Thursday, October 27, 2016

We have Moved!


After 21 years in the Festival at Riva Center, locally owned and operated East of Maui Boardshop has moved to the Woodbridge Shopping Center at 2444 Solomons Island Rd in Annapolis. 

We are so stoked to be in a locally owned center with other locally owned businesses like Candles Off Main, Dukes Golf, and Basmati Indian.

The Festival had been a good home for many years, but the construction and remodeling of the center over the past 3 years had a huge negative impact to our business. The management and the California owners of the center, American Realty were non responsive to our requests for advertising co-op or rent reductions. We are so happy to be out of there, and be leasing space from a local landlord. We can’t wait to show our customers and the rest of Annapolis our new home. 


Thursday, July 21, 2016

oops! we forgot we had a blog!

I received a note from a customer/friend that this blog has not been updated in a while. In fact it hasn't been updated since March of 2015! In all honesty, I had forgotten the shop even had this blog.
In this fast paced world of instant gratification, tweets, facebook accounts and sound bites, does anyone take the time to look at something for more than a few  seconds, much less sit down and read a blog?
The shop has been SUper busy since that last entry in 2015.   Stand Up continues to grow by leaps and bounds, and we continue to work hard helping our customers buy the right gear.   Rest assured while we may not be writing about it, we are paddling every chance we get. We live it, we breath it.
Like most people, I don't have time to write (or read) a thousand words right for the time being, I'll let this photo I took down in the Outer Banks speak for itself. After all a picture IS worth a thousand words!   Aloha-MB

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Winter that just won't quit

According to the calendar it is Spring. 

March 20th.
1st Day of Spring? 

Not so much looking out the window

Still, by picking and choosing the right days and wearing the right gear, I have been managing to get some days on the water.
Windy Day on Back Creek

They Ospreys have started to return. Perhaps a sign that Spring weather is finally just around the corner.

Ospreys off of Greenbury Point

Cold sessions have been the norm. Can't wait 'til I can just throw a pair of trunks on and go. Soon perhaps.
March Dawn Patrol

See you on the water.  Aloha- MB

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Winter of 2015

The Winter of 2015 has been a tough one for Stand Up Paddling on the Chesapeake Bay.

Sarah out on January 4th.
A good start to 2015
Paddling into the fog.
January 18th
January 20th
Ice out in the Bay

A mild early February Sunday

....and then Winter set in! 

February 17th!

Frozen Severn River
...and it stayed for a while

March Madness
A thin film of ice still covers the Harbor

.....maybe Spring is around the corner

March 16th, and finally no signs of ice!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

New Horizons

This week has been one of discovering new horizons.  I'm guilty of being a creature of habit. I'm incredibly lucky to have access to the Chesapeake Bay just minutes from my door step. It is really easy to grab the board, walk around the corner and then go for a paddle. I love it!

The Chesapeake Awakens
 I got an invite from a friend on Saturday to meet in  Baltimore the next day for a paddle around the Inner Harbor of Baltimore and check out the Tall ships and boats that were in town for the 200th anniversary celebration of the Star Spangled Banner.
We met the group Sunday morning at the Under Armour facility and launched off a nearby dock. As I said above, I love paddling in Annapolis, but it was exciting  to be padding someplace new and to be surrounded by the Baltimore skyline. The view of the Coast Guard Tall  Ship Eagle and all  of the other vessels from the water was outstanding.
USCG Eagle

Once in the Inner Harbor, the group sort of split up and everyone, or at least Sarah and I went off in different directions taking in all the ships and sights of Baltimore. It was fun exploring a new place to paddle. It was different. It was invigorating.

Urban Horizon
While we were putting our gear away in Baltimore, we were approached by a 30-something guy that had questions about Stand Up. He said he wanted to learn to do it, and his goal was to paddle across the river from where we were, to Canton and then probably take a water taxi back.  We had just paddled from there, and for us it was just a short paddle across the river to get back from where we started. For him it was a distant new horizon and a new goal. It was so cool. I hope he gets to do it.

Paddling in the shadow of Michael Phelps
Sometime you can discover something new in your own backyard.
Tuesday night was my night to lead the East of Maui Group Paddle. I met a  friend  at the Maritime Museum and we paddled around to Horn Point Park to see if anyone else was joining us. We picked up another, and the three of us paddled upwind towards Annapolis Harbor.
I  need to back up just a bit, my friend is Captain Jen. She probably spends more time on the water than anyone I know aboard one of her beautiful Schooners Woodwind and Woodwind II taking tourist and locals sailing on the Chesapeake.  Jen is just getting into stand up. We had a bit of breeze and we had to work to paddle upwind. I about fell off my board laughing when Jen said " well... this gives me a whole new perspective on the wind". Keep in mind this is coming from someone very capable and confident sailing her 74 foot schooner in just about any wind just shy of a hurricane.
 We  paddled around Annapolis Harbor, under the draw bridge and headed up Spa Creek.  Once again, Jen surprised me when she said " I had no idea there were this many boats on moorings up here". We were literally just around the corner from where she docks Woodwind, yet a  short paddle on a stand up board had just opened up a whole new horizon for her to explore.  Paddle on Capt. Jen!

Captain Jen and Sarah paddling across the harbor, with Jen's Schooner Woodwind in the background. 

One of the greatest things about selling, teaching, and introducing people to SUP for almost 10 years is seeing the expressions on their faces the first time they feel the board glide across the water, or they see the Bay Bridge or City Dock from the deck of a board. For me, it is just another great day on the water, for them it is possibly a whole new way of life.

Spa Creek

 Whether you are paddling someplace for the first time, or paddling in your own backyard, every paddle stoke, every sunrise, every sunset has the potential to open new horizons. Get out there, go paddle, explore, open your eyes, expand your world.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Labor Day Sale

Boga Tsunami $1275
Bark 12'6" Competitor $1799
Bark 14'    Dominator $1799
Bark 14'  Eleminator  $1799
Jimmy Lewis Cruise Control 11' $1399

Call for new board pricing and availability