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    Review – Topless Board Bag from Victory Kore Dry

    July 15th, 2013 | Reviews | Casey Gotcher | No Comments

    One of my favorite things to do for this site is product reviews.  I love testing out new or improved products, especially if they fill a need I have.  While I am originally from Southern California, work has taken me to Austin Texas, where I have lived for the last 13 years.  It’s a great […]

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    Product Review–SUP Wheels

    November 9th, 2012 | Gear, Reviews | Casey Gotcher | No Comments

      This is a product I was excited to get my hands on, as I live across the street from a lake, but its several hundred yards to the water, over some less than ideal terrain.  My wife and I had purchased a product similar to this a couple of years back, but it had […]

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    New Inflatable SUP’s hitting the market

    August 7th, 2012 | Gear, Reviews | Casey Gotcher | No Comments

    For some reason this site receives a high level of traffic on anything related to Inflatable SUPs.  Ever since I posted an article last year about Inflatables and whether or not they were worth purchasing (http://www.supgladiator.com/2011/07/05/the-case-for-purchasing-an-inflatable-sup/) I have had tons of traffic coming from the search engines on this topic.  Unfortunately there wasn’t a ton […]

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    Phoenix Rising–Infinity has a new Star in their lineup

    July 20th, 2012 | Gear, News, Reviews, Uncategorized | Casey Gotcher | 3 Comments

    If you read my earlier post about Chris Hill joining Team Infinity, you already know part of the reason for his decision to join the Boehne’s in their quest to design the best surf boards on the planet.  What I left out of that story was the second component to this relationship.  Infinity will become […]

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    The Devastator – a 17’6 Unlimited By MHL

    March 13th, 2012 | Reviews | Casey Gotcher | 8 Comments

    It has been a while since I have done any product reviews, but I have a few new products that justify the time and space on the site.  My most recent purchase is from a Custom Shaper out of Puerto Rico, called MHL.  I had been in the market for an unlimited board for over […]

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    Riviera 12’6" Voyager – New for 2012

    January 24th, 2012 | Reviews | Casey Gotcher | 4 Comments

    I am really excited about this class of boards, and this board in particular.  I take people out for lessons on most weekends, especially during the spring and summer months.  In many cases, the people I take out really take to the sport and love it, but what board to buy is often a problem.  […]

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    Inflatable SUP’s–Are they worth it?

    July 5th, 2011 | Reviews, Uncategorized | Casey Gotcher | 17 Comments

    I recently went through the process of buying an inflatable SUP and thought I would share some thoughts with you on what is out there, what to expect, pros and cons of inflatables, and so on. To start off with, my justification for wanting to purchase an inflatable, is because I travel a lot for […]

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    Product Review – Entry Level Board Options by Riviera

    May 19th, 2011 | Reviews, Uncategorized | Casey Gotcher | 7 Comments

    For some that come to this site, they are looking for info on what this SUP craze is all about.  Several times per week I get asked “what board should I buy?”  The answer to that question is not as simple as it sounds.  Before I answer them, I typically try and qualify their needs […]

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    Product Review – Kreed Eyes Polarized Sunglasses

    May 3rd, 2011 | Gear, Reviews | Casey Gotcher | 3 Comments

    Over the summer I went on vacation in the SUP Motherland of Hawaii.  We started off in Oahu, and eventually made our way to Kauai.  One day we were on the North Shore and I realized I had left my sunglasses (Oakley Polarized) in the hotel.  Not wanting to go all day without a pair, […]

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    Kalama Kamp–What is it, and who is it intended for?

    April 28th, 2011 | Destinations, Instruction, Reviews | Casey Gotcher | 2 Comments

      A few weeks ago, I had the great privilege to sit down with Dave for an hour or so, to discuss a passion of his; Kalama Kamp.  I have spoken to his partner in the camps, Brody Welte about Kalama Kamp several times over the last few months, and got a pretty good perspective […]

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    The GoofBoard – The best balance board for practicing Surfing and SUP out there – Take it from Wingnut.

    April 9th, 2011 | Gear, Reviews | Casey Gotcher | No Comments

      When I first ran across the ad for the GoofBoard on Surfline, I was instantly intrigued.  I had already purchased a round saucer shaped balance board at my local sporting good store.  I  had also been eyeing the Indo Board for a while. That product looked interesting to me at first, but after looking […]

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    Surftech Bark Dominator Review – First Impressions

    April 5th, 2011 | Gear, Reviews | Casey Gotcher | 2 Comments

    This weekend I got an opportunity to demo a Surftech Bark Dominator for the first time (my buddy Pat ended up buying the board on the spot after riding it).  I have had the Surftech Bark Competitor 12’6 ever since the very first shipment hit the mainland.  It was and is a great board.  Once […]

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    Quiksilver Amphibian’s–The Ultimate Boardshorts for Paddlers

    March 18th, 2011 | Gear, Reviews | Casey Gotcher | No Comments

      It’s that time of year again, where all the clothing manufacturers are updating the summer line up.  For the surfing brands, its all about Boardshorts this time of year.  For those who are like me and don’t want to have to change multiple times during the day, depending on if you are running errands or […]

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    Paddle Surf Hawaii 10’6 XW Review "Fear The Ripper"

    March 13th, 2011 | Gear, Reviews | Casey Gotcher | 3 Comments

      Intro About 5-6 months ago, I decided it was time to upgrade my Surf SUP, from the C4 11’6 “Stand Em” I had been riding.  The C4 was a decent board, but not ideal for the conditions I surf in.  After talking to several friends, some of which compete in the Stand Up World […]

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    The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti–Now Available on Blu-Ray ($14.98)

    March 5th, 2011 | Gear, Reviews | Casey Gotcher | No Comments

    Click to purchase from Amazon   While this isn’t a traditional Stand Up Paddle Movie, it does have some SUP in it.  I have been wanting to see this movie since it came out in 2009.  The problem is, it was released in limited areas.  We never got it in Austin, and I never seemed […]

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