Archive for September, 2008

Surftech Infinity 11-0 Stand Up Paddle Surfboard

Here’s a video clip of Eric Wehner and Teene talking about the Surftech Infinity 11′. The board is 11′ long, 28″ wide and 4 3/4″ thick.


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Know Your Limits – My First Experience in the Kaiwi Channel

Know Your Limits - My First Experience in the Kaiwi Channel

I got the chance to paddle in the Kaiwi Channel last week.  This is the channel between Molokai and Oahu where the 32 mile race is held.  Let me start out by saying it was way harder than I thought it would be.  I got a call from Kainoa B who I will now refer to as ‘The Hammer’ (inside joke).  He was excited about taking his boat out into the Kaiwi Channel and doing a mini Molokai downwinder.  Tommy from Freedom Surf Company was coming to get some video and photo footage (footage of Tommy surfing) and his other friend Carlos was coming along for the paddle.  Kekoa was in the driver’s seat and we were all set. Continue reading ‘Know Your Limits – My First Experience in the Kaiwi Channel’

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10th Annual Christian Surfers/Hawaiian Island Surf Ministries Standup Paddle Race

Here’s some info about the race from Art:

It was rather short, in the interest of safety. It started at about 2:40 pm and launched from the jetty inside the channel where people come and go from bowls. They basically sprinted to the last outside green buoy (approx 1/4 mile), made a turn and came back. We set up 2 buoys near the wall for them to paddle thru for the finish. We decided on 3 divisions. 12′ and under, over 12′, and age 17 and under, so the children would have a chance to win.

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Joe Bark Interview – Board Previews and Tips

I did this interview with Joe Bark last month over the phone. I just learned about Joe while getting more and more into the SUP distance paddling arena. Joe is famous for his paddleboards and is now expanding into stand ups. He’s got a new 14′ SUP racer coming out from Surftech in the future and we got the scoops in advance. I haven’t gotten any date for the board release but it hopefully will be by Q1 2009.
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Noah Shimabukuru rides Surftech Takayama 10’3” Tuflite to success at inaugural Central Surf SUP Contest in Puerto Escondido Mexico

Noah Shimabukuro walked away $4000 richer from Puerto Escondido, Mexico after besting an elite field of competitors at the Central Surf Paddleboard Contest. 19 competitors from Hawaii, California, Puerto Rico and Mexico enjoyed exclusive access to Escondido’s Zicatela beach for the first ever stand up paddle surfing contest in Mexico. Pulling a new Surftech production 10’3” Takayama from a box delivered to the event, Noah showcased the versatility and performance capabilities of a board that combines Takayama’s legendary shaping with the light and durable Tuflite construction.
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Puerto Escondido Exclusive from Duane Desoto – Day 4 Results

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Here are the results from Day 4 from the Mexican Pipeline!

Congratulations to Hawaii’s own Noah Shimabukuro!

Finalists
1 – Noah Shimabukuro    $4000
2 – Garrett McNamara    $2000
3 – Scott Chandler    $1000
4 – Kealii Mamali    $800
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Team “Love” Wins Inaugural Surftech Women’s SUP Challenge

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Team “Love”, the three member SUP team of Leah Dawson, Bianca Valenti and Geodee Clark swept the competition in Surftech’s inaugural Women’s SUP Challenge held in conjunction with the ROXY Jam Cardiff. The relay style event featured a unique format that awarded team points based both on paddling speed as well as surf skills. Each team member was required to charge the shorebreak and paddle around an offshore buoy before riding a wave and passing the board and paddle to their fellow team member. Continue reading ‘Team “Love” Wins Inaugural Surftech Women’s SUP Challenge’

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Mark Raaphorst Interview – F-14, F-16 and New SUP Race Boards

Last month I interviewed Maui based shaper and surfer Mark Raaphorst, and he discussed the differences between the F14 and F16’s along with other boards being used for downwinder stand up paddling. I shared with him my experience using the F16 while doing a downwinder and how the board became faster when it filled with water. He also gave some really good insight into downwind racing. I learned a lot.

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Puerto Escondido Exclusive from Duane Desoto – Day 2 Results

Here are the results from Puerto Day 2!

Format
Day two, round 2 top wave scores added to round 1 scores. Yesterday, I listed the average today is the total scores from all judges which was used to round off top 16 quarterfinalist. Each heat was an hour long.
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Puerto Escondido Exclusive from Duane Desoto

We got this email from Duane Desoto:

I’m down in Puerto at the sup invitational. My wife was telling me that there is absolutely no press on the event, she was searching online. The contest organizer said that he has been getting hundreds of emails from all over the world asking for results.
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Surf Icon, Donald Takayama: The Talk Story

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I got a chance to interview the legendary Donald Takayama over the phone. At 65, Donald Takayama is still going strong. He started his career of making boards at age 11, became a shaper, surfer and still proves to be the master of style and technique. Continue reading ‘Surf Icon, Donald Takayama: The Talk Story’

 
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Dana Point’s paddle champs stand up

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By CHRIS DAINES
Staff Writer

Their goal is to race in Hawaii next year but, for now, they can celebrate victory.

Ernie Johnson and Chris Koerner garnered the most points among eight eligible stand-up paddle races in California this year. Johnson won first place; Koerner second.
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Better than SUP Surfing

Better than SUP Surfing

I think the best thing about my SUP is that I can share it with my family. I was at Kaimana Beach with my family and doing my best to get my oldest boy on my Blair stand up board. He paddled a bit and I also pushed him into small shore break waves. After that we ended up just hanging out, father and son on the board when I noticed someone taking some pictures of us.
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Steinlager Shaka Longboards Series Looking For Waves At Haleiwa

 

 
September 17th, 2008

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The Steinlager Shaka Longboard Series looks to wrap things up over the next two weekends at Haleiwa’s Ali’i Beach Park as the winter season begins to show signs of life on the north shore of Oahu. Continue reading ‘Steinlager Shaka Longboards Series Looking For Waves At Haleiwa’

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Surftech to hold one of a kind Women’s stand up paddle/surf challenge

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Surftech is holding their inaugural Women’s SUP challenge this weekend in conjunction with the 2008 ROXY Jam Cardiff. The event takes a unique approach to the sport of SUP and will offer fun for both competitors and spectators alike. “Open to competitors, general surfers and stand up paddle surfers”, Comments Sander Nauenberg, Marketing Manager at Surftech “the challenge is meant to be a fun, team focused relay that showcases the versatility of both the sport and the respective surfers approaches.”
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