The Big Earl is a great inflatable board! It has everything you need in a portable SUP.
- Very stable design
- Removable skegs
- Extremely Rigid
- Bombproof pump and carrying bag
- Great price…$995
I removed the skegs knowing that the river was shallow. The Big Earl handles just fine without the fins. It turns well, grabs eddies and you don’t have the fear of getting superman’ed off the board in the shallows.
I was able to strap my Watershed drybag to the front tiedowns and there were no problems. This board was designed to haul your gear. It is wide and stable allowing you to take gear and not lose stability.
I love the weight of inflatable SUP’s! At 29 lbs you can take this board anywhere.
I filled the board to 15psi and it was perfect for warm water and a 60 degree day. That was 2 weeks ago and the board is still inflated. It hasn’t lost any pressure.
I haven’t tried it on anything above class 3, but I’m looking forward to paddling it down some great rivers in Mexico this year.
You can find the NRS Big Earl at:
Have a great winter everyone!
See you on the water!
Mariela and I went to Colorado for a few weeks in May and June. If you’ve never been to the rivers out west, you are missing out. We stayed in Buena Vista, CO and surfed/paddled: Numbers, fractions and the BV and Salida Playparks.
We were able to surf Some of the Badfish Boards, both down river and surf. Mike and Zach are at the forefront of river surf design. It was awesome to surf some completely original designs.
River surf is a new very new medium. Kayaks have been surfing river waves for years but SUP boards are relatively new.
Badfish stand up Boards are available in a variety of sizes. 5′ 11″ to the 9′ river runner. They are all hand crafted in Salida,CO.
If you are in the state of Colorado and you like to SURF? get over and check out the boys at Badfish.
See ya on the river
Sage Donnelly 2010 Final and Begin 2011
It has been an incredible year for me! I accomplished most of my goals for 2010 including completing my loop and competing in the Junior Olympics where I won 5 gold medals and became the Cub Cadet National Slalom Champion and made the National Team for Freestyle, Slalom and C2. I also ran more class 4 rivers and worked hard to support Jackson Kayak, American Whitewater and Outdoor Nation as a good ambassador.
2010 Whitewater Accomplishments
Kern River Festival: 1st. – Jr. Women’s Slalom, 4th. – Women’s Brush Creek Race, 2nd. – Women’s Bush Ck Gaint Slalom Race, 1st. – Women’s Triple Crown
Cache Creek: 1st – Jr. Slalom
Reno River Festival: 2nd – Jr. Freestyle
Truckee River Race: 1st – Jr. Slalom
Auburn River Festival: 1st – Jr. Freestyle and 1st – Jr. Slalom
Yampa River Festival: 1st – Jr. Open Freestyle, 2nd – Jr Freestyle, 2nd – Jr. Women’s Slalom
Teva Mountain Games: 12th – Women’s Freestyle, only cadet competitor
Lyons River Festival: 2nd – Cadet Slalom, 2nd – Cadet Freestyle
FibArk River Festival: 1st – Cadet Freestyle and 1st – Cadet Slalom
American River Festival: 1st – Cadet Freestyle and 1st – Cadet Slalom
Mokelumne River Festival: 1st Cadet – Down River Race and 1st – Cadet Slalom
Age Group National Slalom Championship: 1st – Cub-Cadet
Junior Olympics: 5 – Gold Medals and 2 – 1st places (non-sanctioned events) in Women’s Cub Cadet Category: 1st – Slalom, 1st – Sprint Slalom, 1st – Boatercross, 1st – Down River Sprint, 1st – Down River Race, 1st – Mix C2 Slalom, 1st – Freestyle.
I was able to travel all over the nation this year and ran several new class 4 rivers including Pauley Creek, Brush Creek, Kaweaha, Kern, NF Feather, and NF American in California, as well as my first over night self support kayak trip on class 4 Deer Creek near Chico with many good friends. I then traveled to Colorado where I competed at rodeos every weekend and was able to loop in every competition.
I traveled to the east coast for my first time where I paddled the Tellico, Youghiogheny, Cheat, New River, Ocoee, Nantahala and Potomac rivers. One of the best parts of the year was meeting so many great people on and off the water and making new friends from all over the world.
Off River: I spoke to 150 middle school students about river careers on Career Day in Reno, NV and to 100 – 4th and 5th graders in Sacramento, CA about getting outside and enjoying the outdoors, but especially kayaking!
Goals for 2011
I hope to continue competing and defend my Jr. Olympic and National titles and learn more freestyle tricks including Cartwheels, Backloops and Space Godzillas. I also would like to run as many rivers as possible and be a good ambassador for AW, Outdoor Nation and Jackson Kayak, and to paddle with more kids in 2011!
This was my first trip to the Grand Canyon so I had no idea what to expect, except what I had heard, and what I had seen from a couple pictures. Though no picture or story can come close to experiencing it first hand. The name Grand Canyon is almost an understatement, being that this was probably the best river trip I have ever been on, which says a lot because I have been on a fair amount.
Our good friend Tony Lunt was kind enough to invite Emily and myself along with 13 other friends to join him on his trip. It was a really cool trip no only because of the amazing scenery, or the great whitewater, but also because of the cool people. I had known half of the group before we left, though I feel like I knew everyone by the end of the trip.
We were on the canyon for 13 days, which at first seemed like it would be a long trip, though by the end no one wanted to leave, and it felt as though we had barely scratched the surface of the entirety of the magnificent place.
I knew we were in for a treat when after the first day I had been blown away by the canyon’s awesome beauty, and our group’s dynamics, and the professionalism of our guides, not to mention the great food. On day 7 we had filet mignon, how cool is that?
Our fearless leader, and good friend, Phil Boyer lead us down the sweetest big water lines the canyon had to offer. We also got to check out some amazing side hikes waterfalls, caves and canyons.
Emily and I had a blast getting to hang out, play and kayak with everyone. I would like to give a big thanks to Tony for inviting us on this trip. This was truly one of the coolest experiences of my life. This really is something that everyone in the world should experience, see and understand, for it is The Grand Canyon!
I will be posting a video from our trip soon, but for now here are some pictures from our awesome trip.
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Two years ago I could do 4 trick combos. After working on them a lot last year I didn’t improve on them. With the new 2010 Allstar and 2 days of good water I completed a 5 and 7 trick combo and my 4 trick combo moves are cleaner and have more pop as well. Check out the video!