Video: New from Diablo Paddlesports in 2013

While at the 2013 Austin Boat Show, we took the time to make a couple of videos showcasing some new products and upgraded features on a couple of boats. Thomas Flemons from Diablo Paddlesports was kind enough to take a few minutes to show off their new features for 2013 on both the Adios and the Chupacabra. Thomas covers a lot of ground in a short time, showing off their new leaning bar that can be outfitted with rod and paddle holders, the optional gear basket that attaches to the front of the bar, the Diablo/Yeti deck, the Diablo Skeg and the Sawyer Versa Paddle. Check out the video, let us know what you think!

-Trent @ ACK

SUP + Kayak = SUPYak?

There is no doubt that Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs) are the latest craze in the paddling world but it’s easy to see why — the boards look slick, are easy to lug around and offer both a unique workout and a new perspective on paddling. In fact, SUPs have gained so much popularity over the last few years that they have been turning the heads of some top kayak manufacturers. These brands have responded by “hybridizing” boards with kayaks, creating a unique style of boat that we wanted to discuss in this blog.

So what is the difference between a SUP and a SUP/kayak hybrid? Well, while many people like the idea of a SUP, a common criticism is that they can be limited purpose vessels. If you want to do more than stand up and paddle, you’re pretty much out of luck. SUP/Kayak hybrids are meant to address this issue by combining the stability of a SUP with the customability of a kayak. Each of the hybrid manufacturers, which include Ocean Kayak, Native Watercraft, Liquid Logic and Diablo Paddlesports, have taken it upon themselves to incorporate their brand’s uniqueness with the benefits of a SUP. The different boards are described briefly below.

Versa Board 12-3 by Liquid Logic and Native WatercraftWhat really sets the Versa Board apart from the rest are the seat configuration options. There is a cooler seat, a comfortable wedge or wedge deluxe seat and of course the First Class Swivel seat. Additionally, you’ll find a variety of other unique features including a drop down skeg, built in wheel for transport and a molded in rear handle. And, like all other hybrids, the Versa offers a number of accessory mounting options. Native Watercraft, Liquid Logic’s sister company offers an angler version too! The Versa Board is made of the same materials as your standard plastic kayak which makes it a bit heaver than your traditional composite SUPs but as a result boasts more stability.

Nalu 12.5 by Ocean KayakIntended for entry level, long distance and recreational paddlers, the Nalu is a simple and affordable hybrid that provides both speed and comfort. It comes outfitted with a seat, dry hatch and storage bungee and offers plenty of deck space for mounting accessories. Like the Versa, it can be outfitted for a variety of activities including fishing. It is also made of plastic.

Adios by Diablo Paddlesports The Adios is more kayak than board, that being said, it incorporates SUP stability with a sit-on-top kayak’s maneuverability to create a very unique watercraft. With drink holders, extra space for storage and the optional Larry Chair, the Adios is made for comfort. More so than comfort, the Adios is quite the fishing machine. The mounting options are virtually unlimited and the ability to stand up makes it an ideal platform for sight casting. What really sets this one apart from the rest is the material it’s made of — Thermoformed ABS. For those looking for something a bit smaller, Diablo also offers the Chupacabra, a shorter version of the Adios. To read more about Diablo, click here.

For some, traditional SUPs will provide everything you need. For those intrigued persons who aren’t quite ready to give up everything they love about kayaking, we hope this will expose you to another option that may meet you in between. Thanks for reading and tell us what you think about these so called hybrids by commenting below.

Joseph @ACK

Sit or Stand, the Devil Don’t Mind

We wanted to officially welcome Diablo Paddlesports to ACK. Diablo Paddlesports is an Austin, Texas based company that was founded in 2009 with the purpose of creating a boat that offered the benefits of both stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking. Today, they offer two such boats, the Adios and the Chupacabra, both of which will appear at local stores next week.

Diablo Paddlesport’s very own Ben and his dog enjoy the Diablo Chupacabra

We had a chance to get hands-on experience with these boats at our Demo Days this past weekend, and let us say that we are impressed! Both boats really do provide the ability to either sit or stand, and the sitting becomes a whole lot more comfortable when you add in their Larry Chair (pictured). One Chupacabra paddler even took it upon himself to attempt a handstand, but unfortunately it was a little too windy that day.

We’re very excited to have added Diablo Paddlesports to our mix and hope you are too! If you didn’t get a chance to try them out at our Austin Demo, Diablo Paddlesports will be present about our San Marcos and Houston Demo Events this coming weekend. – Joseph @ACK