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2015 Sportsman & Day Trip Air Inflatable SUPs
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Author:  Bcastile [ Wed Jan 21, 2015 1:18 pm ]
Post subject:  2015 Sportsman & Day Trip Air Inflatable SUPs

These are some cool new boards! Super stable with three chambers and ready for an adventure. They have been a hit with fishermen hiking into difficult to access water. The Sportsman is 10'9" and the smaller Day Trip Air measures in at 8'.


The Sportsman and the Day Trip Air are two new Hobie i-Series models for 2015. The main function of the line is VERSATILITY
and ACCESS to remote water. The boards are designed to be stable platforms for a multitude of paddling uses. The boards are
a perfect paddling platform for fishing, diving, river trips, great for hiking and camping in remote locations. They are also stable
platforms for exercise-yoga, pilates, cross training etc. Anything you can think of to do on the water, the Sportsman and the
Day Trip Air are the perfect boards for the occasion. They paddle great, are extremely stable and very versatile.


Author:  Bcastile [ Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:52 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 2015 Sportsman & Day Trip Air Inflatable SUPs

Mark Johnson, design guru behind the Hobie SUPs, talks about the development of the Sportsman with the folks at KayakAnglerTV.

Author:  Bcastile [ Wed May 27, 2015 9:25 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 2015 Sportsman & Day Trip Air Inflatable SUPs

We recommend a beginners weight at 200 pounds or below for the Sportsman and 180 pounds for the Daytrip. Higher skill levels will allow the paddlers to have higher weight limits, although the Daytrip maxes out at about 215 pounds and the Sportsman at about 275.

You can collect some water in the foot area from splashes but it shouldn't be enough to hurt your stability since it is so low. Taking a step back will help drain it as well once you're more comfortable and able to move around a bit on the board.

An experienced surfer will be able to ride just about anything to some degree so it will entirely depend on ability. Certainly not going to be an easy board to turn, but riding mushy waves isn't out of the question.

Rough water paddling is really something that's best for experienced paddlers. If you are confident in calm water, then it's likely just a matter of practice and easing into the rougher water.

The best thing you can do is try as many different boards as you can so you can get an idea what works best for your situation. The Sportsman does seem to be on the right track though.

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