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March 5, 2014

The Oar Board lets you row on your stand-up paddleboard

The Oar Board lets you row on your stand-up paddleboard

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Given the recent announcements of products like the ElectraFin and the Rum Runner, it certainly looks like we're in the midst of a stand-up paddleboarding gold rush. One of the latest gadgets to get in on the action, the Oar Board, lets you convert your board into a single scull rowing boat.

Made by Victoria, BC-based Whitehall Rowing & Sail, the Oar Board consists of a fixed seat, a sliding footstop and oar supports – all in one carriage unit. It's simply strapped down to the deck of an existing board, reportedly in under five minutes. Because it's made of a mixture of polymer plastic and marine-grade powder-coated aluminum, it should be OK with salt water.

Because it's made of a mixture of polymer plastic and marine-grade powder-coated aluminum,...

Whitehall has already sold out one hand-made run of the Oar Board, and has now turned to Indiegogo to finance larger-scale production. A pledge of US$949 will get you one (oars not included), when and if they're ready to row. If you want the company to throw in a pair of Dreher carbon fiber oars, be prepared to offer up $1,539.

You can see the Oar Board in action, in the video below.

Sources: Indiegogo, Whitehall Rowing & Sail

About the Author
Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth

Your center of gravity is really high sitting and worse standing, but maybe the appeal is getting to display the body above the water line to be noticed? No PFD is a sure sign to that is the real reason.

Bob Flint
5th March, 2014 @ 07:07 pm PST

Since it seems to be wider than a skull boat, perhaps it would be more stable when the person is higher up? Personally, I think it is clever.

6th March, 2014 @ 05:48 am PST

Looks waaaaay too dear for what you get - check local rowing clubs and get a 'beat up' rowing scull for lots less and use the seat and runners and probably get the oars tossed in!

Buy two and make a cataraman or canoe with outrigger for stability.

Rowers often upgrade as newer materials and designs appear, you can't win with out-dated stuff.

If you rinse in fresh water after use and spray with WD40 your 'new' gear will last just as long as this fellow's at $1500+.

The Skud
6th March, 2014 @ 05:51 pm PST
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