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Stand Up Paddle Boards at Wet Feet Hawaii Video

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Jeff of Wet Feet Hawaii takes me around their establishment and shows his inventory of stand up paddle surfboards. Wet Feet has a wide array of boards from different manufacturers and shapers like Blane Chambers, Kyle Bernhardt, C4 Waterman, Surftech Laird and a bunch more.

Jeff also showcases his rental fleets for customers who want to get a feel of the boards and see what size and shape they prefer before actually buying one.

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Wet Feet’s 11′ Ben Aipa Boardworks Stand Up Paddle Surfboard

11' Ben Aipa Boardworks Stand Up Paddle Surfboard

Clark at Wet Feet gives us a few details on this Ben Aipa stand up paddle surfboard.

11′ 0″ (the Sting-up Ben calls it) is 28 1/16″ wide x 4 5/8″ thick. It’s actually a gun-like shape, with the narrow stinger swallow tail and a kicked up pin nose. It has 5 fin boxes (FCS) so you can run any fin set up you like. On days with larger surf you could run a big single fin for stability, or to loosen it up on smaller days try it as a Quad. This board means business, and initial reports indicate this board likes a faster wave. It’s not your casual cruiser!

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Wet Feet Da Stand Up Kine Custom Stand Up Paddle Surfboard by Brian Caldwell

Wet Feet Da Stand Up Kine Custom Stand Up Paddle Surfboard by Brian Caldwell

Here’s a preview of the Da Stand Up Kine Custom Stand Up Paddle Surfboard by Brian Caldwell. The Caldwell can be made to any size according to Jeff of Wet Feet. Typical dimensions are 9′-4″ x 27″ x 3.75″, 9′-8″ x 28″ x 3.75″, 10′-0″ x 28.5″ x 3.75″, 10′-8 x 29 x 4″.

These are high performance customs for intermediate to professional surfers.

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Doug Lock Quiver – Custom 10 Ft Wood Veneer Stand Up Paddle Surfboard

Wood Veneer Stand Up Paddle Surfboard from Wet Feet Hawaii

Doug shows us his custom 10′ wood veneer stand up paddle surfboard made by Ted Spencer from Australia. The board as you can see doesn’t have an air vent compared to Doug’s other custom-made ones. He explains that the wood veneer has a solid, sandwich-like construction so that the air expanding is the last of his worries on this type of board.

Doug claims that Ted has done something unusual with the board, which he says gives the board bite and make it feel like you’re riding on an edge.

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Boardworks Stewart 11-6 Step Deck Stand Up Paddle Surfboard – Video Preview

We get to see another board design at Wet Feet, a Bill Stewart 11′6″ step deck manufactured by Boardworks. One standing feature of this board is the step deck, which you’ll see on the video.

It has a double-wing pin tail, which can handle fast and steep waves like a long board. The board is typically designed for big guys — a thick 5 and 16th inch thick middle plus a tapered nose and tail.

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Makai Softop 11 Ft Stand Up Paddle Surfboard at Wet Feet Hawaii – Video Preview

Wet Feet Hawaii Stand Up Paddle Surf Store

We get a short preview of the Makai Softop 11 Ft Stand Up Paddle Surfboard from the guys at Wet Feet. As we see on the video, the board has a soft deck ideally for people who are concerned about landing on the board hard or want something that is family and user-friendly.

The performance is manageable for a board of this type. I think this is good as an entry-level board.

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C4 Waterman Vortice XP Karel Tresnak built carbon race stand up paddle board

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Dave Parmenter’s brief run-down on the new C4 waterman VORTICE XP Karel-built Carbon race board:

I took out the C4waterman VORTICE XP board, the CARBON 21-pounder. After paddling about 6 miles in light winds and flat small seas, I ended up with the following impressions:

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Kyle Bernhardt 10′6″ Stand Up Paddle Surfboard Video

Kyle Bernhardt 10'6 Stand Up Paddle Surfboard

This board surfs well as we learn from Jim of Tropical Blends Surf. He adds that he has had one of his longest nose rides on the Bernhardt 10′6″. The rocker is pretty much accentuated on this one to make it perform well on the waves.

There’s a double barrel on both sides but the board is relatively flat all the way. This board maintains a hard edge which Jim says is unusual for mass-produced boards.

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Infinity Surf Custom Stand Up Paddle Board 10 ft Quad

Infinity Surf Custom Stand Up Paddle Board 10 ft Quad

I got an Infinity Surf custom quad for my birthday in November and so far have only been able to test it in small surf. I’ve been playing around with the fin configuration since there are 5 fin boxes and this board rocks!

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All-Wood Touring Stand Up Paddle Kit from Gray Whale Trading Co.

All-Wood Touring Stand Up Paddle Kit from Gray Whale Trading Co.

Larry Froley, owner of California-based Gray Whale Trading Company (GWTC), is currently developing an all-wood Touring Stand Up Paddle Kit, which will be named the “Kaholo”. The board is still in the prototype stage, and although the first protoype is a 14’ board, Larry is considering lengthening it to 16’. According to Larry, at 14′ a stand up board will obviously be a cruiser and/or racer, and the 16′ should fill that niche even better.

The width is planned at 28″ regardless of the length. The board is likely to be offered in two volumes like Gray Whale’s paddleboards, with the standard volume being for paddlers over 190 to 200 lbs, and a lower volume for lighter paddlers.
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Custom Brian Caldwell 10 ft Stand Up Paddle Surfboard Video

Custom Brian Caldwell Stand Up Paddle Surfboards at Wet Feet Hawaii

Doug Lock talks about the Brian Caldwell 10′ stand up paddle surfboard and shows us around its shape and explains its dimensions. He says that the board is good at riding four to five foot waves, and mentions the new concept on its nose shape called the bottleneck concave. The all-around shape of the board helps it perform well as a long board for nose-riding and short board for tail-riding. Interesting.

This board is pretty light even though it’s hand-shaped, as you’ll see on the video.

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C4 Waterman Vortice XP Carbon Fiber Racing Stand Up Paddle Board – The fastest stand up paddle board I have ridden

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If you saw the post a while back for the stealth C4 Waterman stand up racing board you’ll notice the resemblance to the Vortice XP. Basically, that was the Vortice XP. I got a sneak peek and demo on Wednesday with Todd Bradley from C4. I’ve got 2 words for this board – Super Fast. Continue reading ‘C4 Waterman Vortice XP Carbon Fiber Racing Stand Up Paddle Board – The fastest stand up paddle board I have ridden’

Tropical Blends Angulo Stand Up Paddle Surfboard Durability Video

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All this talk about hitting your rails and chipping the paint or dings can all be put to rest after you see this video. I was at Jim’s shop, Tropical Blends and got a great video of him showing how durable his production Angulo stand up paddle board is by hitting it with a wooden stick and jumping on it up and down. Even the customer tries a jump or 2. If you have concerns about durability you need to see this video.

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Ron House Stand Up Paddle Surf Board Catamaran (Standamaran) – Video

Ron House - stand up paddle surf board master shaper and personal shaper to Laird Hamilton

Ron House takes us around his shop and showcases his stand up paddle catamaran (Standamaran). The board is 14 feet long and has won most of the races it has been in, as he narrates in the video.

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Blane Chambers 10′ Production Stand Up Paddle Surfboard Video

Blane Chambers Production 10' Stand Up Paddle Surfboard

Check out the Blane Chambers 10′0″ production stand up paddle surfboard, which according to Tropical Blends is designed more for surfing but still paddles well. The board is very light as you can see from the video. The rocker is also pretty much emphasized, which makes the board loose and match the waves.
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