Camp SUP presented by Salt Life is Ready to Party in St. Augustine, Florida

Popular—and free—standup paddling event this weekend!

Salt Life Presents Camp SUP East Coast

Popular standup paddling event expands to Florida

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Camp SUP was about getting people on the water

Great Success At Camp SUP East in St. Augustine

Camp SUP  presented by Salt Life beckoned paddlers from far and wide to St. Augustine for a fun day of board demos, open racing, clinics and entertainment on Saturday. Standup enthusiasts from as far as Charleston, South Carolina and Jupiter, Florida made the trek to St. Augustine Beach to hang out with pros like Colin McPhillips and emcee Ken Hoeve as well as participate in the myriad events on offer.

“Everyone was super stoked,” said event director Scott Desiderio. “It was a fun time and everyone was excited to have SUP magazine in their town.”

Brands such as Riviera Paddlesurf, Hobie, Coreban, Mistral, Ocean Extreme Sports, Starboard, Bote, Kaenon, Boga Paddleboards, North Guana Outpost, Ocean Lineage, offered demos to eager enthusiasts, ranging from newbies looking for their first board to experienced paddlers looking to ride the next big thing.

Budding racers took on the small surf to race past St. John’s County Pier, yoga luminary Jess Amendola had a crowd of eager yogis in her clinic and later, during a mid-afternoon thunderstorm, everyone gathered to listen to band I-Vibes in the pavilion while enjoying beverages from Kona Brewing Co. All beer donations went to Keepers of the Coast.

Thanks to all the paddlers that came out! We had a great time.

Look for updates on Camp SUP West, coming soon.

Special Thanks

SUP Magazine would like to thank our presenting sponsor Salt Life and our host retailer Ocean Extreme Sports for bringing this event to St. Augustine.

We can't say definitively if the Big SUP race will look like this, but we do know it will be fun. Photo: Greg Panas
We can’t say definitively if the Big SUP race will look like this, but we do know it will be fun. Photo: Greg Panas

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., June 17, 2015Camp SUP presented by Salt Life is set to go off in St. Augustine, Florida on June 27, with a stellar lineup up of clinicians, demos and two different fun paddles. Camp SUP is the country’s premiere SUP party, an event dedicated to getting new paddlers into the sport, helping experienced paddlers improve their skills while allowing everyone to demo new boards and equipment before they buy.

Clinics

Boga Paddleboards is sponsoring Camp SUP’s yoga clinic with Jess Amendola, a longtime yoga instructor from the St. Augustine area. Jess’s classes emphasize alignment and blend challenging movements with self-awareness. The Boga-sponsored athlete grew up on the water and travels frequently to teach, both on the board and on the mat.

Matt Hite will be teaching our stroke clinic. Matt is a life-long waterman from a family of lifeguards and surfers. He’s taught surfing in Florida and California and leads a growing club of more than 100 paddlers in the Jacksonville area. A BIC-sponsored paddler, Hite travels throughout the country certifying other instructors as well.

Camp SUP’s intro to surf clinic will be headed up by Giorgio Gomez, a World Tour competitor out of Jupiter, Florida. Giorgio is one of the most stylish surfers on tour and will cover surf etiquette and basic tips like positioning and wave-catching techniques.

Fun Paddling

Camp SUP’s Open Fun Paddle is a great way to get into racing or to add to your experience. The four-mile course at the St. John’s County Pier in St. Augustine is a fun way to get some exercise and try out a new board while rounding buoys.

The last part of the day at Camp SUP will feature the Big SUP Race presented by Mistral. Mistral will provide big SUP’s where teams of 3-6 will compete in a big SUP race to decide the big SUP Champions.

Free Demos

Camp SUP presented by Salt Life provides all-day demos for paddlers ready to try out the latest standup paddling equipment, eyewear and other products. Riviera Paddlesurf, Hobie, Coreban, Mistral, Ocean Extreme Sports, Starboard, Bote, Kaenon, Boga Paddleboards, North Guana Outpost, Ocean Lineage, and more fantastic companies will provide equipment. Looking to buy your first board or upgrade from the board you already own? Camp SUP is the ideal place to test out the best equipment available in the industry.

Party

Camp SUP presented by Salt Life will feature a beer garden from 12-4 pm with beer provided by Kona Brewing Co. Each $5 beer donation will benefit local non-profit organization Keepers of the Coast. Enjoy a cold Kona Brew while jamming to live tunes from I-Vibes.

The party doesn’t end on the beach. Join us after the paddle across the A1A at the Salt Life Food Shack rooftop for happy hour specials from 5pm-7pm.

Special Thanks

SUP Magazine would like to thank our presenting sponsor Salt Life and our host retailer Ocean Extreme Sports for bringing this event to St. Augustine For more information, visit supthemag.com/camp-sup/east and start the conversation with #CAMPSUP

About Salt Life
Salt Life is an authentic, aspirational and lifestyle brand that embraces those who love the ocean and everything associated with living the “Salt Life”. Founded in 2003 by four avid watermen from Jacksonville Beach, Florida, the Salt Life brand has widespread appeal with ocean enthusiasts worldwide. From fishing, diving and surfing, to beach fun and sun-soaked relaxation, the Salt Life brand says: “I live the Salt Life.” Learn more at saltlife.com.

About SUP Magazine
SUP magazine is part of The Enthusiast Network (TEN) and is the leading multi-media publication in the standup paddling world. With a progressive, approachable style, SUP strives to push readers off the couch and onto the water. By blending engaging print and destination features, gear coverage and in-depth instructional pieces with in-house video and event write-ups on SUPthemag.com, SUP magazine is enhancing your view of the sport, all while getting you into the game. For more information, please visit SUPthemag.com.

About TEN: The Enthusiast Network
TEN: The Enthusiast Network is the world’s premier network of enthusiast brands, such as MOTOR TREND, AUTOMOBILE, HOT ROD, SURFER, TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING, and GRINDTV. With more than 50 publications, 60 websites, 50 events, 1,000 branded products, the world’s largest automotive VOD channel, and the world’s largest action/adventure sports media platform, TEN inspires enthusiasts to pursue their passions. For more information, visit enthusiastnetwork.com.

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Camp SUP Set To Go Off In St. Augustine

SUP magazine signs two Floridians to clinic team

ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida, June 3, 2015 – Camp SUP, presented by Salt Life June 27 in St. Augustine, Florida is going to be one for the books, with instructional clinics, an open fun paddle race, live music, free demos and more. It’s a fantastic way for the family to try paddling for the first time, the expert to try a new board before purchasing or the intermediate to improve paddling skills. SUP magazine is proud to announce that Yoga Instructor Jessica Amendola will head the SUP Yoga Clinics (sponsored by Boga SUP) while ACA-certified instructor Matt Hite will lead the stroke clinic, highlighting the incredible paddling talent Florida boasts.

Matt Hite

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Daytona Beach local Matt Hite is a life-long waterman from a family of lifeguards and surfers. He’s taught surfing in Florida and California and leads a growing club of more than 100 paddlers in the Jacksonville area. A BIC-sponsored paddler, Hite travels throughout the country certifying other instructors as well. The dude lives to share his love of the water—a perfect fit for Camp SUP’s lineup. Follow Matt on Facebook.

Jessica Amendola

Jessica Amendola

SUP magazine is excited to have St. Augustine-local Jess Amendola heading up Camp SUP’s SUP Yoga clinic. Jess was trained at Discovery Yoga in St. Augustine so she knows the local community well. Her classes emphasize alignment and blend challenging movements with self-awareness. The Boga-sponsored athlete grew up on the water and travels frequently to teach, both on the board and on the mat. Follow Jess on Instagram.

Open Fun Paddle Race and Something for Everyone
Camp SUP, June 27 has something for everyone. If you’re ready to try your first race or just want to get out for a fun paddle, you can paddle any size, shape, craft you want. Every entry includes a goodie bag from Salt Life and a digital subscription to SUP magazine. Sign up for our Open Fun Paddle Race here.

SUP magazine would like to thank Salt Life for helping bring Camp SUP to St. Augustine, as well as Camp SUP’s retail partner, Ocean Extreme Sports.

For more information, visit Camp-SUP.com and start the conversation with #CAMPSUP

About Salt Life
Salt Life is an authentic, aspirational and lifestyle brand that embraces those who love the ocean and everything associated with living the “Salt Life”. Founded in 2003 by four avid watermen from Jacksonville Beach, Florida, the Salt Life brand has widespread appeal with ocean enthusiasts worldwide. From fishing, diving and surfing, to beach fun and sun-soaked relaxation, the Salt Life brand says: “I live the Salt Life.” Learn more at saltlife.com.

About SUP Magazine
SUP magazine is part of The Enthusiast Network (TEN) and is the leading multi-media publication in the standup paddling world. With a progressive, approachable style, SUP strives to push readers off the couch and onto the water. By blending engaging print and destination features, gear coverage and in-depth instructional pieces with in-house video and event write-ups on SUPthemag.com, SUP magazine is enhancing your view of the sport, all while getting you into the game. For more information, please visit SUPthemag.com.

About TEN: The Enthusiast Network
TEN: The Enthusiast Network is the world’s premier network of enthusiast brands, such as MOTOR TREND, AUTOMOBILE, HOT ROD, SURFER, TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING, and GRINDTV. With more than 50 publications, 60 websites, 50 events, 1,000 branded products, the world’s largest automotive VOD channel, and the world’s largest action/adventure sports media platform, TEN inspires enthusiasts to pursue their passions. For more information, visit enthusiastnetwork.com.

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SUP magazine and Salt Life are pleased to present Camp SUP East Coast on Saturday, June 27, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at St. John’s Pier and Pavilion in St. Augustine Beach, Florida.

Camp SUP, an inclusive gathering created to build the sport of standup paddling by getting people onto the water, hosted a hugely successful and well-attended first event in California last summer and now East Coast paddlers will get the opportunity to participate as well. Camp SUP East Coast will feature wetsuit/SUP gear demos, clinics, an open Fun Paddle Race, beer garden and more, all benefiting Keepers of the Coast.

SUP magazine’s main goal is simple: to inspire paddlers to get on the water,” says Editor Will Taylor. “Camp SUP is a fantastic way to do that face-to-face with our readers. Whether you’re a first-time paddler, an excited grom looking to learn from the pros or an experienced water-person hoping to try the newest boards, Camp SUP has something for everyone.”

A highlight of the day’s activities, all are welcome to participate in the four-mile open Fun Paddle Race which will begin in front of the iconic St. Johns Pier, proceed around the St. Augustine inlet, into the Matanzas River, and back. Longboards, 12’6″, 14′, Unlimited, prone boards, bathtubs – participants can paddle whatever they choose within the greater paddling family and earn a chance to win prizes. Sign up here (all entries will receive a Camp SUP t-shirt and a one-year digital subscription to SUP magazine.)

For more information, visit supthemag.com/camp-sup/east and start the conversation with #CAMPSUP

SUP magazine would like to thank Salt Life for their support of the first annual Camp SUP East Coast.

The first annual Camp SUP presented by Salt Life at Doheny State Beach was a resounding success this weekend as paddlers ranging from first-timers to experienced racers came out to test boards, learn from their heroes and mingle with the greater paddling community.

The weekend centered around getting as many paddlers out as possible to enjoy the beautiful weather and paddle as much as possible. Vendors such as Focus, Body Glove, SUPreme, OAM, SIC, Riviera, ULI, Laird SUP, SUP ATX, Kings, Surftech, Boardworks, Hobie, Infinity and Naish kept standup paddlers on the water all day while companies like Mamma Chia, Ocean Minded, Banzai Bowls Salt Life, Hinano Tahiti and Sierra Nevada kept them refreshed and comfortable on land.

“It was great to see the paddling community come out in force to take advantage of this special weekend,” said SUP magazine managing editor Will Taylor. “Paddlers had everything they needed to have fun—from boards to paddles to apparel. The vibe on the water was awesome as well.”

Paddling personalities such as Nikki Gregg, Dave Boehne, Connor Baxter and Gillian Gibree taught classes to eager students in fitness, surfing, stroke technique and yoga, respectively. A highlight of the weekend was the Grom Clinic, put on by SIC, where young paddlers got to learn from some of the best in the business.

To top it all off, the conditions offered everything from small waves to flat water to downwind bumps, giving every type of paddler a chance to test out any kind of board that fit their style of paddling.

Camp SUP proved to be an awesome format to connect some of the best brands in the industry with everyday paddlers looking to improve their skills, learn about products on offer or get introduced to the sport for the first time.

Look for our video recap due out later this week.