I have paddled over 300 miles standing on a board. My first expedition was a SUP first descent down Utah’s Escalante River. And since that first trip back in 2016, I’ve trusted only one paddle board to get the job done: Hala SUP Gear. Based in Steamboat Springs, CO, we’re practically neighbors. But that’s besides the point. I’ve put their boards through the ringer — I’ve dragged them through Russian Olives with their inch-long spikes, over sharp rocks, wrapped them around strainers, paddled them across miles-long stretches of flat water and held on, as I shot through mud chutes. Many of these trips take me deep into the wilderness, with only the river as a lifeline, so yeah, I need to have trust in my equipment.