Inflatable Paddle Boards and Your Next SUP Adventure

Apps That Take SUP to the Next Level

One of the greatest benefits of an inflatable stand up paddle board, like the Mistral SUP 14ā€™ Inflatable Race Paddle Board is portability. At 28 lbs, the board can be easily packed, along with some other essential gear, into the backcountry for some incredible SUP adventures and experiences. This inflatable SUP board is long and fast and more importantly, very stable. You cannot choose a better cruising board for seeing the world from the water. But the last thing you want to be doing is wandering around looking for a place to launch your SUP. So today, I thought Iā€™d make mention of some Apps that can help with your next SUP adventure.

Mistral Inflatable SUP

Lightweight and easy to pack into remote locations.

Summer is in full swing and for many of us it means vacationing at our incredible system of national parks. For most visitors, this means a short hike from your car to some heavily visited points of interest. With a stand up paddle board, the points of interest are yours alone. Nothing beats the view from the water.

National Geographic recently launched a full color, highly detailed app of our national park system for iOS called National Parks by National Geographic. The free version of this app can give SUP enthusiasts enough information to track the weather, visualize the trails and landmarks, and information on the various fees, accommodations and landmarks. For a few dollars more, you can get much more detailed info about the various points where you can launch your inflatable SUP.

Chimani National Parks App, which is available for Android and iOS takes the information to the less travelled national parks. While not as beautifully detailed as the app by NatGeo, it does give you a good idea of the best lakeshore launch sites. This app is as close to perfect for the SUP adventurer by giving you some ideas of where to go that you may not have considered.

Another app worth considering is Oh Ranger! Parkfinder. This app is also great for exploring parks that better fit your criteria. The information is pretty basic but it is definitely easy to navigate. This app is also available for Android and iOS devices.

A couple of things to remember: These apps may not be accessible for the park you are headed to, so be sure to download all of the info you need before you go. You are also in the backcountry, on the water, and often away from some basic emergency services. Be sure to have all of the necessary gear you might need (such as personal flotation devices – PFDs), tell somebody where you are headed, and be well practiced in self-rescue techniques.

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