Archive for April, 2009

Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Chicago

This article was originally published at
by Ken Ilio
for Chicago Photography Examiner

ken_ilio_stand_up_paddle_boarding_in_chicago-03.jpg A stand-up paddle boarder starting out from the beach on Lake Michigan last week.

There seems to be an upsurge in interest in paddle boarding (stand up paddleboarding) on Lake Michigan in the past two or three years. I’ve seen them spring, summer and … yes, even in winter. Just last week, just before going to work, I glanced out of my window and saw a paddle boarder on the lake. Naturally, I grabbed my camera and took a shot.
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SUP Surfing at North Shore with DW and Jacky-video


DW a.k.a Dwight Fisher, is an active blogger on the Standupzone forum. He lives in North Carolina and an Engineer by trade. Both DW and his wife Jacky, are SUP addicts. He has a great blog at DW and Jacky are fun to hang out with and a very nice couple. They were on Oahu for the week of January 26, checking out the North and South shore for SUP surfing. They went everywhere from Waikiki Canoes to Diamond Head and North Shore. They even got a chance to join some paddling clinics and hang out with Todd and the C4 crew in Waikiki.
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Kalaoa Paddle Company Free Paddle Giveaway!

Aloha Stand Up Paddlers!

To help “Stimulate” the economy, Kalaoa Paddle Company is proud to announce our monthly FREE PADDLE Giveaway! That’s right, we will be giving away a Custom Kalaoa Stand Up Paddle to one lucky person every month!

Here’s the deal, every month we will post a new topic and the best response wins. Simple!

Just go to our blog HERE. Look for this months topic and send us your story! (Pictures and Video are encouraged) Best story of the month wins! Make sure to email us a copy as well to

Check out for our full line of paddles and get to writing! First giveaway is April 30th, 2009.

1 entry per person per month, S&H additional.

Good Luck!

Kalaoa Paddle Company

Todd Bradley on “Getting on Board” at PaddleSports Business Mag

Todd Bradley of C4 Waterman sent this feature article from PaddleSports Business Magazine.


Standup paddling has taken parts of the country by storm, spurred by better equipment and high-profile practitioners, from pro surfers like Liard Hamilton to such buzz-generating starlets as Jennifer Aniston. Not to mention the fact that it’s a great workout and just plain fun. PSB consulted two major industry players for the lowdown on the sport’s history and direction-particularly in the Midwest, where it has yet to fully catch on. Bill Kueper, 42, vice president of Minnesota-based Wenonah Canoe & Current Designs Kayaks, provides voice for this next frontier, one rooted in the ’sit-down’ traditions of recreational river running and lake paddling, while Todd Bradley, 50, the co-founder of Hawaii’s C4 Waterman, has spent 25 years standup paddling and surfing at ground zero for the sport’s development.- Jeff Kinney

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