What do you get when you cross Bear Grylls with a Stand up paddle board?
The answer is “Fricken Awesome”
Bear Grylls has teamed up with Coreban to redefine the inland Stand Up Paddle Board design creating 2 very unique SUP’s. By “inland” I mean lakes, estuaries, rivers and creeks, the areas where SUP’s, fishing and backpacking cross. These babies are made purely for the adventure minded and both boards had me salivating and already picturing myself on overnight tours.
Check out the story of our first overnight SUP tour we did a few years ago HERE
Bear has designed 2 boards, each very different to each other. The first release will be the SCOUT; an inflatable ISUP, then a later release will be the CHIEF; a displacement hull with more storage compartments and ideas than you can poke a stick at.
The Chief: Displacement Hull tour model
This board is more of mobile home than a Stand up paddle board. Forget your camper trailer, this is a camper SUP.
Bear has a compartment for everything in this bad boy, with features of this displacement hull SUP including aft side hatches, sealed storage compartment for your tent and sleeping mat, handle and blade storage, bow hatch for more storage, Gerber canteen and knife storage, fishing mount, attachable wheel for ease of transport, and even a flip up kayak seat if you want to sit down for a bit.
The Scout: Inflatable ISUP
In typical Bear Grylls style, the man has thought of almost everything, with the Scout featuring a waterproof backpack to carry the deflated board, but once inflated, is then used as the dry sack that clips to the deck ensuring your gear stays dry while paddling.
The deck of the board features Scotty mounts for attaching unlimited accessories to the deck, and stern bungy rigging allows for accessible additional gear storage. There are also fishing attachments and additional add ons.
But what has got me frothing the most is the integrated tent that attaches to the sides of the Scout and utilizes the ISUP as a bed mat to sleep on. Simply let out a few PSI and comfortably sleep in your ready made shelter. This also stops someone stealing your board while you sleep because your ISUP becomes your mattress.
The Scout is 12ft x 36″ wide so should be stable enough to fish, take photos and explore at will.
There are 2 things I love, innovation and adventure and the Bear Grylls/Coreban team has definately given us something to achieve both. I can’t wait to see these in the flesh and have a paddle…..a very long paddle.
Not sure the exact release dates yet but the Scout is set for a summer 2013 release, the Chief is yet to be announced.
All I can say is that these look a lot better than taping your gear to the front of your board like our First attempt at an overnight tour