Archive for March, 2014

The Alagoas Pro Grand Slam sees dramatic action on opening weekend

Caio Vaz & Aline Adisaka win the Brazilian Nationals in dramatic style

After a dramatic weekend of action here for the opening two days of the Alagoas Pro Grand Slam, the Brazilian Nationals were completed in great conditions here at Praia do Frances, with current World Number 1 Caio Vaz (Art in Surf) taking the win in the Men’s division and Aline Adisaka (New Advance) ending victorious in the women’s.
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An Evening Surf Session with Blue Planet SUP Boards

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Here’s a video sent to us by Robert Stehlik. It’s from an evening surf session using the Blue Planet 8′6 Potato Chip and 8′0 Ghetto Blaster SUP models.
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Alagoas Pro Grand Slam to kick off this weekend here in Brazil

Alagoas Pro Grand Slam to kick off this weekend for action packed week in Brazil

The Opening Day for the Alagoas Pro Grand Slam is now upon us as the World’s best congregate at Ponta Verde Hotel in Praia do Frances, a beautiful beach town to the south of Maceio. First up will be the Brazilian National SUP Surfing Championships, bringing together the countries finest talent for the first showdown of this Grand Slam event.
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C4 Waterman MR Pro SUP Board Review

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Review written by: Darin Leong

The C4 Waterman MR Pro is a fun board that balances stability and performance. This is a great board for intermediate to advanced riders who want a user-friendly stable board that turns well and has great top-end speed.
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Wednesday Training Group: Time Trial, Meeting at 5:30 PM Hawaii Kai

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We are doing our regular coaching and time trial course this Wednesday, winds should be moderate. Please meet at the Hawaii Kai Boat Ramp at 5:30 pm. Coaching topic: feathering the blade, smooth entry and exit.
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Brazil & Abu Dhabi up next, European Cup & Japan Challenger event announced

Alagoas Pro Grand Slam to kick off on the 29th March, featuring Surf and Race

The beautiful region of Alagoas, N. Brazil is preparing to open its arms to not only the world’s best Stand Up Paddlers, but also Brazil’s finest, as the opening weekend will see the National Championships and Trials, providing the entry point into the prestigious Stand Up World Tour event. All action will take place at Praia do Frances, a stunning beach town just 15km from the Airport.
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Two Groups this Wednesday: Downwinder Meeting at 4:30 PM, Kahala Beach Park; Time Trial at 5:30 PM

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Jeff and I decided that we don’t want to limit our training group to just the more advanced paddlers paddlers by only doing the downwinders, so we decided to have two training groups this Wednesday. Jeff will meet the downwind group at 4:30 pm at Kahala with his trailer (no changes for this group). Robert will meet the coaching/ time trial group at 5:30 pm at our regular meeting spot by the boat ramp in Hawaii Kai, where everyone is welcome to join. Continue reading ‘Two Groups this Wednesday: Downwinder Meeting at 4:30 PM, Kahala Beach Park; Time Trial at 5:30 PM’

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Standup for the Cure

Standup for the Cure Saving Lives in 2014 with new Partners;

Anticipates raising $125,000 to fund 1,000 Mammograms at Third Annual Event

  • Who:  Standup For The Cure’s Third Annual Standup Paddling Event to raise funds for Breast Cancer, supporting the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen
  • Where: Newport Beach, California at Newport Dunes on Back Bay Drive off Jamboree near Pacific Coast Highway
  • When: Saturday, May 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • What: Standup Paddleboard Clinic led by World Champions Zane and Matt Schweitzer with a special SUP Clinic for breast cancer survivors led by Suzanne Yeo

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Blue Planet Featherlite Hi-Performance Carbon Stand Up Paddle

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Review written by: Darin Leong

I have recently been exploring the world of SUP paddles. There hasn’t been much wind for downwind runs in the past couple months, so tests have been exclusively in the surf.

In researching SUP paddles, the first thing I realized is that there are differing opinions on paddle length. Most people agree that paddles for downwind runs should be longer than paddles used for surfing, but preferences vary. Continue reading ‘Blue Planet Featherlite Hi-Performance Carbon Stand Up Paddle’

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Downwinder!: Wednesday Training Group Meeting at 4:30 PM, Kahala Beach Park

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We finally have some wind again, so instead of the regular time trial we will do a Hawaii Kai to Kahala Run this Wednesday.

We are meeting at 4:30 PM at KAHALA Beach Park (official name is Waialae Beach Park), this is where we meet and where we will finish. We will leave some cars here and shuttle the boards to Portlock where we will start. The downwinders are for participants that have done at least one downwinder before. Please confirm if you want to join by sending an e-mail to blueplanetsurf@gmail.com.
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Wednesday Training Group Meeting at 5:30 PM, Hawaii Kai Boat Ramp; Topic: Forward Stroke

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We were hoping for good downwind conditions tomorrow but we are expecting light variable winds, so we will have our regular training group time trial. Meet at 5:30 pm at the boat ramp.

Coaching topic: Get more out of your forward stroke: Maximizing forward momentum and minimizing yaw: Stacking shoulders, blade angle, stroke path, catch, clean release.
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Stand Up World Series Schedule Update: 2014

Stand Up World Series Finals at Turtle Bay

The Waterman League is committed to the best interest of the sport of Stand Up Paddling in every respect. After the clash that was created by the Battle of the Paddle choosing the already established World Series Finals dates, we have been carefully considering all possible options to find the best solution for all concerned. In our opinion, nobody wins when two major events clash, so we have decided to push our event back to the same dates as last year for the good of the sport: the new dates will be the 10th – 12th October 2014. Continue reading ‘Stand Up World Series Schedule Update: 2014′

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