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After a long hiatus this winter we are all starting to get ready for the upcoming season.  We hope everyone is as excited as us about the near future and our warmer temperatures.  We have our summer orders coming in soon and are preparing for another great season for SUP and surf here on the Third Coast.  Once again we will be offering our custom rail tape installation as well as all of our repair services as before.  If you have any damage to your board please contact us, we would be happy to give you an estimate on cost.  

 

Aloha,

 

Treetown Boards

 

Posted on March 4, 2017 .

Dawn Patrol Lake Michigan

The summer heat wave is here, or "heat dome" as they call it on the news. What better time is there to head to the west side of the state to beat the heat. After a pretty amazing lightning show last night the winds have died down and left this amazing stretch of beach with a nice small waist high swell coming in. Miles of sand bar break to be explored today. We hope to see you out on the water to beat the heat wave this weekend.  

 

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Stand Up For The Cure

We want to thank everyone that we met at Stand Up For The Cure.  We had an amazing time with everyone there and hope that all of you did as well.  We look forward to another successful event next year and hope to see many familiar faces as we continue to grow the SUP community here in Michigan.

We will be at the Up North Stand Up in Beulah and Frankfort this weekend.  Please feel free to contact us if you are in the area and want to demo some of the Jimmy Lewis quiver.

Aloha,

Beau

Posted on July 11, 2016 .

Independence Day

We hope everyone had an amazing Independence Day this year.  We were lucky to have some of the most amazing weather for the fourth with calm water and bright sunny skies.  Mother Nature also gave us the best light show we could ever hope for with a beautiful sunset.  All of us at Treetown Boards hope you had an enjoyable holiday and we hope to see you this coming weekend in Muskegon at Stand Up For the Cure.

Treetown Boards Proving Grounds

Treetown Boards Proving Grounds

Summer Dreams

We are most certainly into the summer months. We could not be happier with all of the new people we have met this year. We want to thank all of our customers we have met and could not be happier with all the wonderful people we have met. While we are in and out of town for different events and family obligations we wanted to take some time and thank all of you on this Idependance Day week. Please enjoy this weekend and be safe out there on the water. If you have any questions about your sup board or equipment please feel free to contact us at treetownboards@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you out on the water and hopefully we see some of you at StandUp for the Cure, event in Muskegon.  

Aloha,

Treetownboards

 

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Posted on July 2, 2016 .

Jimmy Lewis Searcher Geared Up

Ryan was able to get the Searcher out all geared up for fishing.  This board is truly amazing as it can haul an entire family or be decked out for your fishing trip.  Here we have two "RAM" mounts on the board with two different rod holders.  The board comes equipped with 5 RAM mounts that can be equipped for any of your excursion add ons that can be found at http://www.rammount.com/.  This board also has the volume and size to hold a large cooler to keep things cool, dry, etc. This also can act as an excellent seat for those long days of fishing and floating.  Numerous tie downs complete this amazing board giving you the ability to store your gear on the bow of the board or the stern.  This all around board is amazing for this area, especially those planning on heading out into larger bodies of water where the displacement hull and large volume create a very stable platform that can easily paddle through the chop often associated with the wind waves we get here in the Mid-west.

Contact us to schedule your demo today.

Posted on June 5, 2016 .

Fish Eyes

Often we notice problems in hot coats after extended use which often is just a cosmetic issue but could lead to future problems.  While sometimes these are unavoidable there are some measures you can take to prevent this from happening to your board.

The "fish eye" is caused when there is a small puncture or pinhole in the hot coat of your boards epoxy or paint.  When water gets into these holes it can cause the hot coat to separate from the board leaving a little fish eyes where the epoxy will eventually chip off.  

To avoid this, we recommend not storing your board in its bag when wet.  The board bags are great to protect your board for transportation but can cause issues if the board is stored in the bag wet.  The water inside the bag will turn to vapor allowing it to infiltrate the small holes in your hot coat easier.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at treetownboards@gmail.com and we would be happy to help you with any concerns you may have regarding your SUP.

Dreaded "Fish Eyes" on the epoxy rails of an older board.

Dreaded "Fish Eyes" on the epoxy rails of an older board.

Posted on May 23, 2016 .

Jimmy Lewis Stiletto

Ryan took out the Stiletto to test its handling and speed at Bandemer Park in Ann Arbor.  We purchased this board for the all around use of racing and touring.  With the dimensions of 12'6" x 30" wide, the Stiletto offers excellent stability and ample volume at 290 liters to support leisurely paddle.  With Jimmy Lewis' patented sandwich construction, this board offers some flex as it is not the typical stiff carbon fiber race board. The board also offers a recessed deck pad lowering the center of gravity of the rider for more stability.  The board performs superbly in our conditions and is extremely light and fast for a 30" wide board.  There are also lash downs on the front deck for storing your gear for a long day trip or overnight weekend trips. This is truly one of our favorite new boards currently in stock.

SUP Ann Arbor

SUP Ann Arbor

Paddle Board Ann Arbor

Paddle Board Ann Arbor

Flying With Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards

A lot of people have been asking us at Treetown Boards about inflatable SUPs and how easy it is to travel with them. On a recent trip down to the Baja peninsula of Mexico we packed two Jimmy Lewis inflatable stand up paddle boards, a Maestro Air at 10'3"x33" and a Stiletto Air at 12'6"x29". We documented the process and have some good pointers for anyone thinking of flying with their inflatables.

The Jimmy Lewis Stiletto Air rolls up into a compact size. Leaving lots of room in the included backpack to accommodate the pump, three piece adjustable paddle, fin, repair kit, leash, and inflatable pfd belt. 

The Jimmy Lewis Stiletto Air rolls up into a compact size. Leaving lots of room in the included backpack to accommodate the pump, three piece adjustable paddle, fin, repair kit, leash, and inflatable pfd belt. 

We took the pump air pressure gauge off before packing it up. Because it is such an important part of pump, we wanted to make sure it was not damaged during transport. It then fit nicely into the repair kit tube. We packed some teflon tape for reassembly once at our destination. 

We took the pump air pressure gauge off before packing it up. Because it is such an important part of pump, we wanted to make sure it was not damaged during transport. It then fit nicely into the repair kit tube. We packed some teflon tape for reassembly once at our destination. 

We packed the entire filled backpack into this large size rolling duffle bag. We did this so it would be easier to roll through the airport as well as help protect the board during transit. Even with some extras thrown in (snorkel gear, shower kit) the bag weighed 48 pounds. We were charged the regular checked bag fee ($25 each on Delta) to fly down to Mexico. 

We packed the entire filled backpack into this large size rolling duffle bag. We did this so it would be easier to roll through the airport as well as help protect the board during transit. Even with some extras thrown in (snorkel gear, shower kit) the bag weighed 48 pounds. We were charged the regular checked bag fee ($25 each on Delta) to fly down to Mexico. 

The Jimmy Lewis Maestro Air is packed in its standard backpack. We added a set of rolling wheels and two luggage straps for security and ease of transport. For an added layer of protection we wrapped the Maestro in a piece of marine grade vinyl. The vinyl doubled as a roof protector once we were in Mexico. 

The Stiletto Air is unrolled and unpacked in Mexico.

The Stiletto Air is unrolled and unpacked in Mexico.

We decided to pump up the inflatables in our hotel room, to take advantage of the shade and air-conditioning. We used the luggage straps together to secure the boards to the roof of our rental car. We only had to drive a few blocks down to the beach at pretty slow speeds. It would not be recommended to travel like this very far or fast without additional strapping.

We decided to pump up the inflatables in our hotel room, to take advantage of the shade and air-conditioning. We used the luggage straps together to secure the boards to the roof of our rental car. We only had to drive a few blocks down to the beach at pretty slow speeds. It would not be recommended to travel like this very far or fast without additional strapping.

Down at the beach we are all loaded up and ready to roll. The gear nets at the front of both boards are really sturdy and could handle a lot of cargo. 

Down at the beach we are all loaded up and ready to roll. The gear nets at the front of both boards are really sturdy and could handle a lot of cargo. 

We found the backpacks pretty easy to carry. At around 32 pounds you don't forget that you are carrying it but it wasn't too tough either despite walking in a lot of sand. 

We found the backpacks pretty easy to carry. At around 32 pounds you don't forget that you are carrying it but it wasn't too tough either despite walking in a lot of sand. 

On another outing we used the shade of a random beach palapa while inflating the boards. In total it took less than 10 minutes to pump up both boards to around 15psi. The last few pounds of pressure take a bit of muscle, but once you get into a rhythm it's not bad. 

On another outing we used the shade of a random beach palapa while inflating the boards. In total it took less than 10 minutes to pump up both boards to around 15psi. The last few pounds of pressure take a bit of muscle, but once you get into a rhythm it's not bad. 

The greatest payoff was being able to SUP in areas that were a bit off the beaten path, and having the water all to ourselves. 

The greatest payoff was being able to SUP in areas that were a bit off the beaten path, and having the water all to ourselves. 

Overall, flying the inflatables out of the country was pretty easy and economical. They arrived at their destination and back home in great shape. Next time I would get another large size rolling duffle to pack the Maestro in. Even though it is a shorter board, because it is wider, it takes a bigger bag when rolled up. Probably one that is at least 36"-38" long, would fit well. Having our own equipment was amazing. The Jimmy Lewis inflatables were far superior to some of the rental equipment that was available. We used our boards almost every day to explore new places. The versatility of the inflatables was great, and the fact that they fit with additional luggage into a small sized rental car was even better. Anyone thinking of traveling to destinations with water should strongly consider grabbing a pair of these boards. We saved money on rentals, the size of the car we needed, and space. Both inflatable models also work great back home in Ann Arbor, with all the flat water paddling around town. Anyone living in a apartment, condo, dorm room, or other tight living quarters could easily store these boards out of way for use around town, and basically all over the world. If you have any specific comments or questions about traveling with inflatable boards please feel free to reach out to us via email or comment directly on this post. We have both inflatable models currently for sale. If you are interested in trying one out before you buy, email us to set up a free private demo. I know the weather in Michigan does not currently resemble the tropical landscape of this post, but summer is right around the corner. With our financial partners at Synchrony Bank, we can offer special interest financing for up to 12 months, to qualified individuals. Save cash and SUP the world! Aloha, 

Ryan

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The Jimmy Lewis inflatables down in the Baja of Mexico.  This adds a whole new level of excitement to anyone next trip.

Posted on April 8, 2016 .

The Jimmy Lewis Stiletto & Maestro Air Fly To Mexico

While we brave the final blast of winter here in Michigan two of our fleet made the flight to Mexico for some paddling in the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez.  The two boards were checked like regular baggage without any damage.  Even when going through customs and hitting the dreaded RED light, the border guards were not interested in unpacking the paddle boards.  Can not wait to hear how things go with the maiden international voyage of the inflatables from our fleet.

Loaded and ready to go out on Medano Beach.

Posted on April 4, 2016 .

Repair Shop

With the weather warming up we are starting to look forward to the SUP season here in the Great Lakes region.  We are getting our repair shop back in order and ready to fix up our fleet for the season.  

Please feel free to contact us if you have a board that was damaged last year.  We had numerous happy customers last year that were able to get their boards back out on the water after they had some small damage.  

Always make sure you take care of any leaks before you get your board back in the water.  Even the smallest leak can cause permanent damage to the foam under your glass, often this is something that can not be repaired.  Please take care of your stick this year as we would hate to see any of the boards that make it here to Michigan end up in a land fill.  Keep Michigan green.

 

Posted on February 20, 2016 .

Happy New Year!

The Treetown boards crew has been working this winter on developing our product line and developing ideas to bring together the SUP community in Southeast Michigan this year.  The days are getting longer and even though its actually cold and snowing now we can see sing season just around the corner.  

 

Posted on January 30, 2016 .

2016 Jimmy Lewis Line Up

Check out the new 2016 Jimmy Lewis lineup coming in March.  Once again Jimmy Lewis has developed a well rounded lineup to suit your needs.  These boards are lighter and stronger than any board we have had the pleasure of riding over the last seven years.  The real difference has to be felt out on the water.  These boards out perform other boards we have risen, are lighter, and built stronger due to the true sandwich technology used on Jimmy Lewis SUP boards.  

Contact us for any question regarding the new line up, we would be happy to help you make a well informed decision on your Sup purchase.


Posted on September 25, 2015 .

Board Repairs

This is one of the board repairs we had going this summer.  This one was quite difficult as the board was used in the water numerous times after the hull was damaged and let water in, please do not do this if you can avoid it.

You can see the side fin was broken out of the board.  We pulled the fin out and then had to let this board dry for 3 weeks before we could do any work.  We added a drying wick to the board to help draw the extra moisture out of the board.

Board drying in the sun.

Board drying in the sun.

Marked out for cutting an even line for resetting the fin box.

Marked out for cutting an even line for resetting the fin box.

Clean even lines cut out of the epoxy.

Clean even lines cut out of the epoxy.

Tapped off and filled with two part marine foam.

Tapped off and filled with two part marine foam.

We filled another crack in the whole with the marine foam as well while we were at it.

We filled another crack in the whole with the marine foam as well while we were at it.

Hole filled with foam and cut out to accept the fin box once again.

Hole filled with foam and cut out to accept the fin box once again.

Fin box placed and taped off for fill with faring compound.

Fin box placed and taped off for fill with faring compound.

We attempted to polish off these spots.  Unfortunately they were under the epoxy coat and were the result of the interior of the board getting wet.  As the water vaporized inside of the board it had seeped through the glass and epoxy under the hot coat.  To remove this the entire hot coat would have to be sanded off and glassed again.  Unfortunately this still would not solve the problem and would be cost prohibitive when compared to the value of the board.     Fortunately the board is back in the water and functioning well.  I do not have the rest of the pictures as my phone died in the middle of documenting this fix.

We attempted to polish off these spots.  Unfortunately they were under the epoxy coat and were the result of the interior of the board getting wet.  As the water vaporized inside of the board it had seeped through the glass and epoxy under the hot coat.  To remove this the entire hot coat would have to be sanded off and glassed again.  Unfortunately this still would not solve the problem and would be cost prohibitive when compared to the value of the board.  

 

Fortunately the board is back in the water and functioning well.  I do not have the rest of the pictures as my phone died in the middle of documenting this fix.


Posted on September 20, 2015 .