Archive for April, 2009

OluKai Celebrates Island Culture through Ho’olaule’a Ocean Festival


April 1, 2009, Maui HI – OluKai Premium Footwear announces its inaugural OluKai Ho’olaule’a Ocean Festival to be held May 16th and 17th, 2009, at the Lae ‘Ula O Kai Canoe Club at Kanaha Beach Park, Maui. This event will celebrate and pay tribute to the ocean lifestyle through competition, tradition, family, and giving back to the community.
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Starboard K15 SUP Board-video


I’ve been waiting for the Starboard K15 to come in and finally it’s here. This is the first K15 production of Starboard in the world. It’s 15’ x 30” and designed by Svein Rasmussen and Jim Drake. Thanks to Margareta Engstrom, Starboard’s Media Manager for making it possible. Starboard made this board for flat-water conditions. It can catch smaller, slower moving ocean swells but it’s primary use is for flat water.
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Florida’s Newest Paddleboarders


On Sunday, April 26th, dozens of adults and children with physical and/or developmental disabilities became Florida’s newest paddlers during an event made possible by the Challenged Athlete’s Foundation, Operation Rebound, C4 Waterman, Surf Shack surf shop and the St. Petersburg Sailing Center.
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F-14 and F-16 version 2 Available at Tropical Blends Surf


Jim at Tropical Blends Surf (phone: 808-593-0211) ordered three molded, hollow carbon F-14’s and one F-16 version 2 a couple months ago. The first one arrives next week but was already prepaid. So was the second F-14. That leaves one F-14 and one F-16 up for grabs. I think the F-16 won’t be here until after June or so but the last available F-14 should be here in May. If you’re on Oahu, this is a good opportunity to shorten your wait time (Mark’s wait time is around 3 months and we’re going into summer race season).  I just thought I’d mention this because a number of people have been asking how they can get an F-14 on Oahu.

An Exclusive StandUp Journal “Summer 2009″ Sneak Peek

Here’s an exclusive sneak peek on StandUp Journal’s “Summer 2009″ from Clay Feeter. Check out some of the exciting pages.

The Kai Lenny feature by Maui’s TV Mott.



A super exclusive glimpse at Standup Paddle Journal’s 16 page feature on Ikaika Kalama.







To see the sample pages download the pdf standup_journal_p0121 & standup_journal_p059-0612

32-Mile Molokai-Oahu Paddleboard Race ‘09



Sunday, July 26, 2009, Start at 7:30am.

From Kaluakoi on the west end of Molokai island, 32 miles across the Ka’iwi Channel to a finish line at Maunalua Bay Beach Park in Hawaii Kai.
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Vibram 5 Fingers KSO -video

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I just got my new Vibram 5 Fingers KSO shoes that I use for stand up paddle surfing. This shoes help me a lot to avoid foot cramps and the grip is very good.
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John Hibbard Makes It at 125 miles SUP in Devizes to Westminster Paddle Race

Here’s an updated post from John Hibbard after a successful SUP surfing (a first) at the recently concluded Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race in UK.


We made it! We took on the Devizes to Westminster Paddle Race and tamed it – 125 miles standing up. Here’s my story…
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Stand Up Paddling in Pattaya, Thailand-video


I took this video and pictures last year (October 2008) when I went to the Starboard headquarters for a visit.

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The first day that we were in Pattaya, Thailand, there was no wind and the water very glassy. The water was super warm, almost bath tub-water warm. The water was brownish but actually seemed fairly clean. I didn’t get sick so it was probably ok.  Pattaya is a resort area and had a lot of hotels on the beach. I was surprised because there were a ton of Russian people there and signs were also in Russian. Continue reading ‘Stand Up Paddling in Pattaya, Thailand-video’



A Two and 6-mile Paddleboard and SUP race.

Doheny State Park (May 2, 2009) – Attention all Surfers, Paddlers, and Watersports Enthusiasts. May 2nd, Watermans: Applied Science will host the first annual “SurfAid Paddle for Humanity” at Doheny State Park located in beautiful Dana Point, California. All proceeds from this event will go directly to SurfAid International to help support their efforts in bringing Malaria education and prevention, sustainable clean water projects, and sanitation to parts of the world connected to us through surfing. Please join us in our effort to raise $10,000 for such a worthy cause.

Meeting scheduled to discuss use of stand-up paddles at Ala Moana

This article was originally published by the Honolulu Advertiser under the Reader-Submitted section –

Reader Submitted

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will host an informal discussion regarding the use of stand-up paddle boards within the ocean waters of Ala Moana Beach Park. The meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in McCoy Pavilion on the grounds of Ala Moana Beach Park on O’ahu.

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Ekolu Kalama Test Riding His New Starboard 14′8″ The Point SUP Board

This is the video that Starboard’s Ekolu Kalama sent us when he got his new 14′8″ The Point which is especially designed for downwind paddling.

It’s fresh from the box and he tried it at Puena Point with the whole Kalama family. They’ve got “kona” (leeward) winds blowing bringing some swells straight into the harbor so they were able to have some downwind glides.

Catch Ekolu with his family in this video doing some downwinder.

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The King and Queen of the Dogpatch:Stand-Up Surf Contest


The King and Queen of Dogpatch will be held Saturday May 16, 2009 at San Onofre State Beach. This raucous and hilarious stand-up paddleboard (SUP) surf contest will directly benefit the newly formed San Onofre Foundation.

The best stand-up paddleboard surfers from California and Hawaii are anticipated to join local standouts at Dogpatch to surf it out for the King and Queen crowns.
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125 Mile by Stand Up Paddle Board


This weekend the famous Devizes to Westminster Paddle Race gets under way, but this year there are two notable stand outs from the crowd of kayakers and canoeists. John Hibbard and his training partner Anthony Cooper are set to make history as the first Stand Up Paddlers ever to enter the race.
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Local Paddle Board Company Successful Despite Tough Economy-video

We saw this news video at published March 24. Featured on this video are C4 Waterman’s Todd Bradley and Brian Keaulana.

A recession proof business on the forefront of a sport with Hawaiian roots that has exploded in popularity.

To see the video, go to this link: