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Paddleboarding keeps getting bigger—and the SUPs keep getting better. Here are three of the most versatile new models. Plus, smart tools for discerning paddlers.

2015 Gear of the Year Winner

As the sport grows up, there are more and butter SUPs for all kinds of paddlers.

Jenny Kalmbach, 35, winner of the Battle of the Paddle and the Molokai 2 Oahu, on training and racing technique

5 stories by our editors about near-death experiences and how they survived.

Outside reviews the best gear in the Summer 2013 Buyer’s Guide, including the Bic Sport Wing Ace-Tec

Designed to make the most of subpar conditions

The latest trend in surfboard design is stout, full figures. All four of the boards we selected, from the short and fat Third World Exotic Surfboards Ghostbuster to the 5'11" Lost Bottom Feeder, are under seven feet long, maneuverable, and built with plenty of width and thickness to make catching waves easy.

Though there are many larger, better-known SUP manufacturers, Pau Hana is quickly carving out a name for itself with fast, well-priced boards like the fitness and adventure-ready Crossfit.

You can extend or collapse the Kialoa Pupu according to your height and whether you’re surfing or touring, so if you need one paddle to do double-duty, this is it.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the NRS Big Earl kayak.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Walden GSI Epoxy SUP.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Surtech Gerry Lopez Surf Music standup paddleboard.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Stewart LSW surfboard.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Rusty Dwart surfboard.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Firewire Dominator CBD surfboard.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Channel Islands Black Flag Whip surfboard.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Hobie Elite Race standup paddleboard.

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