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 River Trek – Photos

Our Annual Summer River Trek took place on July 19.
Once again we had awesome weather and a great time was had by all!
Thanks to everyone that took part!

We will be doing another Trek in September (water levels permitting) so stay tuned here for more information.

Most of the group at Laurier Park (some people met us out at Devon)

Most of the group at Laurier Park (some people met us out at Devon)

Heading out from Devon.

Heading out from Devon.

First rest stop - across from Rabbit Hill Ski area.

First rest stop – across from Rabbit Hill Ski area.

Awesome scenery.

Awesome scenery.

Approaching the Anthony Henday bridge.

Approaching the Anthony Henday bridge.

The bend in the river just before Fort Edmonton Park.

The bend in the river just before Fort Edmonton Park.

Coming into the finish at Laurier Park.

Coming into the finish at Laurier Park.

4 hours and 25 minutes of "on water" time - to cover 21 miles (33.8 km)

4 hours and 25 minutes of “on water” time – to cover 21 miles (33.8 km)



Stand Up Paddle – River Trek

We are once again hosting our Stand Up Paddleboard River Trek.

Sunday, July 19, 2015. 

This is a casual paddle down the North Saskatchewan River from Devon to Laurier Park.
The total distance is approximately 34 km and the trek will take between 4 and 5 hours.

We will stop a few times on the route for snack and drink breaks.
It is strongly suggested that you carry food and drink with you (there are no 7-11’s on the river).
We do have SUP specific “camel backs / hydration packs” in stock.
Leashes and whistles are mandatory for all. (we sell those as well)

We will offer a shuttle service (for you and your board) from Laurier Park in Edmonton (Story Land Valley Zoo) out to Devon.
The Shuttle cost is $20. per person / board.

You MUST pre register by July 15 if you want the shuttle service.   Registration is done in person, at the store. 

While this is a casual event – it is NOT a “float” – you will need to paddle the entire way.

Call the store for more details.  780-413-4554

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SUP Polo photos

We held the first ever SUP Polo games on June 30 at Hermitage Park Lake – and to say it was fun is a giant understatement.

The laughter to paddling ratio was off the charts.

We will be doing this again soon – so make sure to watch here for the announcement.

Setting up the field.

Setting up the field.

Ready to play.

Ready to play.

Griffin going for a swim.

Griffin going for a swim.

SUP Polo Action.

SUP Polo Action.

Using the Starboard Starship to ferry the nets back to shore.

Using the Starboard Starship to ferry the nets back to shore.



SUP Polo!

Easy Rider is proud to present the North American debut of Starboard SUP Polo.

Tuesday, June 30 at Hermitage Park Lake at 7:00 PM
Registration is at 6:45 PM   FREE!

SUP Polo is a super fun way to bring a team sport into Stand Up Paddling.
Starboard tested the waters with it last October at their International Dealers meeting in Spain – which I was fortunate enough to be at.
We used any Inflatable board we could – and hand made paddles in the swimming pool of the resort we were staying at.
It was country against country – with Team Mexi-Can (2 paddlers form Mexico and Me from Canada) coming out as the first ever “World Champion SUP Polo” Team.

I was so stoked on the new “fun” way to paddle that I put in the first order for boards / paddles and nets in the world.

We now have it in – and are ready to play.

We will be playing 3 on 3 – and first team to score 2 goals (it’s harder than you think).

If you have a team of 3 – great – if not – just come on out and we will make up teams for you.

Come on out this Tuesday and get in on the FUN!

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Battle at Telford Lake SUP Race – Results.

Sunday, June 21 saw the running of the 3rd Annual Easy Rider – Battle at Telford Lake SUP Race.
The weather was the best we have had in the short history of this event – with just a little bit of wind – and sunny skies.

New this year was the inclusion of the Joker Lap – where each paddler was allowed to short cut the course one time during their race.
The Joker Lap strategy was used with success on a few occasions – allowing paddlers to either get into “clean” water – or make a pass on someone.

The Open class racers were the fist to hit the water – and completed 3 laps of the course.
Greg showed that age is only a number – taking 1st over all.   Followed by my 2 sons in second and third!

Next up was the Kids / Youth class – with racers ranging from age 6 to 15.  The under 10 class did one lap, while the 11 to 15 year olds did 2.
Big props to Kira who at age 8 – decided to do 2 laps!   Watch out for her in the future!

Last to start were the Elite racers – who did 5 laps of the course.
Ryan jumped out to an early lead and held it until the finish.   2nd and 3rd was a battle between Genna and Delmer – with Genna pulling out a bit of distance on the last lap.

The event was capped off by our “semi famous” draw prizes – where everyone won something!

Thanks to all my staff / family and team for helping out at the event, and thanks to the competitors for coming out and having fun!

BOT Results

Racer meeting under way.

Racer meeting under way.

Griffin & Trey battle in the Open Class

Griffin & Trey battle in the Open Class

Kira and Victoria in the Kids / Youth Class

Kira and Victoria in the Kids / Youth Class

Elite Class Start.

Elite Class Start.

Ryan leads the Elite Class

Ryan leads the Elite Class

Course clean up on the Starboard Starship.

Course clean up on the Starboard Starship.

 



Stand Up Paddleboard Selection

We here at The Easy Rider have always strived to provide you with the best possible selection of top quality products.

This is especially true in our board selection.  Whether it is the over 500 different Snowboards we have in stock in the winter, the over 200 different Longboard Skateboards we have in, in the Spring and Summer , or the 186 DIFFERENT Stand Up Paddleboards that we have IN STOCK – RIGHT NOW.

Other shops may boast the “best selection”, but no shop in Canada, and only 1 or 2 in the United States even comes close to our selection.

You may ask, “but why the huge selection?” – The answer is simple . . . So you can get the exact right board for you, and your paddling needs.

Come on by, or drop us an email – and we can help you navigate our selection to find the perfect board for you.

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Battle of Telford Lake SUP Race

Sunday, June 21, 2015 is the 3rd Annual Battle of Telford Lake Stand Up Paddleboard Race.

This event is a short course style race with multiple laps around a buoy marked course.

Registration is now OPEN at the store and will also be available on the morning of the event at 9:00 AM.
(Please register at the store in advance if possible – it makes it easier for us to plan the event)
Registration is $20. and there will be a great selection of Draw Prizes after the event.

The Elite Class Race will be 5 laps of the course, and the Open Class Race will be 3 laps.
New this year will be the addition of a “Joker Lap” where you will be able to “Short Cut” the course on one of your laps.
Which lap you choose to take the Joker Lap on is up to you, but you may only take it one time.
The Kids Race will be 2 laps of a shortened course and will take place between the Open and Elite races.

Board Classes within the Elite and Open races will be as follows:
Race 14′ (any “pointy” style board over 12’6″)
Race 12’6″ (any “pointy” style board  12’6″ and under)
Surfboard (any round nose shape board up to 12’6″)
Inflatable (any inflatable board)

Please contact the store if you have any questions.
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Indoor SUP Lesson and Demo – March 10.

Spring is just around the corner.
What better time to learn to Stand Up Paddle.

Our next session is on Tuesday, March, 10th in the wave pool at West Edmonton Mall.

We supply all the boards and paddles, and give a brief lesson at the start, and then let you paddle around in nice warm water for almost 2 hours.

The cost is $10. per person.
You must register in advance by calling the store – at 780-413-4554.
Space is limited so call in and register as soon as possible.

Please Note – Children must be at least 12 years old – and must have a parent in the water at all times.

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Windsurf Information night.

Interested in Windsurfing?
Wanting to learn all about this awesome sport?
Already sail – but looking to get new gear?

If you are looking for answers to any of these questions – then the place to be is The Easy Rider on Monday, October 27.

We will be having a wine & cheese night to show you all about the sport . . .  and all about the new gear from Starboard – Severne – JP Australia – Neil Pryde and DaKine.

You will also be able to pre order the exact gear you want for next spring.

If you are interested – please call the shop at 780-413-4554 to RSVP for this event.

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North Saskatchewan River SUP Trek

At the end of July we held one of our famous Devon to Laurier Park in Edmonton SUP River Trek’s.

We once again seemed to luck out with a perfect weather day!
Twenty five paddlers had a great time paddling 35 km down the North Saskatchewan River.

Watch this space for the dates for our “fall colors” river paddle.

The Trek'ers.

The Trek’ers.

After a short bus ride to Devon - we're off.

After a short bus ride to Devon – we’re off.

First rest stop on a sand bar in the middle of the river - right near Rabbit Hill Ski Area.

First rest stop on a sand bar in the middle of the river – right near Rabbit Hill Ski Area.

Back at it - with Griffin leading the way.

Back at it – with Griffin leading the way.

Rest stop just past Terwillegar Park.

Rest stop just past Terwillegar Park.

Everyone say cheese!

Everyone say cheese!