Archive for February, 2014

A Date With the Strait – 150 Mile Battle Between Man and Sea

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A Date With the Strait
The Ultimate Contest Between Man and Sea

February 25, 2014 (Victoria, AUS) – Icy Antarctic swells, gusting winds, BIG fish (with sharp teeth) and shallow depths make the Bass Strait twice as rough as the English Channel. It’s been likened to the Bermuda Triangle where weather conditions change rapidly and boats disappear. The threat of sharks, strong winds and huge waves is not enough to deter two Australians and one American paddler from an ambitious attempt to become the first in the world to paddleboard across the Bass Strait. Continue reading ‘A Date With the Strait – 150 Mile Battle Between Man and Sea’

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The S.I.C. Standamaran Race SUP and Pueo OC-1

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Mark Raaphorst sent us these pictures of the S.I.C. Standamaran Race SUP and the Pueo OC-1 in matching paint schemes. Which one would you choose? Continue reading ‘The S.I.C. Standamaran Race SUP and Pueo OC-1′

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Alagoas Pro Brazil and Abu Dhabi All Stars Grand Slams are next up

Alagoas Pro Grand Slam to kick off next month in Brazil featuring Surf & Race

After a dramatic first stop for the Stand Up World Tour at Sunset Beach on Oahu’s North Shore, next up will be the Alagoas Pro Grand Slam, taking place from the 29th March to the 6th April. This Grand Slam event will feature stop number two on the 2014 Stand up World Tour, but also the Opener for the Stand Up World Series, as the world’s best head to the North of Brazil to do battle. Continue reading ‘Alagoas Pro Brazil and Abu Dhabi All Stars Grand Slams are next up’

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Team S.I.C. Maui Hits the Road and Talks Story… (Video)

The S.I.C. Maui crew is a big family and when they were all in Southern California for the Battle of the Paddle they produced this video. The team discussed paddle board design, downwinding, SUP racing and having fun. The team goes paddle boarding in San Francisco, Lake Tahoe and Maui Hawaii. Continue reading ‘Team S.I.C. Maui Hits the Road and Talks Story… (Video)’

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Wednesday Training Group: Meeting at 5:30 PM, Hawaii Kai Boat Ramp; Topic: Riding Waves on a Race Board

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This Wednesday we are expecting light winds. Meet at 5:30 pm at the boat ramp. Coaching topic: Jeff Chang will coach on riding waves on a race board.
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Caio Vaz (Brasil) Wins Sunset Beach Pro

Caio Vaz Takes Sunset

SUNSET BEACH, HAWAII – The first stop of the 2014 Stand Up World Tour saw the fifth anniversary of one of the tour’s marquee events – the Sunset Beach Pro.  This iconic wave is known for it’s power and difficulty – every wave offers up it’s own unique, distinct challenge.  Local knowledge proves to be a huge asset as evidenced by the abundance of Hawaiian athletes in the main event draw.
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32 Men Advance to Round 3 in the Sunset Beach Pro

Sunset Beach Pro – 32 Men Advance to Round 3

SUNSET BEACH, HAWAII – It was a clear and hot day with very light winds for the first day of the Sunset Beach Pro main event. 48 men started the day in conditions that could be considered mid-range for Sunset with a 4-6 foot swell. While the waves were not as large as in previous years, the conditions were smooth with barrelling overhead sets coming through all day. Continue reading ‘32 Men Advance to Round 3 in the Sunset Beach Pro’

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Steamer Lane sets the Stage for the 2014 Surftech Shootout

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Surftech Shootout the Tri-fecta
of SUP Competition

Surftech Shootout, Duel SUP/Prone Race and Cowells SUP Classic
Delivers Something for Everyone

Santa Cruz, California – (February 12, 2014) The 6th Annual Surftech Shootout presented by SUP the Mag returns to Santa Cruz, California March 28-30th. This three-part event features many of the greatest names in SUP surfing doing battle at the world famous Steamer Lane. In addition to the SUP surfing action at ‘The Lane’, there is also the Duel SUP/Prone Race on Cowells Beach where competitors will race along the picturesque Santa Cruz Wharf, Santa Cruz Boardwalk and the cliffs of Santa Cruz’s west side. The third ‘bullet’ in the Surftech Shootout chamber is the Cowells SUP Classic which takes place on the gentle right point break located just down the point from Steamer Lane.
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Nicole Pacelli (BRA) Wins Turtle Bay Pro

Nicole Pacelli is your 2014 Turtle Bay Women’s Pro Champion!

Sunshine, good waves, and a deep field of the world’s finest female SUP surfers were on hand today as we entered the final day of the 2014 Turtle Bay Women’s Pro at Turtle Bay Resort on the north shore of Oahu in Hawaii. Light trade winds and an increasing swell created ideal conditions for the first event on the 2014 Stand Up World Tour. Continue reading ‘Nicole Pacelli (BRA) Wins Turtle Bay Pro’

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Wednesday Training Group: Meeting at 5:30 PM, Hawaii Kai Boat Ramp – TWIST

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This Wednesday we are expecting light winds. Meet at 5:30 pm at the boat ramp. Coaching topic: We will keep working on the TWIST, we have some new drills and will shoot some video for feedback. Practice makes perfect.
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Turtle Bay Women’s Pro: Live Webcast Online Now

Turtle Bay Women’s Pro – Live Webcast Online Now

Conditions are looking great at Turtle Bay Resort today for the 2nd day of competition in the Turtle Bay Women’s Pro. 18 ladies will battle through 4 rounds today to determine the champion for the first stop on the 2014 Women’s Stand Up World Tour.
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Stand Up World Tour Day 1 Highlights – Women, Youth, and Legends Take to the Water

Day 1 is in The Books!

Stormy conditions have been covering the North Shore for most of the previous week. This morning saw the conditions improving as the wind began to settle down and the waves cleaned up to provide consistent 5-7 foot faces at the “Pool Bars” break at Turtle Bay Resort. Continue reading ‘Stand Up World Tour Day 1 Highlights – Women, Youth, and Legends Take to the Water’

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2014 Blue Planet Surf SUP Boards

Blue Planet Surf

I recently visited Blue Planet Surf’s shop to check out their new stand up paddle boards for 2014. Robert Stehlik showed me some of their new 2014 models and gave a LOT of tips on SUP board selection and setup. He talks about board shapes, fin setup, board volume and more. Check out the videos below. Continue reading ‘2014 Blue Planet Surf SUP Boards’

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2013 Turtle Bay Challenge Wipeouts

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The last week brought us some huge waves to the North Shore and some crazy weather. I saw some crazy wipeouts from surfers which reminded me of trying to surf a 12′6″ SUP race board in double overhead waves. I thought I’d post these photos are from last year’s Turtle Bay Challenge surf race. The waves were pounding that day and there were some pretty gnarly wipeouts. I figured that if one of the world’s best water athletes were wiping out then I was much better off taking pictures than testing my luck in the water. Lol. Continue reading ‘2013 Turtle Bay Challenge Wipeouts’

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