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.