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    Industry Profile Scott Burke.

    Industry Profile Scott Burke.

    Keeper Sports and Scott Burke Paddleboards are rapidly becoming a household name. Whether you go to BJ’s or Sam’s Club to find an economically friendly starter board for your family, chances are, you’re going to come across Scott Burke Boards or their sister company, California Board Company. How does a brand become so popular? Who is the inspiration behind the explosive growth of Scott Burke Boards and California Board Company? Take a look at the road to success from paddleboard king, Scott Burke, the man behind the development and growth of this explosive company.

    Check out the full story below!

    What’s Up With Foam SUP’s?

    What’s Up With Foam SUP’s?

    Foam Stand-Up Paddle Boards vs. Epoxy/I-SUP/Plastic SUP’s

    So you took a lesson, tried a rental or borrowed a friend’s paddle board and are considering buying one of your very own.  Now you need to decipher through the information that exists on the web, and there are endless pages filled with brands, ads, how to’s, gear guides, blogs, product reviews.  If you are the type who does extensive research, by the time you’re finished reading everything, September will be here and you’ll be looking for winter jackets instead.

    Basically, you have 4 choices; Epoxy/Fiberglass, Inflatable (aka I-SUP’s), roto-molded Plastic or EPS/PE all Foam boards.  I’ve researched and read many articles over the years, but most of what I’ve found is on the epoxy or I-SUP boards, with not much on the plastic or foam SUP’s.  It’s likely that the plastic SUP articles are not readily available because kayaks have been constructed this way for two decades or more, and practically everyone has or has had one in that same time.  I’ll leave you to discover the other three SUP’s on your own.  I’d like to give you some facts about foam paddle boards.

    Since we started making our foam paddle boards, we’ve seen feedback like “my dog scratched it when riding on it” or “it floats well but it’s too slow for me” or my favorite – “it’s covered with stickers”.  When contemplating a foam paddle board, you should know a few simple facts.

    • It is made entirely of foam or foam based material, except for wood stringers, a few plastic parts and on some versions, a traction pad – also made from foam of course.
    • It will dent and it can be scratched.
    • It is slower than an Epoxy SUP, but is usually as fast as an I-SUP and is always faster than a roto-molded plastic SUP

    But you should also know this.  Foam SUP’s cost less than Epoxy’s and most I-SUP’s, but are a little more expensive than plastic SUP’s.  But plastic SUP’s weigh 40 lbs. and up, and a standard sized foam SUP weighs just over 25 lbs. and plastic SUP’s are nowhere near as good looking nor can they perform as well.

    Foam SUP’s are constructed by inserting 3 wood stringers inside a molded, EPS foam core.  From there, high density XPE or IXPE (polyethylene foams) is heat laminated – not glued! – to the top and bottom of the core, completely “sealing” it.  It is important to note that both foams, the PE and the EPS, which is a styrene foam, are waterproof.  If you do put a dent in it, it will not absorb water.  The key to this is the word “absorb”.  With both foams being closed cell, water cannot penetrate inside.

    I should add a disclaimer here . . . from time to time, there can be a bad lamination of the top or bottom foam to the core inside.  When that happens, and if you do get a hole in that same area, water can be “trapped” between the layers – but it will not be absorbed.  Cuts or dents can easily be fixed by using a hot melt glue gun.  Back to the construction . . .

    The wood stringers are very important too.  They give the board it’s durability, and most 10’6” to 11’ foam SUP’s with a width of 31” or more can support up to and over 300 lbs.  The heavier the rider, the slower the board, but that’s true with anything other than a motorized boat, right?

    Foam boards can come with deck traction and if yours does not, simply add some surf wax in the area that you stand.  Foam boards also come with a built-in handle, a leash and built in plug and a built-in carry handle.  Some brands offer other accessories in their package like an adjustable aluminum paddle; a bungee storage mount on the deck (usually at the nose); and some brands even give you a simple yet effective roof rack.  All SUP’s that I’m aware of also come with at least one bottom tracking fin.  Some come with three to allow you to surf ocean waves better.

    Most foam boards come with graphics on the deck.  These are semi-permanent meaning they’re very durable, but they can wear in the area that you stand the most.  Rest assure, they are not stickers and yes, take your dog for a ride!  Heck, he/she is likely scratching your hardwood floors already, what’s a few scratches on your board – and your dog will much prefer a foam board over a fiberglass any day.  No slipping!

    Also, foam SUP’s are better on flat water, like lakes and bays.  They have a squarer rail where the rail meets the bottom of the board.  This is why they are slower than fiberglass boards.  They are faster than most I-SUPs because most I-SUP’s sit higher in the water with a 6” thickness versus 5.25” for a foam board.

    And finally, you should know that foam SUP’s are very durable and dependable.  Any company that sells to a major retailer must have their boards tested at labs for many, many attributes.  If the board or any part of the board fails, the problem must be fixed before it receives a passing grade which then allows the retailer to buy it and sell it.

    If you have decided to purchase your first board, you will be very satisfied with a foam SUP.  They are lightweight, very strong and dependable and will look just as good on your car roof as any other out there, and you’ll likely have enough money left over to buy one for your kids or significant other.

    California Board Co./Scott Burke Surf




    These days, including your beloved four legged friend is normal. Whether it be out to dinner, to the park, shopping, etc. So why would Stand UP Paddle Boarding (SUPing) with your pooch be any different? California Board Company sponsors many talented riders. One of those being a dog by the name of Faith. We recently met up with Faith to ask her and her owner some questions that others may have when acclimating their dogs to boarding. Here is what her owner had to say.

    How hard was it to get Faith up on the Surf board for the first time?

    Faith had some practice getting used to the boards at home.  Thanks to Franky and Raven (her canine siblings) also being surf dogs, having a board around at home was not uncommon. When Faith was young, she learned the board was nothing to be afraid of on dry land. Taking the board to the water was the next step. I tell everyone make the board the dogs best friend while on land. Feed them on the board so they know it’s a happy place.

     Do you use sunscreen on her anywhere?

    Yes, Faith gets sunscreen on her underside and belly. Most people don’t realize that dogs get sun-burnt on their belly from the reflection of the sun off the sand. She also will get sunscreen on her nose because it tends to burn since it is pink with no hair. Lastly, she will get a once over spray with a spray on sun screen over her body and she also always wears a rash guard that has a high UV protection. It is important to make sure your dog is protected as they can get skin cancer just like humans.

     Did you start slow? (Like just have her climb on the board first?)

    Faith had a hard time getting used to the boards on land before ever stepping a paw in the water. Before ever going out to the water make sure you have a life jacket for you dog. Also, have them get used to wearing it so they don’t freeze once you put it on. When Faith started we went to OB (Ocean Beach) Dog beach with a board she was used to and her life jacket on. We made our way to the water. I started out by having the board in the water enough so it would move with the waves but was still on the sand. Once she was comfortable, I slowly pulled her out so the board was floating and let her feel the motion of the ocean. Treats were a key factor in the positive re- enforcement. We took our time and slowly went out far enough where I could push her out on small waves. Before you knew it, she was riding to the shore!

    Do you use a certain shampoo after she is done swimming, so she does not get itchy?

                    After we get home and rinse off all the gear, Faith gets a bath with Pet Renu shampoo. We received a couple sample bottles and it is what we are going to continue to use. It leaves her with a good smell and keeps her nice and fluffy.

    Where you would recommend dogs learn how to surf/sup? A lake with little waves or just go straight into the ocean?

    For a new dog starting out, I recommend to go to a pool or the bay with calm water to let the dog get a feel of the board under their feet. Once the dog is comfortable on the board, and staying to the back of the board, stand about 10-15 feet apart (you and another person) and push the board to one another for them to feel the movement. Once that is mastered, have one person go to shore and the other give the pup a push to shore. Over time they will learn that reaching shore on the board is a reward. The key is always finish on a positive ride give them that happy memory.

    There you have it. Your dog could be a natural too!

    Check out Faith in action!