Let me tell you about a guy that paddled 21 miles with an engagement ring on his board

Happy Wednesday everyone! We have been very busy the last couple of weeks here at Jarvis Boards, from being featured on KVUE News here in Austin, to participating in Tyler’s Dam That Cancer. 

As we mentioned in our previous posts, we are big fans of stories at Jarvis Boards and a lot of our boards have their own stories too. So we decided to start a new series on our blog called “Board Stories” where we will feature some cool stories that our boards got to be a part of.  

A few weeks ago, our paddle boards were a part of a surprise proposal that we wanted to share with you guys today. Many of you are probably familiar with Orangetheory Fitness and have maybe even participated in one of their gruesome workouts before. Well, Troy Taylor is the regional director of Orangetheory in Austin. Troy gave us a call a few weeks ago inquiring about a pair of our wood paddleboards and he asked to stop by the shop. Let’s just say he’s going on our list of the coolest customers we’ve ever worked with. From his bright orange decked out jeep, to the Orangetheory logo that is shaved into his hair, this guy is a "go big or go home" type of guy so we expected nothing less for his custom paddle board that we were going to build for him to use during Dam That Cancer.  


Troy arranged to pick up his board after-hours a few days before the start of Tyler's Dam That Cancer. He then informed us that he planned on paddling the 21 miles with a ring in the cup holder on his board. Troy was going to propose to his long time girlfriend at the finish line of the paddle. 

Over the weeks of working with Troy, we knew this was going to be a pretty epic moment. After Troy completed the 21-mile journey on his Spiderman paddle board, his girlfriend and two daughters greeted him at the finish line.  Troy popped the question as he soon got off his paddleboard and we couldn’t help but shed a few tears as we watched this special moment between Troy, his now fiancée, and their two daughters. 

This might be the first proposal our paddleboards were a part of, but we are so glad it was Troy’s. We are so excited for you Troy, and we are so honored you chose us to build your wood paddle board and be a part of your special day. 


Stay tuned for more “Board Stories” in the weeks to come.

Lock In The Best Prices Of The Summer


Many people ask what makes our boards stand out from every other paddle board? While there are many features of our boards that we feel allow us to stand out, we truly take pride in the premium wood we use to craft each paddle board. 

Not only does the wood provide durability when compared to other boards, but it also adds unique character. No board we craft is going to have the same wood grains as any other. We love that because we truly want each of our customers to have a work of art that is unlike any other and that they are proud of. 

Unfortunately, the price of lumber has increased rapidly in the recent years. While we've been able to absorb most of these cost increases, sadly we will be increasing the price of our wood paddle boards in August. We hate to do this, but we also want to ensure that we can keep crafting our high quality wood paddle boards for many years to come. However, we want you to be able to lock in our lowest prices before the price change. Order by August 15th to ensure that you’ll get your beautifully crafted Jarvis board before prices go up. 

That time we took a legendary basketball player paddling

If you are a fan of the San Antonio Spurs you are going to love this week's Board Story. A couple weeks ago I got to take THE Bruce Bowen out on his birthday to paddle board for his first time ever. 


If you aren't familiar with Bruce Bowen, he's an NBA legend. Having won 3 NBA championships, he has been called one of the greatest defenders to play the game. As I learned from our time paddle boarding in Austin, he's also genuinely nice, very funny and a super committed parent. So how did he do paddle boarding?  

Bruce Bowen

At 6'8 and not having a background playing outdoors, he was a little nervous to say the least. After a quick one minute lesson on the basics, and a couple of pep talks, Bruce was ready to give it a try. Like most new paddlers, he smartly started paddling on his knees keeping his center of gravity low until his confidence increased.

Of course, that didn’t last long though. He had to prove to all of you that voted that he would fall that he was a paddle boarding pro. Soon enough, Bruce was on his feet and paddling away. 

PaddleBoarding in Austin TX


By the end of the day, you would have thought he had been paddle boarding for years! He was still a little nervous, but his endless amount of jokes and laughter would have told you differently. 


We had to end his birthday the right way with a round of beers to go around. Bruce, it was an honor and pleasure to be a part of your birthday celebration. You’re on your way to becoming a paddle boarding legend! 

Paddle Boarding with Bruce Bowen

The Story Behind Our Leather Straps

Some of my favorite features of our wood paddle boards, are the fine details that make our paddle boards so unique and the stories that go along with them. We are big about stories at Jarvis Boards. Not only do each one of us have a unique story, and each one of our customers has a unique story, but many of our suppliers also have their own story to accompany them. I think this is what makes Jarvis Boards so special. So today, I’m going to tell you the story behind the leather straps on each of our paddle boards — a feature that customers are continuously in awe of. 


As I’ve mentioned before, Jarvis Boards began when I decided to quit my day job and follow my passion for craftsmanship. This was a risky decision, but it has also been one of the best life decisions I have ever made. The early days of crafting our wooden SUPs consisted of long hours inside of a tiny little garage in Austin with a small budget, and not a lot of help. I didn’t want our boards to look like all of the other paddle boards out there, I wanted them to be hand-crafted works of art that people not only loved to use, but that they were proud to look at. This is why I decided to add a leather carrying strap to them, because how much more detailed, authentic, and raw can you get than a nice crafted piece of handcrafted leather? So I set out on a mission to find someone that could supply us with these leather straps. 

With our small budget, we didn’t really have the money to do a bulk order. I just needed about 20 leather straps to get me started. One call led to another, which led to another laugh from suppliers. They thought I was crazy for trying to order such a small number. Well, here at Jarvis Boards, we don’t take no for an answer. After about a million no’s, I found our hidden gem — a small family business in North Austin known as Savilino. 

The folks at Savilino saw potential in our wood paddle boards and they took a chance on us. The detail they put into these leather straps is remarkable, and it kind of makes me thankful that all those other companies told me no. To keep the handles from stretching out, Savilino reinforces the two pieces of leather with a nylon strap before they are finally outfitted with stainless hardware. After a couple of uses, your leather strap will begin to take on the character of a nice worn pair of leather boots. An icon of true craftsmanship. 

Mass produced goods are far too common today, and we wanted to stand out from that with our wood paddle boards. We are a small business and we love to partner with other local small businesses. To this day our leather handles on our paddle boards are still stitched and crafted by the same talented craftspeople that saw potential in us in 2012 and we couldn’t be more proud to work with them. 

Born in Austin, Crafted in Austin, and we support Austin businesses. 




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