As I mentioned in a recent post, I’m on a trip in California. I was able to make a stop by Infinity Surf and Ron House’s place on the drive from Los Angeles to San Diego and then resumed the trip from there. My wife has been a little peeved at me because after the day is done I get right on my computer to check out what’s happening with the stand up paddle scene, check the comments on standuppaddlesurf.net and get some work done.
I was on an email conversation with MichaelF, a fellow stand up paddler from San Diego and he mentioned that I had to meet Joe Blair. Joe has shaped stand up boards for Michael and he swears by them and said he wanted me to demo it. There’s no way I could pull that off so we did the next best thing. Joe met me in the parking lot of Legoland and we shot a bunch of pictures of a stand up board he had in his van along with some video to explain what the intricacies are. Joe’s specialty is making stand up paddle boards for big people (200 lbs+) that surf. He’s done a few interesting customizations that I haven’t seen in others. One difference is that he moved the fin placement foreword on the stand up paddle board to make it come alive in the surf. Wardog at Surfing Sports swears by these boards so I guess I’ll have to get one to ride in Hawaii so I can tell for myself. We’ll see on that. I’ll post the pics and video when I get back to Hawaii and can get some time.
In the meanwhile, here are 2 pictures from today.