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Boosted Boards Electric Longboard Skateboard – The lightest electric vehicle “almost” available

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I saw the kickstarter campaign for Boosted Boards on a friend’s Facebook page in late September and was blown away. I used to have an Altered Electric MX800 skateboard and really liked it however the weight really deterred me from using it. The board had very good acceleration and power but in order to compensate for that it weighed around 60 pounds. I don’t even like to carry standup boards that weigh more than 30 pounds, much less a skateboard that weighs 60 pounds. Needless to say, I rode it a lot in the beginning with my son and eventually stopped riding it. That’s why I got so excited when I saw the campaign for Boosted Boards on kick starter. It was like nothing I had seen before and if I had to imagine how good an electric skateboard could be, this would be it. Continue reading ‘Boosted Boards Electric Longboard Skateboard – The lightest electric vehicle “almost” available’

S.I.C. Bullet 14′ SUP Race Board with Fixed Fin

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Here again is S.I.C.’s Mark Raaphorst with a fixed fin variant of the Bullet 14′ SUP race board. This is for the guys who want to race in fixed fin SUP divisions. The board is also a few hundred dollars less than the Bullet 14′ with the full steering system. Continue reading ‘S.I.C. Bullet 14′ SUP Race Board with Fixed Fin’

Joe Blair 7′7″ Surfboard / SUP Board for Kids

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Here’s a new surfboard from Joe Blair which also doubles as SUP board for kids. This is a production sandwich construction board. My 9 year old could handle it pretty well but my 7 year old was struggling to carry it. Both were able to paddle and balance with no problem at Cardiff. I may have to get some for my boys. Continue reading ‘Joe Blair 7′7″ Surfboard / SUP Board for Kids’

Livio Menelau showing the SIC line and Ion camera at Surf Expo, Sept 2012

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Livio is a Brazilian who made Maui his home. He is one of the fastest SUP racers and a funny guy to hang out with. We ended up sitting next to each other on the red eye flight from LA to Orlando. We arrived in Orlando at 6 am and headed off to the Surf Expo demo day, which was a great event. Despite the sweltering heat and humidity, being outside and on the water was more fun than being inside the convention center all day at the Surf Expo for the next 3 days.
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C4 Waterman 2013 SUP Stand Up Paddle Catalog

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Hot off the press is C4 Waterman’s 2013 SUP stand up paddle catalog. It actually reads like a magazine with interesting first person pieces from the C4 team. Get a glimpse into the minds of Brian Keaulana, Dave Parmenter and Todd Bradley while meeting their team of ambassadors. Oh, and check out the huge line of products. Continue reading ‘C4 Waterman 2013 SUP Stand Up Paddle Catalog’

Surf Expo: Starboards 2013 products previews by team riders

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It turned out that our Blue Planet/ Evepaddle booth at Surf Expo was right next to the Starboard booth. We sell a lot of Starboards products at the Blue Planet Surf Shop so I went over to check out what’s new for next year. It was on Friday, the day before the Standup World tour event at Coco Beach and all the top teamriders were on hand to talk about what’s new. Here are the videos I was able to shoot at the Starboards booth with some of the world’s top stand up paddlers:
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C4 Waterman Switchblade is Men’s Journal Approved

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C4 Waterman’s Switchblade SUP stand up paddle board was recently featured at Men’s Journal magazine as the “Best Standup Paddleboard for Beginners”.
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UPDATE: Full 2013 S.I.C. SUP Stand Up Paddle Board Catalog

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Mark Raaphorst from Sandwich Island Composites (S.I.C.) sent us another copy of their 2013 SUP stand up paddle board catalog. This time it’s the full, 19-page catalog.

Click here to download a copy

Mark Raaphorst and SIC Race Board Documentary and Aerial Videos

Mark Raaphorst just sent over these videos of the SIC race boards and the evolution of SUP race board design. The first video was produced by Mike Waltze who did the SUP documentary we reviewed last year. He did a great job with this video. This is one of the most professional looking SUP videos I’ve seen.


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New SUP Design Tips from Joe Blair – Video

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I recently visited Joe Blair at his surf shack in Solana Beach, California. This was the first time I’ve been to his place and it was great because I took my boys and they got to learn a bit about surfboards and later paddled at Cardiff. In this video, Joe shares some of what’s new with his SUP surfboard designs. Continue reading ‘New SUP Design Tips from Joe Blair – Video’

S.I.C. 9′4″ SUP Stand Up Paddle Surfboard

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Here is Mark Raaphorst from Sandwich Island Composites (SIC) with a new prototype 9′4″ SUP stand up paddle surfboard. The board is expected to be available by the end of summer, 2012. This is a short board type SUP designed to be fast. Being that it’s a SIC, that shouldn’t be a problem. Continue reading ‘S.I.C. 9′4″ SUP Stand Up Paddle Surfboard’

S.I.C. Bullet 17′4″ Version 2 SUP Race Board

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Here is the latest SUP race board from S.I.C., the Bullet 17′4″ version 2. Late in 2011 Mark told me he wasn’t expecting to improve the Bullet 17 much for 2012 but I guess he changed his mind. Continue reading ‘S.I.C. Bullet 17′4″ Version 2 SUP Race Board’

Blue Planet SUP Board Construction Video

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I recently went on a trip to China to visit some of the manufacturers we work with. I took some video at our board factory and put together a short video showing how a Blue Planet veneer board is made, starting with the Aku computer shaping machine cutting the blank, the vacuum bagging process, inserts, finish, etc. Thanks to Evan Leong of standuppaddlesurf.net for shooting the parts on the beach:
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Blue Planet’s free monthly SUP clinic video

Here is a short video of our SUP clinic on Saturday May 12th. The weather was beautiful with great conditions for trying the lineup of our demo fleet, including many of the new Blue Planet veneer models.
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Blue Planet Surf Inflatable SUP Board Durability Test

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Here’s a quick video with Robert Stehlik testing how durable their new Inflatable SUP boards are. I asked him to bounce it like a basketball but he wasn’t that successful doing that. I think you’ll agree that the board passed the durability test.
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