Archive for August, 2015

Board Meeting Episode 4: Blue Planet SUP Race Paddle

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Welcome to another episode of Board Meeting. In this episode, Robert and I will talk about Blue Planet’s new SUP race paddle prototype called the “Kai Zen” paddle. The paddle is light weight and made from high quality carbon fiber. Robert and his team are still finalizing the design and will launch the paddle on Kickstarter in the near future, so stay tuned!
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SUP Surfing at Oahu South Shore

Here’s a quick video of me and my brother Darin on a recent SUP surfing session on Oahu’s south shore. The waves weren’t that big but we still had fun.


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The Victoria Cup Hayama Pro Japan is just 2 weeks away, as the World Series heads to Asia

The World’s best are heading to the land of the rising sun in 2 weeks time for the next stop on the 2015 Stand Up World Series

In just 2 weeks time, Hayama Harbor in the beautiful Prefecture of Kanagawa just outside Tokyo will play host to the Asian stop of the 2015 Stand Up World Series.

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Tips and pointers on how to choose your first SUP

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If you’re interested in getting into the great sport of stand up paddle boarding (SUP) and have done a little research to help you with your decision process, you know how challenging it is to narrow your focus to the right board for you. With board lengths ranging from less than 7 feet to over 17 feet, board widths ranging from 25 inches to 40 inches, and the need to consider other variables like thickness, volume, shape, environmental conditions, fin setup, and so on, choosing the right SUP can be a daunting task.
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QFR – Quick Fin Release: How to Install and Review Video

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Here’s a quick how-to video on installing the QFR – Quick Fin Release system. The QFR allows you to quickly remove and install your fin without tools. Check out the video below:
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SUP Downwinder Tips: The most common first timer mistakes

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At Blue Planet we offer downwind coaching to those wanting to get into this exciting sport. After doing many coached downwind runs I have noticed that most beginners make the same common mistakes when first trying to catch bumps. For those coming from a flatwater background, where a strong, steady, powerful, longer, slower stroke works best, making the adjustment to the quick, short accelerating strokes needed to catch bumps and then stopping and resting while gliding is challenging to say the least. I’m hoping that sharing these tips will help more paddlers get into this super fun aspect of Stand Up Paddling.
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Blue Planet SUP Clinic dates for the fall- mark your calendar!

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These are the dates of our upcoming free SUP Clinics held for Blue Planet customers at Ala Moana Beach park:
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Champions are crowned at the European Cup, Brazil withdrawn, while Japan and US Open are set to make waves

The 2015 European Cup wraps in epic fashion at the Italia Surf Expo concluding a dramatic 3 event Series across Europe

This past week saw the dramatic conclusion of the European Cup, a dynamic series of events that spanned the European Continent and provided a very comprehensive challenge to the attending athletes, with diverse conditions across all 3 stops and some memorable performances from some of the World’s very best racers.

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TheNice FreeBreath Snorkel Mask Review Video

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Check out my review of the full-face snorkel mask called “TheNice FreeBreath”. It is almost identical to the Easybreath mask from Tribord.
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Molokai to Oahu race 2015 – Interview with Travis Grant and Blue Planet race team photos

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This year’s M2O race was the most challenging and grueling in recent memory.

The Blue Planet 14′ x 28″ Bump Rider model was well represented and the results show that this board works great in all conditions. It excels in good downwind conditions but also glides well in light winds.
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