Archive for August, 2009

Randy French (Surftech Owner) Interview – Video

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At a recent party at Surftech HQ in Hawaii, I got a chance to meet Randy French, the founder of Surftech.  After talking with him for a bit I thought it would be interesting to hear where he started and where he sees SUP going in the future.  Click below for the video interview. Continue reading ‘Randy French (Surftech Owner) Interview – Video’

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Water Craft Cleanup – update

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Aloha Everyone,

Let’s go paddling and cleanup Sand Island waters and beach this sunday 10-12 noon! Everpaddle is sponsoring Surfrider Foundation Oahu’s first all water craft clean up at Sand Island’s main beach (middle parking lot closest to the sand). We will have a bunch of our SUP boards and paddles with deck bags to carry garbage.
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Todd Bradley Teaches Proper Paddle Technique #3 – Video

This is Todd Bradley of C4 Waterman’s last installment of the paddle technique video series.


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Waikiki Beachboy Alika Willis Earns The Ultimate Respect At C4 Waterman Standup Beachboy Event a Highlight of Duke’s OceanFest

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HONOLULU, August 27, 2009 – Waikiki beachboy Alika Willis, 45, might not have made it to the final of the C4 Waterman Standup Beachboy contest, but anyone familiar with the company of C4 Waterman and the story behind Duke’s OceanFest, knows that its spirit doesn’t lie in competition. Duke’s OceanFest is a celebration of the life of the greatest waterman who ever rode the waves – Duke Kahanamoku. C4 Waterman is a company founded on the principles that Duke stood for: a passion for riding the waves and a mission of sharing aloha with any person open to receiving it. Respecting that, the top honor of Waterman of the Event today went to Willis.

“This award goes to the surfer who best embodies the spirit of Duke and the heart of aloha, both on the beach and in the water,” said C4 founder Brian Keaulana. “And that is Alika Willis.”
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Lake Tahoe Local to Stand-Up Paddle Around Lake to Raise Funds for Animals Confined on Factory Farms

Kings Beach, CA – August 24, 2009 – Lake Tahoe local, John Merryfield, doesn’t take animal abuse sitting down. That’s why he is going to stand-up paddle the circumference of Lake Tahoe to raise awareness for animals on factory farms and much needed funds for Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization.

“I was inspired to do this paddle during a visit to Farm Sanctuary, where I met Josh Hooten, publisher of Herbivore Magazine, who had just ridden his bike from Portland, Oregon to the organization’s shelter for rescued animals in Orland, California,” says Merryfield. “He raised a lot of awareness for animals trapped on factory farms and over $12,000 for Farm Sanctuary programs. I felt it was my turn to speak out for the voiceless.”
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Surftech Gerry Lopez’ 8′11″, 9′6″, 10′ SUP Boards

Here’s a peek at the new Surftech Gerry Lopez SUP line.

GERRY LOPEZ – 8′11 “Lil’ Darling SUP Board”


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Funny Laird Hamilton Interview

I found this on youtube the other day and thought it was pretty funny.


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Remembering Duke Kahanamoku, on his Birthday

I’ll be at the Duke’s race on Saturday.  I hope you can make it and if you see me, please say, “Hi”.

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Remembering Duke Kahanamoku, on his Birthday
Born August 24, 1890

HONOLULU, August 24, 2009 – Surfers from around the world are gathering here in Waikiki to remember the greatest waterman of all time: Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, born August 24, 1890. In honor of his life, the annual Duke’s OceanFest is underway, staged at Queen’s Beach at the foot of his bronze statue and on the sands where surfing, as we know it today, began.

While a single Olympic gold medal is enough to substantiate many an athlete’s life, Kahanamoku won six, three gold for swimming, two silver for swimming, and a bronze for water polo. Yet today he is most widely renowned for being the father of modern day surfing.
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2009 Molokai-Oahu PaddleBoard Race -video part 2

Here is video part 2 of the 2009 Rainbow Sandals Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race last July 25. Check it out.


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2009 Molokai-Oahu PaddleBoard Race – video part 1

Better late than never…here is the video (part 1) and more pictures of the 2009 Rainbow Sandals Molokai-Oahu PaddleBoard Race.


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Molokai Trip with Mark Raaphorst and Sandwich Island Composites Team

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Mark Raaphorst and his Sandwich Island Composites Team did a great job with these photos on their Molokai Trip. Mark sent me these to share with everyone. Enjoy the images.
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Dave Parmenter at Kaimana – Part 2

Here is part 2 of my interview with Dave Parmenter at the Kaimana Beach. This part focuses on tips for downwinders. Check out the video and get some more tips from the C4 Waterman co-founder.


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Tropical Blends 9′2″ Wai Kahe SUP Board

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Here’s Kumau from Tropical Blends showing a Tropical Blends Kyle Bernhardt custom 9′2″ SUP. Check out the video for more info.
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1st Starboard SUP Wave Fest at Orlando Disney World

Greetings all:

It is my pleasure to invite each of you to the first annual Starboard SUP wave fest…at the Orlando Disney World…Typhoon Lagoon Wave Pool.

Steve Sjuggerud turned me on to this a few months ago…and I was able to book an Exclusive wave party for the night of August 20th, 2009.
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Surftech Bark Expedition 14′ SUP Preview – Video

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After a fairly long wait, I finally got my hands on the Surftech Bark Expedition 14′ Race/Cruiser SUP. At first glance, I started to question how it would perform since it was pretty different from anything else I’ve seen or ridden so far. Most of the planing hull race boards I’ve seen have been over 5″ thick, boxy rails, sharp bottom rail edge, concaves on the bottom, thick nose, thick tail, etc. The Bark is quite different.
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