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Duke’s OceanFest 2009 Paddleboard Race

Here’s a delayed update from the Duke’s OceanFest 2009 SUP Race held last August 23-29.  I was pretty excited for this race and trained for it by paddling a few downwinders a week.  Last year’s conditions provided winds that seemed under 10 mph and I wasn’t sure what the tide was.  My time to finish last year was 1:55 so I thought that if I could get anywhere between 1:40 to 1:45 I would be doing fine.  What I didn’t realize, is how much better the competition would get.

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Free Surf Article from Duane DeSoto


Aloha Na Kama Kai Ohana

Na Kama Kai is getting rave reviews thanks to all of your hard work and dedication. The keiki are blessed to have guidance from waterman and waterwoman who care as much about children as you do. We are all making a positive contribution to our community through Na Kama Kai.


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Surfer Spirit Fundraiser Event at Target Kapolei

WE’RE STOKED! Target is helping kids catch waves to college!
The Surfer Spirit Fundraiser event at Target Kapolei
Come and get your cool surf T-shirts and stickers designed by
Hawaii’s at-risk and vulnerable youth.
Proceeds to support an innovative surf program
that gets troubled youth into college.

Honolulu (Kapolei) Target Store – Sunday, September 20, 2009 – 11am- 22pm
Target Kapolei launches the Surfer Spirit store in its Kapolei store, fresh on the heels of a similar event at the Salt Lake store. To date, Target has sold over 250 Surfer Spirit T-shirts, stickers and books to help at-risk youth learn to surf their way to college.
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20th Annual Haleiwa Joe’s Labor Day Paddleboard Race Results

Here’s the result of the 20th Annual Haleiwa Joe’s Labor Day Paddleboard Race.  I wasn’t able to race in this one but I heard it was fun. Continue reading ‘20th Annual Haleiwa Joe’s Labor Day Paddleboard Race Results’

SUP Sensation Connor Baxter Stand Up Paddles in Holland’s SUP 11-City Tour


After competing and winning his division in the Duke Kahanamoku Oceanfest race, Starboard team rider Connor Baxter travelled to Friesland, Holland for another SUP event.  In the Duke’s Oceanfest Race, Connor placed 1st in his division (19 and under) and landing 8th overall SUP – finishing in 1:24:00–only 9 minutes behind the winner–Scott Gamble.
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The 2nd Annual Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle

2nd Annual Raibow Sandals Battle of the Paddle

October 3rd and 4th, 2009
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point, CA

Now come celebrate the modern West Coast waterman’s lifestyle at the Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez’s Battle of the Paddle, a stand-up paddle festival and exposition with a series of races and demonstrations that offer ocean athletes of all ages and skill levels the chance to experience this exciting new sport.
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Randy French (Surftech Owner) Interview – Video


At a recent party at Surftech HQ in Hawaii, I got a chance to meet Randy French, the founder of Surftech.  After talking with him for a bit I thought it would be interesting to hear where he started and where he sees SUP going in the future.  Click below for the video interview. Continue reading ‘Randy French (Surftech Owner) Interview – Video’

Water Craft Cleanup – update


Aloha Everyone,

Let’s go paddling and cleanup Sand Island waters and beach this sunday 10-12 noon! Everpaddle is sponsoring Surfrider Foundation Oahu’s first all water craft clean up at Sand Island’s main beach (middle parking lot closest to the sand). We will have a bunch of our SUP boards and paddles with deck bags to carry garbage.
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Remembering Duke Kahanamoku, on his Birthday

I’ll be at the Duke’s race on Saturday.  I hope you can make it and if you see me, please say, “Hi”.


Remembering Duke Kahanamoku, on his Birthday
Born August 24, 1890

HONOLULU, August 24, 2009 – Surfers from around the world are gathering here in Waikiki to remember the greatest waterman of all time: Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, born August 24, 1890. In honor of his life, the annual Duke’s OceanFest is underway, staged at Queen’s Beach at the foot of his bronze statue and on the sands where surfing, as we know it today, began.

While a single Olympic gold medal is enough to substantiate many an athlete’s life, Kahanamoku won six, three gold for swimming, two silver for swimming, and a bronze for water polo. Yet today he is most widely renowned for being the father of modern day surfing.
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2009 Molokai-Oahu PaddleBoard Race -video part 2

Here is video part 2 of the 2009 Rainbow Sandals Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race last July 25. Check it out.

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2009 Molokai-Oahu PaddleBoard Race – video part 1

Better late than never…here is the video (part 1) and more pictures of the 2009 Rainbow Sandals Molokai-Oahu PaddleBoard Race.

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Robert Stehlik of Blue Planet Surf Recaps the Molokai-Oahu Paddleboard Race

Congratulations to Robert Stehlik, CEO of Blue Planet Surf for finishing 2nd in the SUP UNL M40-49 age group of the Molokai-Oahu Paddleboard Race last July 26, 2009. Here’s an update from Robert:

Hi everyone,

Yesterday I completed the Molokai channel crossing race on a Stand Up Surfboard, which was one of my big personal goals. Months of training and planning paid off and I finished the 32- mile course in a respectable time of 6hrs 15min and 7th overall of all Solo SUP paddlers. I have to thank my wife Sharon for her support -She came along on the escort boat and let me go on long training paddle runs for the last few months. Many thanks to Todd Bradley and Dave Parmenter for their coaching and getting me hooked on “riding bumps” and my long distance training partners Jeff Chang, Morgan Hoesterey and Aaron Napoleon. Continue reading ‘Robert Stehlik of Blue Planet Surf Recaps the Molokai-Oahu Paddleboard Race’

Carmel Waterman’s Club 1st Annual Dolphin Paddleboard Race

Dolphin race

First annual Dolphin Paddleboard Race, Carmel is just over a week away!

This 9 mile paddleboard Race honors the memories Ryan Field and Alex Robbins, two well-loved local surfers who left the lineup much too soon. The picturesque course takes paddlers on a technical, scenic tour of local landmarks as they race for prizes and glory, from the start at Carmel Beach, to Stillwater Cove, the legendary Ghost Tree, across the deep water Carmel Canyon to Point Lobos, Monastery Beach, Carmel River State Beach and finally back to the start. Continue reading ‘Carmel Waterman’s Club 1st Annual Dolphin Paddleboard Race’

Da Hui July 4th SUP Race-video

The July 4th Da Hui race this year was a blast.  This is the first time I participated and was really impressed.  Everything was run like clockwork and very professional.  The conditions were ok with a light wind and occasional gust…better than the Olukai race but not enough to fly on.  I rode my F-14 and it was ok but I really could have used a full displacement F-18.  This was the first race for my brother and Randy Lui-Kwan.  It’s funny because I remember last year when Jeff Harris was prodding me to do the race and I kept telling him I wasn’t into racing.  This year I’m totally into it although I’m still not very fast.  Here are some pics and some video clips from the day.

da-hui-race-02.jpg                 Race line

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Mitchell Claims 8th Consecutive Rainbow Sandals Molokai To Oahu Paddleboard


Hawaii’s Kanesa Duncan Claims Women’s
Ekolu Kalama Takes Standup Honors

HONOLULU – (July 26, 2009) — For the eighth consecutive year, Australian Jamie Mitchell proved he’s light years and hard-earned miles ahead of his paddleboard peers, winning the 32-mile Rainbow Sandals Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race that is the unofficial world title of the sport. The toughest tidal conditions in years kept Mitchell from breaking the record he set in 2007, coming in 10 minutes slower today at four hours, 58 minutes and 25 seconds. His closest rival, Hawaii’s Brian Rocheleau, was more than 20 minutes behind at 5:20:53.

molokai-oahu-paddleboard-race-01 Above: Jamie Mitchell conquers crazy conditions off the cliffs of Oahu as he heads home for a win. Photo: Bernie Baker.

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