Diablo Paddlesports is the dream of two college buddies: Thomas Flemons and Jay Korbell. Lifetime outdoorsman and river rats who met their freshman year at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, they wanted a single watercraft that offered the benefits of both stand-up paddleboard and kayaking. Their hands-on research, coupled with the expertise of consultant Tim Niemeyer of Wild Design, made their dream a reality.
Out on the water, we want to stand up and fish, and also sit down and paddle. And, sometimes, we want to do the opposite. We needed a watercraft that let us do both, and we spent plenty of time out on the water thinking about the best way to make that work in one quality product. Inspired by the stability of stand-up paddleboards and the nimble maneuvering of kayaks, Diablo Paddlesports, working with consultant Tim Nemier of Wild Design and original founder of Ocean Kayak, and his associate, James Thomas, has been able to make this a reality. Now Available...The Chupacabra, 10.5' L, 37" W and 56 lbs. Just like its predecessor, this boat allows the paddler to sit or stand to paddle and fish, just in a smaller package. It can still handle plenty of weight without compromising draft, but appeals to smaller paddlers as well. Retails for $1250 and is available in John Deere Green..