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Board Meeting Episode 9: Gore-Tex Vent Plugs

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Welcome to another episode of Board Meeting. In this episode, Robert and I will talk about Gore-Tex vent plugs for SUP stand up paddle boards. Vent plugs are installed on SUP boards as a way to help prevent the separation of the fiberglass or epoxy layer from the foam core, also known as delamination.
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Board Meeting Episode 8: Fin Setups for SUP Surfing

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Welcome to another episode of Board Meeting. In this episode, Robert and I will talk about the different types of fin setups for SUP stand up paddle surfing.
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Board Meeting Episode 7: Enjoy Handplanes and Bodysurfing

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Welcome to another episode of Board Meeting. In this episode, Robert and I will talk about handplanes/handboards from Enjoy and bodysurfing. Bodysurfing is another fun water activity that you can do when the conditions are not ideal for stand up paddling.
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Board Meeting Episode 6: Leashes for SUP Stand Up Paddling

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Welcome to another episode of Board Meeting. In this episode, Robert and I will talk about Leashes for use in stand up paddling. Whether you’re into SUP surfing, downwinders, SUP racing, or just cruising around, a leash is an essential safety equipment.
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Tips and pointers on how to choose your first SUP

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If you’re interested in getting into the great sport of stand up paddle boarding (SUP) and have done a little research to help you with your decision process, you know how challenging it is to narrow your focus to the right board for you. With board lengths ranging from less than 7 feet to over 17 feet, board widths ranging from 25 inches to 40 inches, and the need to consider other variables like thickness, volume, shape, environmental conditions, fin setup, and so on, choosing the right SUP can be a daunting task.
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QFR – Quick Fin Release: How to Install and Review Video

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Here’s a quick how-to video on installing the QFR – Quick Fin Release system. The QFR allows you to quickly remove and install your fin without tools. Check out the video below:
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SUP Downwinder Tips: The most common first timer mistakes

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At Blue Planet we offer downwind coaching to those wanting to get into this exciting sport. After doing many coached downwind runs I have noticed that most beginners make the same common mistakes when first trying to catch bumps. For those coming from a flatwater background, where a strong, steady, powerful, longer, slower stroke works best, making the adjustment to the quick, short accelerating strokes needed to catch bumps and then stopping and resting while gliding is challenging to say the least. I’m hoping that sharing these tips will help more paddlers get into this super fun aspect of Stand Up Paddling.
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Board Meeting Episode 3: How to Choose a SUP Board

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Welcome to another episode of Board Meeting. In this episode, Robert and I will talk about how to choose a SUP stand up paddle board. We discuss some of the different types of SUP boards available, what kind of board to get for you intended use (surfing, racing, or cruising), and selecting the correct board for your height and weight.
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Board Meeting Episode 2: Preparing for the Molokai 2 Oahu SUP Race – Part 3

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Here is the last part of our Molokai 2 Oahu episode. In this video, Robert and I continue our discussion on how to prepare for the Molokai 2 Oahu SUP race and talk about doing Hawaii Kai downwinders as part of training for the event. We also talk a little bit about how downwinders help people with ADD/ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder).
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Board Meeting Episode 2: Preparing for the Molokai 2 Oahu SUP Race – Part 2

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Here is part 2 of our Molokai 2 Oahu episode where Robert and I continue our discussion on how to prepare for the Molokai 2 Oahu SUP race. We talk about training, fitness, nutrition, using the proper equipment, logistics, and a whole lot more to help you guys get ready for one of the toughest races in the SUP racing calendar.
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Board Meeting Episode 2: Preparing for the Molokai 2 Oahu SUP Race – Part 1

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Here’s episode 2 of Board Meeting, our new SUP show where we talk about all things stand up paddle surfing and racing. In this episode, Robert and I talk about how to prepare for the Molokai 2 Oahu SUP race. We discuss training, fitness, nutrition, using the proper equipment, logistics, and a whole lot more to help you guys get ready for one of the toughest races in the SUP racing calendar.
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SUP Shoulder Injury – Dealing with Injuries and What Helps

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In these two videos I talk about a shoulder injury I have been dealing with for over a year and what worked for me. I hope this helps others.
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SUP Surfing on Downwind Race boards is FUN!

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Surfing on raceboards is a lot of fun and a great skill to practice if you want to get faster on downwind runs, it’s all about surfing the bumps. Surfing these big long boards also allows you to catch and surf waves that others can’t, which opens up all kinds of uncrowded spots and smaller waves that are barely breaking that you can catch from way outside, surf and ENJOY. Continue reading ‘SUP Surfing on Downwind Race boards is FUN!’

Introduction to SUP: Tips for Beginner Stand Up Paddlers

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Between our Blue Planet SUP clinics and private and group lessons, we have helped hundreds of customers to learn how to stand up paddle. The best way to learn the basics and start having fun on the water with minimum frustration is by taking a lesson with a well qualified instructor that can help you learn proper technique from the start. If you don’t have the opportunity to do that, the next best thing is to read up and watch instructional videos that will help you avoid common mistakes and don’t let bad habits become engrained. Continue reading ‘Introduction to SUP: Tips for Beginner Stand Up Paddlers’

How to Strap a SUP or Surf Board to a Car That Does Not Have Roof Racks

One of the most common questions we get from people interested in renting SUP’s from us is how to transport the boards to the beach without a roof rack. The video shows how we strap boards to the roof, everything you need is included in our low rental fees. You can safely transport up to 3 stacked SUP’s on almost any car using this method. The EVA pads and straps are available on our website at:

http://blueplanetsurf.com/products/eva-foam-blocks


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