WHAT: Handmade wooden paddleboard
WHY: Reclaimed wood feels right on the water
The master shapers at the Maine-based Tidal Roots understand that proper paddling technique is an art. But artful equipment helps, and these handcrafted boards could hang in galleries. Each of the four models is made from locally sourced and sustainably harvested wood and reflects the elemental beauty of the sport. For a board that can go the distance, try the 12-foot Sand Bar ($3,050). The longest in the Tidal Roots line, it features a 100 percent cedar top and bottom deck, a hollow core for reduced weight and better mobility, a strong internal truss system to enhance tracking and torsional rigidity, and a single centered fin.