The Link You’ve Been Missing
BOTE®, a leader in stand up paddle board innovations, announces the release of their new, patent pending Travelink™ carrying system. The integrated Travelink™ SUP Carry System was developed to increase comfort and ease in transporting and storing a paddle board.
In recent years, SUP has become a huge category in the water sport industry, but with most boards reaching close to 12’, many people have a hard time getting to the water quickly and safely. Corey Cooper, BOTE® founder and designer, explains, “We looked at how people transported their boards and gear and designed a system to assist with carrying a board, while toting around all the other gear necessary for a day long paddling trip. We had to solve the problem of carrying a stand up paddle board with only your hands.”
The Travelink™ System consists of three main components. Super-strong latch points, which are seamlessly integrated into most of BOTE’s 2016 board models, provide the basis for the system. These latch points, located along the rail of the boards, allow the second component, the adjustable and padded Travelink™ Sling, to clip into the board with durable swivel clips. The Sling is a shoulder strap which provides a more ergonomic way to lift and carry the paddle board. The final component of the Travelink™ System are watertight pouches, called Hitchhikers, which attach to the Sling via velcro straps. The Hitchhikers provide extra storage and accommodate extra gear.
“Most stand up paddle boards are carried by the paddler using their fingers, hands and forearms via a center grab handle. This can become unpleasant in a matter of seconds,” explains Cooper. “Like tons of other products, transitioning the load to the shoulders with an integrated system makes taking your board to the water much more appealing.” Eliminating the ever ominous “dead arm syndrome,” this new addition is the missing link for all SUP riders. With the Travelink™ System, transporting a paddle board over long distances through rough terrain or even just a couple of yards to the shore in perfect weather conditions is no longer a problem. Travelink™ also enables smaller paddlers to transport much larger paddle boards than ever before. “This system was created so you could literally throw your board over your shoulder and walk to the water while carrying all your other stuff,” says Cooper.
Magda Cooper, COO of BOTE® and mother of two explains, “We love to get our kids out of the house and on the paddle boards with us, but carrying my two year old, gear, and board was not feasible in one trip. With the new Travelink™ System, I am able to throw my board over my shoulder, grab my kids, and hit the water.”
The Travelink™ System will be available for most of BOTE’s 2016 stand up paddle board line-up and is available for purchase from boteboard.com and any authorized BOTE dealer. For more information about the Travelink™ System visit boteboard.com/travelink.
About BOTE® Paddle Board Company
Founded in late 2009 by Corey and Magda Cooper and Headquartered in Ft. Walton Beach FL, BOTE® is a stand up paddle board brand. We are a lifestyle brand, we are racers, we are surfers, we are anglers, we are industry leaders and we are technical innovators. The technical innovations are what allow us to Stand Apart. From designing the world’s first fishing specific stand up paddle board to creating a new proprietary Chainmail™ weave, BOTE® continues to push our sport forward. These innovations allow our customers to paddle faster, further and with purpose. We are guided by our mission, “BOTE® Stands Apart through industry shaping innovation, fresh ideas and simplicity to create a product that defines a lifestyle”.