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New Rescue Technology Acknowledged by USLA

iRESCUE | BOARDS | PADDLES | ACCESSORIES

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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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How to size a Blue Planet Featherlight High performance carbon paddle

Here is an instructional video with Robert Stehlik on how to size, cut and glue a Blue Planet Featherlight High performance carbon paddle with T-handle.


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Blue Planet Surf Featherlite Carbon Paddle

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Here is Robert Stehlik with the new Blue Planet Surf featherlite high-performance carbon paddle. Robert also shows us their new high-performance paddle edge tape and microgrip paddle grip tape. I tested the paddle during this session at Mokuleia and was impressed.
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Travis Grant’s Off The Hook 12′6 Pro Model

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When it comes to Elite Class raceboards “angle of attack” is everything. Only the most perfectly balanced designs gives a board that downhill pitch and chop-gobbling speed that get an elite racer to the podium. Continue reading ‘Travis Grant’s Off The Hook 12′6 Pro Model’

Surfing the Blue Planet Inflatable SUP at Jocko’s

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Here’s a video and some pictures of Robert Stehlik surfing with the new Blue Planet inflatable SUP board at Jocko’s on Oahu’s North Shore.
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If 4x World Champion Mark Richards had a SUP…

The new Mark Richards Pro SUP available only from C4 Waterman, Inc.

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Blue Planet Surf Inflatable SUP Stand Up Paddle Board

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Here’s a video with Robert Stehlik and Marina showing us the new inflatable SUP stand up paddle board from Blue Planet surf. These are expected to arrive sometime in early 2012.
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All perfect products address the complex design issues with ease and simplicity

C4 Waterman iSUPs. All perfect products address the complex design issues with ease and simplicity.

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C4 Waterman 5′11″ iBlowfish Shortboard Inflatable Surfboard

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I recently picked up the new C4 Waterman iBlowfish shortboard inflatable surfboard. The board is 5′11″ and has a fixed set of twin fins on the bottom. The purpose for me was to have something that my kids can use and beat up a bit without it falling apart. This turned out to be the perfect solution.
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S.I.C. F-16 V2 Production Model SUP Race Board

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Here are some pictures of the new S.I.C. F-16 V2 production model SUP race board. This is a solid core sandwich construction board. It’s basically the same as the hollow molded one but feels a bit more rigid and solid. I couldn’t tell much difference in weight but I never put them on a scale.
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Surfing the S.I.C. Bullet 12′ SUP Race Board

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Here’s a short video of Mark Raaphorst and young Mo Freitas riding the S.I.C. Bullet 12′ SUP race board on some waist to chest high waves at Turtle Bay North Shore Oahu. The second clip with Mo in the video shows him catching the wave on the outside break and riding it all the way to shore. Check the time on the video and see how long he rides…pretty impressive. You can see in the video how easy the Bullet 12 catches waves and how well it can surf in the pictures below.
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A Morning Session on Blue Planet Surf’s 9′8″ x 29″ ‘Rockit’ SUP Board

Here’s a video sent to us by Robert Stehlik. This was shot during a morning SUP surfing session. The board is from Blue Planet’s new stand up paddle board lineup.


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S.I.C. Custom Bullet 12′ SUP Race Board

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I recently took delivery on the new SIC Bullet 12 and I believe this is the first Bullet 12 with steering and the new handle. First thing I noticed was how light the board is. When I unloaded it out of the shipping container, even with the cardboard box it seemed way lighter than I expected. I was blown away when Mark told me he thought the board weighs 21 lbs.
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C4 Waterman SUBNine X-Wing Stand Up Racing Paddle

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C4 Waterman just released their new X-Wing stand up racing paddle from C4 Waterman’s SUBNine line. This is probably the most unique paddle design I’ve seen in a while. For the most part, in the last few years the paddles have has similar blade shapes, widths ranging from 7″ to 9.5″ and dihedral or non dihedral. Weights have dropped to around a pound for the lighter racing versions and different carbon layups have been seen. There are even paddles with different textures on the surface of the blade like the dimples on a Quickblade Magic.
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Robert Stehlik Surfing the Blue Planet 10′6″ SUP Board

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Blue Planet Surf just launched a signature line of SUP and surfboards. Here’s a few shots of Robert Stehlik SUP surfing the new Blue Planet 10′6″ SUP stand up paddle board at Turtle Bay. Waves that day were shoulder to overhead and it was fairly windy. The 10′6″ looked pretty stable and judging from Robert’s surfing, it turns pretty well for a wide board. I think most of these were sold already so check with Blue Planet to see when the next shipment arrives.
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