From Slope to Surf: 8 Premium Boardsports and Kayak Brands
Today’s boardsports brands are breaking the mould with new technologies, developing fresh ideas and concepts, all vying to become major players in the industry. We sussed out some premium boardsports and kayak brands who have products you will want to get your hands on before you hit the slopes or the waves.
Spanning everything from snowboarding, stand up paddle boards to surfing apparel, these Sports & Outdoors Week brands have everything you need!
Monument Snowboards started as an in-house brand for a Washington based snowboard shop in 2001. With a focus on creating visually appealing, stand-out snowboards, Monument draws inspiration from the opinions and adventures of its team riders from the United States and Japan.
During the first moments of Monument as a brand, the team’s original focus was to bring a new level of creativity and graphic appeal to snowboarding that wasn’t heavily prevalent then. They wanted to place more focus on amazing imagery rather than simplistic branding, and bring a level of design that reminded them of the skate, music and ink scenes they were pulling inspiration from. The team still seeks out creators that are killing it on the streets or in galleries and hopefully will keep inspiring everyone on the mountain. This helps cultivate a brand that is personable and welcoming of all ideas.
One awesome fact about this brand is that two of the co-owners toured the world playing in a hardcore metal band together for 15 years.
Have you ever been shivering after a cold surf and wished you could jump into the comfort of your warmest hoodie? Surf-fur came to be when the founders were looking for something that would keep them warm while they enjoy our water sports and something that would help them stay out outside longer.
Surf-fur is the only functional waterparka on the market. There are swim parkas and dive parkas, but this one is the only one layer parka that is reversible, has changing pockets, and goes down past your knees. It’s are super warm and functional for those chilly days and or chilly waters.
We love the fact that if you ever think of a cold water item that needs to be made, you can email Surf-fur and they will consider it. How open-minded!
The two founders behind Gilson Boards were middle school science teachers and wanted to practice what they preached. They had the kids doing hands on labs, and so the two young teachers decided to do a lab as well. They revisited a concept for snowboard design that Nick conceived when he was 14, and after several failures, they landed on a concept that substantially outperformed the normal snowboard.
It was a science lab that turned viable, and then the two built a team and took the three-dimensional concept to market, building the Gilson brand around the new design approach. The three dimensional base Gilson designs are patented and make snowboards both more competitive and more fun to ride. This new age upstart company may be using high-tech machinery and social media, but they are going to market the old fashion way. Each winter, members from the core team load up in the Gilson-Airstream trailer and travel 17,000 miles around the country letting people try the new designs for free!
Keeper Sports Products
Keeper Sports Products is a global sporting goods and recreational manufacturer and wholesaler servicing a ton of categories from stand up paddle boards to body boards. Keeper Sports Products have partners who have been in the wholesale and manufacturing side of sporting goods for many, many years. Their mission is to bring innovative competitively priced and value enhanced product to the sporting goods industry – and have fun while doing it.
If you’re looking for a wide range of products to hit the water with, Keeper Sports carries beautifully designed foam standup paddle boards!
WindPaddle got started making a sail for kayaks that was lightweight, easy to learn and operate and didn’t require the use of the traditional mast to support the sail. Since that day 8 years ago they have developed sun shades and fish nets for the paddle sports industry, with their original sail still being their bestselling product.
WindPaddle’s unique position in the paddlesports industry is based on new and innovative solutions for accessories that are lightweight, store in a fraction of the space and cost less, all with a lifetime warranty.
“Innovation with a twist” is WindPaddle’s unofficial company motto: The nerdy yet simple geometrical “miracle” of compacting, twisting or coiling a large hoop structure, thus resulting in three small compact coiled circles.
Looking for a little cushion for your tush while you’re paddling around? Skwoosh comfort begins with a patented, lightweight gel that consists of millions of air-filled balloons. We can’t imagine sitting on anything more comfortable than that, unless your kayaking on a cloud.
The waterproof Skwoosh gel seat relieves the pressure on your sit bones, helping your circulation and reduces that numbness from sitting for too long. The seat is adjustable for lumbar support and is made from heavy duty durable fabrics. Made proudly in the USA, Skwoosh guarantees their workmanship and performance.
A trampoline board made of carpet and foam is what you make in your garage when your mom forbids you from jumping on your trampoline with your snowboard. That was the beginning of Bounceboards. The founders mom actually caught her son Chris heading out to practice tricks on the trampoline with his snowboard and I said “No. You can’t do that!” Not to be discouraged, Chris came up with something his mom would let him use.
Assuming other parents didn’t like their kids jumping on trampolines with a skateboard or snowboard, the two developed a padded and flexible trampoline board. Chris received encouragement from a school mechanical engineering teacher who holds 93 U.S. Patents. They decided to try to patent Chris’s idea and soon caught the eye of a manufacturer. Fast forward a bit and Bounceboard trampoline boards and skis, makes safer action trampoline boards to practice gravity defying tricks. Bounceboard help you refine your skills and increase spacial awareness!
DocksLocks is a Paddleboard locking system that keeps your boards safe and secure. The DockLocks System comes with everything you need to lock up your stand up paddle boards including one patented DocksLocks jaws, stainless fin box cleat, and 10mm coated cable.
This system provides the same type of protection for your SUP boards that bicycle locks have provided for years.
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