I asked Todd Bradley over at C4 Waterman for some pictures from when Dave Parmenter, Brian Keaulana and Todd were building the first stand up paddle surf boards.
(Picture from left: Todd Bradley, Mike Fox and Brian Keaulana)
I thought it would be cool to see into the past. We got into a discussion on the roots for the explosion of stand up paddle surfing.
Q: When did you guys shape your first stand up paddle surfboard?
A: The very 1st Short SUB’s was abt Dec 2002 or Jan 03 when Dave Parmenter built the 1st 10′0″ ’s it was that following March that Brian Keaulana Surfed it in the Buffalo contest, and loaned it out to all kine guys. Brian was the 1st person to organize a SUP surf event. Buff 2002.
1st Buff was 15 guys, 2nd 32, 3rd 48 4th 75, and now its nuts!!
We then introduced the SUP event format at the Noosa event 2/06 and the publicity from this and the recent 07 Stienlager Series that we persuaded organizers to allow us to have a division in combined with the PR that we have generated with all these events combined over the years has spawned a plethora of SUP events around the world, this summer .
(Pictures of Todd shaping a stand up paddle surfboard blank with a chain saw)
Q: When did you know stand up paddle surfing was going to be big?
A: It was those 1st 10′ built for Brain and then for me, combined with the international exposure from the Buff event that this sport turned the corner and became at High performance sport.
Q: What happened next?
Dave Parmenter, Brian Keaulana & I [Todd Bradley] then began our adventure to fine tune and create more designs that are now copied and replicated around the world . Dave is the only shaper in the SUP industry that has the shaping pedigree. He’s a former top pro surfer and has one of the highest performing stand up paddle surfing abilities in the industry today. Combine that with his home in Makaha , the best testing grounds in the world for testing these shapes with Brian. C4 designs come from the “Core of the sport”
Q: When was the first ocean race?
A: The 1st ocean race was organized by me and was the summer of 2005, Brian & I convinced paddleboard race organizers to allow us to have our own division but we had to put up the prizes and our own trophies.. for the Hennisey and “Choose Your Weapon” races . There were 6 of us in the race Bonga Perkins, Dave Parmenter, Todd Bradley, Brian Keaulana, Kamaki Worthington, Archie Kalepa. Race organizers didn’t really acknowledge much but we were stoked. It was that same year that Brian Keaulana & I also convinced Quiksilver Molokai Race organizers to allow us to have a division for stand up paddling. Again, we had to fund the Prizes and trophies ourselves . 1st race was Archie (Solo) 1st ever. Other in the race as teams Brian & Todd, Dave & Bonga, and 2 gals from Maui . The rest was history as the events grew for SUP in Paddleboard racing and this is the 1st year it has been added in most paddleboard races in Hawaii and around the world. Attached are pics of me cutting out the blanks for the 1st even built SUP racers. had to use a chainsaw to get the 1st cuts . that was a fun time.