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Werner Paddles 3-piece Adjustable Fiji SUP

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Werner Paddles Introduces River Running SUP

Werner Paddles has launched a 3-piece Adjustable version of their popular Fiji, Recreational SUP.

The Fiji in 3-piece is perfect for the budget conscious paddler who is looking for a travel paddle. Continue reading ‘Werner Paddles 3-piece Adjustable Fiji SUP’

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

Werner Paddles Introduces River Running SUP

Werner Paddles

Werner Paddles Introduces River Running SUP

Werner Paddles has added a river running specific stand up paddle (SUP) to their line. The Stinger has been designed from the ground up for the rigors of the whitewater environment. Werner has been handcrafting paddles in the US for over 45 years and has over 80% market share in the whitewater kayak market. They have taken this heritage and melded it with the sport of stand-up paddling to create the Stinger.
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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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VIRUS Action Sport Performance Apparel

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In June, I got the chance to visit the guys at VIRUS Action Sport Performance at their HQ in California. Ryan Rubiano and Sten Rasmussen graciously gave me a tour of their facilities as well as an extensive run down on their current product line-up. In March I hurt my back and shoulder. I had an inflamed disc that made me feel like I was crippled. To make it worse, I pulled my shoulder too. I was in desperate need of anything that could help me speed up my recovery. I’ve been using the Virus compression pants and top almost every single day since June and I’m convinced the product works for me. Continue reading ‘VIRUS Action Sport Performance Apparel’

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’

Meg Chun Discusses the New Kialoa Stand Up Paddles for 2012

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I caught up with Meg Chun, co-owner of Kialoa Paddles, during the 2012 Quiksilver Waikiki Paddle Festival. She showed me some of their latest paddles and blade designs for outrigger canoe and SUP stand up paddling. Meg is a wealth of information and has been paddling for a very long time. As one of the original players in the SUP paddle market, it’s always interesting to hear what’s new and improved at Kialoa.
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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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Werner Paddles Announces New Race Specific SUP

Werner Paddles

Werner Paddles Announces New Race Specific SUP

Werner Paddles has developed the first Stand Up Paddle designed from the ground up specifically for training and racing.

The Grand Prix utilizes Werner’s proprietary Performance Core technology to create the lightest weight SUP on the market. Paddlers can choose between three blade sizes allowing them to match their power and board glide. Continue reading ‘Werner Paddles Announces New Race Specific SUP’

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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New 2012 C4 Waterman SUP Boards

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In early February, I met up with C4 Waterman Ambassador Greg Pavao at their headquarters in Honolulu where he showed me some of their new SUP boards for 2012. Here’s a couple of videos with Greg explaining the features of their new stand up paddle board models. In the first video, Greg talks about the Mark Richards Pro Model, the SUBNine Micro-SUB and the SUBNine Forward-Vee Batwing SUP boards.
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New Rescue Technology Acknowledged by USLA

iRESCUE | BOARDS | PADDLES | ACCESSORIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

HONOLULU (April 9, 2012) – The United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) has exclusively designated the C4 Waterman iRescue Board as the official rescue board of the USLA and the C4 Waterman iRescue Sled as the official rescue sled of the USLA. The endorsement sheds light on the newest rescue technology available in the United States.
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