Archive for July, 2009

S.I.C. F-18 Full Displacement SUP Race Board vs F-16 – Video with Mark Raaphorst


I took this video when I went to visit Mark Raaphorst at his Ding King compound at Sandwich Island Composites. This was from June when I went there for the Olukai Race. I got to see his workshop and the newest S.I.C. race SUP’s, the F-16 v2 and the F-18. I asked him how to choose between the two.

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John Hibbard on JEVER SUP World Cup Hamburg 2009

Here’s a first hand recount of the JEVER SUP from the Pro division’s distance and sprint 3rd placer, John Hibbard. Read on…

jever-sup-world-cup-b0e9950 Starboard’s John Hibbard beaming with pride

Photo courtesy of HOCHZWEI

“When someone told me there was a race event going on in Germany I was expecting some small fry event with a few people. I could not have been more wrong. Arriving at the event after driving across England, catching a ferry to France and then driving across France, Belgium, Holland and finally Germany I was blown away by the size of the thing. A tented event village with hotdog stands, mobile beer sellers and 20,000+ spectators this event was something else. The whole race area was wired for sound and a mix of pumping tunes and commentary boomed around this man made canal basin that had been turned into a SUP Stadium! Continue reading ‘John Hibbard on JEVER SUP World Cup Hamburg 2009′

StandUp Paddle Magazine Volume 2 Sneak Peek

Reid Inouye from StandUp Paddle Magazine sent over some exclusive previews of the second issue. These print publications keep on getting better and better and I already read the mag cover to cover twice in one day. I love this stuff and please keep it coming. Continue reading ‘StandUp Paddle Magazine Volume 2 Sneak Peek’

F-14 Travel Bags


Here’s the info for the bags straight from Mark Raaphorst:

Aloha Everyone,

Just wanted to let you know that our custom F-14 SIC Travel board bags have arrived. If anyone is interested please let us know. Continue reading ‘F-14 Travel Bags’

JEVER SUP World Cup 2009 – Race Recap


27.000 spectators at the JEVER SUP World Cup Hamburg – Hawaiian and German are winner of the professional race

Hamburg, 12th of July 2009 27.000 spectators, 143 participants, six proud winners, a lot of new infected Stand Up Paddler, an easy going surf atmosphere amidst the Hamburg HafenCity, high spirited after show party’s, action on the water of the Elbe and a lot of fun – short, the JEVER SUP World Cup Hamburg 2009 was a thorough success. Thereto Matthias Neumann, CEO of the organizing agency ACT AGENCY: “We look back at three great event days, with a fabulous feedback of spectators. The actives were excited and would love to have more events in this new trend sport on such a high level. In the new city district, the HafenCity, we found a perfect location and we definitively want to come back with the JEVER SUP World Cup next year.” Continue reading ‘JEVER SUP World Cup 2009 – Race Recap’

Sandwich Island Composites F-16 v1 vs. F-16 v2-video


I went to Sandwich Island Composites and had a chance to talk to the man himself, Mark Raaphorst. I saw the new S.I.C. F-16 version 2 (v2) SUP board side by side with the F-16 v1. I thought it would be good to compare the F-16 v1 with the new generation of F-16 v2 to find out the difference between the two versions. Watch the video and hear it straight from Mark R.

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The 2009 Cape Cod Bay Challenge


A 30 Mile Marathon Standup Paddle to Help Support Christopher’s Haven

We are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Cape Cod Bay Challenge Event. On August 15, 2009, a small group of stand-up paddle surfers will attempt a grueling marathon paddle across Cape Cod Bay from Plymouth to Provincetown. Each has trained for months to prepare for this event to raise money to help these kids deal with a devastating challenge. Standup Paddlers from as far as Illinois, California, Hawaii and the UK are coming out to show their support for this the longest event of its kind on the east coast. Continue reading ‘The 2009 Cape Cod Bay Challenge’

Passion for Stand Up Paddling Shines Through Art at Haleiwa Arts Festival


July 10, 2009 – Kahuku, HI – According to Merriam-Webster, passion can be defined as “intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction or a strong liking” or “desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept.” Hilton Alves exudes passion for both SUP and art and the two together are the genre of his life. As an artist and waterman, Hilton Alves has long been a lover of the sea, the sheer beauty of ocean life and water sports. This love is expressed through a series of paintings about SUP, surf, marine life, perfect waves, seascapes, and others.
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Waterman’s League Promo Video

Tristan Boxford from the Waterman League sent over this video to highlight his new SUP endeavor to create a world tour. This is one of the best produced SUP videos I’ve seen so far.

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Penetrator Run with Pono Bill


Pono Bill is the guy who runs the, the Pono House blog, and goes by the avatar-PonoBill online. He is an interesting guy from the mainland who spends part of his time on Maui.
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An Exclusive Preview: “Fall” StandUp Journal


Here is an exclusive preview of StandUp Journal’s “Fall” issue sent to us by Clay Feeter, publisher of Stand Up Journal magazine.

The eye-opening spread features, “stuff you didn’t know about a guy we’ve all followed for years” type piece written by Maui’s Keith Holland.

The feature is on Buzzy Kerbox. He talks about early wild water adventures with Laird, and then their falling out as friends, and how they started to get along again.

Buzzy also hashes out his drive to stay in the mix during the ‘Bustin’ Down the Door’ generation on Oahu, having to compete against the photogenic Buttons and others on the North Shore… and Buzzy’s now multi-faceted sup stoke; he loves the distance paddling as much as the waves.

Grab your copy of the “Fall” issue as soon as it’s out.

Sandwich Island Composites F-16 v2 SUP board Available at Tropical Blends


I was at Tropical Blends Surf last week and noticed a brand new S.I.C. F-16 Race SUP on the wall. I got Kumau to let me borrow a ladder to climb up and check it out. I think this is the first F-16 version 2 on Oahu. If you don’t want to wait 3 to 4 months, then check out with Jim and Kumau before it’s gone.
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Sport Legends committed to 2009 H2O Audio Surf Monkey in Oceanside

Monkey Poster Final

WHO: – Dave Kalama – Waterman (you name it & he’s done it)
- Natalie Coughlin – Olympic Gold Medalist
- Michellie Jones – World Champion Triathlete
- Kate Major – Ironman Champion
- Luke Bell – Ironman 70.3 Champion

- 5km Run/Walk
- Run/Swim Combo
- 1 Mile Swim
- 4-mile & 8-mile Paddleboard/SUP Race
- Expo
- Live Music
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Giving Birth to an S.I.C. F-14 SUP Race Board


During my visit to Maui for the Olukai Race I got to see the ‘hatching’ of the Sandwich Island Composite F-14 SUP race board. It was a fairly simple process as you’ll see in the short video I took.
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Tropical Blends Moku 11′7″ SUP Board


Tropical Blends’ ’09 line of SUPs includes a board designed for the “big guy that wants to surf” says Jim Hayes (Tropical Blends owner). “If you’re in the 200+ weight range with a good set of skills, the Moku is 11’ 7” of surfing pleasure” Jim continues. At 31” wide, 4 1/2” thick and plenty of rocker, this board is meant for performance. Here’s a video with Jim providing the details about the Moku. Continue reading ‘Tropical Blends Moku 11′7″ SUP Board’