Archive for March, 2009

Tropical Blends Rack Pads


I’ve been using these car rack pads from Tropical Blends Surf and really like them.
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Sandwich Island Composites 2nd Generation F16 by Mark Raaphorst


Sandwich Island Composites gives us a preview of the 2nd generation F16 which is a proven point-to-point racing board by Mark Raaphorst. Check out what’s new with the new generation F16 .

The differences:
Rhino design and CNC cut (true curves, better symmetry)
More boxy rails. (dry feet)
Single concave with small hydro hull side panels (better stability)
Smaller pad (lighter weight)
Contoured deck (increase comfort and stability)

The board is even faster, planes out longer and is more stable
Future construction is autoclave.
Basically a lot of what is going on with the new F14.
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Oahu Championships SUPS results

Here is the result of the recently concluded Oahu Championships held last Saturday, March 21, 2009 at Hawaii Kai. Results are for the SUPs Division only.

AGE GROUP: FEMALE Stock 12′6″ & under Standup

1 90 CAROLYN ANNEROD 2:29:15

AGE GROUP: MALE Stock up to 14′no rdr Standup

1 73 RAY SHIRAISHI 1:49:12

AGE GROUP: MALE Open/Unlimited Class Standup

1 70 JEFF CHANG 1:42:48
3 75 HERBIE TITCOMB 1:52:41

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SUBVECTOR by C4 Waterman is Finalist for SIMA Award

Nominated for Surfboard Model of the Year


HONOLULU (March 23, 2009) – Hawaii’s C4 Waterman has been recognized by the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) for its outstanding contribution to the industry by way of its Subvector standup paddle (SUP) surfboard model. The Subvector 9′3″, designed by Dave Parmenter, has been nominated for Surfboard Model of the Year. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony during the SIMA Surf Summit in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, May 6-9, 2009.
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C4 Waterman Featured by Microsoft

Congratulations to C4 Waterman for being featured by Microsoft. I heard that this case study will be sent to over 3 million people and only one company in the U.S. is chosen per month. See the case study below.


Surfers Ride the Wave to Success, Use Technology to Double Business in Two Years

“Using Microsoft solutions definitely saves us time. We use the time that we save to do things that we enjoy—getting in the water, spending time with family and friends…. It’s all about balance.” - Todd Bradley, Cofounder, C4 Waterman

With interest in the traditional Hawaiian sport of stand up paddle surfing on the rise, C4 Waterman needed to upgrade its technology to keep pace with increasing demand for its quality products. The company installed 2007 Microsoft® Office Small Business and the Windows Vista® operating system, and credits the use of these integrated solutions with helping it stay connected, save time, improve quality of life, and boost business by 200 percent.
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Touched by a Whale…Almost…

This week is looking to be great for downwind runs. East winds are 10-20 mph+ all week and there’s an east swell. I got a chance to do a downwind run this morning in great conditions. I was trucking along and focused on catching bumps when about 20 minutes into the run I heard a super loud blowing sound just to my right. Let me preface that when I get into ‘the zone’ I tune out everything except trying to catch bumps. There can be a boat on my side and I may not even notice it. The sound I heard was loud, close and scared the daylights out of me although it paled in comparison to what made the sound. Continue reading ‘Touched by a Whale…Almost…’

Starboard 9′8″ x 30″ Tufskin SUP Board


I took this video last year during my trip to Bangkok, Thailand where I met with Starboard’s Svein Rasmussen and Margareta Engström at the Starboard HQ. While at the headquarters, Svein showed me the 9’8”x30 Tufskin Black Camo.
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Standup Journal publisher Clay Feeter hashes out the mag’s history and the future of SUP

…and shares Surfer mag founder warning to Standup Journal: “Don’t encourage them”-


We got a chance to catch up with Clay Feeter, publisher of Standup Journal Magazine who is celebrating their 2nd year anniversary. Congratulations! This was a bit different for Clay as he’s normally on the question asking side and not the question answering side. We found out much more than we expected and Clay threw in some surprises. Here’s the interview below.
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AccessSurf’s a Day at the Beach

AccessSurf Hawaii is having monthly “Day at the Beach” Outings.

Join us for a day of adaptive surfing, shoreline flotation and swimming for any person with a disability. Repeats the first Saturday of every month.

Spring outings set for Feb. 7, Mar. 7, April 4 and May 2, 2009. For more information visit

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Meet C4 Waterman Ambassador Ryan Levinson


What sets C4 Waterman ambassador Ryan Levinson apart is not the fact that he has spent over a decade competing successfully in national and international level triathlons while still pursuing his passion for water-sports like surfing, bodysurfing, paddleboarding, SUPing, kiteboarding, free-diving, and sailing, it’s the fact that he does all this despite continuously loosing muscle. Ryan can no longer do a pushup, a sit up, or even raise his arms over his head but by modifying his technique and equipment he continues to charge forward excelling in the water and on land. As he puts it, “It was not my choice to have Muscular Dystrophy, but I do, and it is my choice how I respond. This is my life. Disabled or not, I choose to live it.” For more information visit
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SUP Surfing with Ekolu Kalama at Sunset Beach – Video


A few months ago I got in a SUP surf session with Ekolu Kalama at Sunset Beach, North Shore, Hawaii. I got in touch with Ekolu on a Tuesday and he called me to say that he would be in Oahu getting ready for a humanitarian trip and sup movie they are filming in Honduras and El Salvador. He was going to be here from Thursday to Tuesday which coincided with a huge north swell that had come in with I think about 20′ face type waves with really good conditions, light winds and just pristine weather.
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Standup Journal Now in 20 Countries at Start of 2nd Year on Newsstands


Standup Journal, now in its second year as “the photographic journal of international standup paddlesurfing,” has just been ok’d for newsstand distribution throughout France and Japan.

“This makes 20 countries that now carry us,” says publisher and former Californian Clay Feeter from his New Hampshire-based Standup Journal office. The quarterly, coffee-table quality publication first hit US Borders, Barnes & Nobles and surf shops in March, 2008.

Since then, via the efforts of their two US and international distribution pros, Standup Journal is at more than 300 Australian and New Zealand news shops and throughout the UK and most European countries.

“We’re predicting this will be the ‘Summer of Sup Love,’” Feeter said as their June issue was about to go to press.

The “Spring” issue, featuring Gerry Lopez on the cover, makes its way to US subscribers, shops and bookstores March 24th; hitting international newsstands in late April.

For some preview of pages from the “Spring” issue see below.

standup_journal_spring09_peview_pages-02_0.jpg Sup Adventuring on the River Kwai, Thailand


standup_journal_spring09_peview_pages-03_0.jpg Australia, South Africa and Maui


standup_journal_spring09_peview_pages-04.jpg Puerto Escondido Tube Contest


standup_journal_spring09_peview_pages-01_1.jpg Taoroa Point, New Zealand


standup_journal_spring09_peview_pages-05.jpg San Francisco’s Haley Fiske catching the biggest Mav’s wave of the day, last December

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Kahala Challenge on April 25, 2009


The Kahala Challenge is set on Saturday, April 25, 2009, 08:00 am at the
Kailua Beach Park, 526 Kawailoa Rd.
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Sandwich Island Composites (S.I.C.) New F-18 by Mark Raaphorst


We have asked Mark Jackson, to give us his views on the F18. Here is the review of his two F18 boards (flat water and a channel board) both of which he is extremely pleased.

With flat water club racing and both coastal and channel crossings becoming popular, stand up race boards are becoming more exotic and user specific. Both my F18’s were designed and shaped by Mark Raaphorst and built by the Sandwich Island Composites (S.I.C ) dream team.
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Surftech Demo Day at Chun’s Reef North Shore

Surftech is having a free demo day on March 14, 2009 at Chun’s Reef North Shore
Event will start at 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

There will be SUP, longboards, shortboards, fun boards and skim’s.
Surftech will have a tent on the location and participants need to bring their driver’s license as collateral. Demo waivers are required for people to sign before they go out with the boards. Kids under the age of 18 will need a parent to sign the waiver and give up collateral.

For inquiries, please call Surf n’ Sea at (808) 637-9887 or Surftech at (808)596-8690.