Archive for September, 2009

Manila SUP Stand Up Paddlers Help Flood Victims

My friend Bernice Parsons sent me this video from the Philippines. If you’ve been watching the news, the Philippines was just blasted by a huge storm which flooded 80% of Manila. There was a month’s worth of rain in 12 hours.  People’s homes flooded, thousands were stranded on their roofs and over 500,000 people lost their homes.  A group of stand up paddlers wanted to help and did it in a unique way. They delivered relief aid and supplies via their SUP’s because everything was under water.  Check out the video. Continue reading ‘Manila SUP Stand Up Paddlers Help Flood Victims’

New C4 Waterman Sub Vector 10′


I got to try the new C4 Sub Vector 10′ designed by Dave Parmenter and Brian Keaulana. At the time, this was one of only 3 on the island. Robert Stehlik from Blue Planet Surf let me be the first person to demo the board and I was impressed. In my opinion, for my personal preference, this is the best board from C4 that I have surfed so far.  I actually demoed this board over two separate weekends.  Blue Planet will apply any rental fees to the purchase of a board so there’s no loss if you’re looking to try before you buy.
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Tropical Blends New Wood SUP Boards


On my recent visit to the Tropical Blends’ shop, Jim Hayes showed me a couple of new shapes in their SUP board line up, the 9′2″ by Kyle Bernhardt and the 9′10″ by Dennis Pang.
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Surftech Pearson Laird 14′ “The Coast Runner” SUP Board


Fresh from the box, here’s another SUP board from Surftech’s latest offering, the Pearson Laird 14′ “Coast Runner” shaped by Bob Pearson. Watch the video and check out the photos to see more of this board. Continue reading ‘Surftech Pearson Laird 14′ “The Coast Runner” SUP Board’

Free Surf Article from Duane DeSoto


Aloha Na Kama Kai Ohana

Na Kama Kai is getting rave reviews thanks to all of your hard work and dedication. The keiki are blessed to have guidance from waterman and waterwoman who care as much about children as you do. We are all making a positive contribution to our community through Na Kama Kai.


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Bark Race SUP and F-18


I took this quick video after the July 4th Da Hui race of the new S.I.C. F-18 next to a Bark 17′6″. Both boards placed in the top so it was interesting to see their design differences.  Check out the video for a quick peek. Continue reading ‘Bark Race SUP and F-18′

SUP on Good Morning America

Laird Hamilton teaches stand up paddling on Good Morning America.

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Surfer Spirit Fundraiser Event at Target Kapolei

WE’RE STOKED! Target is helping kids catch waves to college!
The Surfer Spirit Fundraiser event at Target Kapolei
Come and get your cool surf T-shirts and stickers designed by
Hawaii’s at-risk and vulnerable youth.
Proceeds to support an innovative surf program
that gets troubled youth into college.

Honolulu (Kapolei) Target Store – Sunday, September 20, 2009 – 11am- 22pm
Target Kapolei launches the Surfer Spirit store in its Kapolei store, fresh on the heels of a similar event at the Salt Lake store. To date, Target has sold over 250 Surfer Spirit T-shirts, stickers and books to help at-risk youth learn to surf their way to college.
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20th Annual Haleiwa Joe’s Labor Day Paddleboard Race Results

Here’s the result of the 20th Annual Haleiwa Joe’s Labor Day Paddleboard Race.  I wasn’t able to race in this one but I heard it was fun. Continue reading ‘20th Annual Haleiwa Joe’s Labor Day Paddleboard Race Results’

SUP Downwinder – Hennessey 2007

I was browsing and found this short video from the Hennessey 2007 Maliko race. Now that I’m into downwind racing, it’s really interesting to see how these guys are catching bumps. If you watch the SUP portion around 2 minutes into the video, you’ll see Dave and Ekolu Kalama almost not even paddling and getting really long glides. It’s definitely something to strive for and the Maliko conditions look super fun. Check out the video.

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SUP Sensation Connor Baxter Stand Up Paddles in Holland’s SUP 11-City Tour


After competing and winning his division in the Duke Kahanamoku Oceanfest race, Starboard team rider Connor Baxter travelled to Friesland, Holland for another SUP event.  In the Duke’s Oceanfest Race, Connor placed 1st in his division (19 and under) and landing 8th overall SUP – finishing in 1:24:00–only 9 minutes behind the winner–Scott Gamble.
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New C4 Waterman Subvectors – 9′6″ and 10′

C4 is releasing a couple new Subvectors. One is 9′6″ and the other is 10′.

New Sub Vector boards

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2009 Molokai Channel Crossing Mental Notes from Robert Stehlik

Here’s some good insights from Robert Stehlik on his Molokai Channel Crossing experience.


My wife asked me after the Molokai race: “What were you thinking about for those six hours?” My reply: “I was trying not to think about anything.”
’nuff said…

I had several more people ask me what was going through my head during the Molokai crossing, so while it is still fresh in my mind, I will write down some thoughts on the mental aspect of the crossing. So, if the short answer above is not enough for you, read on. Continue reading ‘2009 Molokai Channel Crossing Mental Notes from Robert Stehlik’

The 2nd Annual Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle

2nd Annual Raibow Sandals Battle of the Paddle

October 3rd and 4th, 2009
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point, CA

Now come celebrate the modern West Coast waterman’s lifestyle at the Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez’s Battle of the Paddle, a stand-up paddle festival and exposition with a series of races and demonstrations that offer ocean athletes of all ages and skill levels the chance to experience this exciting new sport.
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S.I.C. F-Series Video

Here’s a new video I found on You Tube for Sandwich Island Composites F-Series boards. I think this was taken during their recent Molokai trip. This is a great video showing brief clips of each board.

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