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Paddle Board Paddle Pass Requirement

IL Water Usage Pass

Licenses and Titles and Stickers, Oh My. If you are an Illinois power boat owner, you already know that there are a lot of hoops to jump thru. Meaning, there is a whole list of regulations, titles, and stickers that are required. Most Stand Up Paddleboards do not have hull identification numbers and they are not required… Read More

Chicagoan Paddles the Missouri River

Paddle Boarding the Missouri River from Montana to Missouri

Several adventurers are currently on paddle boarding expeditions covering hundreds of miles.  One of these adventurers is Chicagoan, Scott Mestrezat.  Scott is paddling down the Missouri River on his stand up paddle board and is raising funds to provide inner city children wilderness experiences through the Big City Mountaineers program.   The 2,341 mile trip started the first week of June and… Read More

Paddle Boarding on the Fox River

Paddle Boarders on the Fox River - Algonquin to Elgin

Twelve paddle boarders took a trip down the Fox River on a beautiful Sunday morning.  Two kayakers tagged along as well.  The 7 mile paddle started off at Buffalo Park in Algonquin IL where all the boards were dropped off and a few stayed to watch over them while the rest drove their cars to Voyagers Landing… Read More

SUP’n on a Retention Pond

paddle boarding on a retention pond

It rained so much in the Chicago area June 28, 2013 that the retention area behind our shop filled up deep enough for Sean and Rick to go paddleboarding. The retention area is about 5 acres and normally has no water.  But when 3-4 inches of rain came down, it filled the rention pond with as much… Read More

Paddle Board Down the Fox River

Fox River from Algonquin to Elgin

The Fox River from Algonquin to Elgin is lined by parks and forest preserves.  At some points you can’t believe you are in the Chicago suburbs it is so peaceful.  South of the Algonquin dam to the I90 bridge, these are the parks to gain access to the water.  Starting out just south of the Algonquin dam on the… Read More

Paddle Boarding at the Hollows

Paddle Boarding in the clear waters of the Hollows Conservation Area

The annual Paddle in the Park  at the Hollows Conservation Area put on by the McHenry County Conservation District was again a great success.  Paddle boarding clinics were given by Alpine Accessories staff every half hour and participants were able to try out the boards.  If you would like to take a full hour lesson… Read More

Paddle in the Park Demo

The annual Paddle in the Park, a McHenry County Conservation District event, will be on Saturday, May 18th this year.  Alpine Accessories will be at The Hollows Conservation Area from 10:00 am to 2:00 p.m. at this event with Stand Up Paddleboards as we did last year.  Dry land demonstrations will be given prior to… Read More

New Paddleboards Have Arrived

stand up paddleboards

The new shipments of BIC Sport and Boardworks stand up paddleboards have arrived at Alpine Accessories.  Now that we have a larger selection than last year new racks had to be made to display the paddleboards.  Our staff Bill, Sean and Ashley all had a hand in developing, assembling and painting the new racks.

BIC One Design Challenge

BIC SUP One Design Challenge

If you live in the Chicago suburbs this is the Stand Up Paddle board race for you.  The BIC One Design Challenge puts challengers against each other using identical equipment to match the boarder’s ability and endurance on a 1 mile buoyed course in an elimination round.  No need to bring any equipment. Your entry… Read More

Free Dry Land Paddleboard Lessons

Stand Up Paddleboarding is easy when you know the basics.

Are you planning a warm beach vacation for Spring Break? Many vacation spots now rent Stand Up Paddleboards.  Paddleboarding is easier the first time out if you have the basics.  To help you enjoy your first paddleboarding experience more,  Alpine Accessories is offering Free in store dry land paddleboard lessons on Monday March 18th at… Read More