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Finally I needed to test it out by taking a walk down the beach. It was a good day to test as it was blowing 30 knots off shore and it would have been very hard to carry a stand up paddle board without a sling, although the wind caught the board, as you would expect it was easy to control it and comfortable to carry. My wife had a go as well and she thought it was brilliant, as she could get everything for a stand paddle surf session into the bag and pocket, and get to the beach without struggling.
The Sling also has a carrying handle so I had a go with that as well. Its pretty good for short distances, but the shoulder strap is better and allows you to have more control over the board. I now leave the sling on the board in my board rack, and use the handles to pull it out, which works quite well.
I really liked this product. Although I would probably only use it if I had a long walk, or if I knew that someone would look after the sling for me while I surfed (to stop the light fingered beach goers from stealing it while I was in the water). It will be great for those summer family days on the beach when I know I can carry all the of the kit I need to Stand Up Paddle Surf in the sling, and still help carry other beach stuff as well. I know, from the various female SUPers that I have talked to, and that have tried the sling, absolutely love it. It means that they can very easily get the board to the beach, one even said she would leave the sling on, while the SUP board was on the roof rack - meaning it is easier for her to get it off the car as well.
From a construction point of view it is very well made, the design features have all been thought out, and the attention to details is great. The retail price in the UK is £55.95. The only downside is finding the product in the UK, as Curve are currently appointing a distributor, once they have I will update the article.
Update - May 2009
Thain Leisure is now the appointed distributor for Curve products in the UK.