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Exploring the Vipava River

Electric Explorations: The Vipava river

Exploring the Vipava River

Reaching new horizons is one of SipaBoards' aspirations and something that drives us both when we develop our boards as when we're exploring with them. We're proud that we have ambassadors out there who share our mindscape and live out their wildest adventures with us.

Meet Marin: The SUP(er) explore

Marin Medak is a bit hard to categorise, as his interests and endeavours  shift from exploration to entrepreneurship, but when it comes to adventure, he's the guy that goes further. And that means that he already has over 10.000 kilometres behind him, having rowed across the Atlantic, criss-crossing through the Adriatic and being a frequent kayaker and stand up paddler on Slovenian rivers. 

What most of us would plan as the SUP-trip of the year, Marin takes as a Sunday stroll when he descends the Vipava River on the SipaBoards Tourer Drive.

Down the green Vipava

One of the hidden Slovenian gems, the endemic Karst Vipava river cuts through the namesake valley, leaving vineyards on one side and high plateaus on the other.

A few (important) words on river paddling

1. Start upstream and return downstream when possible

River paddling is most times a one-way affair, paddling downstream from one point to another. Electric standup paddle boards changed that and slow rivers are now accessible on round trips as well. But mind, that you have a limited amount of energy and paddle against the current when you're fresh and then use the current on your way back to the same spot. 

2. Mind the wind

Winds can help or hinder and you should account for windforce when you're going on a longer ride to save energy. Going downstream and upwind, can be just as tiresome as paddling upstream.

3. Wear a leash, but ...

Safety leash should always be fastened around your ankle, knee our waist. But with rivers, currents and swirls can make up for dangerous situations. You should always consider a quick-release mechanism, to also be able to detach from your board if it gets tangled or pulled underwater. 

4. Go out fully powered

A river can be physically more intensive and you need to go out well rested and equipped. Pack enough food & water and make sure your electric SUP has a full battery (or even a spare) and set out to discover something new!

Too much can never be too much when it comes to SUP safety. You should always consider your capabilities, your surroundings and your equipment before venturing out. Check your gear, fill your batteries, enjoy your paddle and get back safe!

For more tips, the editorial experts at SUP Connect have covered each aspect into further detail. Check out this extensive article from here.


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SUP safety: PFD, leash and electric SUP board

SipaBoards Coiled 10’ Safety Leash
When riding on regular or electric SUP boards, your nr. 1 rule should be: “No leash, no party”. Always be mindful when you’re on the water, safety should be paramount.

Even though 2021 was a rocky year in many ways, paddle boarding is still hard on the rise in 2022. With millions of new paddlers hitting the waters around the world, there's also a growing need to discuss paddleboard safety. Users who paddle for a longer time or have transitioned to SUP from surfing or kayaking are usually more aware of the perils that changing weather can bring or how to navigate different types of waterbeds. But for many, SUP safety is a relatively new area and here are some quick basics to make sure you'll be paddling safely.

3 essential tips before you even start

To start off, even before you take your paddle board out, always have a bottle of water at hand, wear sunscreen and make sure you understand your surroundings. Understand that winds can change and tides can pull heavier than you can paddle. If you’re new to an area, make sure you ask locals for paddling advice and safety tips.

Our overview includes four aspects of safety gear that will help you in different situations.

The SUP leash

SipaBoards coiled 10” leash
Ankle or knee mounted coiled leashes are an all-round top choice for flat waterbeds

Wearing a leash on your SUP is similar to getting into the car and fastening your seatbelt. The leash will help you reach your board quickly after the fall and stay afloat. Not having it might put a lot of distance between you and the board and make you lose energy swimming after it.

Coiled leash? Straight leash? Quick-release?

For most paddlers who'll be paddling on calmer waters, a coiled leash is a perfect fit. It'll stay put on the board, create no drag and still give you enough length not to get hit by the board on the recoil.

Having a straight leash will be a top choice while paddling on waves, when you get the extra push and don't mind the dragging leash in the water.

A quick release system is an added strap you pull (either knee or waist mounted) when you want the board to disconnect. This is a safety feature handy in white-water paddling where getting tangled in swirls or underwater debris could hold you under water.

Personal Floating Device (PFD)

Having a PFD is one of the most recommended advice you can get. There's a number of things that can happen while paddling in nature and having a PFD can mean a life-saving decision.

Most PFDs are self inflatable (using compressed gases) and will inflate by pulling a special lever. The inflated device will help you stay afloat, reach your board or swim to the shore if you get disconnected from it. With accidents becoming a commonplace in the SUP industry, there are more and more places where the use of PFDs  is becoming mandatory.

Much like the leash, a PFD can be a vital addition when pushing out and reaching beyond the bend.

Electric motor assistance for bigger sup safety

The SipaDrive electric SUP motor
Motorized SUP boards will help you battle winds, tides and distances

Riding electric SUP boards or a SUP with a paddle assist system on your board can help you in a singular way. While a leash, PFD or double-chamber can help you remain afloat and close to your board, an electric motor on your SUP board can help you get back to safety, once the weather or tides change. There are different types of motorized electric SUP options that you can go for.

Even equipped and experienced paddlers can get pulled out on a current or a changing tide, which can end terribly if you don't reach shore or help quick enough. We're seeing news of rising numbers in paddler rescues all over the world and the reasons are always the same: changing conditions lead to scenarios paddlers didn't prepare for, so always keep in made – SUP safety first.

Having an on-board Paddle assist system like the SipaDrive can give you a boost whenever you feel overwhelmed by nature. Adding up to 7km/h will feel like riding your board in tandem and help you get back safe.

Double chamber board

One of the attempts our industry is pushing for is a double-chamber SUP board. In short, a double chamber iSUP is a board with two separated air compartments that get inflated individually. If one of the chambers releases air and deflates, the paddler still has a second one that will help them stay above water and reach the shore easier. Many premium brands are championing double chamber boards as one of the SUP safety tips.

SipaBoards Electric SUP board in exploded view
SipaBoards use heat bonding and advanced MSL materials to prevent air from escaping the single chamber, while still offering supreme safety.

While the double chamber technology is popular, it comes with a twist. Ever heard the phrase: “Double chamber, double danger”? Well, in most cases the board will default and lose air at a seam as a result of dissolving sealant or glue rather than rupture. So while a part of the industry is developing boards with more chambers, a growingly popular opinion is that additional seams and sealing can lead to more problems than less. Most cases where people are left with a deflated board happen because of air leakage.

The alternative to the double chamber technology is switching from glues to heat-bonding, which improves the board's integrity and reduces the possibility of air leakage.

Summary: SUP safety is a must!

Too much can never be too much when it comes to SUP safety. You should always consider your capabilities, your surroundings and your equipment before venturing out. Check your gear, fill your batteries, enjoy your paddle and get back safe!

For more tips, the editorial experts at SUP Connect have covered each aspect into further detail. Check out this extensive article from here.

Did you know that with our motorized electric paddle boards the safety leash is just a part of a user friendly carry system that will help you get in and out of water with ease? 😊


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Why electric SUP boards are growing in popularity

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In 2022 motorized paddle boards are growing in popularity

There has been a growing amount of discussion over the last years regarding motorized standup paddle boards. As more people are paddling out on SUP boards with different motors we wanted to prepare a run-down of the pluses and minuses of the new popular electric boards.

What is the point of a motor on a SUP boards?

Judging quickly, a motor on a standup paddle board is as needles as a motor on a scooter or a bicycle, yet every segment of the three has been growing over the last years. The main reason against is most commonly that the motor does the job of paddling and there is only little workout left. But rest assured, even with a motor equipped standup paddleboard, you'll be able to work out just as hard as on a classic board.

What are the advantages of a motorized SUP boards?

Think of the motor on a SUP boards as an upgrade feature that your board can have. There are different makes and motor ideas we discuss later on, but with a premium mark motorized SUP provider like SipaBoards, none of the riding characteristics are lost. What really sets propelled or paddle-assisted SUPs apart from the competition are these three factors:

  1. They are much safer

Conditions on water can change rapidly. Winds can pick up, paddlers can get pulled out to open water by a current or a changing tide and battling these forces can leave the paddler drained. With the popularity of standup paddle-boarding, there are growing numbers of unprepared paddlers that need coast-guard assistance due to unpreparedness.

A standup paddle board with motor can give you just the support needed to tackle a current or take an offshore wind head on.  Paddlers should always understand their surroundings , the weather and water in order to stay safe.

  1. You can paddle further and faster

Adding to the list are more speed and a wider reach. Paddlers can selectively turn the motor on and off, going for more speed when wanted and reaching more remote locations. While battery autonomy varies in different products, SipaBoards has a water-tight system that enables the user a battery - switch even when they are on the water. Some motorized standup paddlers are recording distances up to 30 kilometres on a single ride and top-sprint speeds well over 14 km/h.

  1. You can still get the same workout

The beauty of a well made motorized SUP is that it can be used with or without the motor. And even instances where the motor is on, the paddler can still push as hard as on any standard board, they will only generate more speed that way. With integrated motors the surface area is also cleared of any add-ons for activities like SUP yoga. But with a quality inflatable SUP like SipaBoards, you will be able to lift your exercises on an even higher lever.

Exercise on a motorized standup paddle board
Work out on a motorized SUP can be fun and just as hard as on any other board

What kind of motors can be used for standup paddleboarding?

Motorized SUP boards are still relatively new to the market, but over the last years, three different makes have been implemented.

  1. Rear mount-on motor SUP

A rear mount-on motor is basically any inflatable or hardshell SUP with a small electric motor specially mounted to the back. The speed is usually controlled via a handheld remote and speeds will vary from 2-3km/h up to 10-15km/h with bigger motors.

A significant drawback of a rear mount-on is weight displacement, since the bigger motor adds the weight to one end, which is then emphasised as the motor adds power. A different  problem is the exposed rotor, which creates drag when turned off and can catch debris while turned on.

  1. Fin based motor SUP

Fin based motors are an upgrade to classic rear-mounts when it comes to weight displacement, since they are smaller and lighter, but will also generate less output power and offer lower battery autonomy. They are much cheaper than a bigger rear-mount motor, but still pose the same problem in terms of creating unnecessary drag and collecting debris.

Another problem for any rear or fin mounted motor is that either has a problem with holding a steady course. With each stroke, the rear-mounts push the board outwards, forcing the paddler into a S-shaped meandering. 

  1. Integrated jet motor SUP

Fully integrated motors are built into the board and are installed into the boards centre. The patented technology first inflates the SUP with a built-in SUP pump, and than propel the board with an electric jet motor. While they are heavier than some of the lightest fin-based motors, they offer great battery autonomy (with possible upgrades) and zero drag. The central position holds a steady course and improves the boards balance, so the board is easier to use and handle.

The drawback? Having an integrated e-jet is costlier and as these motors are sold together with boards, their price is much higher than in the case of add-on variations.

SipaDrive SUP motor
Bottom view of a fully integrated motorized standup paddleboard system - SipaDrive

What kind of motorized paddle board is the best choice for me?

While some motors are developed for speed, some are developed to provide a longer and safer riding experience. At SipaBoards, we build our motorized SUP boards to assist the paddler when they need an extra push, but not hinder the great paddle experience when they don't. The boards are controlled via a Bluetooth remote fixed to any paddle, which makes them the easiest option in terms of navigation.

An integrated choice might offer a smoother ride and less drag, but it really comes down to the shape of the board, when selecting which board fits you best.

If you need help with selecting a model, ask our crew in the chat-box.

A quality motorized standup paddle board

The importance of having an efficient battery

A motorized SUP boards are only as good as the battery that powers it. Think of how much time your average ride lasts and whether you can or need to charge the battery after every use. A rule of thumb would be to have a battery with at least twice the lifetime as a single ride duration.

Note also that a motorized SUP needs a bit more maintenance than a no-motor version. Always check the battery's capacity before going out and be thorough when cleaning the board. Even though most brands offer motors that are resistant to salt and sand, the combination of the two can be a problem for any motor.

SipaBoads battery
The 144Wh SipaBoads battery will provide up to 3 hours of autonomy. The waterproof system allows the paddler to change the battery while riding.

Motorized SUP boards are the future

More and more brands are offering SUP motors and motorised SUP boards, so these are turning into a trend. Go out faster, learn quicker, even discover supping during the night time (if your SUP has integrated LED lights of corse) and always return safe. Much like the revolution that happened with in the e-bike industry, electric mobility is now the next frontier in SUP exploration.

Summary: paddleboard with motor or no motor?

It really comes down to what kind of a user are you. The advantages are clear, while disadvantages vary - from created drag and goofy course, to the price you pay.

Die hard purists swear to no-motor boards, while more and more people are flocking to powered-up boards. If you wish to get the most out of any day on water, then having an upgraded experience and an e-SUP is a win.

For us at SipaBoards, safety is paramount and as ours are some of the safest SUPs worldwide, we will always be a champion for safer, electric powered rides.

Motorized SUP boards are the future - they are safer and more stable. See how our SipaDrive is made in a video below!


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As we're already wrapping up the finishing works on the second generation of SipaDrive, word on the features and upgrades is getting out. The new boards (available in 2023) will push the benchmark of electric SUP exploration to new horizons. Lighter build, quicker models, better battery autonomy add more. New horizons, safe returns! Make sure you read the entire review that SupBoarder did on the link: https://supboardermag.com/2021/10/19/sipaboards-electric-sups/.

What's new with the electric SUP?

The next generation the SipaDrive electric jet motor will be upgraded with a special new Dual+ Battery pack, which will allow a modular power configuration. We are already working on improving the propeller and the jet shaft. The new component will improve the motor's efficiency and raise the speed for 10 - 15%. The new generation will be quieter with the new click-in top cover and sealing. The paddle assist system developed by SipaBoards is a long standing benchmark of our products, awarded the Red Dot Design Award in the category Best of the Best and is a CE certified product.

Keep on paddling!


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REVIEWED BY: SUP Boarder Online

SipaDrive SUP motor

As we're already wrapping up the finishing works on the second generation of SipaDrive, word on the features and upgrades is getting out. The new boards (available in 2023) will push the benchmark of electric SUP exploration to new horizons. Lighter build, quicker models, better battery autonomy add more. New horizons, safe returns! Make sure you read the entire review that SupBoarder did on the link: https://supboardermag.com/2021/10/19/sipaboards-electric-sups/.

What's new with the electric SUP?

The next generation the SipaDrive electric jet motor will be upgraded with a special new Dual+ Battery pack, which will allow a modular power configuration. We are already working on improving the propeller and the jet shaft. The new component will improve the motor's efficiency and raise the speed for 10 - 15%. The new generation will be quieter with the new click-in top cover and sealing. The paddle assist system developed by SipaBoards is a long standing benchmark of our products, awarded the Red Dot Design Award in the category Best of the Best and is a CE certified product.

Keep on paddling!


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SipaBoards: Inspired by changing weather and 80s crime series

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Remember KITT, the iconic 1982 Pontiac Trans Am? Hoff’s trusted sidekick, all buzzed up with gear and gadgets that always helped up Michael when he was backed into a corner? Add some MacGyver to the mix and you’ll get the basic TV programme our engineers were watching when growing up. Now, for the weather part ...

SipaBoards are in no doubt a game changing product on the market. Self inflating, LED lit, electric and smart, they bring a lot of innovation into stand-up paddling. Now, while you still can’t call one of our boards through your wrist watch like Hoff could, it is the only SUP that can help you out of a tricky situation, when the weather changes :)

What’s with the weather, anyway?

What’s with the weather, anyway? Well, if you intend to go out on a paddleboard, you need to know and understand the conditions. Be mindful, even if the weather is OK, it can change and you should always plan your rides according to the forecast. Even if the weather isn’t ideal, you should consider your surroundings and check: 1. Wind direction If there is a considerable (one you can detect) and steady offshore wind, understand that it will be easier going out than getting back in. If the offshore wind is gusty or picking up, you might reconsider your ride, chances are you’ll be pushed out. If the winds aren’t blowing out to open sea, adjust your ride direction to start against the wind and come back with it. 2. Rain (or snow) If you like it wetter than most, rain or snow can be fun times to go out and immerse into the SUP experience. But only go out if you know your area well and there is a zero risk of lightning (a carbon oar is never a clever idea on a still lake in a storm). 3. Tides When tides turn, so do the currents and you can get pulled out of your way quickly. Another thing is that tides can change inshore areas. You can get stranded or cot out of your way, having to return on a different route or even by foot. 4. Traffic Maritime traffic is regulated and stand-up paddlers should steer clear of any boats. We stand-up paddlers are not very visible to boats due to our very small surface and move much slower than other vehicles in traffic lanes. Always make sure that you are in the “pedestrian” zone. 5. Gear You should always check your board and your gear before going out. Check the vents, inspect how the safety leash is attached, screw in your fin, check if the paddle is firmly set to the desired height. For electric SUP fanatics, also make sure you go out with full batteries and that your remote is working. 6. Are YOU set? Make sure you are energised and ready to hit it! Go out fresh, stretch first, wear sunscreen, keep your water close and push out for an epic ride. You’re the one getting the work done!

Mind the offshore winds and make sure you don't get pulled too much out into the open.

If however the weather starts changing, turn around, turn the engine up and power back to safety - SipaDrive® has your back all the way. If you’re thinking of buying a motor assisted SUP, ours are the best ones out there. And it’s an electrifyingly great experience, having faster rides, longer tours and safe returns. Stay safe & Keep on paddling!


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Go electric

Motorized electric standup paddle board

There is no denying that electrically propelled vehicles are on the rise. Even though the first electric car practically came before Karl Benz’s car, it took more than 100 years for the segment to really kick up a gear. Now, you can look around and see cities whirring with e-bikes, e-scooters, e-cars, hover-boards and new flicks rolling in on a monthly basis. So where does that lead the surf industry? Why buy an electric SUP? For anyone who has ever inflated a 10.6-inch SUP with an air pump, the answer comes easy. For us at SipaBoards, electricity is as generic as blood flowing through our veins when we set out on the water. But making the board self inflating was just a practical add on to what the SipaDrive® is really about. And that is - having your back when the weather turns and helping you get back safely.

So, why a motor engine on a SUP?

Our CEO, Sebastjan, had the idea at the exact same time most engineers have the best ones - while on vacation. Those who love to surf are in love with nature. So why, would we take something as natural as paddling on a surf and put an engine in it? It is a good question, we’ll admit. There is however more than one adequate answer to it - the first one coming from a personal experience that gave birth to SipaBoards. Years ago, when SipaBoards founder and owner Sebastjan was watching his wife and kids paddling out the coast on a sunny island, he saw the strain and effort that was taking them to battle the current while getting back to the shore. They got back just fine, but there was less fun and excitement in it that there should be. So, after a few rounds of how’s and why’s, the first prototype was afloat. But stopping there would be the same as if Karl Benz stopped with his first model in 1885. So the engine was put to use as an air compressor which inflated the SUP in minutes. Then a LED light option followed as an add on and soon after the Drive System was followed by the Air System SUP collection.

Where will it take us?

SipaBoards Systems are a concept shaping a new branch in the surf industry and as the leader in the division we will go on paddling even further. The boards we produce are lighter and more durable with each new collection and our engineers keep on optimizing our batteries and propulsion systems to give even more juice to each stroke you make. Keep on paddling!


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