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Comparing Kai Zen 98″ and 88″ Blade Paddles

Review written by: Darin Leong

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The Blue Planet Kai Zen paddle comes in two blade sizes, 88″ and 98″. I was lucky enough to try both sizes out.
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SUP Tips: Catching Waves and Bumps- Flatwater drills to help you get ready for open ocean stand up paddle boarding

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If you are new to downwind stand up paddle boarding, and want to get ready to do some open ocean downwinders, these are some tips and drills you can practice in flat water to help you get ready for riding bumps on a SUP. Check the bottom of this page for information on coached downwinders.

This post is focused on downwinders and catching/ gliding on bumps, but this drill is also helpful for catching breaking waves if you want to learn to stand up paddle surf.
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Kainoa McGee Ohana Surf Project Mobile Command Center

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I got a first hand tour of the mobile command center for Kainoa McGee’s Ohana Surf Project. Sean Anderson shows us both the Mercedes Sprinter van and the school bus looking board van. I have to say that I was impressed. This was the first time I’ve seen a Mercedes Sprinter used for a surf school. Definitely first class.
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Blue Planet 8-8 All Good Stand Up Paddle SUP Board Test

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I wanted to try out the Blue Planet All Good 8′8″x32″x4″ board since I’m really used to riding the Starboard 8′10″ Wide Point. I really love this size. It’s short enough to surf well and still has decent paddle power. Both boards fit easily in my van. The Blue Planet All Good has almost 20 liters less volume than the Starboard and that makes a difference for riders over 215 lbs. Anyone under 190 lbs can ride almost anything but heavier riders have less options and need to be more skilled to ride a board under 9′.
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Board Meeting Episode 12: Youtube

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Welcome to another episode of Board Meeting. In this episode, Robert and I will talk about using Youtube to promote your products, store, services, or brand and earn money at the same time.
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SUP Tips: Quick Acceleration Strokes- Starting in First Gear

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When I first started Stand Up Paddling, I was struggling to catch waves. I was pulling on the paddle as hard as I could and figured the harder I pulled on the paddle, the faster the board would go. I also kept breaking paddles. A big breakthrough for me came when Brian Keaulana gave me this tip after watching me try to catch a wave: You are starting in first gear, you need to start in first gear. He told me first gear with the paddle is short quick strokes way up in front, just tapping the water. Continue reading ‘SUP Tips: Quick Acceleration Strokes- Starting in First Gear’

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Board Meeting Episode 11: Sponsorship

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Welcome to another episode of Board Meeting. Are you a SUP surfer/racer on an athlete in general looking for sponsors? Or perhaps a parent looking to get sponsorship for your child? Then this episode is for you!
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Board Meeting Episode 10: Kai Zen High Performance Stand Up Paddle

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Welcome to another episode of Board Meeting. In this episode, Robert and I will talk about Blue Planet Surf’s “Kai Zen” High Performance Carbon Stand Up Paddle. After a succesful Kickstarter campaign, the Kai Zen paddle is now in production and is expected to arrive in February 2016.
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A Morning SUP Surfing Session in Waikiki

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Here’s a video from a recent morning SUP surfing session I had in Waikiki. The waves weren’t that big but it was still fun.
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The Menehunes Go Surfing in Waikiki

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Join the Menehunes as they take surfing lessons and have a fun day surfing in Waikiki.
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OC1 Canoe Hawaii Kai Downwind 101 – Part 3

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Here’s part 3 of my OC1 canoe Hawaii Kai downwind 101. In this video, I talk some more about bumps and paddling then catch up with my friend. Towards the end of the video, I share my strategy on how to avoid big waves when coming in to the beach.
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Please Help Our Kids!

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Our kids recently won first place in the Honolulu Startup Weekend and are now in the Global Startup Battle. I’m asking you to please help them get to the next level. It’s kinda like American Idol during this period. They need to get online votes. You can vote once per day in each of the three tracks until Dec 4 when it closes. The links are below. Please click on them and vote!

Link 1: Championship Track

Link 2: Great in the Making Track

Link 3: The Innovators Track

Here are articles about the competition.
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OC1 Canoe Hawaii Kai Downwind 101 – Part 2

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Here’s part 2 of my OC1 canoe Hawaii Kai downwind 101. In this video, I talk about catching bumps, connecting bumps, and a bit about paddling technique.
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Menehune Hat Clip Startup Weekend Global Startup Battle Video

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HELP! Please vote for us here https://goo.gl/pikXZl.

The menehunes won 1st place in the Startup Weekend Global Startup Battle competition in Honolulu on November 15. They were the youngest team to win in Hawaii and possibly the youngest team to win out of over 105,000 attendees over the past 6 years.
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OC1 Canoe Hawaii Kai Downwind 101 – Part 1

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Here’s part 1 of a three part video of a recent downwind run that I went on with my friend. We both rode on Pueo OC1 canoes.

In this series of videos, I’ll share the techniques that I’ve learned from experts like Doug Lock, Todd Bradley, and Robert Stehlik. Mind you that I’m still a novice but hopefully you guys will learn something from these videos that will help you when you go on a Hawaii Kai downwinder.
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