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Starboard Ace 14′ x 25″ SUP Stand Up Paddle Race Board

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Here’s a preview of the 2011 Starboard Ace 14′ x 25″ SUP stand up paddle race board shaped by Brian Szymanski. As you’ll notice in the video, the Ace has really thick sides and has quite a lot of volume. I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet but the board looks fast.
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Stand Up Paddle Trainer Version 2 at Blue Planet Surf

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Once again, the paddling mad scientist Robert Stehlik has come up with a new version of an on land stand up paddling trainer. This one is designed to work in conjunction with a SUP video game and folds up for easy storage. I think version 2 is better than version 1 but if you want to find out for yourself, stop by Blue Planet Surf on Ward Ave in Hawaii and give it a spin.
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Starboard 10′5″ x 32″ Wide Point SUP Stand Up Paddle Board

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I’ve had a few sessions on the Starboard 10′5″ Wide Point SUP and so far it turns and surfs pretty good for such a wide board. The conditions I rode this board in were small waves, chest high at the most. I haven’t had time to get out to the north shore lately and the south shore has been pretty small for winter surf. My first impression for this board is that it looks very slick with the paint job and sandwich construction.
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Starboard Pro Wave SUP Boards Video with Scott McKercher

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Here’s a video of Scott McKercher giving us an overview on the Starboard Pro Wave SUP stand up paddle surfing board line. The video was shot over the Australian summer Matt Holden, Margareta Engstrom and their team got some really good action shots. This is one of the best productions for a product video we’ve seen so far.
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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 staΒ­ble.
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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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Planet Sun Zen Paddle Master Hat

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Here’s a new model from Planet Sun’s apparel line, the Zen Paddle Master hat. John “Mr. Sunshine” O’Malley, owner of Planet Sun, gives us a detailed explanation of the features of the Zen Paddle Master hat. The model is Duane Desoto who just won the Oxbow World Championship for longboard surfing.
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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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Planet Sun DragonFly Topwater Sunglasses

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The DragonFly is Planet Sun’s new model for their topwater eyewear line. I use the Sunphibian model religiously when paddling SUP, OC-1 or Canoe. This is the newest model that has a detachable strap and wrap type frame. I wear these on the beach and also at my kid’s sport events. They are comfy and the lenses cut the glare.
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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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C4 Waterman Carbon Double Bend Outrigger Canoe Paddle

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I recently got a new OC paddle from C4 waterman. It’s a double bend shaft, all-carbon outrigger paddle with a Tahitian style blade that Todd Bradley designed with George Cronstadt.
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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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