Archive for December, 2008

Joe Blair Custom 10′ SUP Stand Up Paddle Board


I took a short video of this new custom shaped Joe Blair stand up board. It’s a 10’ board and what he did was he left the nose a bit full to keep some paddle power in there. There’s a decent amount of rocker in that nose so that you don’t curl. The tail pulled in quite a bit more than the blue 9’11” one that I had before.
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13th Annual Hanohano Ocean Challenge – Jan 31, 2009

Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club and Wahoo’s Fish Tacos Present the 13th Annual Hanohano Ocean Challenge to be held January 31, 2009 at Bonita Cove in Mission Bay, San Diego. Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club offers an opportunity for kids and adults to compete with their peers on a variety of Ocean Paddling Craft; Traditional Paddle boards, Stand-up Paddle boards, OC-1’s, Surf ski’s, Flat water K-1’s and Kayaks.
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Interview with Starboard CEO Svein Rasmussen and Margareta Engström Part 2


This is the 2nd installment of my interview with Starboard’s Svein Rasmussen and Margareta Engström at the Starboard HQ. Svein showed me an 8½’ X 30″ Sport Tech board used by Ekolu Kalama using wood technology. You can see the pine wood portions of the board’s outer shell which adds rigidity and lightness to the board. Also with us here is Margareta, who’s a professional windsurfer and gets to stand up paddle whenever she can. She also shared her thoughts on the differences between windsurfing as opposed to SUP.
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Interview with Starboard CEO Svein Rasmussen and Margareta Engström Part 1


My short trip to Thailand to check out the biggest windsurfing company, Starboard, was quite an experience. I was able to interview Starboard’s founder and 4-time windsurfing world champion, Svein Rasmussen. Svein talked about Starboard beginnings and how it has become what it is now. It’s pretty amazing how his “40-year-cycle” theory on board design has led him to make a crossover between windsurfing and stand paddle surfing. Svein is sitting next to Margareta Engstrom who runs marketing for Starboard and is also a professional windsurfer and avid SUP paddler.
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Joe Blair 10-6 SUP Stand Up Paddle Board


This is the board I’ve been talking to Blair about for probably the last 3 months or so. I told him that I wanted the board, first and foremost, to be fast. I need to be able to use it on bigger surf and when I want to get out of the way, I want to be able to paddle. I want to make sections so I don’t get pounded and get stuck on the inside.
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Christmas Spirit and a Big Mahalo (Thanks) to Herbie Titcomb

What an exciting year for SUP stand up paddling.  I just wanted to wish everyone a very Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas) and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year).  The Christmas spirit is definitely here.

My brother and I did a short downwinder this morning and were blessed with great wind.  When we were done we loaded the boards on his car.  At that point we realized that I forgot to put straps in his car and just as we were wondering what we should do, Herbie Titcomb pulled up in his yellow VW Bug on his way out of Kaimana Beach and stopped to talk story with us.  Once he realized we had no straps he let us borrow his.  What a cool guy and what a cool sport that brings us all together.

Thanks Herbie!  You saved us today.

Ekolu Kalama Interview – How He Got Started

Ekolu Kalama Ekolu Kalama with his Starboard 9’

I got a chance to interview Ekolu Kalama, who’s a team rider for Starboard SUP. He was here on Oahu, Hawaii for a few days getting ready to film the movie pilot for his SUP adventure. It must be really cool to get paid to SUP around the world.
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Coast Guard November 2008 SUP Race

Coast-Guard-Race-01.jpg Coast Guard race sign in table and volunteers

The Coast Guard race had over 100+ entrants, one-man canoes, 6-man canoes, stand up paddlers and a few lie down paddleboarders. We started off at the Hawaii Kai boat ramp area in Maunalua Bay and I think it was a pretty open route. Once we actually ended up getting started, most of us just went straight across the bay towards Diamond Head. I was pretty surprised because Jeff Chang normally ditches me and blows me away. I think he’s normally at least 10, 15 or maybe even 20 minutes in front of me on comparable size boards.
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C4 Waterman Paddle Grip Install

This is a short video I took of Joe putting on the C4 Waterman paddle grip on my C4 XPR SUP paddle shaft. It will show you how the grip is installed. You might want to do it on your own shafts but if your hands are shaky, might as well try it on someone else’s. Watch how accurate Joe is with the installation, from the grip set-up, cutting the excess part and finishing it off scratch free.

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Got water? Try standup paddling

This article was originally published by The Calgary Herald. Read the original article here:

Pete Estabrooks
For The Calgary Herald

Thursday, December 18, 2008

There are few more invigorating ways to spend time than releasing yourself from the bonds of gravity flying across the body of water and frolicking a day away.

Maybe it’s an offshoot of the old “we’re composed mostly of water” theory or the idea that we all evolved from water creatures–or perhaps it’s just that increasing our sense of weightlessness that makes things so darn easy.
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Take a stand for fun

This article was originally published by The Australian. Read the original article here:,28124,24814211-5018061,00.html

Fred Pawle | December 17, 2008

The toy of this summer for anyone who loves the ocean and wants to stay fit is the stand-up paddle board. “It’s the fastest growing water sport in the world,” says Chris de Aboitiz of the Stand Up Paddle Surfing shop in Noosa, Queensland.
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Starboard Super 12-6 SUP Windsurf Board Video


The Super 12′6″ is a normal stand up board but it’s been rigged up so that it has a mast track that you can put a windsurf sail in the middle. It also has a retractable keel in the middle and all these different attachments. It’s really pretty cool.
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Meet John Hibbard, Starboard’s Team Rider from UK


If I had a £, $ or € for the predictable look of surprise on peoples faces when I tell them we actually get surf in the UK I’d have a nice sports car sitting outside my house right now! For some reason it doesn’t occur to a lot of people that we might get surf. We live on an island after all! Obviously there are great distances around our coasts that don’t get even a ripple, but then there are some amazing breaks. The water is not as cold as some think and it doesn’t always rain! Although try telling that to Ekolu Kalama who spent 7 very wet days cruising the South Coast with me back in the summer! Like every surf nation busy line ups are a fact of life. Continue reading ‘Meet John Hibbard, Starboard’s Team Rider from UK’

Hanohano Ocean Challenge

Date: January 31, 2009 (13th Anniversary)
Host: Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club
Presented by: Wahoo’s

Event: Open Ocean Canoe, Kayak, Paddleboard Race
“Hanohano Ocean Challenge”
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C4 Waterman 9-9 Stand Up Paddle Surf Board

Here’s a short video of Dave Parmenter giving us the scoop on the new C4 9′9″ SUP board. Check it out.

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