SUP Rents Charts Unique Course With Customized SUP Delivery Matt Chebatoris February 3, 2017 Stories SUP Rents Delivers SUPs to Your Doorstep Wherever You Are Have you ever rented a SUP only to be disappointed with your experience? Heavy, banged up boards; outdated equipment; bad weather, inconvenient rental locations and outrageous rental rates? Or maybe you are going on vacation and already own your gear. You know you’d like to paddle on your trip, but are deterred by the logistics of transporting multiple boards and paddles along with your family of four. Perhaps you are just looking for some flexibility in your travel plans. If this sounds familiar, then SUP Rents has a solution for you. Founded in the summer of 2015 by Scott Allen and Eric Lindstrom, two lifelong friends, the business was born out of a mutual frustration with the SUP rental business. “We both thought there has got to be a better way to rent a paddleboard,” Allen told me after they each suffered bad rental experiences while on vacation with their families. Although neither of them lives on the water, paddling had become a part of their lives and they set out to make renting a board more convenient and affordable for paddlers across the country. Based out of two locations in the Pacific Northwest, SUP Rents offers customers four models of inflatable SUPs from which to choose, featuring products from Isle and newcomer Hydrus. With a minimum rental period of two days, they will deliver a base model board to your door anywhere in the continental United States for the flat rate of $99. The same board is available for an entire week for only $189, approximately $27 a day. Everything comes in a box via UPS (inflatable SUP, fin, paddle and pump) along with a prepaid shipping label to return the board at the conclusion of your rental period. Sounds great, right? As the SUP industry continues to grow and evolve, it is fantastic to learn about the new and innovative ways the paddling community is inventing to enable more and more people to experience stand up paddling. “SUPrents brings the convenience of Netflix to paddle board rentals,” said John Gavin, a customer of the innovative young business. Allen and Lindstrom initially wondered if board manufacturers would be receptive to their idea of renting vs. owning, but quickly discovered brands which were eager to embrace their concept. “Everyone in the industry has been great to work with,” Allen told me. Starting a new business from scratch and learning about the industry, making it cost-effective and affordable for customers, and resolving issues remotely have all been some of the challenges the pair has overcome during their first year and a half of operation. “By adding Hydrus this year we are going to be able a premium board. We now have a 12’6” which will appeal more to people who are already paddlers and not just those starting out,” said Allen. SUP Rents is undoubtedly the most affordable and convenient way to rent a paddleboard. Their hassle free, door to door delivery model takes the ambiguity out of renting. With a reliable and well maintained inventory of inflatable SUPs, paddlers can focus on having a great experience free from worrying about when, where, and how they will rent a board. Contact them today at SUPrents.com and we’ll see you on the water! Comments Matt ChebatorisMatt is a former national security professional and lifelong adventurer. He has published material on a variety of topics in the foreign policy arena and created PaddleXaminer™ as a platform to share his enjoyment of paddling with others. When not on the water, Matt can be found hiking along rugged mountain trails in the California wilderness. Matt resides in Los Angeles and is a member of the Lanakila Outrigger Canoe Club in Redondo Beach, California.