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C4 Waterman 12′6″ “Switchblade” SUP Board In Action – Video

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Todd Bradley sent us some clips of him riding the C4 12′6″ “Switchblade” stand up paddle board. The video is a bit long but it gives different angles of how the board performs in light winds. I’ve tried this board myself in surf and really liked it. I like the glide and in small waves the nose allows an easier re-entry into the reform of the wave. This makes catching small waves fun because of the challenge to carry the longest ride possible by connecting small bumps, similar to a downwinder. I have yet to try this on a Hawaii Kai run.
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Planet Sun UV Protection Products

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Planet Sun has some of the best UV protection products out on the market. I personally own and use the Sunphibian Polarized Sunglasses which is great on and off the water. The sun umbrellas are handy when I’m at my kid’s baseball, soccer and when sitting at a hot football game. Planet Sun UV-blocking travel umbrella. I got introduced to Planet Sun at the Ocean Expo we had on Oahu. John, the founder, was promoting his line of sun protection and it caught my eye. I picked up a bunch of stuff to test out and really liked it.
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Starboard “Surf Race” and “The NEW” 12′6″ SUP Race Boards with Brian Szysmanski, Connor Baxter and Zane Schweitzer

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I first met Brian Szysmanski at the 2009 Battle of the Paddle in Dana Point but at that time the Starboard boards were under development and I couldn’t show off the prototypes. I had a chance to reconnect with Brian at the 2010 Battle of the Paddle Hawaii. These Starboard race boards have been out for a while now I got a chance to video a detailed overview of the boards from Brian himself.
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Quickblade Magic DSI 28 and Sweeper Paddles with Jim Terrell

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I had the opportunity to check out the Quickblade tent at the 2010 Battle of the Paddle Hawaii. Jim Terrell, founder of Quickblade, showed me their latest racing paddle, the Quickblade Magic DSI 28. It has an interesting design where instead of having a flat paddle surface, the Magic DSI 28 has ‘dimples’ like a golf ball. This surface, according to Jim provides more ‘grip’ when paddling and may allow for a smaller blade.
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Everpaddle SUP Deck Bag and Elastic Cord Netting

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Kevin Seid from Everpaddle showed me a couple of their SUP board accessories, the Everpaddle Deck bag and the Everpaddle Elastic Cord Netting. These are great options for touring, cruising or camping. The bag and net are light weight and look pretty durable. Kevin, the founder of Everpaddle is an avid SUP paddler and racer and has worked hard on his line of product for the past few years. I first met Kevin when he came out with a bamboo stand up paddle. These accessories round out his line of gear for SUP.
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Werner’s New Bent Shaft SUP’s Give More Power

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Werner Paddles has lunched a new Bent Shaft Stand Up Paddle aimed squarely at the fastest growing categories of Stand Up Paddling, cruising, fitness and racing.

“Our new Bent Shaft SUP is the best choice for dedicated paddlers who want to gentle to their bodies while getting more power for the same amount of effort,” say Jim Miller, Werner’s Marketing Manager.
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Surftech Bark 12′6″ Competitor SUP Racing Board

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Here’s a preview of the Bark 12′6″ race SUP but in the Surftech construction. Joe Bark gave a really thorough overview on this model a while back so I’ll try not to repeat everything he said.
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Stand Up Paddle Trainer at Blue Planet Surf

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I was at Blue Planet Surf’s Ward Ave. store and Robert Stehlik showed me a SUP trainer he developed using components from a rowing machine. Robert gave an overview of the SUP training machine and I tested it out along with another customer named Peter.
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Surftech Robert August 11′6″ SUP Stand Up Paddle Board

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Here’s a preview of another board from Surftech’s 2010 SUP surfing lineup, the Robert August 11′6″ “What I Paddle” stand up paddle board.
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Surftech San-O Carbon Stand Up Paddle

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Here’s a preview of the new Surftech carbon paddle. They have a full carbon model and a carbon/fiberglass model. Both are really light and I was surprised how light the carbon/fiberglass version is. The largest blade size is 9.5″, a bit large for my personal taste but perfect for outrigger paddling. I ended up cutting one of these paddles down to 52″ and use it with my OC-1. I love it for OC-1. It weighs 15 oz which is lighter than my Apple iPad. Continue reading ‘Surftech San-O Carbon Stand Up Paddle’

Surf Nano Products at the 2010 Battle of the Paddle Hawaii

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Here’s demo of the Surf Nano Product (SNP) by Tom Warnke. This was shot at the Hawaii Battle of the Paddle 2010. I did a test with this stuff in an earlier post but I thought I’d get the demo on video straight from the horse’s mouth. SNP is supposed to make your board faster by reducing friction and drag. You’ll have to test it for yourself.
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Tropical Blends 12′6″ SUP Race Boards by Kyle Bernhardt

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Master shaper Kyle Bernhardt gives us a quick overview of his 12′6″ stand up race boards offered through Tropical Blends Surf. Kyle goes over the basic difference between a displacement hull and planing hull and shows 3 of the models he had at the Hawaii Battle of the Paddle 2010. Continue reading ‘Tropical Blends 12′6″ SUP Race Boards by Kyle Bernhardt’

Planet Sun UV-Blocking Travel Umbrella at the 2010 Battle of the Paddle Hawaii

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Here’s John O’Malley from Planet Sun showing off his UV blocking travel umbrella. I have one of these and can vouch that the thing works. On a hot and sunny day, you can feel a pretty big difference when under this umbrella vs when you’re not under it. If you’re in the sun a lot, this may be a great option for sun protection. Continue reading ‘Planet Sun UV-Blocking Travel Umbrella at the 2010 Battle of the Paddle Hawaii’

CNC Shaping the S.I.C. X-12 SUP Stand Up Paddle Race Board

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Here’s the latest in the S.I.C. Stand Up Paddle race board line, the X-12.  I shot this at the S.I.C. factory during my last trip to Maui.  This is just of the CNC machine cutting the foam but it’s pretty neat to see how the beginning process works.
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Surftech Jamie Mitchell 9′8″ SUP Stand Up Paddle Board

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I was at Surftech’s Hawaii office on Queen Street and got some pics and video of the Jamie Mitchell 9′8″ SUP. This model has a much more pulled in nose and has substantial nose rocker. I was told that this is more of a high performance board for bigger, juicier waves. Here are the specs below and a short video preview.
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