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Why Glide?

Durability, Performance and Light weight. That’s it. What more is anyone really looking for in a paddle board?

Glide was founded back in the early days of SUP when our founders realized that traditional epoxy stand up paddle boards (you know the shiny ones with the pretty designs?) were far too fragile to adventure out on. They wanted a board that could withstand the rigors of rivers without breaking in half.

After much trial and error (which included boards that weighed as much as 70 pounds), these mad scientists came across a coating that was used by the Department of Defense for application on our submarines to allow them glide through the water 10 percent more efficiently. The other benefit of this tech was that any object it was applied to was able to absorb 600 times the abuse that it could normally withstand while adding next to no additional weight. The first test to determine whether these boards could withstand “adventure abuse” was to convince a local trucker to drive his semi-truck over a board while the nose of the board was elevated. When that board didn’t break, Team Glide knew they had found a winning formula. Future trips down the river were a raging success (pardon the pun).

In the years that followed, Glide’s hard boards that utilize our patent pending GSS (Glide Surface Shield) have been a mainstay of SUP rental fleets globally because renters are far more abusive to paddle boards than a river could ever hope to be. Try dropping that pretty epoxy board in the parking lot on the way to your waterway and then let us know how much water the board takes on because of the ding that was created and you will quickly understand the benefit of GSS. Those gorgeous, epoxy SUPs typically lose their luster after a season of paddle strikes and bumps from unseen rocks. Heck, one of our Glide Ambassadors was once surfing a competitor’s pretty, epoxy board in Hawaii when the wave caused him to fall on the board and his knee created a serious hole in the board. He had to let water drain from the board for several days so it didn’t remain waterlogged before he could patch it (it still ended up a little waterlogged) and missed the opportunity to surf for the rest of his vacation. Pretty boards become pretty unsightly once you have had to patch them a few times.

Recreational SUP enthusiasts that don’t want to have to treat their paddle board like a Faberge egg soon became loyal customers Glide customers as well. The feedback that we get from these customers is that our boards feel different from other paddle boards they have tried. Most feel that they get better performance and more glide out of each paddle stroke on our SUPs. Hence the company name.

Our fun loving factory guys created a whole video series on YouTube called “Will it Break Wednesday” where they essentially risk life and limb trying to break one of our hard SUPs. Episodes include letting a board fly off a truck at 50 mph on an abandoned highway, shooting a 70-mph hard ball at a board in a batting cage (the balls sunk right into the competitor’s epoxy board) and dropping a 50-pound metal drum from the second story of our factory while “Donkey Kong” music played in the background.

Glide was a pioneer in SUP Yoga phenomenon as well by designing the industry’s first Yoga specific durable paddle board which was featured in the WanderLust festivals. Our following of yogis has grown exponentially through the years, so much so that we ended up creating a product called the Glide Fit which has brought SUP yoga and Aquatic Based Stability Training to swimming pools around the globe.

Once inflatable stand up paddle boards became the rage, we realized that we were going to need to revolutionize that market as well because most of the manufacturers were using technology that was only a grade or two better than your average pool toy. Again, after many trips back to the drawing board, we introduced our O2 inflatable paddle board line in 2015. The O2 line utilizes 4 layers of military grade PVC that are integrated using our cutting-edge Fusion technology. With over 33,000 reinforced drop stitches per board, Glide inflatable paddle boards can be inflated to an industry-dominating 25 PSI. Further down this page, we describe our technology in even greater detail for those that really like to geek out before making a purchase.

Unlike most other stand-up paddle board companies, we own a factory which gives us complete quality control over our paddle boards. As water sports enthusiasts, we understand the nuances of paddling through various waterways and with customer feedback we’re always at the white board looking for ways to take our product even further. You will also find that our customer service is truly second to none. But don’t take our word it, try it for yourself.

Glide started the SUP Yoga phenomenon by designing the industry’s first Yoga specific paddle board which was featured in the WanderLust festivals. Our ultra-durable boards quickly became a #1 choice for rental fleets across the US. Our hard boards utilize our patent-pending GSS (Glide Surface Shield) polymer which allows the boards to absorb 600 times the punishment that a standard epoxy board can handle. We have a whole series on YouTube called “Will it Break Wednesday” where we put our money where our mouth is.

We have brought that same passion to our O2 inflatable paddle board line which utilizes 4 layers of military grade PVC that are integrated using our cutting-edge Fusion technology. With over 33,000 reinforced drop stitches per board, Glide inflatable paddle boards can be inflated to an industry-dominating 25 PSI.

Unlike many other stand-up paddle board companies, we actually own a factory. We know our boards, and with customer feedback we’re always at the drawing board looking for ways to take our product even further. Don’t take our word it, try it for yourself.

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This is not your Grandmother’s Inflatable Paddle Board Technology!

Most inflatable paddle board manufacturers are still using antiquated inflatable paddle board technology that involves a single layer of PVC and a core that uses “knitted drop stitch” technology.

Well, this isn’t a sweater that you are going to be paddling out into the elements where unknown obstacles lurk just below the water surface!

At Glide, we have created the most cutting-edge inflatable paddle board construction available on the market with our Quad Fusion Weave (QFW) Tech.

Other inflatable paddle board manufacturers have tried to duplicate the stiffness and durability of our inflatable paddle boards but end up with a heavier, less maneuverable SUP. An inferior inflatable paddle board is easy to spot because they tend to “taco” – meaning the nose and tail lift out of the water when you are paddling which makes for a very unstable SUP. To learn more about the superiority of Glide’s inflatable paddle boards, check out our QFW Tech page and learn why the inflatable paddle boards sold by online retailers and big box stores are more bath tub toy than a performance inflatable paddle board.

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