Archive for November, 2011

Zane Schweitzer secures an emotional win at the Hawaii Island Finals

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Tuesday 29 November

Zane Schweitzer secures an emotional wind on Big Island

After a great year of competition, 18 year old Zane Schweitzer charges his way through to the Final and puts on a dominant performance to secure an emotional win at the Hawaii Island Finals.
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The Big Island turns on for the Main event of the Hawaii Island Finals

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Tuesday 29 November

Honoli’i provides the goods for an epic final showdown

The day dawned glassy, with clean 4 – 5ft surf at Honoli’i providing ideal conditions for start of the prestigious Main event of the Hawaii Island Finals. With 32 of the very best athletes in the world now battling it out for the event title and to improve on their overall standings on the 2011 Stand Up World Tour, the pressure is on to make the most of the beautiful conditions on offer at Honoli’i.
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The Hawaii Island Finals gets off to a spectacular start

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Monday 28 November

The Hawaii Island Finals get off to a spectacular start

The Hawaii Island Finals opened this weekend at the Naniloa Volcanoes Resort, as the very best Stand Up Paddlesurfers in the world descended upon the beautiful Big Island for the climactic final event of 2011, the Hawaii Island Finals.
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2011 Namotu World Paddle Challenge Event #1 – Recap by Connor Baxter

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Connor Wins the Overall Title in Fiji!!!

The 2011 Namotu World Paddle Challenge was a great event. The first day they started off big and ran the long distance race first. They said the race was going to be 19 miles, but it ended up being 23 miles. The race was from Natadola Beach on the main island to Namotu Island and there were about 15 of us at the starting line. We were all on 12′6″ race boards – which made the crossing that much more challenging. It was a beach start and once I heard go – it was on. Continue reading ‘2011 Namotu World Paddle Challenge Event #1 – Recap by Connor Baxter’

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SUP Surfing Board Bottom Configurations by Len Barrow

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I was at Blue Planet Surf checking out their new line of SUP and surfboards and was able to get Len Barrow from the Zen Waterman Blog share his knowledge on bottom contours and configurations on surfboards and SUP surfing boards. Len explains vee, concaves and gives some history on what has brought us to the modern surfboard bottoms.
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The Hawaii Island Finals is upon as we come down to the wire for the 2011 Stand Up World Tour

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Wednesday 23 November

The Big Island to host the finals for the 2011 World Tour

The Stand Up World Tour is once again proud to be returning to the Big Island of Hawaii for the 2011 Hawaii Island Finals that will start this weekend at Honoli’i Beach Park. Returning to the Big Island is like a journey back to the roots, and provides a fitting close to what can only be described as an epic season in 2011.Check out the trailer for the event by clicking on the link: Hawaii Island Finals Trailer
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C4 Waterman Black Friday Specials

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Connor Baxter in Action – Videos

This was sent to us via email by Karen Baxter.

Aloha Everyone -

During this past year Connor put together some YouTube videos I wanted to share.

Please enjoy – and pass them along to anyone else you think will enjoy. Thanks so much!!

 
Africa SUPafari:


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Connor Baxter wins the tie break in a dramatic close to the Namotu World Paddle Challenge

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Friday 18 November

Connor Baxter battles to the end here at the Namotu World Paddle Challenge presented by Air Pacific

In a dramatic close to the Namotu World Paddle Challenge presented by Air Pacific, a final tie break was held to decide the final overall results for the event for both 1st and 3rd places.
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Kai Lenny wins the surf slalom of the Namotu World Paddle Challenge Fiji

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Wednesday 16 November

Kai Lenny wins the Surf Slalom at Namotu Island

19 year old, 2 x Stand Up Paddlesurfing Wolrd Champion and second place finisher in the Long distance, Kai Lenny storms to victory at the challenging Surf Slalom race of the Namotu World Paddle Challenge Fiji, presented by Air Pacific.
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Starboard SUP Surfing the Sternwheeler

Dan Gavere surfs the wake of a sternwheeler traveling thru the Columbia Gorge in Oregon/Washington on a Starboard Big EZ and the 2012 prototype Ace 14′x25″. This goes to show you can find waves in very unique places.


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12′6″ SUP race board speed test by Robert Stehlik

This article was originally published at the Zen Waterman Blog.

It’s been a while since our unlimited board test, where I said we would soon organize a test of 12′6″ and 14′ boards.
My friend Scotty had two 12′6 Hobie race boards and a Bark that he wanted to comparison test. I brought four more 12′6’s for a total of 7 boards to test, which worked out perfectly as seven testers showed up bright and early on a Saturday morning (Nov. 6th, 2011) to go through the rigorous 14 laps needed to test all the boards. Photos and specs of the individual boards are shown below. Unfortunately there were some wind gusts that affected times of the individual runs but because each board was tested in each run, these variations in conditions should average out over the results. Also, some of us had to run 8 rounds as someone tested the same board twice somewhere along the way, which threw everything off a little but in the end everyone toughed it out and tested all seven boards.
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The Namotu World Paddle Challenge gets off to a flying start here in Fiji

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Sunday 13 November

Connor Baxter puts on a doiminant performance in Fiji

18 year old Connor Baxter puts on a legendary performance here in Fiji to win the epic long distance from Natadola Beach to Namotu Island ahead of a stellar fleet of athletes. Taking an early lead out of the gate, Connor navigated his way successfuly down the 22 mile course to win the first leg of the first stop on the 2012 Stand Up World Series. In Connor’s words:
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