Ric Burnley
Engel’s fishing SUP is super cool.

Engel is known for paddle-fishing friendly coolers and dry-boxes. Few anglers know that they also build a paddle-friendly SUPs. The Express 12.6 is a sturdy SUP with a racing hull for speed. The flared bow cuts through the water while the keeled hull keeps the boat straight and stable.

The SUP is built like a custom boat with internal stringers and a fiberglass and gelcoat skin. This allows Engel to build in features like a forward well perfect for a 13 quart dry box/cooler. Tabs and tie downs on the deck allow the angler to add accessories like rod holder or camera mount and a Engel drybox/cooler with rod holders and seat pad. The deck is covered with a non-slip, padded surface to keep the angler on the topside.

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“Thank God my dad wasn’t a podiatrist,” jokes Ric about following in the footsteps of a famous outdoor writer. After graduating from Radford University and serving two years in Russia with the Peace Corps, Ric returned to Virginia Beach and started writing for The Fisherman magazine, where his dad was editor. When the kayak fishing scene exploded, Ric was among the first to get onboard. His 2007 book, The Complete Kayak Fisherman is one of the first tomes to introduce anglers to paddle fishing and hundreds of articles and seminars have brought countless anglers into the fold. When he’s not chasing every fish that swims, Ric teaches English at a school for at-risk teens.


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