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Urban SUP Destination: San Francisco Bay Area

When dreaming of warm, calm and crystal clear waters; San Francisco is not the first place that comes to mind. But what it lacks in that department, it makes up for in a variety of top notch SUP options from SUP surfing perfection, ideal downwinding, yoga paradises and flat water harbor cruising and sightseeing. 

Go-To Guide for Flatwater Paddling: Southern California

Flatwater paddling is by far the most enjoyed form of standup paddleboarding across the Globe so we figured, why not fill you in on our favorite locations to explore by SUP in Southern California? Through this blog, read about some great locations between the U.S. - Mexico Border and Newport Beach, CA.

A Little History on Standup Paddleboarding

What we know today as a sport driven by peaceful times, sheer adventure and performance racing & surfing started off as a much more simple-minded activity. Much less for performance and more so for the simple fact that it was easier, the idea of standup paddleboarding first arose thousands of years ago using canoes or makeshift rafts and standup paddling with an extended canoe paddle. An Egyptian Pharaoh's daughter, Peruvians on their bundled reed watercrafts, or even warriors in some parts of Africa could be considered early adopters of SUP, but the modern day SUP that we know of started to take shape on the shores of Waikiki Beach in Hawaii. 

Northern California SUP Surf Spots

What Northern California boasts is beyond describable in words when it comes to hidden gems for SUP surfing. From the not-so-hidden coast near San Francisco all the way to the nearly inaccessible spots near the Oregon border. With a variety of waves for every level of SUP surfer, Northern California should never be overlooked when you're on the hunt for that potentially perfect unridden wave. 

Desolation Outdoors and Antrim Associates Naval Architects Announce New SUP Design Partnership

Northern California based standup paddleboard manufacturer Desolation Outdoors: Paddle & Skate (www.desolationoutdoors.com) has announced a strategic partnership with leading Naval Architect Jim Antrim of AntrimAssociates, a prevalent yacht design firm specializing in high performance sailing yachts based in San Francisco.

2015 for Desolation Outdoors: "An incredible year!"

If one word could describe 2015 for all of us at Desolation Outdoors, it would be “Incredible.” We paddled amazing destinations, developed killer boards, met new friends and had great success. In this blog post, we have included photography and video from our year on and off the water. 

The answer to the big question: Why you should choose Desolation Outdoors over the rest...

The boards we build reflect our vision of how a standup paddleboard should be built.

We place a large amount of resources into research and development to ensure the boards we design are the best around. Our background in yacht and standup paddleboard design ensures our boards are developed at a level not offered elsewhere. 

Southbound to the Border and East through the Desert: an Unforgettable SUP Adventure

Our latest bit of shenanigans was one we are sure not going to forget. Leaving San Francisco on November 28, 2015, we hopped in the van and made our way down the California Coast on a trip that would lead us all the way to San Diego, the Salton Sea, Lake Havasu, then to Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam… We experienced amazing sunsets on the coast, massive cliff roads bordered by 1,000 feet of vert in Big Sur, vast desert landscapes and the ever so humbling Hoover Dam. In this blog, you will receive a little taste of our latest journey and we hope this will inspire you to take off on one of your own.

A SUP dream trip up the Northern California Coast

On November 14, 2015, Desolation Outdoors Founder & CEO set off on a dream trip up the California Coast with good friend, Kyle McCann. The two shut off their phones and left San Francisco at 5am in a Sprinter Van stacked to the roof with boards. Ready for anything that came their way, they pointed in the direction of Humboldt County, California. In this post, they outline the places they stopped, paddled and experienced along the way. Check it out, learn about the area and set off on an adventure of your own up the Desolate Northern California Coast.

Battle of the Bay 2015

Desolation Paddle team strikes again, but this time right in our own backyard!  Most notably, Claudia Breuer and Skye Towle for conquering the insane 8.5 mile course around Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Along with Janice Callahan's second place and Radsquatch of Stokeshare's first place finish in the 2 mile Open SUP Race. Other notable finishes for the team included Kyle McCann's first place and Emily Cribb's third place finish in the treacherous day two Open Technical SUP Race. Congrats to all of our Desolation SUP ambassadors for taking on the Battle of the Bay challenge. Congrats to the entire team bringing home some extremely honorable finishes on the fastest SUP's around. Thanks to the 12'6 Transpac-Carbon and the 14' Fastnet-Carbon our team stayed fast and dry throughout the entire weekend! Jump on board and experience the Desolation Difference today!

Tiburon Family & Businesses Help Valley Fire Victims With Donations of Sports Equipment

Desolation founder Torben Yjord-Jackson along with Tiburon native and Desolation team member, Marissa Miller, made the trip to fire-stricken Middletown, California last week to deliver a large collection of donated used and new sports equipment that was collected during a donation drive organized by the Steele family of Tiburon for the victims of the recent Valley Fire in Lake County, California.