Archive for December, 2011

Surfing the S.I.C. Bullet 12′ SUP Race Board


Here’s a short video of Mark Raaphorst and young Mo Freitas riding the S.I.C. Bullet 12′ SUP race board on some waist to chest high waves at Turtle Bay North Shore Oahu. The second clip with Mo in the video shows him catching the wave on the outside break and riding it all the way to shore. Check the time on the video and see how long he rides…pretty impressive. You can see in the video how easy the Bullet 12 catches waves and how well it can surf in the pictures below.
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Zane and Shelby Schweitzer Tandem SUP Surfing on Starboard Surf Race Board


I shot this sequence between race heats at the North Shore Challenge in October 2011 of Zane Schweitzer and his sister Shelby tandem SUP surfing on Zane’s Starboard Surf Race. I give Zane a lot of credit. He didn’t rest between race heats. He was surfing because the waves were pretty good. I didn’t know it was his sister at first but that makes this sequence even better. If anyone is worrying about the stability of Starboard race boards, this should ease your mind.
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A Morning Session on Blue Planet Surf’s 9′8″ x 29″ ‘Rockit’ SUP Board

Here’s a video sent to us by Robert Stehlik. This was shot during a morning SUP surfing session. The board is from Blue Planet’s new stand up paddle board lineup.

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2011 PA’A Halloween Race


Here are some pictures that I took from this year’s PA’A Halloween Race. (The picture above is Ali’i Manny Kulukulualani coming in the lead) Pa’a runs a race series for paddling each year and has a theme for most of them. The Halloween race is fun to watch because racers dress in full costume and paddle the entire distance. Some even costume their canoes. Here are some of the fun costumes from this year’s race.
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2012 Stand Up World Tour and Series Schedules & News

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Wednesday 21 December

The 2012 Stand Up World Tour Schedule is announced

An exciting new season awaits the 2012 Stand Up World Tour as the official schedule is announced and riders ready themselves to do battle for the coveted World Championship crown. The events maintain the same locations as 2011, except for a special final event that will adopt a new format for 2012: the Location X Grand Finals:
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North Shore Challenge Distance Race


Here are some more pictures from the 2011 North Shore Challenge. These ones are from the distance race on day 2. The start was late and I was on a time schedule. The launch was from the Kawela Bay side of Turtle Bay and finish was at Haleiwa. Since the race started late, I had to leave before it finished.
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Free SUB9 Paddle with iSUP Purchase

Get a free paddle with the purchase of a new iSUP from C4 Waterman. Carbon Kevlar paddles on sale and new women’s apparel.


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S.I.C. Custom Bullet 12′ SUP Race Board


I recently took delivery on the new SIC Bullet 12 and I believe this is the first Bullet 12 with steering and the new handle. First thing I noticed was how light the board is. When I unloaded it out of the shipping container, even with the cardboard box it seemed way lighter than I expected. I was blown away when Mark told me he thought the board weighs 21 lbs.
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C4 Waterman SUBNine X-Wing Stand Up Racing Paddle


C4 Waterman just released their new X-Wing stand up racing paddle from C4 Waterman’s SUBNine line. This is probably the most unique paddle design I’ve seen in a while. For the most part, in the last few years the paddles have has similar blade shapes, widths ranging from 7″ to 9.5″ and dihedral or non dihedral. Weights have dropped to around a pound for the lighter racing versions and different carbon layups have been seen. There are even paddles with different textures on the surface of the blade like the dimples on a Quickblade Magic.
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Robert Stehlik Surfing the Blue Planet 10′6″ SUP Board


Blue Planet Surf just launched a signature line of SUP and surfboards. Here’s a few shots of Robert Stehlik SUP surfing the new Blue Planet 10′6″ SUP stand up paddle board at Turtle Bay. Waves that day were shoulder to overhead and it was fairly windy. The 10′6″ looked pretty stable and judging from Robert’s surfing, it turns pretty well for a wide board. I think most of these were sold already so check with Blue Planet to see when the next shipment arrives.
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New S.I.C. SUP Race Boards for 2012


I caught up with Mark Raaphorst to show off some of the new SUP race boards for S.I.C.’s 2012 line.
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WaveJet Propulsion System


I recently met Mike Railey (CEO and inventor) of WaveJet and he showed me some of their prototype boards which uses the WaveJet Pod propulsion system. This is basically a small jet engine that attaches to the bottom of a water vehicle. Check out the video below where Mike explains the WaveJet Propulsion System in more detail. Also in the video are some clips of me and my friend Kekoa Mau test riding a couple of WaveJet SUP boards. Continue reading ‘WaveJet Propulsion System’

2011 North Shore Challenge Surf Race


Above photo is Zane Schweitzer throwing up a winning hand sign after he clinches the win. I was sick, hurt ribs and on antibiotics but I made the drive to this race and was happy in my decision. The race was held at the Turtle Bay Resort which is a little over an hour drive each way from my house. In Hawaii, we contemplate driving anywhere over 15 minutes. To drive an hour, it’s gotta be special. Continue reading ‘2011 North Shore Challenge Surf Race’

The C4 Waterman SUPZILLA


C4 brought out their Supzilla in full force at the Duke’s Oceanfest here in Honolulu earlier this year. Here’s a video of the C4 Waterman crew as they try to set the record for most stand up paddlers on a wave. This was taken during the 2011 Duke’s OceanFest.
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Why Connor Baxter Dominates in the Water

I was talking with Karen Baxter (Connor’s mom) and she mentioned that Connor was sponsored when he was 6 years old. That was unreal. Then she shared all these crazy stories of how Connor would ride on people’s backs, front of windsurfers, etc so I asked her to send some pictures. You can see for yourself. After seeing these pictures, it’s not hard to understand why Connor is so comfortable in the ocean and why he’s been dominating in the water. Am I a Connor fan boy? Yes. Not only is he a good stand up paddler, he’s also a great guy from a nice family. I hope you enjoy these old ads that Karen sent. She also sent the captions.
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