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Starboard Maui Downwinder Video

This was sent to us via email by Karen Baxter.

Aloha All –

This is a great youtube video of Connor and Bart. The Original DVD is about 20 minutes, put together for Starboard Advertising & Promotions.

Bill Boyum – Videographer
Keith Baxter – Jet Ski Driver
Connor Baxter – Starboard Team Rider
Bart de Zwart – Starboard Team Rider
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SIC Maliko Run – Why We Love Downwind

Bill posted this video of the SIC crew at Maliko. When people ask why we love downwind paddling, just show them this video.

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My First Downwinder on Kamanu Composites Pueo OC-1


Ok…I broke down and had to give it a try. Randy Strome and Kainoa Beaupre, this is your fault! After a number of hard core stand up paddlers started training on OC-1 (one man canoes) I had to give it a shot. Since 80% of the guys I know paddling OC-1 ride the Kamanu Composites Pueo, I borrowed a friend’s canoe and paddled in a 6.7 mile triangle to start. I started at Kaimana Beach and paddled upwind (15 mph wind) to the Diamond Head buoy and then downwind/sidewind to the Ala Wai buoy and then back upwind to Kaimana. The route is normally 6 miles or so but since I was going crooked and zig zagging a lot it turned out to be 6.7 miles. My time was 1:15…not fast but not bad for my first time. Continue reading ‘My First Downwinder on Kamanu Composites Pueo OC-1′

I Joined a 6 Man Paddling Team


I’ve heard Dave Kalama, Ekolu Kalama, Todd Bradley and numerous other top paddlers say to join a 6 man canoe team if you want to get better. The clincher for me was when Doug Lock who is already a fast SUP, OC-1 and paddleboarder said he was joining a beginners crew for 6 man paddling. I just joined the same team. Here are my thoughts so far.
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Kihei Maui Downwinder – February 2010


I’d like to give a big “THANK YOU!” to the crew in Maui for letting me tag along with them for a couple downwinders. Mark Raaphorst, Randy Strome, Jack Dyson, Livio Menelau, Chris and Donna. Also, thanks to Pono Bill for letting me use his leash. Coming from Oahu, I thought we were spoiled (and we are) with great surf and trade winds. I was blown away by how awesome Maui is for downwinders.
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Thanksgiving Day Downwinder on 12′6″s


I went on a downwinder last Thanksgiving Day which initially started off with my brother Darin who wanted to go stand up paddling. There weren’t too many choices, either it’s small waves and some wind on the South shore, or it’s going to be huge waves on the North shore. He’s out of surfing shape right now so that would be pretty tough.
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Hawaii Kai Downwinder

Some pictures of an old Hawaii Kai downwind run with Jeff, Darin and Kekoa.  This was a while ago.

Turtle Bay to Sunset Downwinder

Here’s a video from a while back of a downwind run with Jeff, Kekoa and Teri.  I gotta give Teri props because this was her second time on a stand up board and she did great.  

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Downwind Run with Kainoa B, Duane DeSoto and Friends

Downwind Run with Kainoa B, Duane DeSoto and Friends

This video is from May 08.  This was one of my earlier downwind runs.  The crew was Kainoa B, Duane DeSoto and friends.  Kainoa did a different type of tandem on this run.  He had his friend Ann, who is his Access Surf partner on the front of his 12′ board and then surfed it once we got to Toes.  Once you see Ann, you will see why we have no excuses. Continue reading ‘Downwind Run with Kainoa B, Duane DeSoto and Friends’

Know Your Limits – My First Experience in the Kaiwi Channel

Know Your Limits - My First Experience in the Kaiwi Channel

I got the chance to paddle in the Kaiwi Channel last week.  This is the channel between Molokai and Oahu where the 32 mile race is held.  Let me start out by saying it was way harder than I thought it would be.  I got a call from Kainoa B who I will now refer to as ‘The Hammer’ (inside joke).  He was excited about taking his boat out into the Kaiwi Channel and doing a mini Molokai downwinder.  Tommy from Freedom Surf Company was coming to get some video and photo footage (footage of Tommy surfing) and his other friend Carlos was coming along for the paddle.  Kekoa was in the driver’s seat and we were all set. Continue reading ‘Know Your Limits – My First Experience in the Kaiwi Channel’