Buy Local Shop Profile: Paddle Sport Performance / PSP SUP Specialists, Ontario, Canada

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PSP Shop

PSP is a great shop, located right on the banks of Lake Ontario, the world’s 14 largest lake hat offers both surf and flatwater conditions, often times on the same day! PSP carries a great selection of gear and paddle Aloha to boot.

Location 

 1236 Speers Road, Oakville, Ontario, Canada

What board companies do you carry?

SIC Maui, Surftech, NSP, Laird Standup, Boardworks, Avante, PSP, Tahoe SUP

What paddles do you carry?

Eastern Canada Distributor for Quickblade Paddles

Do you have Paddleboard Rentals?

Yes

Do you offer lessons?

Yes

What other services do you provide?

WPA Canada Instructor Certification, board repairs

What is your biggest challenge as a retailer?

Adapting to the ever changing trends in the designs of SUP race boards. Exciting changes over the last decade!

On a scale of 1-10, how healthy is the sport?

10

On a scale of 1-10, how likely will the sport continue to grow in this next year?

Where will we see the growth if any?

 I believe that the inflatable SUP markets will see the biggest growth percentage as board companies expand further into this area.

Do you have any advice for manufacturers?

Lower the available options on each type of board. The brands we carry offer simple to understand options. Some of the other brands offer the same board in six different options which can be confusing and misleading to the general consumer.

What kind of paddling settings and conditions are near your shop?

Lake Ontario is our water playground. People don’t realize that it is the 14th largest lake in the world with over 1000km of shoreline. We can see flat water conditions one morning and then six-foot waves that afternoon. It can challenge even the most experience paddlers.

PSP Shop

What is it about paddling that gets you up in the morning? That gets you excited?

I’ve been paddling as an athlete or coach for over 35 years. SUP has allowed me (and others) to continue our love of paddling/water. The best part is that we get to paddle together with people who have the same interests!

Describe your local paddle community. When do you get together and what are they like?

We are extremely fortunate to be based in one of the most successful spots in Canada for a multitude of paddle sports. Our local group is very, very supportive of helping people get on the water and most have a very impressive background from other paddle sports. That paddling ohana feeling is one of the greatest things about SUP and our community!!

PSP

What local events do you have and what are their dates and locations?

Eastern Canada SUP Championships

July 9th, 2016

Oakville, Ontario

Best piece of SUP advice you give to paddlers?

Get off the keyboard and onto the paddle board!

What are your must-have accessories for every paddler?

Properly working PFD and leash! Check your equipment before you go.

Learn more

 Website: http://www.pspsupspecialists.com

 Facebook: http://facebook.com/paddlesportperformance

 Twitter:  http://twitter.com/PSPpaddle

 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/psppaddle/