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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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Infinity Surf Shop’s otter blade stand up paddle – Video

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Steve Boehne talks to us about the Infinity Surf’s ottertail blade stand up paddle. Steve explains that these type of blades are easier to use than the regular square-shaped blades and does not compromise power — something that is ideal for older folks who may be experiencing chronic body aches and pains.

The paddle shaft is laminated into the blade so that it cannot break apart or leak. Continue reading ‘Infinity Surf Shop’s otter blade stand up paddle – 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’

Infinity Surf custom epoxy “ku ku hoe” stand up paddle board air vent – Video

Infinity Surf stand up paddle board air vent

When I visited Steve Boehne at Infinity Surf in Dana Point, California, I got a chance to see some interesting air vents that he installs in his custom epoxy boards. I got a short video of Steve explaining the vent to a customer, some inside info and shot some pictures up close. These are the actual vents he uses on the custom epoxy Ku Ku Hoe stand up paddle boards.

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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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Tropical Blends Surf Stand Up Paddles Video – Part 2

Tropical Blends Stand Up Paddles

Tropical Blends Surf has taken on the experimental process of finding new, more efficient paddle designs that also suits stand up paddle surfing best. We get to hear about the qualities of these paddles that veer away from the “traditional” bent-blade stand up paddles.

I find the new straight-blade design logical, as I hear it being explained, but let’s see how the general public sees this new paddle design. I guess it’s all part of the growth and development of stand up paddle surfing.

Watch the video and gather a whole different perspective on paddle design and dynamics.

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Tropical Blends Surf Stand Up Paddles Video – Part 1

Tropical Blends Stand Up Paddles

Tropical Blends Surf has taken on the experimental process of finding new, more efficient paddle designs that also suits stand up paddle surfing best. We get to hear about the qualities of these paddles that veer away from the “traditional” bent-blade stand up paddles.

I find the new straight-blade design logical, as I hear how it is explained on the video, but let’s see how the general public accepts this new paddle design. I guess it’s all part of the growth and development of stand up paddle surfing.

Watch the video and gather a whole different perspective on paddle design and dynamics.
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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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Custom Brian Caldwell 9-4 Stand Up Paddle Surfboard Video

Custom Brian Caldwell Stand Up Paddle Surfboards at Wet Feet Hawaii

I visited Wet Feet and checked out the Brian Caldwell 9′4″ custom board — 27 inches wide and 3 ¾ thick. The board rides well on overhead waves and has a lot of interesting concaves and angles.

Doug explains more about the board on the video.

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New 9-2 Blane Chambers Paddle Surf Hawaii Stand Up Paddle Surfboard for the Wahine

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Had a great time this weekend dropping by Blane Chamber’s “office” at Paddle Surf Hawaii to check out a batch of new stand up paddle boards that arrived from San Diego. The trip was not just to talk story, but to pick up a new stand up paddle board for Hampig. She was super excited to finally be getting her own board after using hand me downs for a while. As always dropping by and talking to a shaper like Blane who is sooo stoked on stand up paddle surfing is a great learning experience. We talked about new shapes, ideas and we even got a lesson on how to put on deck padding. Continue reading ‘New 9-2 Blane Chambers Paddle Surf Hawaii Stand Up Paddle Surfboard for the Wahine’

Ron House – stand up paddle surf board master shaper and personal shaper to Laird Hamilton – Video Part 2

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

Ron House gives a tour of his shaping factory in San Clemente, California, where he talks briefly about the beginnings of his career as a board shaper. This was at a time when short boards from Australia were of relatively new concept in the shores of California.

Ron also explains how he met Laird Hamilton and started shaping stand up paddle boards for him — all before the rise of stand up paddle surfing as a popular water sport. Continue reading ‘Ron House – stand up paddle surf board master shaper and personal shaper to Laird Hamilton – Video Part 2′

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Ron House – stand up paddle surf board master shaper and personal shaper to Laird Hamilton – Video Part 1

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

Ron House gives a tour of his shaping factory in San Clemente, California, where he talks briefly about the beginnings of his career as a board shaper. This was at a time when short boards from Australia were of relatively new concept in the shores of California.

Ron also explains how he met Laird Hamilton and started shaping stand up paddle boards for him — all before the rise of stand up paddle surfing as a popular water sport.

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Video with Steve Boehne owner of Infinity Surf (Ku Ku Hoe) and master stand up paddle surfboard shaper

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In my visit with Steve Boehne, master stand up paddle surf board shaper and owner of Infinity Surf and Ku Ku Hoe, Steve shared some very insightful tips on how to best choose a stand up paddle board and things to consider. Check out this video to hear Steve first hand.

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