2020 has been a year that started with the threat of nuclear war and went downhill from there. Despite this, there has been one consistent bright spot that I will fondly remember for years to come. 2020 was the year everyone went outside. 2020 was the year that we stayed home; but found nature just outside our doorstep. 2020 was the year that more people than ever wanted to try SUP! Everyone who I've interacted with this summer has made 2020 just a little bit better, a little bit brighter, and I want to sincerely thank all of you for that. I hope we can carry this momentum forward to 2021 and beyond. Long after we leave the negatives of 2020 behind.
2020 was also year of shortages. In March I was trying to find a flight home from New Zealand; in May I wasn't sure if I could even operate rentals this year; but by July demand was through the roof and I could not get additional SUPs from any vendor whatsoever. This has carried through to September, where people are still out enjoying the water. It has been incredible; but there is stock available for 2021 and I am making pre-orders for new boards. That means I can finally put my remaining 2020 rental inventory up for sale.
Availability and pricing is as follows:
As noted, paddles are not included in the pricing. They can be added to a SUP purchase for $100. The iRocker paddle, if purchased, will have orange features to match the board. Leashes will be included with all purchases free of charge. Lastly, if you rented a SUP this year and now would like to purchase one, I can discount your rental costs from that purchase price (maximum $150 per board).
These boards will be posted on my shop page on Monday September 28. If you want to beat the rush and reserve one before then, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 825-777-6782.
Looking ahead to 2021: there is still a lot to be determined for my business. Plan A is to deliver even more SUP services next year, including a rental fleet that is twice as large as this year's, and adding tours. However, career prospects for my primary job may take me outside of Edmonton for a time. This would obviously require a scaling back of services here. Regardless of the outcome, I will still be blogging about where to paddle near Edmonton and will still offer SUP lessons in Edmonton; even if I have to make a special trip for it!
Enjoy this warm September weather, and I hope to see you on the water again soon! Rentals will continue to be available this year for as long as I have boards available to rent.
Chad writes about Edmonton, SUP, travel and his van. We participate in affiliate programs, and can earn a commission on qualifying products linked in the blog.