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Otentik Sunshade One Pole Setup

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We are often asked whether an extra pole is helpful with the sunshade. The standard setup is with just two, and for most circumstances this is all you’ll need. The only time an extra pole is required is when there is no wind whatsoever, which is pretty rare at the beach. If there is even a slight breeze, the sunshade will lift up, providing extra room underneath.

The best setup will have the pole (or poles) places in the direction the wind comes from. The wind doesn’t have to hit that ‘front edge’ head on; it’s OK if at least one of the poles is angled to face the oncoming wind. And upon setting it up, you’ll see if you’ve got it right by what the sunshade does.

First, when you place the pole, is the fabric flapping around wildly? If so, you probably need to stretch the bags out further away from the sunshade (in all 4 directions).

Second, did you place the pole in an optimal location? It should be near a corner (within a foot or so). The closer it is to the edge where the wind is coming from, the better. This will allow it to lift up instead of getting pushed down. Continue reading

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Otentik sunshade setup: High Winds

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Now dats some kung fu shiat.

Now dats some kung fu shiat.

For Otentik sunshade owners, long gone are the days of umbrellas barreling down the beach in an attempt to impale someone. This bebe was meant to work with the wind, and does so very well when set up properly. Like any new product, it can take a couple tries to get it just right…hopefully these tips will help you get a solid set up on your first try!

Full sand bags

Most importantly, the sand bags need to be full and heavy! Wet sand is heavier and won’t require as much. After placing the poles, make sure the bags aren’t sliding towards the sunshade…if they are, they’re not heavy enough. Bury or barricade the bags with sand, for extra stability.

Stretch sunshade

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Properly stretched large sunshade on a windy day

Move the bags away from the sunshade so that there is no slack in the fabric. Don’t worry – it’s super stretchy, amazing Eurojersey fabric! It can handle it. =) Just be careful when you move those

heavy bags, so you don’t rip the fabric (especially if they’re a properly full bag weighing 20-25+ lbs!). Continue reading

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Otentik sunshade setup: On Grass

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Otentik Sunshade set up in gardenSo…you’re thinking of using stakes with our stakeless sunshade?  Don’t worry, we won’t call you blasphemers or take any offense.  The great thing is that you can setup our sunshades pretty much anywhere.  On a sunny Florida day that is nearing 4,000° F, we set up our Otentik in the backyard and let the kids loose with hoses.  If you’re wondering what the melting point for a sunshade is, I can assure you that 4,000° F might be pushin’ it.

We’ve also seen sunshades attached to trees, the side of a house and even an APC. Not every setup will require the sand bags (or canvas bags, for rocky areas).  And sometimes stakes are just quicker and you want to start relaxing and having fun already.

It’s really not rocket science here, but that didn’t stop me from nearly getting impaled once by my garden stake, as it flew past my head at mach 3. OK…I may be exaggerating a bit here. Continue reading

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Set up tip: Stretch!

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Stretching isn’t just good for the muscles…it’s also 100% necessary for your Otentik sunshade! =) This past weekend, our friends from The Yoga-Shed in DeLand held a yoga day at the beach. And it was FABULOUS!

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We had three separate yoga classes throughout the day, a few people went for runs, we all swam and enjoyed some snacks in the shade.

That’s Emma!

Our yogi leader, Emma, had just gotten her Otentik sunshade and it was her first time setting up. To my surprise, she actually filled the sandbags really full! (nobody ever does that – including ME in the beginning…whoops!). Once the wind picks up, your set up skills are going to be put to the test. Have no fear…the super duper stretchy Eurojersey fabric is here! Coming up from my downward facing dog at the end of the last class, I caught a glance of her sunshade really slacking on the job. The wind had picked up a bit, and it fell down (womp womp). Luckily, it’d happened to me in the beginning, and I know the solution. So…Ella to the rescue!

I pulled the poles out from underneath the sunshade and proceeded to pull the bags further out. It’s easy to tell if you haven’t pulled them out far enough. If there is ANY slack in the fabric, stretch it MORE! Don’t worry, this stuff is strong and really stretchy. It’ll hold up. 😉

When you’re pulling the bags out, be nice to them and either grab the entire opening with both hands to slowly drag it, or put your arms around the bottom and slide it further away from the tent. I learned this the hard way too…wasn’t thinking one day, and needed to move the bags out a scooch…but grabbed it in one small part of the fabric. Of course it ripped! The bag was filled with at least 20 lbs of sand!

So…after about 20 seconds adjusting the sand bags, and placing the poles back up, Emma’s sunshade was good to go! And whaddayaknow? It was getting windier and windier…and it held up just fine. =)

P.S – if you just purchased your sunshade and need any assistance getting it to work for you, give us a shout! You can reach us via email: sales@otentik.us or 1 (844) OTENTIK

We are here to help and want you to love your sunshade as much as we do.

Ella (aka Big Kahuna)

Otentik USA

www.originalsunshade.com

So that’s our set up tip of the week…see you next week!

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It’s never that easy…

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I admit, I’m a bit of a DIY junkie…every time I see a beautiful table from pallet wood, or some other sweet contraption on Pinterest I think to myself “I could totally make that!”. And it’s never as easy as it looks. This is how I felt whenever I saw amazing photos of the Otentik sunshade in the water, like this one. Which is perhaps why it took me so long to actually try it myself…I’m such a huge fan of this product, hence us opening up a business to import them to the US, and yet I’d never actually used it IN the water. So…challenge accepted!

DCIM101GOPROThis past weekend we were testing out our new toys, the waterproof Polar Bear Cooler and our new inflatable paddle board from Isle Surf and SUP. We’d been paddling for more than 2 hours on the Intracoastal waterways looking for a nice disappearing island and desperately in need of a reprieve from the sun and to cool off for a while.

My husband and I started filling the four sandbags with sand, which was actually more like a muddy sludge. After a couple of minutes, my hubby came to check the progress I’d made. In my defense, his hands are much larger and can shovel sand more quickly! =) (I’m tempted to add a photo of his ginormous man hands for proof…but let’s stay focused here). So we established that my bags needed much more sand…a couple more minutes of scooping and we put the poles up.

Using our Otentik sunshade in the Intracoastal Waterways

Using the pole sleeves to keep the poles in place is brilliant

It was rather windy, and it took a bit of figuring out which angle to place the poles at. Little tip: USE THE POLE SLEEVES! This brilliant little trick really keeps them in place. I’ve seen people wrapping them around the top of the poles, but never actually did it myself. I thought it was maybe just a good way to not misplace them. Anyways, even though it was a really windy day, the sunshade was totally solid and provided lots of shade for us while we chilled in the water.

I will definitely be bringing it on many more paddle adventures! As you can see…I kind of enjoyed myself! 😉

Oh – and whether you have giant man hands or not, on windy days just keep filling those bags till they’re full, full, FULL! If you’re doing it right, it should look something like this.

Enjoy!