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Joe Bark SUP Stand Up Paddle Board Factory Tour and New Race Boards

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Joe Bark is one of the dominant shapers for paddleboards and stand up paddle race boards. On a recent trip to California I stopped by his factory and Joe gave me a quick tour. I found the address for the factory but it was a series of warehouse buildings, many without any signs. Just as I was going to call Joe to ask which one he was in, I saw a huge pile of foam. At that point, I knew I found the right place. Joe also spent some time showing the new boards he’s working on and how he tests their performance. I took a few pictures but the videos will give you a personal tour of the factory.
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Tropical Blends Nui Loa 11′9″ SUP Board

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Back by popular demand, the Nui Loa SUP stand up board by Tropical Blends Surf fills the need for an all around family board. Whether on a lake, slow moving stream or the wide open ocean, the Nui Loa offers a graceful refined approach to having fun on the water. The carefully crafted bottom contours provide significant stability without hampering the rider’s ability to continually improve. From beginner to experienced paddler, the Nui Loa supplies the perfect platform for point to point adventures, fitness paddling, fishing, surfing or just hanging around in the sun.
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Joe Bark 12′6″ SUP Stand Up Paddle Race Boards

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I recently visited Joe Bark’s SUP and paddleboard factory and he showed me a couple of his new 12′6″ racing stand up paddle boards. These are the same boards that will be produced by Surftech in 2010 and the same ones his team riders raced at Battle of the Paddle 2009.
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Tropical Blends Pokole 8′10″ SUP Board

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Jim over at Tropical Blends Surf is keeping ahead of the SUP stand up paddle board curve by continually releasing new models. The latest is an 8′10″ x 28.5″ x 3 7/8″ SUP called the Pokole. Here’s the specs and info.
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New Blair Softtop and Inflatable SUP Boards

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I took this video during the 2009 Battle of the Paddle at Doheney Beach, California where I met up with Joe Blair and he showed me a couple of his new boards.
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C4 Waterman Sub Vector Comparison with Todd Bradley – Video

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This is an interview I did with Todd Bradley over at the new C4 Waterman HQ on Coral Street.  This video shows Todd explaining the difference between the original C4 9′3″ Sub Vector and the new 9′6″ and 10′ Sub Vectors. Continue reading ‘C4 Waterman Sub Vector Comparison with Todd Bradley – Video’

Tropical Blends Rawson 10′ Custom SUP Board

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This is one of the new Tropical Blends SUP prototype boards. The Rawson Custom 10′ was shaped by Pat Rawson for Tropical Blends’ custom line of SUP’s.
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Tropical Blends Bernhardt Custom SUP Boards

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Here is an older preview of Tropical Blends’ custom SUP board. The board was shaped by Kyle Bernhardt. The deck has a beautiful wood veneer and the rails are reinforced by kevlar. To see more of this custom board visit Tropical Blends Surf shop.
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New C4 Waterman Sub Vector 10′

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I got to try the new C4 Sub Vector 10′ designed by Dave Parmenter and Brian Keaulana. At the time, this was one of only 3 on the island. Robert Stehlik from Blue Planet Surf let me be the first person to demo the board and I was impressed. In my opinion, for my personal preference, this is the best board from C4 that I have surfed so far.  I actually demoed this board over two separate weekends.  Blue Planet will apply any rental fees to the purchase of a board so there’s no loss if you’re looking to try before you buy.
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Tropical Blends New Wood SUP Boards

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On my recent visit to the Tropical Blends’ shop, Jim Hayes showed me a couple of new shapes in their SUP board line up, the 9′2″ by Kyle Bernhardt and the 9′10″ by Dennis Pang.
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Surftech Pearson Laird 14′ “The Coast Runner” SUP Board

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Fresh from the box, here’s another SUP board from Surftech’s latest offering, the Pearson Laird 14′ “Coast Runner” shaped by Bob Pearson. Watch the video and check out the photos to see more of this board. Continue reading ‘Surftech Pearson Laird 14′ “The Coast Runner” SUP Board’

New C4 Waterman Subvectors – 9′6″ and 10′

C4 is releasing a couple new Subvectors. One is 9′6″ and the other is 10′.

New Sub Vector boards

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Surftech Pearson Arrow Laird 10′6″ and 11′ SUP Boards

From Surftech comes another new line of Pearson Arrow surfboards- the Laird 10′6″ and Laird 11′ SUP boards. Here’s a closer look at these boards shaped by Bob Pearson.

Pearson Arrow Laird 10′6″ SUP Board


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Surftech Gerry Lopez’ 8′11″, 9′6″, 10′ SUP Boards

Here’s a peek at the new Surftech Gerry Lopez SUP line.

GERRY LOPEZ – 8′11 “Lil’ Darling SUP Board”


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Tropical Blends 9′2″ Wai Kahe SUP Board

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Here’s Kumau from Tropical Blends showing a Tropical Blends Kyle Bernhardt custom 9′2″ SUP. Check out the video for more info.
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