Paddle Surf Hawaii 10′6″ Stand Up Paddle Board by Blane Chambers – The Sweetest Stand Up Paddle Surfboard You Can’t Get
I’ve been bugging Blane Chambers for about a month now to come to his new shop and let me get a Paddle Surf Hawaii stand up paddle surfboard. My friend Carnet can’t stop talking about the one he’s riding and how he’s buying another new one for both him and his wife so I had to go see for myself. These boards are hard to get. There aren’t many in production and they go fast so I think Carnet has been waiting a while.
It’s a funny coincidence but Blane and I worked together almost a decade ago for a short period of time. It was nice reconnecting.
I called Blane last week because North Shore has been pumping and I wanted to surf it yesterday. I thought that I’d stop by his place on the way back in to town, after my stand up paddle surf session and see what he had in his new store. I called him in the early morning and he let me know the North Shore swell was dead for the morning with maybe some ankle slappers once in a while. Nonetheless, my friend Kekoa and I opted for breakfast and a visit with Blane before we continued on to the North Shore.
Paddle Surf Hawaii is located in a small office bldg adjacent to the Wahiawa Court House. There is no sign, no street visibility and it’s the most unlikely place to find a surf store. I had to ask the security guard at the court house where it was. She must get asked that all day long. The store looks more like a show room than a store but it won’t be open to the public until next week anyway.
The wall was lined with racks but they were pretty empty. In fact, I think there were less than 10 stand up boards in them and most were sold already and waiting for people to pick them up. It was pretty apparent that if I wanted to get on one anytime soon I needed to get it then and there.
After telling Blane where I surfed, my riding style, etc he suggested 2 stand up boards to choose from. The first was a 10′ er and the second was a 10′6″ board. I ended up getting the 10′6″ stand up board and then promptly drove back to town, skipped lunch and went straight to Diamond Head to get it in the water. Lucky for Kekoa and I, the waves and conditions were awesome in town.
Rider: 34 yrs old; 6′ tall; 215 lbs
Rider Skill Level: Novice
Conditions: Board was tested at Diamond Head, Oahu South Shore in 2-4 foot surf (Hawaiian Scale). Winds were under 5 mph and the ocean was pretty glassy with occasional small chop. The conditions were epic! It was also tested in waist to chest high Ala Moana Courts on Tuesday afternoon in light winds.
Stand Up Paddle Surfboard Description: The stand up paddle board is a Paddle Surf Hawaii 10′6″ x 28 1/4″ x 4.5″ design by Blane Chambers. Blane said this board was initially shaped to ride 10 foot (Hawaiian Scale) Sunset Beach on the North Shore of Oahu. That means 20 foot faces on a hollow super fast wave. It’s nice to know the board can do that but I won’t be going in any 20 foot North Shore faces anytime soon.
The Chambers 10′6″ has a noticeably different design than other stand up paddle surfboards I’ve seen. First off, the distribution of thickness is fairly dramatic with the standing area really thick and the nose and tail really thin. This allows the board to get up on a rail and surf.
Blane added a visual cue for me to determine where the ideal standing area is. Look at the photos and see the small circle Paddle Surf Hawaii logo. That came in handy when I needed to get up and paddle fast to get out of the way of waves coming my way while stuck in whitewash.
This Chambers custom stand up surfboard is made out of EPS foam and epoxy. For some reason I thought it was made out of regular foam and fiberglass because of the way it looks and feels. It feels just as light as any epoxy 10′6″ I’ve carried.
The fin setup is 2 +1 with 3″ side biters and an 8″ Island Fin Design center fin. This was the suggestion of Blane when I asked him to rig the fins to make the board turn fast.
Pros: This board surfs unreal. At first it took me a few waves to get the feeling of the sweet area to stand and where the tail was but once I got the feel I really got some sweet rides. The first wave of the day was a ride where I was able to pump down the line and do a few cutbacks in a double overhead wave.
This board is very fast! I was able to make sections that I normally get stuck in and it also accelerates nicely. Oh, and it catches waves easily. I caught a few waves yesterday where I was too early and had to chase them down from behind. I was surprised that I was able to drop in on them.
At Ala Moana I’ve only been able to catch a few waves in the last few sessions there. I have a hard time judging the wave there and can’t seem to paddle fast enough. Well, I had no problem catching waves on the Paddle Surf Hawaii stand up paddle surfboard because it’s fast and catches waves with ease. It also surfs really well in small waves, allowing for cutbacks and strong bottom turns without losing speed.
Cons: The only thing about this board that I can think of as a con is the middle thickness while carrying it in wind. The thick center standing area on the board may be hard for people with small hands to hold in their hands while carrying the board on their shoulder or head. If that’s the case with you then you may want a different shape from Blane.
Final Verdict: If you can actually get one of these boards, you won’t be sorry. Keep in mind that the Paddle Surf Hawaii Blane Chambers boards are really designed to get the most performance in the surf. This model was not an ‘all around’ board but a performance surf model for big waves so if that’s what you’re looking for then get in line now because you may end up waiting a long time if not.
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