Downwinding on Blu Wave’s New Fathom 14 SUP

As the dog days of summer give way to fall, we enter the favourite season for Great Lakes wave seekers.  Blu Wave SUP founder Aaron Pilon and his instructor staff from their Blu Wave SUP Academy recently enjoyed a late-August downwinder on their all new Fathom Fourteen Carbon-Innegra touring board.

 

The Fathom 14.0 on Georgian Bay off Blue Mountain. Photo by Aaron Pilon.
The Fathom 14.0 on Georgian Bay off Blue Mountain. Photo by Aaron Pilon.

 
Downwinding is one-way point-to-point paddling with the wind and swells. According to Pilon, the Southern Georgian Bay coastline offers some ideal downwind runs, as the shoreline aligns perfectly with the prevailing NW winds we typically see in the fall. Blu Wave’s Fathom Fourteen is an ideal board for downwinding and exploring Georgian Bay or any of the Great Lakes.
 
Constructed with a new carbon fibre and Innegra weave, the board is lightweight but also durable. Outfitted with deck tie-down points for bungee cords to store your gear and built-in mounts for your GPS or GoPro camera, the Fathom provides utility and high performance in the same package. From racing to downwinding to touring, the Fathom does it all.
 

Photo by Aaron Pilon.
Photo by Aaron Pilon.

 
N.B.: If you set out on a downwind run, it is very important to know the wind forecast and be very familiar with your route. Conditions on the Bay can change quickly and knowing your route and having possible exit points is important. Safety gear including a PFD, whistle and leash are essential.

Blu Wave SUP is a Collingwood, Ontario-based designer and manufacturer of stand-up paddleboards. They also offer lessons and guided tours through their Blu Wave SUP Academy, including private and semi-private downwind and SUP surf lessons.

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