ERS BOARD FEATURES
PADDLE BOARDS AT A DIFFERENT LEVEL
Every Earth River SUP paddle board has several core features that make our paddle boards distinct and separate us from the competition. Below are some of the enhancements that let our boards take you from beginner to expert – and have an amazing experience along the way.
OPTIMIZED ROCKER PROFILE
So what IS rocker and what does it do?
Rocker is the upward curve at the nose of the board. It is a surfing innovation that is designed to prevent the nose of the board from digging in to the water as it drops into a wave.
On a SUP board, more rocker allows the board to be used in rougher conditions than boards with a flatter profile. In conditions such as rapids or chop, the rocker helps channel the water, allowing the rider a smoother more balanced ride.
Even on flat water, enhanced rocker can assist with pulling the nose out of the water – basically it adds to the fun which is why a carefully designed rocker line is in all our designs.
FIXED OR FLEXIBLE FIN OPTIONS
In 2017 we have offered custom fin set ups on our V-II CORE boards to allow rider to tune their ride perfectly.
We’ve put a US standard fin box in the center and click fins on the side, toed in for optimal performance. Riders can fit fins to their preference and get the board performing to their liking.
Our Sky Lake boards continue with our unbreakable fixed fin setups to provide consistent performance. When we say unbreakable we mean it! We have yet to see one of our fixed fins bite the dust and we’ve used these boards everywhere all over the world.
Our fins are set in the optimal configurations to enhance your riding experience.
UV PROTECTED HD GRAPHICS
We build our boards to last and that includes the graphics.
In the final stage of production we apply a very expensive UV coating layer over the PVC to ensure the colorfastness for a much longer time. We want riders to be able to keep their SUP looking as good as the day they got it throughout its life time so we feel this extra step in our process is important.
Don’t be surprised if those out on the water don’t believe it’s an inflatable on first sight – it happens to us all the time.
It’s the little things – and attention to detail is something we are passionate about.
We put d-rings at the front and back of the boards to aid with towing, leash connection, go pro security etc. We use the finest ones available with an unmatched pull strength
Our bungees are set up to be useful, unobtrusive, and long lasting. We even designed our neoprene handle to be easily removed in case you want a flatter profile for yoga, surfing, or other pursuits.
HIGHEST QUALITY VALVE
Some other companies skimp on their valve construction to save a few bucks, but not Earth River SUP.
We use the best quality Halkey-Roberts design and each valve is double tested before it makes its way onto an ERS board.
Our valves and pumps lock seamlessly together for easy inflation and get you on the water quicker and faster. Our 2017 boards feature our custom valve cover design with a key message – “PADDLE SAFELY – ALWAYS WEAR A LIFE JACKET” – We think it’s on point that safety should be something you’re always reminded of before every paddling session.
LIGHTWEIGHT BUT RIGID
Designing a lightweight board that stays rigid IS a challenge, but the payoff is amazing.
Sure, we have seen the competition selling boards weighing 30+ lbs with added stringers / rail stiffeners etc. We have designed these boards ourselves and realized carrying a heavy board is not worth the extremely minor payoff you might get under certain conditions.
Having a board that performs but makes you WANT to take it out and paddle – that’s the game we are in, and we think we have the perfect balance that keeps paddle boarding fun.
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