Looking for a cheap stand up paddle board to get you into the sport? Or maybe you just want a backup board to have on hand and share with friends. You can usually find boards at decent prices from a variety of different distributors, but you often times end up with a non name brand board with little credibility. This means you can get a great board, or a real stinker.
That’s why, in my opinion, I’ve never seen anything that compares to the Tower Paddle Boards Grab Bag Sale that happens every few months. Tower’s a pretty well respected name for the most part in paddle boarding. Even though some paddle board snobs lift their nose at them, it’s hard to deny that Tower do a great job of providing value to beginning paddle boarders with good quality boards at an affordable price point. Typically, you can get a full Tower setup with paddle, board and pump (for inflatables) for under $1,000. And, if your willing to try out something used or returned, you can save even more money from their grab bag sale they have every few months.
The Tower Paddle Boards Grab Bag Sale
If you’re patient enough, you can take advantage of this sale Tower has every few months. They had one in June 2015, and they’re having another one tomorrow, October 13, 2015 at 9 am Pacific Time. I’m not sure how often they have them, but they typically only notify people on their email list a few days in advance. So, it’s a good idea to join that list if you’re interested.
Here’s how the sales usually go. There’s usually only two options.
Option 1 – $395 for inflatable SUP boards that have been returned, tested, and hold air. All of these boards have been tested to make sure they hold air, so the risk seems fairly minimal. In the past sale I saw in June they actually were selling tested iSUPS with a paddle and pump for $500. In this October sale, the $395 only gets you the board. Still a good deal.
Option 2 – $295 for boards that need minor repair. This may mean the board has a slight leak, and just needs some patch work. I’d only recommend this option if you’re willing to take a gamble and feel confident in your patch work skills. If so, could be a great deal. Otherwise go with option 1.
These prices apply to all of the boards they have available, and prices do not fluctuate depending on the model. For instance, let’s say they have their cheapest iSUP their 9’10 Adventurer which is usually $699 new. And, they also have a used model of their more expensive 14′ Explorer which usually goes for $999. During this sale, if available as returned/used boards, those SUPs would both be available for $395 each. So, you can get a higher model board for a low price, as long as it’s available and you snag it before someone else does. So, you have to act fast.
Here’s the caveat – Tower doesn’t list which boards are available before the sale begins. So, it’s a good idea to look over their SUP line and identify what boards you like. That way you know what you’re looking for before the sale begins.
How to Snag a Board During the Sale
Okay, so as you can tell – these are some pretty good deals. So, these grab bag sales tend to be very popular. I tried to purchase a board during the sale last June but I was too slow. I logged onto the site right when the sale started at 9:00 am and I still didn’t get a board. I got paralyzed by the choices between boards. They had both an Adventurer and an iRace for $500.
I hadn’t planned for that choice. I froze.
And before I knew it, the sale was over. They were sold out. Less than 10 minutes into the sale.
So, if you want to snag a Tower Paddle Board, don’t do what I did. Here’s how to take advantage of the sale:
- Review Tower’s entire iSUP line before the sale. Review their lineup and see what boards you like. Figure out what you’re willing to spend $395 for. You won’t know which boards, or how many will be available during the sale, until it actually begins. So, you need to plan for it, and know what you’re looking for. If you hesitate during the sale, you’ll lose out. Even if it’s just a minute… seriously.
- Be ready for the Sale to Begin – I recommend navigating to the grab bag sale page before the sale begins. So if it begins at 9 am, get to the page 5-10 mins beforehand, and reload the page until the sale begins. Every second counts if you want to get a good deal.
- Don’t hesitate to buy that board – If you find a board you want, don’t hesitate to buy it. This is why I recommend reviewing their line up before the sale. That way you know what you want and you’re prepared to pull the trigger. If you see a board you want and you hesitate, someone else will probably get it before you. So basically, just do your research and due diligence before the sale begins.
There you have it. My recommendations for success at the Tower grab bag sale. I hope this helps.
Here’s the link to the grab bag sale if you want to check it out. Next one is October 13, 2015 at 9 am.