Supski is a concept product now under development.
The Supski Paddle System
The Supski Paddle System creates new ways to power a paddle board using elements of cable pulling, rowing and cross country skiing incorporated into its patented design. Follow along to learn how to improve your physical fitness by grabbing hold of the rotating hand grips which connect to adjustable poles which connect to U-joints which connect to rotating paddles which are housed in boxes which slide on tracks attached to a paddle board. It's like having an exercise machine out on the water.
You can sit, kneel or stand while using the paddle system. The adjustable poles make changing positions for the various exercises quick and easy. The tracks attach to the paddle board with Velcro allowing them to be removed for storage and transport.
Grab the pole grips and rotate the poles until your palms are facing down. This holds the paddles out of the water in a neutral position. The grips are now at a 90 degree angle to the poles. From this starting position you can begin any stroke.
Ways You Can Propel Your Board
Sitting Facing Forward
After centering yourself, adjust the length of the poles so you can make a maximum stroke without hitting the end blocks at the back end of the tracks. From the starting position, reach as far forward as you can then drop the paddles into the water. Pull the paddle poles back as far as you can which propels the board forward. As you reach the end of the stroke rotate the paddles out of the water and pull the pole paddles forward and repeat. Kneeling and standing utilize this same technique.
Having two tracks allows you to generate two powerful strokes simultaneously. The tracks keep the paddles in proper registration for the entirety of each stroke.
Alternating paddling on one side and then the other not only gives you variety but keeps the paddle board on a straight forward path.
By pulling forward on one side and pushing back on the other, you can make tight turns. Lock one paddle in the water for a more gradual turn.
Reverse is done by holding the paddles out of the water, pushing them back as far as possible in the tracks, dropping the paddles in the water and then pulling forward. This is a great stretching exercise for the back muscles.
Sitting Facing Rear
By turning around and facing the rear of the board, you can "push" the paddle board forward. It's almost like doing a slow motion pushup.
You can "pull" the paddle board in reverse using alternating strokes as well as two arms together. This is a great exercise for the arm muscles and shoulders.
Kneeling Facing Rear
You can perform the same stroke in a kneeling position. A unique way to power and control a paddle board, that's for certain.
Kneeling Facing Forward
In a very short period of time, paddling with the Supski becomes second nature and you'll be gliding across the water with ease.
Continuously paddling on one side is a great way to fight a strong current and wind.
Standing Facing Forward
Once you've gained confidence from paddling while sitting and kneeling, it's time to stand up and pole paddle. With two poles to hold onto, it's easy to maintain your balance and to keep the board on a straight path forward.
Standing Facing Rear
By using two paddles, you can deliver a lot more power to the board than with just one. The long track allows you to get the maximum extension out of every stroke.
The Quad Rail Track Makes It Possible
The patented Quad Rail Track was developed to replace the ball bearing design which could not stand up to a salt water environment. The unique design allows for sand to gather in the channel and not effect the operation. To clear any impediment, dip the tracks in the water and move the slide box backwards and forwards the length of the track.
The Supski Inflatable Board Components
The Supski inflatable board comes with a regular paddle, pump, repair kit, leash and carrying case.
The Paddle System Components
The Supski Paddle System comes with four connectable tracks, two track connectors, four end blocks, two adjustable pole paddle assemblies and a carrying case.
Choosing The Proper Length Board
The 10 1/2 foot board is recommended for anyone around 5'5" or shorter. A maximum stroke of 64" has been calculated for a person in this height range.
The 11 1/2 foot board is recommended for anyone around 5'6" to 6'2". A maximum stroke of 72" has been calculated for a person in this height range.
The 12 1/2 foot board is recommended for anyone around 6'3" or taller. A maximum stroke of 80" has been calculated for a person in this height range.
The track can also be mounted to hang off the end of a board to avoid nose diving.
Nose diving meaning the user is standing too far forward and the board dives under the water. So by hanging the tracks off the rear end of the board, the user can be in the proper position. Purchasing the right length board avoids this problem although it is useful when people of varying heights are using the same board.