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Interview with C4 Waterman Ambassador Charlie MacArthur

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Here is an interview with C4 Ambassador and river SUP pioneer Charlie MacArthur. Charlie is regarded as C4’s “Mauka to Makai” guru. He shares with us how he got started on SUP and also some tips on stand up paddling in rivers and whitewater rapids. Continue reading ‘Interview with C4 Waterman Ambassador Charlie MacArthur’

2012 Molokai to Oahu race coaching bootcamp by Robert Stehlik

If you ask anyone who has raced in the Molokai to Oahu race what the hardest part of the race was, the answer will most likely be: the last few miles. Continue reading ‘2012 Molokai to Oahu race coaching bootcamp by Robert Stehlik’

New SUP Design Tips from Joe Blair – Video

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I recently visited Joe Blair at his surf shack in Solana Beach, California. This was the first time I’ve been to his place and it was great because I took my boys and they got to learn a bit about surfboards and later paddled at Cardiff. In this video, Joe shares some of what’s new with his SUP surfboard designs. Continue reading ‘New SUP Design Tips from Joe Blair – Video’

Meg Chun Discusses the New Kialoa Stand Up Paddles for 2012

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I caught up with Meg Chun, co-owner of Kialoa Paddles, during the 2012 Quiksilver Waikiki Paddle Festival. She showed me some of their latest paddles and blade designs for outrigger canoe and SUP stand up paddling. Meg is a wealth of information and has been paddling for a very long time. As one of the original players in the SUP paddle market, it’s always interesting to hear what’s new and improved at Kialoa.
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Introduction to Stand Up Paddling for Beginners

When I first started to stand up paddle, there was not much available in terms of instructional texts or videos etc.
I know I would have learned much faster with some instruction, instead I learned mostly by trial and error and with the help of friends that gave me some tips. I found that applying some of those simple tips made a big difference.

The paddle technique series on this blog is intended to help those that are already into SUP to advance and improve their technique and efficiency but does not really have the very basic tips first timers need.
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SUP Clinic with Todd Bradley at the Outrigger Canoe Club

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Here’s a video from a recent SUP clinic with C4 Waterman co-founder Todd Bradley held at the Outrigger Canoe Club. Todd gives a lot of helpful tips, especially for beginners. Sorry for the shaky hand but this was filmed on my iPhone early in the morning.
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Paddle Technique Post #6: Turning the Board

This post cover techniques to turn the board and adjust direction.

First it is important to understand the difference between a forward stroke and a steering stroke.

The forward stroke is used to propel yourself straight forward with minimal turning or yaw.  The basics of the forward stroke are covered in Technique Post #3: Stacking the Shoulders.
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Paddle Technique Part #5 – Recovery, Paddle Length & Grip

It’s been a while since I posted SUP technique post #4 and it’s time to wrap up the paddle technique series with a few more posts, so here we go:

SUP Paddle Technique Part #5 – Recovery, paddle length & grip distance

Recovery: 
The recovery gives you a chance to relax the muscles for a moment and its important not to underestimate the importance of a quick, efficient and relaxed recovery. 

Once again, there are many different ways of recovering the paddle and there is no wrong or right way, so experiment and find out what works best for you, I will try to break it down into easy to understand steps that you can follow and practice.
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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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SUP Surfing Board Bottom Configurations by Len Barrow

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I was at Blue Planet Surf checking out their new line of SUP and surfboards and was able to get Len Barrow from the Zen Waterman Blog share his knowledge on bottom contours and configurations on surfboards and SUP surfing boards. Len explains vee, concaves and gives some history on what has brought us to the modern surfboard bottoms.
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12′6″ SUP race board speed test by Robert Stehlik

This article was originally published at the Zen Waterman Blog.

It’s been a while since our unlimited board test, where I said we would soon organize a test of 12′6″ and 14′ boards.
My friend Scotty had two 12′6 Hobie race boards and a Bark that he wanted to comparison test. I brought four more 12′6’s for a total of 7 boards to test, which worked out perfectly as seven testers showed up bright and early on a Saturday morning (Nov. 6th, 2011) to go through the rigorous 14 laps needed to test all the boards. Photos and specs of the individual boards are shown below. Unfortunately there were some wind gusts that affected times of the individual runs but because each board was tested in each run, these variations in conditions should average out over the results. Also, some of us had to run 8 rounds as someone tested the same board twice somewhere along the way, which threw everything off a little but in the end everyone toughed it out and tested all seven boards.
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Flatwater speed test- unlimited SUP’s by Robert Stehlik

This article was originally published at Robert Stehlik’s Zen Waterman blog.

Last week Evan Leong and I had a chance to test Mark Raaphorst’s S-16 Standamaran prototype that he was shipping to New York for a race with a stopover on Oahu. I have been wanting to organize a speed test for SUP race boards for a while, so this was a good opportunity to comparison test unlimited boards in flatwater conditions. Continue reading ‘Flatwater speed test- unlimited SUP’s by Robert Stehlik’

Interview with C4 Waterman Ambassador Raimana Van Bastolear

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I had the chance to interview C4 Ambassador and surfing legend Raimana Van Bastolear during the C4 Waterman’s “secret traning day“. In the video, Raimana talks about surfing Teahupo’o, how he got started in stand up paddle surfing, and surfing with Laird Hamilton. Check it out.
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Joe Blair SUP Tutorial Video

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Joe Blair sent over some SUP tutorial videos he had made and after watching them I have to say I was thoroughly amused. Joe is a funny guy. If you meet him in real life, he will make you laugh. He’s also a genuine guy that has an infectious stoke for surfing and stand up paddling. Continue reading ‘Joe Blair SUP Tutorial Video’

C4 Battle of the Paddle Secret Training Day Part 2

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Here are some more videos that I took at C4 Waterman’s “secret training day“.
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