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Does anyone own or have tried a SUP ATX board? I am looking to purchase a new board and their $785 sale, new board with paddle, seems unbeatable. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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Comment by Carl M. on September 15, 2010 at 11:07am
I own the 12 ft SUP ATX board and love it. It was my first board and I instantly learned how to SUP without ever falling in or not being able to get any where. The board just likes to take off. In addition, it handles well in choppy water especially where I SUP when there is a lot of boaters. I have no problems with boat wake. I will eventually get a higher performance board but my SUP ATX board will always be my beater board that does the job well. I have not surfed with the board yet but I cannot imagine this board lacking performance besides being hard to turn. One knock on the board is that it dings easily so you always have to be careful of hitting something hard. What do you expect for $785? Buy it, learn on it, and have fun!!!!

Carl
Comment by Marco A. Pardo on September 19, 2010 at 9:42am
Hi Carl,
Thanks a lot for your input. I heard about the boards getting dings very easy, due to their material. I wanted to hear someone else opinion to see if this was true. I think I have my mind set up on the 2011 Aquaglide - Amundson 11'6".

Thanks a lot!
Marco
Comment by Carl M. on September 19, 2010 at 5:44pm
Good luck with your new board. I am looking at some new boards myself. I love my SUPATX but now I am hooked and looking for a race board like the Naish 14ft glide. This sport is addictive.....Love it!!!
Comment by Scotty B on October 2, 2010 at 4:22pm
Ride it first.
Comment by Chris Fry on October 4, 2010 at 9:02am
Try the Outer Harbor boards. They have great characteristics and priced well. Plus they are made in the USA! The paddle from the ATX package is very heavy
Comment by Mike Webb on October 25, 2010 at 1:52pm
If you want price, wait to see what Costco comes up with next spring - the soft top they sold at rock-bottom prices this year is pretty darned functional (for just being a BIG "BoogieBoard"). And they sold the Sevylor Samoa inflatable at 2/3 the best internet price. The Samoa is a little clunky, but great on flat water and river riding. It's also hard to pump up to full pressure with their equipment. There was a recent rock-bottom sale on McTavish SUPs a friend discovered that competes with the ATX, but I couldn't find it on the internet - he must have connections. The McTavish boards are top-rate, light surfing SUPs that can be set up quad or tri-fin.
The typical $1200 for epoxy boards is just the starting price and they don't really compare that favorably over the ATX. Except for the McTavish boards and the ULI inflatables, you generally pay a lot more than $1200 for a lightweight surfing SUP. Lightness for surfing SUP is a plus and comes at a premium - the ones in the higher price range I have tried are the high-end Starboard boards. Starboard's prices for the high-end feather-light boards goes out the roof. At the moment the ULI GL-1, the McTavish 9'0" and 9'6, and the Starboard 9'0" Hero Technora are popular withiin my cadre of paddle-surf friends here in the South Puget Sound.
I use the ULI because I find flying to San Diego for surf more dependable than waiting for the right conditions on our coast ... two hours away. The ULI looks funny, but as a paddle-surf machine, it is amazingly functional (and you don't have to wear a helmet). ULI (uilboards.com) is a family-run business in San Diego that has been making inflatable surf toys for 15 years and the manufacturing is done in Oregon - an all-American company. Starboard (http://www.star-board-sup.com/ ) is Vancouver, BC- based and they manufacture in Indonesia.
Mike
Comment by Tom Eaton on November 15, 2010 at 9:23pm
SUP ATX boards are very good for flat water paddling....as others mentioned they do ding easily because less glass is used as say for the higher end surftech boards(Laird). I use mine on the local lakes and it has been a great board to teach others and introduce them to the sport. My family has all learned and looking to add another SUP ATX to the fleet. I will eventually buy a racing board because I like to compete and do endurance events....but if you are just starting out the SUP ATX is a good board to learn on and as you add to your collection this board will always come in handy for either casual paddles or when you have friends join you and need a board.
Comment by Buzz Lail on November 17, 2010 at 4:34pm
SUP is an easy sport to learn, if you are a person who really gets into new things and stays with them buy good quality gear. If you buy beginner stuff it costs more in the long run.
Comment by Mike Webb on November 17, 2010 at 8:56pm
I took the path of renting boards and going to demos over a period of three years and I finally settled on my ULI inflatable (I believe it qualifies as "good equipment"). Along the way I picked up used equipment, widened windsurfers (I got for free), and built my own collapsible paddles. I get vicarious pleasure in assisting my contacts to find the right equipment for them. So I agree with Buzz, get good equipment when you go to lay down the dinero grande. Finding what is going to be your ideal is no easy task. There are so many products flooding the market right now. Enjoy the excitement.
Comment by Dave List on May 3, 2011 at 7:50am
We Make Eko Surf Stand Up Boards to the quality of Hobie/Laird, Starboard, but at a price closer to the SUP ATX brand. We are a small manufacturer no more than 350 boards this year. Feel free to give us a call if we can assist you.  We love talking sup.

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