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Surftech 10′6″ Blacktip SUP Stand Up Paddle Board

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Here are some “in-action” pictures of the Surftech 10′6″ Blacktip stand up paddle board. The Blacktip is a great all-around, family board and the kids absolutely love it. This is the next generation version of the original 9′0 Blacktip which was also a fun board but the main difference is that the 10′6″ can actually catch waves. For this version, Surftech made it longer and a bit more narrow. The board is still very sta­ble.
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Surftech Munoz 12′6″ Wateryder SUP Stand Up Paddle Board

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Here’s a short video of the Surftech Munoz 12′6″ Wateryder SUP Stand Up Paddle Board. This is a great cruising / all-around board and I really like that it has a lot of screw mounts that you can use to store your gear. The board cruises nicely in flat water and surfs pretty good on small waves. I haven’t tried surfing it on bigger waves yet.
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Starboard 12′0″ x 33″ Atlas SUP Stand Up Paddle Board – Preview Video

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Here’s a preview video of the new Starboard 12′0″ x 33″ Atlas SUP stand up paddle board sent to us by Margareta, Starboard’s marketing manager. In the video, Scott McKercher gives us some info on the design of this new all-around SUP board.
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S.I.C. Custom 14′ Bullet SUP Stand Up Paddle Race Board

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Here are some pictures of the new S.I.C. Custom 14′ Bullet SUP race board. I just got this board on January 18 and I was able to try it out in glassy south shore conditions and waist high waves. My first impression is that the board surfs really well for a 14′ board and seems to connect small bumps but it’s hard to tell until I ride it in real downwind conditions.
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Everpaddle 14′ SUP Stand Up Paddle Race Board

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Here’s a preview video of the new 14′ SUP race board from Everpaddle. I shot this during the Blue Planet Surf SUP Clinic and Demo Day held last Nov. 6, 2010. Kevin Seid, owner of Everpaddle, gives us a look into the design of his new race board.
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Aquaglide / Amundson 11′6″ SUP Stand Up Paddle Board

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Here’s another board from Amundson Designs Hawaii, the 11′6″ all-around stand up paddle board. John Amundson, the board’s shaper and designer, gives us a preview as well as some info on the design of the board.
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Aquaglide / Amundson 12′6″ TR / TR-X SUP Board with Doug Hopkins and John Amundson – Video

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I was at the Blue Planet Surf SUP Clinic and Demo Day held last Nov. 6, 2010 and got the chance to meet Doug Hopkins, product manager for Aquaglide Paddlesurf / Amundson Stand Up Paddle Boards, and the designer himself, John Amundson. They brought along some of their boards and one of them was the Amundson 12′6″ which I had the chance to try out a while back. The Amundson 12′6″ comes in two models, the TR and the TR-X. They are almost the same except the TR-X has a layer of carbon making it about 4 lbs lighter than the TR.
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Surftech Pearson Arrow 12′ Laird SUP Stand Up Paddle Board

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I was at the Surftech office on Queen Street and got the chance to take some pictures of the new Pearson Arrow 12′ Laird SUP board. This is the latest from Bob Pearson made by Surftech in conjunction with Laird Hamilton.
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C4 Waterman 12′6″ “Switchblade” SUP Board In Action – Video

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Todd Bradley sent us some clips of him riding the C4 12′6″ “Switchblade” stand up paddle board. The video is a bit long but it gives different angles of how the board performs in light winds. I’ve tried this board myself in surf and really liked it. I like the glide and in small waves the nose allows an easier re-entry into the reform of the wave. This makes catching small waves fun because of the challenge to carry the longest ride possible by connecting small bumps, similar to a downwinder. I have yet to try this on a Hawaii Kai run.
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Starboard “Surf Race” and “The NEW” 12′6″ SUP Race Boards with Brian Szysmanski, Connor Baxter and Zane Schweitzer

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I first met Brian Szysmanski at the 2009 Battle of the Paddle in Dana Point but at that time the Starboard boards were under development and I couldn’t show off the prototypes. I had a chance to reconnect with Brian at the 2010 Battle of the Paddle Hawaii. These Starboard race boards have been out for a while now I got a chance to video a detailed overview of the boards from Brian himself.
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Surftech Bark 12′6″ Competitor SUP Racing Board

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Here’s a preview of the Bark 12′6″ race SUP but in the Surftech construction. Joe Bark gave a really thorough overview on this model a while back so I’ll try not to repeat everything he said.
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Surftech Robert August 11′6″ SUP Stand Up Paddle Board

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Here’s a preview of another board from Surftech’s 2010 SUP surfing lineup, the Robert August 11′6″ “What I Paddle” stand up paddle board.
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Tropical Blends 12′6″ SUP Race Boards by Kyle Bernhardt

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Master shaper Kyle Bernhardt gives us a quick overview of his 12′6″ stand up race boards offered through Tropical Blends Surf. Kyle goes over the basic difference between a displacement hull and planing hull and shows 3 of the models he had at the Hawaii Battle of the Paddle 2010. Continue reading ‘Tropical Blends 12′6″ SUP Race Boards by Kyle Bernhardt’

CNC Shaping the S.I.C. X-12 SUP Stand Up Paddle Race Board

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Here’s the latest in the S.I.C. Stand Up Paddle race board line, the X-12.  I shot this at the S.I.C. factory during my last trip to Maui.  This is just of the CNC machine cutting the foam but it’s pretty neat to see how the beginning process works.
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Surftech Jamie Mitchell 9′8″ SUP Stand Up Paddle Board

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I was at Surftech’s Hawaii office on Queen Street and got some pics and video of the Jamie Mitchell 9′8″ SUP. This model has a much more pulled in nose and has substantial nose rocker. I was told that this is more of a high performance board for bigger, juicier waves. Here are the specs below and a short video preview.
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