A-List: LED paddleboard, hammock tent rentals; giveaway

OPINION — Have you ever slept under the stars in a hammock tent that hangs over the water that is only accessible by stand-up paddleboards that have LED lighting on them?

No? Well you should. Like, now.

And luckily, there’s a way you can experience it right here in Southern Utah.


Paddle with Ali & friends!

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Hammock tent over the water at Quail Creek Reservoir, April 29, 2015 | Photo by Corey McNeil, St. George News
Hammock tent over the water at Quail Creek Reservoir, April 29, 2015 | Photo by Corey McNeil, St. George News

Recently I discovered an online company called Outdoor Rush. Their main goal is to make Southern Utah even more fun for locals and tourists by providing epic adventure equipment for rent.

I was initially drawn to the company because of their out-of-the-box way of doing business, but the more I learned about them, the more I loved what they have to offer. (Keep reading for a special offer AND giveaway!)

Their stand-up paddleboards, or SUPs, are rad because you can use them day and night. The boards have underwater light-emitting diodes (lights that, by the way, change colors) and each paddle has LED lighting as well. They are inflatable, so you can easily fit them in the trunk of a car. (They’ve seriously thought of everything.)

I was worried they wouldn’t be sturdy when I heard they were inflatable, but once I was on the board I would have never even known. SUPs are also surprisingly easy to navigate – and you can make the experience as relaxing or adventurous as you would like. I recommend attempting to try a few yoga poses on the water.

Head stand on the paddle board at Quail Creek Reservoir, April 29, 2015 | Photo by Corey McNeil, St. George News
Head stand on the paddle board at Quail Creek Reservoir, April 29, 2015 | Photo by Corey McNeil, St. George News

SUP rentals start at $45, but they offer multiday discounts if you want to take them on your next vacation. (Lake Powell, anyone?)

Even if you hate camping, you have to add the Tentsile hammock tent to your bucket list. It’s probably the greatest invention in the history of ever.  The only thing I don’t like about it is the fact that I didn’t think of it first.

The tent zips through the bottom and has an enter/exit ladder that hangs down below the tent. To find a camp site, all you need is a spot with three trees (and a good view of the stars)! You don’t have to hang the hammock tent over water, but I highly recommend it!

Hammock tent rental starts at $50 per day, but a multiday discount is available if you want to be an even happier camper.

Since I always save the best news for last:

I’ve teamed up with Outdoor Rush to offer a  FREE full day and night paddleboard rental for two to one lucky reader!

All you have to do is tell me what your favorite thing to do in Southern Utah is by leaving a comment below. Contest ends Sunday at midnight. Winner will be announced in the comments and notified by email on Monday. 

Outdoor Rush is offering ALL of my readers a 15 percent discount on half- and full-day paddleboard rentals for the whole month of May. All you have to do is mention the A-List when booking. 

Go be epic!

Ali Hill is an opinion columnist. The opinions stated in this article are her own, are not influenced through any advertising agreements with St. George News, and are not representative of St. George News.

St. George News Videographer Leanna Bergeron contributed the videocast to this article.

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24 Comments

  • astover27 May 1, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Zion for sure…Narrows or Angels

  • fun bag May 1, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    om… how big is that pic?
    Ed. ellipsis.

  • countryfan08 May 1, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Hiking and kayaking. Love both! 🙂

  • InspiredKathy May 1, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    That tent look so fun!! Favorite thing to do is spend time anywhere outdoors in the spring and fall.

  • Reese May 1, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Love riding the bike paths around town with my family, wish there were more! Thanks for the article, sounds like a fun adventure!!

  • wildcard54 May 1, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Canyoneering! This area has so many amazing unique and beautiful canyons. Besides that you really can’t go wrong with what you do in Southern Utah. Any outdoor adventure is bound to be a good time.

  • dmvroenen May 1, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Outdoors! All of it canyoneering, boating hiking and more!!#

  • melimermaid May 1, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Anything outdoors! I love water and I love hammocks, so this looks like a perfect combination!

  • bridge May 1, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    We love to go to the lake, camp, pickle ball… so many things. Love Southern Utah!

    • Ali Hill Ali Hill May 4, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      You are the winner of the giveaway! Check your email for instructions on how to claim your prize! Congrats!

  • colehulse May 1, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Best thing to do is hike out after dark and get some spectacular star-gazing!
    One of the lowest light-pollution counties in the US!

  • Chuckles May 2, 2015 at 5:16 am

    Love training in beautiful southern Utah.

  • trs1355 May 2, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Camping and hiking with family..

  • kennarae21 May 2, 2015 at 8:14 am

    My favorite thing is canyoneering with my family!

  • fun bag May 2, 2015 at 8:54 am

    why all these new people popup for this article to make these kind of simpleminded comments? I’m guessing the advertiser put them up to it. Seems kind of dumb.

    • Free Parking May 2, 2015 at 11:38 pm

      Well we know who they work for and who they’re related to.. eh.?

  • jess.healey May 2, 2015 at 10:32 am

    I love getting out to moe’s canyon to explore and Boulder out there!

  • Scottmonkey May 2, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Hiking with my family in Kayenta, Red Hills, and Red Cliffs.

  • hwrigley May 2, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Camping and hiking around Parowan, Utah with family!

  • ladybugavenger May 2, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    My favorite thing to do is make comments on st George news ;)….should I get a hobby free parking? How about paddleboarding.

    • Free Parking May 2, 2015 at 11:36 pm

      You need to check with your therapist ladynutvenger

  • fun bag May 2, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    smoke crack. All day every day. Can’t get enough.

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