Archive for April, 2010

1st Annual Surftech Rally on the River at the Reno River Festival next weekend

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As the fastest growing segment of the paddlesports industry, Stand Up Paddling (SUP) requires the participant to balance on a surfboard-like board while racing downstream over a mix of class II and III rapids. The race begins upstream at Crissy Caughlin Park and continues 3.5 miles to Wingfield Park.
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Kihei Maui Downwinder – February 2010

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I’d like to give a big “THANK YOU!” to the crew in Maui for letting me tag along with them for a couple downwinders. Mark Raaphorst, Randy Strome, Jack Dyson, Livio Menelau, Chris and Donna. Also, thanks to Pono Bill for letting me use his leash. Coming from Oahu, I thought we were spoiled (and we are) with great surf and trade winds. I was blown away by how awesome Maui is for downwinders.
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Planet Sun SportReport – 27 Apr 2010

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ALOHA!!!!
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Protect the Skin you’re in. Love the ones you’re with!

An Earth Day festival at University of Hawaii kicked off an action packed weekend for the PS team. Mr Sunshine was on site educating the educated on all things sun and suncare.
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Connor Baxter Wins the 2010 Sarento’s/Kai Wa’a Maui to Moloka’i Challenge

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Congratulations to Connor Baxter for winning the Stand Up Solo division at the 2010 Sarento’s/Kai Wa’a Maui to Moloka’i Challenge. Here’s a recap of the race from Connor.

I just finished the Maui to Molokai event on Saturday April 24th, put on by the Maui Canoe and Kayak Club (www.mauicanoeandkayak.org). The race was really fun and all the people were super nice and helpful. In the event there were a total of 14 or 15 SUP soloist including Livio Menelau, Alan Cadiz, Thomas Maximus Shahinian, Campbell Farrell, Jack Dyson, Ann-Marie Richman, Donna Badome-Raaphorst – to name a few. Continue reading ‘Connor Baxter Wins the 2010 Sarento’s/Kai Wa’a Maui to Moloka’i Challenge’

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Aquaglide Sale at Blue Planet Surf

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Robert from Blue Planet Surf sent me this deal they are running currently.

“We are closing out the 2009 Aquaglide models and lowered the msrp to $999 for all three models. In addition to the lower price we are also offering a free adjustable aluminum paddle ($140 value) with the 11′0 and 11′3 models. That means you can get a complete board and paddle package for $999. These models are easy to learn and advance on. Continue reading ‘Aquaglide Sale at Blue Planet Surf’

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S.I.C. X14 SUP Stand Up Paddle Racing Board

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Here’s a look at the new SIC X14 race board. This is the flat water design that Mark Raaphorst designed for short course races like Battle of the Paddle. These boards are especially good for riders under 200 lbs but the X14 seems to be able to float me pretty well at 205 lbs. Continue reading ‘S.I.C. X14 SUP Stand Up Paddle Racing Board’

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Planet Sun Sunphibian Sunglasses

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I’ve been using the Sunphibian Polarized Sunglasses from Planet Sun for the past month or so after picking up a pair at the Ocean Expo. These are some of the best sunglasses for the water that I’ve used so far. The ones I wear have an amber lens that blocks the sun and adds more detail which is especially helpful when doing downwinders. Continue reading ‘Planet Sun Sunphibian Sunglasses’

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Starboard K-15 15′ SUP Stand Up Paddle Racing Board

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Another board from Starboard’s 2010 racing lineup, the K-15 stand up paddle race board. Here are some photos and info sent to us by Margareta Engstrom, Starboard’s Media Manager.
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2nd Annual StandUp RoundUp Flatwater Festival Promises A Knockout

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Winner-take-all $1000 purse sure to generate excitement.

Encinitas, ca (April 7, 2010) – If you’ve ever wanted to try the fastest growing water sport in the world, Standup Paddling (sup), now is your chance. A free, open-to-the-public, flat-water festival known as the Standup Roundup will take place on Sunday May 23, 2010 at Mission Bay’s Bonita Cove. Over 20 of the SUP industries top manufacturers will be on hand, including C4 Waterman, Rusty and Paddle Surf Hawaii offering demos to the public with the latest and greatest SUP boards, paddles and equipment.
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Rainbow Sandals King & Queen of Dogpatch, May 8, 2010

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The King and Queen of Dogpatch will be held Saturday May 8, 2010 at San Onofre State Beach. This is the second year of this raucous and hilarious stand-up paddleboard (SUP) surf contest that directly benefits the San Onofre Foundation.
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June 26th Marks the 9th Annual Surftech Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race

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April 7, 2010 (Santa Cruz, CA) – On June 26th the top paddlers in the country will descend upon New Brighton State Beach in Santa Cruz for the 9th annual Surftech Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race. The “Jay Race” is Northern California’s most prestigious paddleboard event drawing top paddlers from as far away as Florida and Australia. The annual race is in honor of the late Jay Moriarity who, despite earning world wide notoriety as one of the top big wave riders on the globe, Jay is best remembered for his unwavering positive attitude.
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Batlle of the Paddle Coming to Hawaii!

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Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez
BATTLE OF THE PADDLE HAWAII
Presented by QUIKSILVER WATERMAN COLLECTION

June 12 & 13
Duke Kahanamoku Beach, Ft. DeRussy Beach Park, Oahu

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SUP Surfing Session with Jason Kauhane and Lance K at Tonggs

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Here’s a short video of a SUP surfing session I had with Jason Kauhane and Lance K at Tonggs. Check out Lance ripping on his 7′2″ Starboard. I got to try it out and it was very challenging. When I tested it I was 210 lbs but surprisingly, I was able to stand on it and paddle around. For a smaller, more agile rider, this board may be just what they’re looking for.
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Hawaii Battle of the Paddle June 12-13, 2010

Hawaii is hosting the Battle of the Paddle with over $25,000 in prize money. Last year’s event in California was awesome so come and participate.

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S.I.C. S-16 SUP Standamaran version 3

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Looks like Mark made some dramatic changes to the S-16 SUP Standamaran. I’m still waiting for an update on how it rides compared to the earlier versions. Looks pretty slick though.
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