Once, when returning from a Portuguese Surf trip, and getting stung for £70 at the airport, to get my surfboard home, I commented to the lads on the trip with me, that I should invent a Surfboard that could be split in half and packed in a normal suitcase. Typically for me, that was as far as it went and I never thought about it again until this day. That was until I saw The Pack and Paddle, Three Piece Paddleboard designed by Corran Addison.
Corran is an ex-Olympian who competed in white water kayaking and for 10 years held the world record for waterfall jumping. He then turned this hand to kayak design and has since started designing and manufacturing Stand Up Paddleboards. For the last 8 years Corran has been obsessed with making a Paddleboard that is easy to store and transport and this has lead him to design the collapsible Pack and Paddle SUP.
To get the project off the ground, Corran asked for help through Kickstarter back in November 2013 and by the 19th of December had smashed his target by over $6000 and the Take Apart Paddleboard was born. The idea is so brilliantly simple and the real genius of the design is that middle sections can be added to the board to increase the length and obviously the buoyancy to make it a great all round board and one that can be used by everybody. The fact that it packs down into at least three sections make it so easy to store and to transport to the water.
The boards are anticipated to be ready to hit the market around May 2014 and we will keep you updated with any progress we hear about. We are expecting the boards to retail for around $600 for the basic 3-piece design and more likely $900 for a longer 4 section SUP, although this is unconfirmed at present. To find out more about Corran and his company take a look at his webpage and for more information on the Take Apart Paddleboard visit the Kickstarter page here. We have embedded the Kickstarter video below, why not have a look and let us know if you think Corran has produced a board that could change your travelling and surfing habits?