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Ian Smith and Eric Giddens Battle For Podium at Kern River Race

May 23, 2016


The ULI Boards Zettian MultiSport continued its whitewater racing dominance at the Kern River Festival this weekend.  In all three events including; downriver, slalom, and boarder cross, ULI riders swept the first and second place positions in Men’s Elite and first place in Women’s Elite divisions.  Defending champion and former Olympian, Eric Giddens, faced off against fellow ULI Team Rider, Ian Smith, in a cutthroat battle in the downriver event.  After several dramatic lead changes through rapids such as Big Daddy, Giddens edged ahead to take the win in the final stretch of the 3-mile race.26490699116_9bb32afdd1_o

Smith went first in the slalom competition, making it through the crux at gates 6, 7, and 8 for a clean run.  Eric’s Olympic experience and slalom acumen proved too good, however, and he narrowly took the win by 6/10s of a second. 26516731005_2ee5ffd8d0_o

In the final event of the weekend though, Smith saw his chance for revenge.  The no-holds-barred discipline of SUP Boarder Cross presented a chaotic, crowd-pleasing, battle through two up-stream gates where competitors stampeded for open water.  Ian’s sprint off the line gave him an early lead and he was able to stay ahead of Eric and the pack for his first taste of Kern River Gold.

Rebecca Giddens, the third ULI Team Rider in the competition, rounded out the podium to take third overall (1rst place women’s) in both the downriver and slalom SUP events.  Rebecca was riding the same 11’ Zettian MultiSport that she used to win the 2015 Payette River Games.  Eric was also riding the board he used to place 5th at PRG.IMG_5160

Top 5 Kern River Festival Impressions

Since it was Ian’s first time on the Kern, we asked him for his top-5 impressions of the Kern River Valley….

5.  SUP Slalom Perfection – the course was set by former Olympic paddlers Eric and Rebecca Giddens.  While class 2, the crux gates 6,7, and 8 made for serious tension with only 2 chances to clean the course.  Going up against the Eric and Rebecca, missing a gate wasn’t an option.

4.  Atmosphere – Nestled in the southern Sierras, Kernville is a quintessential whitewater town with everything you need and nothing you don’t.  The shops, restaurants, and whitewater outfits are locally owned and operated with love.

3.  Pizza Barn – amazing pizza.  Pretty simple.

2.  Kern River Brewing Company – See for yourself if the Giddens are as good at brewing beer as they are at paddling.  Pro tip – they are!

1.  Vibe – the community of paddlers this event draws is exactly what I look for in an event.  Everyone in town is helpful, accommodating, and genuine.  The Kern River Festival is an authentic whitewater event that dates back more than half a century.  Events don’t last that long unless you’re doing something special.

Enjoy this slide show from the event!

Apr 20, 2015

Standup For The Cure 2015!

Standup For The Cure is an excellent opportunity for families, friends and breast cancer survivors to raise funds to help save lives; it’s also a fun way to learn how to standup paddleboard, a water sport that originated in Hawaii. The purpose is to have a blast standup paddling (SUP) around Newport Beach, CA while […]



Sep 12, 2014


Free Family-Friendly Event Created by SUP Magazine Hits Doheny State Beach This Weekend (Sept. 13-14)

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Sept. 11, 2014 – Camp SUP presented by Salt Life, the free family-friendly SUP event created by SUP Magazine, hits Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California this weekend (Sept. 13-14, 2014). Beautiful, sunny 90-degree beach weather and small, fun waves (2-3 feet on Saturday and 1-2 feet on Sunday) are on tap for the first annual event, which unites the best SUP brands and everyday paddlers for a lively SUP-filled weekend. Camp SUP is the first event of its kind in the sport—part-demo, part instructional camp—for everyone from beginners to experts. The schedule is chock-full of fun for the entire family:

Saturday, September 13
8am-4pm: All Day Gear Demo
9:30-10:30pm: Intro to SUP Yoga with Gillian Gibree
11am: SUP Magazine Open Fun Paddle (register here)
12-6pm: Beer Garden
1-2pm: Stroke Clinic
2:30pm: Music Starts
2-3pm: SUP Fitness with Nikki Gregg
3-4pm: Intro to SUP surf and Etiquette with Dave Boehne
3-4pm: Kids Intro Clinic—get the future started now
6pm: Event ends but beach fires are welcome at designated picnic sites

Sunday, September 14
8am-4pm: All Day Gear Demo
9:30-10:30pm: Intro to SUP Yoga with Gillian Gibree
11am-12pm: Stroke Clinic
12-5pm: Beer Garden
1-2pm: SUP Fitness with Nikki Gregg
2:30pm: Music Starts
3-4pm: Intro to SUP surf and Etiquette with Dave Boehne
3-4pm: Kids Intro Clinic—get the future started now
5pm: Event ends but beach fires are welcome at designated picnic sites

The festival grounds will also feature music and entertainment and the Sierra Nevada Beer Garden will open each day starting at noon.

The free and open to the public event will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For updates, details, directions and more, visit: #campsup

New Superflow Pump

Feb 27, 2014

Introducing ULI’S SuperFlowTM High-Volume 12-Volt Air Compressor [ Product Link ]

After years of hand pumping, we are happy to announce, problem solved! Please take a look at our newest item:

This 12 volt, 120 PSI compressor includes alligator clip battery connectors to reach around the vehicle. An ULI customized detachable quick release hose with the ULI valve adaptor, brass T-fitting with pressure relief valve, and low pressure gauge. Additionally, there is a coiled 16-foot detachable multiple use hose with additional adaptors for sports balls, tires, and other inflatable items which contains a built-in high pressure gauge. Carrying bag included.

Reminder: ULI Boards maximum inflation is 18 PSI.

Complete Compressor Package, including (2) Detachable Hoses & Bag.

Wiki Rail

Aug 09, 2012

Our new Wiki Rail creates a “hard rail” or 90 edge on the tail of the board. This shape cuts the drag, turbulence and suction, inherent in all other inflatables.

The reduction of drag and enhanced stability of the wiki rail increases the board’s speed down the line while surfing, and also increases speed and stability in the water.

The Wiki Rail option is available on our Mini Quad, Lopez GL-X2, 10′, 11′, 12’6″ and 14′ SUPs!

Jun 27, 2012

ULI and Real World St. Thomas

Check out the trailer for the Real World St. Thomas featuring our ULI Boards! A quick clip 56 secs in and ending the trailer (1:52) with some sunset fun.

May 25, 2012

Steamroller Surfing The GL-X2

Steamroller’s new vid showcasing ULI’s hardcore durability and smacking double up launches. Wooot! Special appearance by Steamroller jr!


Welcome to our new website!

May 18, 2012

Hi! We are always busy working on new board shapes and innovations. In that same spirit we have rolled out our new generation of website and ecommerce to better serve you! Take a tour around and enjoy your visit!

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