindSUP Blend

So easy . . . even a shop owner can do it!

So easy . . . even a shop owner can do it!

 

 



SUP Surf Lesson

Want to lean how to Stand Up Paddle Surf – in Edmonton?

We will be holding a Surf Lesson on Tuesday, June 24th at the West Edmonton Mall wave pool.

The lesson is 90 minutes long – is limited to 5 students – and will have 3 instructors.
There will be 2 sessions – so a total of only 10 spots are available.

Boards / paddles and leashes will be provided.

Cost is $125.00 per person

You MUST have attended at least one of our flat water demos.
This is so we know you can at least stand and paddle.
Learning the sport for the very first time in wavs is not much fun.

First 10 people into the store to register will get the spots.

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Stand Up Paddleboard Selection

Some stores say that they are “into” SUP,  some stores say that they have a “great selection” of SUP boards,  some stores say they “can order in” a board for you,  some stores say a lot of things.

Here at The Easy Rider – we have been paddling and selling Stand Up Paddleboards for over 7 years, and our selection of boards is second to none.

Below is a listing of all of the boards that we have IN STOCK RIGHT NOW.

That’s over 150 different SUP boards in stock – waiting for you.

Stop by, or drop us an email – we will make sure we find the right board for you.

All Around boards are great for most types of paddling.  They look like big, longboard surfboards.

All Around boards are great for most types of paddling. They look like big, longboard surfboards.

 

Cross Over boards are slightly faster than All Around boards - and will have a bit of a point at the nose.

Cross Over boards are slightly faster than All Around boards – and will have a bit of a point at the nose.

 

Touring boards will be much faster than All Around boards - will have a "pointy shape" - but are still stable enough for paddlers of all abilities.

Touring boards will be much faster than All Around boards – will have a “pointy shape” – but are still stable enough for paddlers of all abilities.

 

Race boards are of course the fastest on the water - but their narrower width makes them less stable.

Race boards are of course the fastest on the water – but their narrower width makes them less stable.

 

Inflatables are the perfect solution to storage and transportation issues.  The Thinner (4" & Fun) versions are for lighter paddlers (under 150 lbs.)  The Thicker (6" & Deluxe) versions are for all weights.

Inflatables are the perfect solution to storage and transportation issues. The Thinner (4″ & Fun) versions are for lighter paddlers (under 150 lbs.) The Thicker (6″ & Deluxe) versions are for all weights.

 

These are true Surf board SUP's.  They suck on flat water - but are awesome on a wave.

These are true Surf board SUP’s. They suck on flat water – but are awesome on a wave.

 



Demo SUP board SALE!

With all of our new demo boards having arrived – we are selling off a few of the older models.
All boards are used and come in “as is” condition.
There is only one of each board listed – so act fast!
Boards are in storage in our warehouse – if you would like to purchase one – please contact the store.

Starboard Sprint 14' x 25"  in Carbon.  Regular $3100.   SALE $1650.

Starboard Sprint 14′ x 25″ in Carbon. Regular $3100. SALE $1650.